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SPC Arts Faculty to Exhibit at LRMA

LRMA Visual Arts Exhibition Invitation

On Oct. 2, 2016 Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA)will open its newest exhibitions: SPC Visual Art Faculty Show 2016, a special exhibition featuring the work of many of the college’s visual arts educators, and Satirical Opera: The Beggar’s Opera by Abraham Rattner and The Threepenny Opera by Jack Levine, an exhibition featuring two portfolios by two accomplished printmakers.

Open House

LRMA wishes to extend an invitation to all St. Petersburg College students, faculty and staff to attend our open house for these two new art exhibitions on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 3–5 p.m. There will be free admission during these hours. Gallery talks by several faculty artists will occur from 3–4 p.m.

About the Exhibitions

SPC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2016
On view Oct. 2 – Dec. 30, 2016
Sponsored by Blick Art Materials

With support from Florida Hospital North Pinellas and City of Tarpon Springs, Partners in Art;  additional support from Dr. David & Maria Edmonds and Dr. Jonathan Steele.

This biennial exhibition celebrates St. Petersburg College’s Visual Arts faculty members, who in addition to serving as educators, are practicing artists. The exhibition showcases the breadth of expertise and experience of St. Petersburg College’s art faculty in an array of different styles and media including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital media. Continuing a tradition that began at St. Petersburg College in the 1950s, these instructors prepare, shape and inspire the next generation of artists.

This exhibition also allows the opportunity for prospective students to learn about art courses available at the College and the instructors who teach them. With a new curator on board at LRMA, this enables the museum to reconnect with its most immediate audience by engaging students directly through their professors, providing a bridge between traditional academia and contemporary art practice.

Participating faculty in the 2016 exhibition include Linda Berghoff, Jonathan Barnes, Barton L. Gilmore, Kim Kirchman, Marjorie Greene, Kevin Grass, Elizabeth Indianos, Michele Levin, Barbara Grazul Hubbard, Stephen Shatz, and Michaela Oberlander.

Satirical Opera: The Beggar’s Opera by Abraham Rattner and The Threepenny Opera by Jack Levine
On view Oct. 2 – Dec. 30, 2016
Sponsored by Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Partner in Art

Featuring two portfolios by two accomplished printmakers, Abraham Rattner’s The Beggar’s Opera and Jack Levine’s The Threepenny Opera finely illustrate two related tales of corruption and injustice separated by 200 years. The life of the social underdog resonates in Rattner’s and Levine’s work as the drama unfolds through each artist’s interpretation and energetic drawing style, captured through lithography and soft ground etching techniques.

The Beggar’s Opera was the first ballad opera, written in 1728 by John Gay for the London Stage. The ballad opera is a musical play that includes elements of formal opera that employs satire to denounce politics, poverty and injustice.

The Threepenny Opera is an adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera and a reflection of the political climate in Germany between the World Wars, was written by Bertolt Brecht and composer Weill in 1928. One of the opera’s compositions, The Ballad of Mack the Knife, has been recorded by a number of artists include Bobby Darin, whose version became a number-one hit in 1959.

A Gallery Talk: “An Introduction to Satirical Opera” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. and is included with admission. Gail Simon, LRMA docent and researcher, will provide historical and artistic insight into the Satirical Opera exhibition. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this fascinating exhibition.

Dance, music, and art event at LRMA June 24

Photo of cellist Theresa Villani, and pianist Colleen Schmitt in a composite photo.

In the Galleries: Contemporary Music for Cello and Dance,” an evening program featuring dance, music, and art at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA) will delight the senses on Friday, June 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Cello artists complement event

Experience a dynamic blend of sound and motion as you tour the museum galleries. Cellist and recording artist, Theresa Villani, accompanied by Colleen Schmitt, pianist, will present a repertoire of contemporary music for cello to complement the exhibition Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection.

Dance performances

Tampa-Bay area guest choreographers and dancers, Melissa Hull and Mary Richardson, will interpret the music with improvisational dance performances next to selected works.

Music for the evening will include:

  • “Sayuri’s Theme” from Memoirs of a Geisha, chosen to interpret Akiko Sugiyama’s mixed-media work Otohime’s Robe
  • Aaron Minsky’s etude “Laid-back Devil” for Victor Vasarely’s colorful screenprint on wood, Czakk

Before the performances, there will be an introduction to the exhibition, which features a variety of modern and contemporary sculptural objects arranged in two galleries with separate themes—Figure and Form and Imagination and Transformation. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 18.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

Free for SPC students; $12 for members; $15 for non-members
RSVP to 727-712-5226; Reservations required

Pinball, sculpture exhibitions at LRMA

LRMA reception invitation art

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA) wishes to extend an invitation to all St. Petersburg College students, faculty and staff to be our guests at our opening reception for two art exhibitions: Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection and Youth gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball.

It will take place on Saturday, June 4, from 6 – 8 p.m. Costumes welcome, inspired by pop art of the pinball era! Prizes will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. in the Interactive Gallery.

Admission is free for SPC students, faculty, and staff. (An SPC badge is required to be checked in at the door); $10 for SPC guests and non-members.

    • Join us for an evening of fun!
    • Get to meet more students, faculty, and staff from different campuses.
    • Be inspired by creative works from sculptural artists and galleries filled with modern art.
    • Revel in the award-winning architecture of the museum.
    • Come in costume if you wish!

RSVP before June 1 by calling 727-712-5762. Reservations are required, as space is limited.

If you have never been to the LRMA, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out. SPC students, faculty and staff from all locations have an exclusive invitation for this opening!

About the Exhibitions

These exhibitions will have broad appeal to wide audiences, both young and old. From bold modernist sculptures to the wild history and art of pinball with playable machines, there will be something for everyone.

Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection
On view May 29 – Sept. 18, 2016
This exhibition introduces audiences to the breadth of sculptural work in the museum’s permanent collection. From modernist works by Henry Moore, Victor Vasarely, Vladimir Yoffe, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle to contemporary works by Richard Beckman, Jack King, Charles Parkhill and Lin Emery, the collection demonstrates a wide variety of styles and media.

Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball
On view June 5 – Sept. 18, 2016
The Museum is teaming up with the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs to present this exhibition on the history of pinball, through the artists who helped define the game. The display will cover the early history from the prohibition period (1930s- 1960s) through to the arcade era (1970s- 1990s), weaving together historical narrative with key individuals who defined the game’s aesthetics. For the duration of the exhibition, the museum will feature playable pinball machines in the Interactive Gallery, on loan from the Replay Amusement Museum.