March 11 – April 30, 2017
Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida
True to its mission of connecting people with art, the Morean invited emerging artists from across the state to vie for space in this exciting group exhibition. Selected artists will create site-specific installations in our galleries, as well as participate in talks and connect with local collectors. This program will facilitate the development of emerging artists’ careers while giving our community the opportunity to view new work being made in our region.
2017 Participating Artists
Marium Rana is an American-born Pakistani artist. She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2013 and a Masters in Art Education in 2014. In 2011, she received an undergraduate research grant to study traditional Mughal miniature painting in Lahore, Pakistan. Marium has curated numerous art exhibitions, held solo exhibitions, and exhibited throughout the United States. She has served as the design chair for TED x FSU, and presented her research in miniature painting in workshops and symposiums.
“My current series, A Place to Call Home, delves into the complexity of belonging to two different cultures and trying to make a home out of stories of places and moments one has not personally experienced. The paintings depict landscapes that do not exist in our tangible world and seem as imaginary as the places that have existed before us.”
Originally from Connecticut, Rebecca holds a degree in psychology from Illinois State University. Rebecca lived in Colorado with her husband and two children for almost 27 years and availed herself of some art classes at the nearby community college while her children were in school. There she discovered clay, which became a focus for her from that point on. In 2008 she and her husband moved to Alexandria, Virginia. She joined a studio nearby and found that clay continued to absorb almost all of her attention. After five years in Virginia her husband retired, and they decided to move to St. Petersburg, in large part because of the artistic bent of the area and the availability of studio space in the Morean Center for Clay.
“Formation of my vessels begins with two identical slabs of clay that have been cut into freeform shapes that I find interesting. I attach them to each other and use my hands and various tools to add volume. The decorative elements of my vessels are driven by their sculptural forms. I draw through the applied colored layer to the base clay below; I find the use of dark clay emphasizes line and the intensity of color. My work is always changing. Clay gives me infinite challenges, inspiration and means of expressing my love of working with my hands.”
Chris Otten was born in 1984 in Altus, Oklahoma. His interest in photography grew after exploring back roads along the Llano Estacado in West Texas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 2011. He has exhibited nationally, including galleries in Annapolis, Long Beach, Minneapolis, Tampa and Wichita. He lives and teaches in Tampa, Florida.
“In my series Encounters, I have been looking at domestic spaces that I have occupied and various public outings around my current residence in Florida. For the longest time it was challenging to relate to this place. Even if the images come across as easily understood, that can be the grace of the work. Excluding extraneous subject matter, I noticed that the scenes were more introspective than my previous photographs. The scenes are not representative of Florida or any other place. Rather, they are a closer look at the curious nature of the mundane.”
Penelope Livingston was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1976 and moved to Tampa in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of South Florida and also holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in Art. She worked out of a studio space in the Corina Cigar Factory for many years where she painted large scale representational compositions in oil, and currently works on small sketches and acrylic paintings in her Riverside Heights home studio.
“Nostalgia, solitude, gratitude, the complexity of the mind and the simplicity of the soul: these are the primary elements upon which my work is based. I am inspired by people and places with a joyous spirit and a quiet humility. The skateboarder coasting downhill against a blue sky, the woman alone with her thoughts at the bus stop, or the aluminum porch awning supporting the weight of an heirloom vine: my heart sings with these glimpses into the gentleness of human nature and I hope to share that joy with others through my art.
Brian Feldman’s work has been presented at venues all over the US. Brian Feldman Projects have garnered worldwide media coverage, including television, print, and blogs. He also has extensive experience as an actor, having made his professional acting debut at age 10 with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Since then, he has performed in over 50 film, television and theatrical productions, working with four Oscar-nominated directors in the process.
For Fresh Squeezed, Brian will be in the gallery space each weekend during the run of the exhibition, making cups of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice for visitors in exchange for a drawing.
“My performance work seeks to challenge, develop and emphasize human interaction and interpersonal relationships in real time about the facade of intimacy created by contemporary electronic social media. Highlighting everyday events clears up the boundaries between public and private space, to define time (what it is, how we use it) and to challenge societal definitions of norms. The original narrative of a performance serves as a framework, not as a restrictive script, so that spontaneous response can be created and the viewer can interact and participate within the event and not just be passively entertained.”
Barry originally intended to become an architect, but studied graphic design instead before pursuing a successful career in design and illustration. He later studied printmaking at The London College of Printing (University of The Arts London). His prints and paintings have been widely exhibited both across the UK and internationally; some of these are now adorning walls as far apart as Streatham, San Francisco, New York and Naples. His work is held in public and private collections including The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. and The China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen.
“Cartography, in general, requires a degree of artistic license. The maps we use today, although extremely impressive and comprehensive, are totally impersonal. Satellite GPSs, smartphones and Google do all the groundwork for us, and therefore will never have the romanticism of the travel-worn pocket map. When I first arrived in St. Pete, I set about discovering my new adopted home, not just the obvious features of the city, but the mundane and everyday elements of the urban fabric on foot. I wanted to record all of this, and what better way than a hand drawn map? What started on the kitchen table has grown into a very large scale map, covering in detail most of the city of St. Petersburg. Stretching from Downtown to the beach, it features my many observations, both factual, imagined and humorous. “
Fresh Squeezed is sponsored in part by:
PCCA Senior Thesis Exhibitions
See works from emerging artists who are all seniors in the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School.
20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Partnership
Educating children about the arts, and offering them access to gallery and exhibition space, has been a key component of our mission at the Morean Arts Center. Since 1998, we have worked with Pinellas County schools to create Word & Image: Arts and Education Partnership. The Morean hosts four of these juried exhibits each year, including work from students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Each year, students are challenged to create works of art based on a particular theme, and to incorporate a written statement within the piece. Past years’ themes include “Let Freedom Ring,” “On My Block,” “Superheroes,” and “Celebrating Harmony.”
Limited only by their imaginations, these children’s creations are sometimes hilarious, often heartfelt, and always extraordinary.
High School Exhibition: October 28 – December 4, 2016 Awards Ceremony: Saturday, October 29th, 3pm to 4:30pm
Elementary School Exhibition (N-W): December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2017 Awards Ceremony: Saturday, December 10th, 3pm to 4:30pm
Elementary School Exhibition (A-M): January 20 – February 26, 2017 Awards Ceremony: Saturday, February 11th, 3pm to 4:30pm
Middle School Exhibition: March 3 – April 9, 2017 Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 25th, 3pm to 4:30pm