Where the Heart Is
Cassia Kite returns home for a personal and artistic milestone.
August 7, 2017
Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration
June 24 – October 15, 2017
A new collaborative project between the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art will bridge the selected works of local artists in a joint, simultaneous exhibit called Skyway in June 2017.
“One of the great powers of art is in bringing people together and stimulating dialogue -- do you like it, do you hate it, what would you have done differently, and so on,” says Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator at the Tampa Museum of Art. “Too often with exhibitions, the dialogue can go no further than that. But with this exhibition, many of the artists in our community will have the opportunity to display their art on a bigger stage and join in the conversation in that way.”
The exhibit will be juried by six curators, two from each participating museum and a visiting juror. Any original artwork, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, performance and site-specific installations completed after January 2016 are eligible for submission.
“Our main goal will be to highlight what we feel is the most important and interesting visual art being created in the region,” says Pevnick. “It will be exciting to see how everything balances out in terms of media, themes, approaches and home counties.”
“We also aim to provide context for the work of area artists -- our goal is to give a sense of the selected artists’ overall oeuvre as opposed to a single perspective through one or two works,” notes Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA.
This isn’t the first time the Tampa and St. Pete museums have collaborated. The much celebrated My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, the contemporary Chinese art exhibition was co-organized and co-hosted for the first time in the United States simultaneously at both museums in 2014. The two museums also hold a shared patron event called Bridging the Bay each fall.
Pevnick says the exhibition builds on this partnership, but that he believes the idea for this show came about at the director level after Michael Tomor took the helm as Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art in 2015. He says Tomor had done a similar collaborative exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art, collaborating with the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez and talked with his colleagues at the MFA and the Ringling shortly after his arrival in Tampa.
“And then he brought the idea to me, suggesting that we do something similar in Tampa,” says Pevnick. “Our curatorial colleagues at the MFA and the Ringling were also excited about the idea, and it has been fun to work with them in the planning stages thus far.”
Pevnick says they hope they will receive many submissions and that the exhibit “will allow us to get to know many more of the artists in the region, and also to raise the profile of selected artists, both locally and beyond.”
February 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm
Artists include Rafael Angulo, Bassmi, Jozef Batko, Katie Cassidy, Gregg Delk, Gay Germain , Jonathan Herbert, Grace Howl, Bryce Hudson, Tim Jaeger, Jack King, Cassia Kite, Christopher Schumaker, David Steiner, and Tom Stephens.
WorkingTitle (founded 2012) is a biannual hard copy magazine created by artist/curator Michael Crabb (Ringling College of Art and Design graduate 2001). The magazine showcases some of the most accomplished artists in the state and beyond. Most recently, the Spring 2017 issue cover features the work of Joseph Cavalieri (NYC), depicting First Lady and fashion setter Jackie Kennedy. Devoid of general advertising, WorkingTitle maintains its focus on the artists and art spaces that enrich Florida’s cultural landscape. The publication is currently growing nationally, including distribution points in Chelsea and Denver.
ArtNight is hosted by the Staybridge Suites as part of its Culture and Community Bridge program. This award-winning hotel seeks to deepen its involvement in the community by offering cultural events to both its own guests and to the community at large. The Staybridge is very proud of its partnership with ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing.
ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing is an award-winning art gallery in St. Petersburg FL that represents some of Tampa Bay’s most accomplished artists. In addition to fine art, they offer custom frame design, professional art installation and concierge consultation services.
February 10 – March 9, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, February 10 6-9pm
Regular Gallery Hours | Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Noon - 2PM
SARTQ: RED exhibition, will fill the beautiful Palmetto Art Center with glowing color. Whether scarlet, crimson, maroon, vermilion, berry, ruby, rose, burgundy, carmine, brick, or cerise - red is both satisfying and exciting. The strong feelings suggested by the color red - passionate love, blood and anger - are always stimulating!
Artists understand color and use it to great advantage - as Matisse famously said: "A thimble full of red is redder than a bucketful." The 10 artists in the exhibition celebrate the many ways to see the color red. “Red can boost your energy, it exudes confidence and is life-affirming. In addition, this exhibition gives all art lovers something different to do with their sweethearts for their Valentine’s celebration,” says SARTQ co-founder Tim Jaeger.
The artwork in this group show includes printmaking, collage, drawing, video installation, sculpture and painting. In addition, FREE red silk screened prints will be made for the public right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ. Attendees may bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, pants, scarfs etc., though any item that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on.
