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SPC Clearwater Fine Arts Department Awards 21st Student Exhibition

The Exhibition———————————–

This annual juried art exhibition, which began in 2000, serves to highlight the diverse artistic talents of students at St. Petersburg College. The exhibition occurs in The Crossroads Gallery on the Clearwater Campus from February 25 to March 26, 2020.

Eligibility——————————————-

Participants are currently enrolled full-time or part-time students of St. Petersburg College or attended SPC during the fall semester of 2019. All majors are encouraged to apply. All work submitted must have been completed in 2019 to 2020.

Guest Juror: Amanda Cooper————

Amanda Cooper by Creative Pinellas on SoundCloud Morean Arts Center

This year Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions from the Morean Arts center, selected the art that is in this years show. The Morean Arts Center, the 100+ year mainstay of St. Petersburg’s arts community, has a mission to provide training in the arts for all ages. This year we had 98 student submissions from a variety of mediums. Ms. Cooper selected 50 items and chose this year’s winners, who each received a certificate and a cash award. Below is a list of the winners, with commentary from Amanda Cooper.

Awards———————————————–

The seven Merit Award recipients are:

  • Ruby Schumacher, Jug and Canvas Cloth – drawing
  • Kevin Beganovic, Danny Devito – latex
  • Jaime Rodriguez, Pet Kid – photo
  • Joe Ventimiglia, Bowl – ceramic
  • Jess Walkuski, Quakers on I.R.B. – acrylic painting
  • Morgyn Perry, Alien Bakery – ceramic
  • Byron C. Williams, Ksasha – oil painting

Third Place: Madeleine Leibrecht, Bleeding Wall

Third Place: Madeleine Leibrecht, Bleeding Wall – 3d paper design

This is a deceptively simple, site-specific installation. A linear paper piece runs uniformly down the wall only to puddle organically on the floor. I liked how the artist incorporated the space into her work, and the simplicity of the design.

Second Place: Matthew Lowe, Edgar Apocalypse

Second Place: Matthew Lowe, Edgar Apocalypse – 3d paper design pop up book

An interactive pop up book about the coming zombie apocalypse? Yes, please! The artist did a terrific job creating tension and skewering pop culture, using a medium not seen often in these types of exhibitions. Keeping the craftsmanship high is difficult for this kind of work, and the artist did that and made me laugh, too. Great design with an engaging color palette.

First Place: Sandro Bukornik, Strength


First Place: Sandro Bukornik, Strength – black and white digital photograph

At first glance, the figures in this elegant, beautifully-lit photograph look like they are actually connected, like conjoined twins or mirror images. The image contains a tension of strength and softness. I particularly liked how their headwraps seem to have no beginning or end.

Juror’s Purchase Award: Brandon Agee, Epilogue

Juror’s Purchase Award: Brandon Agee, Epilogue – black and white 35 mm film photograph

This piece reminds me of my own experience as a student at SPC (it was SPJC then)—sitting at a table with my head in a jumble while I tried to turn paper into sculpture in Mr. Hagenbucke’s Design 2 class. The photograph is disturbing in one sense, with all the crazy scribbles and the emotions these lines imply, but the beauty and order in the row of origami cranes lends a sense of hope to the image.

Best of Show: James Harper, Domesticated Hare

Best of Show: James Harper, Domesticated Hare – ceramic

I was impressed by the scale of this sculpture, as well as the strange elongation of the figure, which reminded me a bit of Beth Cavener’s work. Everything about it, from the figure’s penetrating (and judgmental) stare and the mottled surface to the realistic collar, works together to create one bizarre whole that I couldn’t stop looking at.

2020 SPC Annual Juried art exhibition

The Crossroads Gallery, located at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, is hosting the 22nd Annual Juried Art Show Exhibition for St. Petersburg College students. The artwork collection contains a variety of art mediums by current SPC students.  This exhibition is juried by Amanda Cooper, the Curator of Exhibitions from the Morean Arts Center. The reception and awards ceremony is on Wednesday March 18 from 6-8pm. The event is free and all are welcome. Crossroads Gallery show runs between February 25 to March 26, 2020 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765
  • Wednesday at 6pm March 18th we will announce the winners of:
    • Best of Show- $500
    • Juror’s Purchase Award- $400
    • First Place – $200
    • Second Place – $150
    • Third Place – $100
    • Merit Award (7) -$50
  • Gallery Hours:
    • Monday- Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm
    • Friday, 9 am to 2 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday, closed
This year we are showing fifty submissions. The art mediums range from architecture, ceramic, drawing, engineering, leather-work, painting, photography, three dimensional design, and woodwork.

