Boca Raton Museum of Art
Austin Modine, Marketing & PR Associate
Boca Raton, FL - An annual testament to the state’s flourishing art scene, the Boca Museum of Art’s distinguished All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition will highlight the breadth and creative talent of Florida’s independent artists.
The All Florida exhibition will be on display in the Museum’s central galleries from May 8 to July 14, 2013. The state’s oldest statewide annual juried competition in its 62nd year received submissions from nearly 550 artists from across Florida.
This year’s juror, Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, selected 149 works for the exhibition by 122 Florida artists. The 62nd All Florida exhibition will offer a provocative glimpse of the state-of-the-art today through mediums which include paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, computer-generated images, and videos.
“The artists in this exhibition were selected not just because they were the best to have submitted work or because they seemed particularly reflective of place, but because their art could be shown in a museum or gallery anywhere in the world without there being a question of its aesthetic merit,” said Scala.
The All Florida exhibition aims to increase the visibility of emerging, under-recognized, and mid-career Florida artists, as well as encourage a stronger community of local talent.
“Hosting the All Florida is a rigorous but rewarding experience,” said Kelli Bodle, Boca Museum Assistant Curator and exhibition curator. “It is an honor to showcase work from across the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida, revealing the artists’ response to each unique region and society.”
Mark Scala has served as Chief Curator at the Frist Center since 2000. There, he has overseen a diverse array of exhibitions from exploring folklore and science fiction (Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination), to figure painting (Paint Made Flesh), to Asian photography (Whispering Wind: Recent Chinese Photography). Before coming to the Frist Center, Scala was curator at the Art Museum of Western Virginia, where he worked for ten years. He received his MA in art history in 1988 and MFA in painting in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Boca Museum of Art
The Boca Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution for its dynamic, changing exhibitions from acclaimed artists and distinguished permanent collection. The Museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, art films, the Annual Art Festival, and more than 100 classes per week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include The Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary, and Collectors’ Forum. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit www.bocamuseum.org
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