SARTQ: RED exhibition is open to the public with no admission fee. Cash bar and live music by Hunter Brown will be provided. Following the opening reception, the Palmetto Art Center gallery will be open Saturday, February 11th from 11AM - 1PM. Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon - 2PM, and by appointment.
The 10 participating SARTQ artists include Jeffery Cornwell, Elena De La Ville, Zachary Gilliland, Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite, Jenny Medved, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk, and Jill Taffet
For more information:
The Palmetto Art Center is located at:
907 5th Street West, Palmetto, Florida, 34221.
Right next door to Grower's Hardware Store
Brave New Art: SRQ Magazine
BY ELIZABETH STEINER | SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING | WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2016
"Art Center Sarasota embarks on new digital frontier with the show #postdigital. A three-room exhibition, the intersection between technology and art comes to a head with interactive multimedia work from 28 local artists, designers from the Faulhaber Fab Lab and students and faculty members from Ringling College of Art and Design, New College of Florida, Pine View School and IMG Academy.
Art Center Sarasota Director Lisa Berger and Exhibition Curator Dustin Juengel wanted to showcase how high-tech innovations like 3D printers and laser cutters impact the art world. A visual artist in his own right, Juengel used his connections to the local art scene to track down artists working in non-traditional digital mediums. He also enlisted the Faulhaber Fab Lab, which contributed pieces to the exhibition that blur the line between science and art. Lending a hand, Best Buy, Microsoft and Apple provided the devices necessary to display the art. Thus #postdigital became a reality.
Venturing into the digital realm is a first for Art Center Sarasota. “We’re used to hanging up paintings, and now we’re hanging up iPads and [using] drones,” said Berger. Though most of the works in the exhibition are purely digital, a few pieces integrate technology to transcend their more traditional form. For example, Cassia Kite, a local visual artist and educator at IMG Academy, turns her paintings into readable QR codes using the Aurasma app. Hold a mobile device in front of the painting—the app “targets” the piece and plays a video.
“You can’t draw a distinct line,” says Juengel of the division between art and technology. “Every piece in the exhibition here seems to share something: a certain passion for making. A certain playfulness. The different technologies are just materials.”
#postdigital at Art Center Sarasota, May 19–June 25
Photo: Cassia Kite demonstrates how her painting interacts with a tablet device using the Aurasma app.
by Marty Fugate, May 24, 2016, Sarasota Hearld Tribune, Ticket Sarasota Arts
“You can take a girl off of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.” The art of Cassia Kite offers proof of that statement. She was born and raised on a family farm in Auburn, Nebraska. Her upbringing continues to inform her creations.
"My work communicates the nostalgia, appreciation, love and admiration that I have for my farm life," she says. "You can see that heritage throughout my work, whether it be the imagery of farmscapes, portraits of family members or abstract constructions of memories involving symbolism. Everything I create has historical and sentimental relevance to my past and present. Every piece stands in relation to my own personal narrative."
This perspective doesn't mean she's living in the past. Kite's latest work is a multimedia journey in augmented reality. Three of these paintings are part of the #postdigital exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. Kite's subject matter is down on the farm. But there's more to the paintings than meets the eye.
With the aid of the Aurasmaapp, viewers with smart phones and tablets can access videos associated with her two-dimensional paintings.
"Black Angus Baldy Steer" is part of Kite's Chores series of cattle paintings which take inspiration from documentary photography. It's a simple image of a solitary head of cattle in a realistic field, blurred, painterly demarcations suggesting the layers of memory. A window on a smart device reveals deeper layers of memory -- a montage of video on her family farm. You see a wind-blown Kite in the back of her father's tractor; grain pouring into a feed trough; a line of patient cattle heading out to the fields. The physical reality behind the painter's vision unfolds. And also the emotional connection.
"Cassia in Overalls" is a portrait of the artist as a farm girl -- a simple study in graphite and acrylic. The artist confronts the viewer with a direct gaze, neither confrontational nor shy. The Aurasma app takes you to spoken word excerpts from M.J. Howard's "A Farm Built on a Handshake" -- a collection of short fiction Kite illustrated with her landscapes and crisp studies of humans, animals and other characters.
"Nebraska Winter Cornfield" is a miniature painting of a landscape on Kite's family farm. Thanks to augmented reality, the image becomes a portal to photographs of the place itself. Opening doors is what her art is all about.
Kite notes that, "I still create my art in traditional two-dimensional media. A program like Aurasma literally adds another dimension. But it's not meant to be a substitute. I still use my eyes, hand, pencil, paint and canvas to create. I'm not interested in a digital alternative at the moment. But digital technology can be a doorway to something more. And I'm extremely interested in that!"