Theater performance: The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Performances of The Laramie Project are presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Performances will be at Saint Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium on:

  • October 9-12 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • October 13 @ 2 p.m.
  • October 17-19 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • October 20 @ 2 p.m.

The prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and free for SPC students, faculty and staff.

THE STORY: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. ” https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=2955

AUDITIONS: THE LARAMIE PROJECT

Auditions for SPC students are August 21 and 22  at 5:00-8:00pm for “The Laramie Project” at the Saint Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. Actors please prepare a one minute dramatic monologue for the audition.

Performances of The Laramie Project is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. At Saint Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium on:

  • October 9-12 @ 7:30pm, October 13 @ 2:00pm
  • October 17-19 @ 7:30pm, October 20 @ 2:00pm

The prices are $10.00 for general admission. $5.00 for students. Free for SPC Students/Faculty/Staff.

” THE STORY: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. ” https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=2955

Musical PIPPIN at the SPC theater

SPC Theater is excited to announce its high school/college summer musical – PIPPIN. June 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm. And a 2 pm showing on June 29 and 30. $15 general admission at the theater’s entrance at the SPC Arts Auditorium, Clearwater Campus 2465 Drew Street, Cleareater FL. 33765

After successful runs of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and URINETOWN (a Top 10 production in the Tampa Bay area), SPC is looking forward to producing another successful summer musical, PIPPIN.

PIPPIN is written by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. This musical follows the journey of Charlemagne’s son, Pippin, in his quest for the extraordinary life he believes he deserves (don’t we all?). Along the way a troupe of players help him find out what works and what doesn’t– leading to the players big “finale” for Pippin.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1972 and later successfully revived in 2013, PIPPIN has been wowing audiences for decades. Previously set in a traveling theater troupe (and in 2013 at a circus), SPC’s production will be slightly different. The musical will be set in a run-down museum exhibit about Charlemagne and his life with the exhibit coming to life to tell the story of Pippin.

Performances: Will be June 28 – 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 29 – 30 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available only at the door of the SPC Arts Auditorium, Clearwater Campus 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater FL. 33765

$15 General Admission ticket price | $10 student

SPC’s: students, faculty, and staff have free admission. Please have your SPC ID at the door to get one free ticket.

If you have questions call the SPC Clearwater Humanities, Theater & Fine-arts Department 727-791-2548

2019 SPC Annual Juried art exhibition

The Crossroads Gallery, located at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, is hosting the 21st Annual Juried Art Show Exhibition for St. Petersburg College students. This exhibition is juried by Nathan Beard, and features artworks made by current SPC students in all media.

The reception and awards ceremony is on Wednesday April 3rd from 6-8pm. The event is free and all are welcome.

Crossroads Gallery show runs between March 19 to April 4, 2019

2465 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765

Wednesday at 6pm April 3rd we will announce the winners of:
Best of Show- $500
Juror’s Purchase Award- $400
First Place – $200
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100
Merit Award (7) -$50

Gallery Hours:
Monday- Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, 9 am to 2 pm
Saturday – Sunday, closed

This year we are showing fifty submissions. The art mediums range from ceramic, drawing, painting, three dimensional design, engineering, woodwork, leather-work, and photography

Ceramics Program Holds Third Annual Empty Bowls

Father and son eating lunch at Empty Bowls

St. Petersburg College Ceramics faculty and students, along with local business partner Highwater Clays, are putting on an Empty Bowls luncheon November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit RCS Pinellas.

The luncheon will feature soup served in bowls made by SPC students, faculty, and local artists. Attendees will choose a bowl, and enjoy a meal of soup, bread and dessert. The bowl is yours to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Through this event we are helping our ceramics students to see that they can make positive change through their art and make a big impact in their local community.
This event is to raise funds for RCS, which provides food to 60,000 residents of Clearwater, 17,000 of whom are children.

Empty Bowls began in 1990 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where John Hartom, a high school teacher, his wife Lisa, and his students wanted to support a local food drive. One year later Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations fighting hunger. John and Lisa formed the Imagine/Render group as a nonprofit organization to promote Empty Bowls.

Over the next 20 plus years, Empty Bowls has spread across the United States and other parts of the world. Last year’s event at the SPC Clearwater Campus raised more than $3,000 for RCS. This year we would like to raise significantly more!

We invite you to attend this fundraiser event. Tickets are available at the door or in advance.

Event details

When: Saturday, Nov. 3  2018, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: SPC Clearwater Campus; 2465 Drew St., Clearwater; Room ES 104
Questions: Contact Jonathan Barnes at barnes.jonathan@spcollege.edu

Want to help?

