Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh to Open Sept. 4 at Sarasota Art Museum
Exhibition will feature new works and bring Scrollathon to Sarasota
July 21, 2022
SARASOTA, Fl. (July 21, 2022) – Sarasota Art Museum kicks off its fall exhibitions with Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh, on view Sept. 4, 2022 – Feb. 5, 2023. The exhibition will feature new, never-before-seen works and a history of Scrollathon, the community engagement program founded by Steven and William that transforms participants’ original works of art into public Collaborative Masterworks. A new masterwork made in collaboration with 20 regional community partners during the Sarasota Scrollathon will open to the public Oct. 16, 2022, kicking off the National Scrollathon.
“We are excited to bring a new body of Steven and William Ladd’s work as well as Scrollathon to Sarasota,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. “This exhibition features a wide range of artworks from Steven and William and tells the story of Scrollathon, a collaborative art making program that has engaged thousands and demonstrates how contemporary art can be a lens for personal storytelling.”
Steven and William Ladd are brothers who have been making art together for over two decades. They began their artistic careers as accessory designers. They transform beads, textiles, and trinkets through cutting, weaving, sewing, and scrolling into highly ornamented, detailed sculptures. Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh narrates various episodes of the Ladds’ collective career – those of past, present, and future – with anecdotes of the memories and recent encounters that characterize their work.
The brothers explore core values through critical community partnerships. Beginning in 2006, they began to integrate fine and conceptual art, design, and craft with their passion to engage with people through hands-on educational collaboration – a program called Scrollathon. During Scrollathons, participants make artwork inspired by a personal story while sharing that story with the group, demonstrating how contemporary art can become a lens for personal storytelling. Participants then make components for a collaborative artwork and are photographed for a permanent record.
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