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Claudia Cumbie Jones, Lance Ford Jones, Rick Herzog , Mark Dancigers, Kim Anderson, Caui Lofgren, Cassia Kite Jaeger, Sarah Valdez, Caitlin Burns, Gigi Lage, Wesley Thorp, Eric Voorhis , Sky Kistler, Davin Aberle , Daniel Jeffers, Emily Rives, Ruzica Ivanovic, Celia Garcia Nogales, Hayley Denham, John Dillard, Jordan Daher, Nick ODonnell
Inside the minds of artists Javo, Cassia Kite and Richie Brasil.
BY PHIL LEDERER | SRQ MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2015
"For artist Cassia Kite, the past is very much alive, sentimentally intertwined into the present, informing her work and driving her from project to project. “It’s imagery from my life, my past, trying to get into the realm of the present,” she says, unveiling Soundstitches, a mixed-media project years in the making, combining painting, stitching, music and memory. “When you have a child, it changes everything,” Kite intones, and in her case it meant easing back on the paint and picking up the needle and thread, making a quilt from her father’s old work shirts and falling in love with the process. “You spend so much time with the medium when you’re stitching that you build this relationship,” Kite says. Seeing a painterly potential within the spools of colored thread, Kite recreated line drawings with dark filament, quickly graduating to full-color paintings, abstracting her images just enough to accommodate the needle and uniting traditions of fine art and folk art into one. While plein air painting at the old family home in Nebraska, the memories return – her grandmother playing and teaching piano, the sound echoing in the house and beyond into the farm. It’s part of the house, something Kite needs to capture, “but how in the world would I do that?” Kite’s answer, and the conceit behind Soundstitches, envisions color as musical code, with each hue corresponding to a note on the musical scale. Creating her own code in the key of C, whereby green is ‘C,’ yellow is ‘D,’ orange is ‘E’ and so on, Kite can read her stitched images, from left to right and top to bottom, as a piece of music. From painting to stitching to musical interpretation, Kite’s Soundstitches presents a multi-faceted exploration of a single image, embracing and perhaps even approximating the rich but amorphous sensation of memory. "- SRQ Magazine, Phil Lederer
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts proudly presents Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015 on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 6:00pm. We’re pleased to again unite local and national artists and galleries along with our art supporters for Omaha’s premier celebration of contemporary art.
The annual auction and exhibition highlights the generosity and diversity that characterize contemporary art. By celebrating these values, the auction is an ideal opportunity for the public to support creativity in a tangible way. Sales and donations are reinvested back into the Bemis Center, to provide financial and practical support to artists year round.
This year's festivities will include a silent and live auction with 250 works of art from top artists, juried by Ellina Kevorkian, artistic director for residency programs, Alex Priest, exhibitions manager, and Larry Roots, Modern Arts Midtown gallery director.
November 11: BE FIRST - Preview Night
November 13: BE TOGETHER - Family Preview Night
November 18: BE HONORED - Special Guests Preview Night
November 21: Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015
November 23: 2016 Juried Group Exhibition Award announcement
Register HERE for Benefit admission.
On Saturday evening, December 6th, from 6 - 9PM, PAC invites the public to come see Tim Jaeger, 10 Big Portraits | Cassia Kite, Sentimental(s) Opening Reception Exhibition.
This combined event, showcasing new works of Sarasota-based artists Tim Jaeger and Cassia Kite, offers art lovers and curious critics an evening of family-friendly indulgence and wonder. Jaeger's portraits are simple, quiet and introspective; presented in a straightforward and unadorned fashion. Portraits are inherently a celebration of a life. These works are a memorialization of the inner essence of the subject, not just a literal likeness. Kite's series consists of intimate hand stitches and miniature works representative of landscapes and objects. These works exhibit as objects and places but embody the concept of portraiture. The opening reception is one of several evening happenings worth exploring in historic downtown Palmetto on Saturday, December 6th, including Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park.
