Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration

July 28–October 27, 2024

In its third iteration, Skyway is a triennial exhibition celebrating the gamut of regional creativities and contemporary art practices flourishing in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Originating as a collaboration among art institutions in the Tampa Bay area in 2017, Skyway has galvanized the artist community in the region, introducing artistic talents and vigorous practices to a larger audience. This year, Sarasota Art Museum proudly joins the other esteemed institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. With Evan Garza as a guest juror, six curators from five collaborating museums selected 63 artists from nearly 300 artists who responded to the open call.

Highlighting their recent work, Sarasota Art Museum will feature 15 artists working with a wide range of media and coming from different stages in their careers: Kim Anderson, Ryan Day, Sue Havens, Dominique Labauvie, Tatiana Mesa Paján, Samantha Modder, Roger Clay Palmer, Herion Park, Gabriel Ramos, Eszter Sziksz, Jill Taffet, Rob Tarbell, Kirk Ke Wang, Willow Wells, and Corinne Zepeda.

Some of the artists have exhibited in the previous Skyway, while for others, it is their first time. Their work is varied in style, media, scale, process, and concept, and it is as distinctly individual as they are as artists. Nevertheless, viewers will find many connecting threads: pensive and poetic ruminations on the human connection with nature as well as on environmental issues; deep rootedness in their unique identity; or probing investigations into their cultural heritage and immigrant experiences. These artists explore individual lived experience that are simultaneously collective; they imaginatively and critically examine our surroundings and the commodities we consume, discard, and rediscover. Several engage with ever-changing digital technology. Throughout it all, they reveal their existence not merely as isolated individuals but also as parents, children, life partners, and citizens who are reflecting on this moment in historical time. 

This exhibition is organized by Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design and curated by Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., senior curator at Sarasota Art Museum.

SAM’s participation in Skyway 2024 is made possible, in part, with generous support from

Silver Sponsors
Marge and Leon Ellin
Keith Monda and Veronica Brady

Gobioff Foundation
Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation

Gallery Didactics for Picking up the Pieces:

Special thanks to the many generous donors who made gifts in memory of Peppi Elona.