Interested in getting involved with great event? Please get in touch with Barnes, the Humanities and Fine Arts Chair at the Clearwater Campus, via email at  barnes.jonathan@spcollege.edu.

Empty Bowls at the Clearwater Campus

Preview student art that will be available at Empty Bowls Pinellas for RCS this Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm in ES104 at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus. All proceeds support RCS in its mission to feed the hungry in Pinellas. http://stpe.co/emptybowls1028

Posted by St. Petersburg College on Monday, October 23, 2017

SPC Theater Presents Noises Off the play October 17-21

SPC Theater audition schedule set for production of Noises Off

Performances are happening:

There are six performances of Noises Off in the AA Arts Auditorium at the SPC Clearwater Campus at 2464 Drew St., Clearwater.

  • October 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm
  • October 20, 21 at 2 pm

Noises Off: You Must Go!

The SPC Theater Department is presenting the play Noises Off.   It is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn, who got the idea for it while watching a disastrous play performance from the wings. Door slamming, missed cues, and romantic intrigue will have you roaring with laughter as the cast’s collective sanity slowly unravels. Yet, the show must go on despite the catastrophe being played out on stage and the vicious antics among the actors backstage. Most famous for its revolving set, this is truly one of the funniest plays ever written, and, SPC Theater Professor Scott Cooper, will be directing the production.

“Bumper car brilliance…If laughter is indeed the best medicine, Noises Off is worth it’s weight in Cipro.”   – New York Daily News

“The funniest farce ever written!  Never before has side-splitting taken on a meaning dangerously close to the non-metaphorically medical.”  – New York Post.

“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy.  A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” – The New York Times

SPC Theater Noises Off Dates and Times:

  • October 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm
  • October 20, 21 at 2 pm

Location:

  • SPC St. Petersburg College Arts Auditorium
  • Clearwater Campus, the AA Building
  • 2465 Drew Street; Clearwater, FL. 33765

Admission:

  • $10 general admission.
  • FREE for SPC Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • There is no will-call; you cannot pick up tickets in advance

Phone / contacts:

  • 727-341-7984 Opie Marc
  • 727-791-2548 Jeffrey Fabiszewski
For information about our upcoming arts events, please visit our web site: http://www.spcollege.edu/artscalendar/

Attend the Hadi Abbas Wood-Fired Ceramics Exhibit

Hadi Abbas ceramic covered jar

Hadi Abbas Wood-Fired Ceramics Exhibit is at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Humanities & Fine Arts Department.  The wood-fired ceramic artwork of University of Central Florida Professor Hadi Abbas illustrates the complexity and uniqueness of the oldest method of firing clay.

The SPC Wood-Fired Ceramics Exhibit featuring his work is open from Aug. 20 – Sept. 26 at the Crossroads Gallery at the SPC Clearwater Campus, 2464 Drew St.

Hadi Abbas

picture of Hadi Abbas

Since 1990, Abbas has been a professor within the UCF  Art Department.  He specializes in Ceramics and Sculpture. Professor Abbas teaches beginning and advanced ceramics. Prior to working at UCF, he taught at Wichita State University and worked as a production manager for Fredrick Pottery, in Louisville, Ky. He worked as a ceramic consultant to an art studio in Louisville, Ky, and has also conducted workshops and lectures in his field.

Abbas is well known for his extensive knowledge of glaze technology. He is an inventor of several prototype pieces of equipment related to his area of specialization. He was the recipient of Delano Magtgard Jr.’s Grant in Wichita, Kan.,  and has exhibited his work on an national level.

Wood-Fired Ceramics event

The SPC Crossroads Gallery event featuring Hasi Abbas Wood-Fired Ceramics is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, there will be a gallery reception from 6 to 8 p.m.  Refreshments and light fare will be served.  All are welcome to see the unique textures and glazing that occurs from clay heated in wood-fired ovens.

Free workshop 9-13-2018

On Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m.  to  4 p.m. come to Room 132 at the Crossroads building where there will be a free workshop with Abbas.  During the workshop he will show techniques on plaster mold-making for ceramics.  This technique allows an artist to repeat a difficult form  for multiple ceramic items.

flyer showing six wood fired ceramics by Hadi Abbas. One is a tall cylinder vase rough cut texture with rust like flakes. A small speckel bowel with three finger like legs has a pebble cobblestone texture and color. A wavy flower bud vase has a water like shoreline texture and color. a Squished ceramic pot that looks and feels like a pumpkin is pictured. A thick heavy ridged plate with two ceramic peaches. And a slick earthy teapot like basket ceramic pot is the last image