More about the artists:
Tim Jaeger was raised in Paducah, KY before moving to Sarasota, FL in 1998 to earn a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2002, in addition to exhibiting his work, Jaeger has expanded into the business and politics of Sarasota's visual arts. As Interim Assistant Director of the Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries and Exhibitions, board member of Sarasota's Public Art Committee, CEO of sarasotavisualart.com, and president of the newly reformed SARTQ artist collective, Jaeger works toward engaging the community and fostering new artistic partnerships. Currently, Jaeger's works can be seen in numerous public and private collections. Additional information and artworks can be found at www.regeaj.com
Cassia Kite was born and raised in Auburn, Nebraska and attended Northwest Missouri State University earning a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, along with a B.S in Art Education. In the summer of 2006, Kite moved to St. Petersburg, Florida from Atlanta, Georgia to work with both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Salvador Dali Museum. She earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2010 and is currently working as a Studio Art Instructor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. As part of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota’s Creators and Collectors Tour, Kite will be opening her studio space to the general public in March 2015. Additional information and artworks can be found at www.cassiakite.com
Jaeger and Kite were married in the summer of 2012, on Kite’s family farm in Auburn, Nebraska. Both artists are currently represented by State of the Arts Gallery located in downtown Sarasota.
Tim Jaeger’s 10 Big Portraits along with Cassia Kite’s Sentimental(s), will be on exhibit at the Palmetto Art Center’s Opening Reception, December 6th from 6 - 9PM. 10 Big Portraits | Sentimental(s)
Images of available works from this show can be seen under the printmaking tab
The informal event is intended to showcase and introduce a diverse group of leaders and creative minds from our community. 10 speakers will present 10 images of their work, interest, or inspiration. Slides will advance automatically every 30 seconds with brief introductions between speakers. The speakers include a publisher, the recipient of SAF’s 2013 Paul Rudolph Award, a restaurateur, a painter, Selby Garden’s director of education, an expert in prehispanic Maya from New College, a manufacturing entrepreneur, a senior scientist at Mote Marine’s laboratory, and the director of the upcoming Sarasota Film Festival.
The presentations will start at 6:00pm. No RSVP required.
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The "Legacy Artists" who painted six spinet pianos, six pianists and sponsoring business members will join the community for a concert to celebrate this public music/art project, which will run through May. After the concert, the pianos will be delivered to their permanent locations at:• Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
• Main Street Traders, 1468 Main St.
• Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
• Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave.
• Bohemian Bliss Boutique, 1544 Main St.
• DiFilippo Kent Gallery/Showroom, 79 S. Palm Ave.
Event is free and open to the public
Front Cover: Nakamura, p.120
Studio Visit: Volume Twenty-Two
Dina Deitsch, Senior Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
"Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, served as the juror for the competition that resulted in this installment of Studio Visit. In the end, there were 239 artists selected for inclusion...More than 900 artists submitted work for this edition of Studio Visit. Entries came from around the globe and in a variety of media."
Cassia Kite is featured on page 83 in Volume 22 of Studio Visit Magazine, 2013
Editor and Publisher: Steven T. Zevitas Associate Publisher: Andrew Katz Design / Production: Kayelani Ortiz Communications Manager: Alexa Kinne Copyright © 2013. The Open Studios Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any way without written permission from the publisher. PRINTED IN KOREA All rights in each work of art reproduced herein are retained by the artist.
Editor and Publisher: Steven T. Zevitas Associate Publisher: Andrew Katz Design / Production: Kayelani Ortiz Communications Manager: Alexa Kinne
Copyright © 2013. The Open Studios Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any way without written permission from the publisher.
PRINTED IN KOREA
All rights in each work of art reproduced herein are retained by the artist.
Sarasota Youth Orchestra Music Box Project
Center Studio: Palmetto Art Center presents Regeneration Series, new works created by Sarasota based artist Cassia Kite. Original large-scale paintings and drawings are featured along with recent short videos about this exciting new series of works. “REGENERATION is about the passive and active emotional declination of the past. It is my hope to bring a resolve to intense feelings of nostalgia that create grievances between my present existence and my past experiences” says Kite. “Although I cannot recover past experiences, return to places I have a longing to be, or communicate physically with individuals that have influenced me, I can recall and regenerate them to the canvas in an attempt to construct these sentimental, fleeting memories from my past to the present.”
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5th, 5-7 p.m.
[LOCATION] From Bradenton / Sarasota: Traveling north on Business US41, head over the Manatee River on the Green Bridge into historic Palmetto. Turn left onto 5th Street at first traffic light after coming over the bridge. We are on the corner of the second block, on your left. Look out for the bright blue building - next door to Grower's Hardware.
[ABOUT PALMETTO ART CENTER] The Palmetto Art Center (PAC) is a welcoming space that provides an enriching experience for you, your family and our community.
Our mission is simple: To continue creating a sense of community while doing things we enjoy.
The space is clean, fresh and functional. A sense of trust, mutual respect and open collaboration is evident among all who spend time here.
At PAC, everyone feels invited ––along with a desire to have fun, socialize with friends, and to explore creative, cultural or community callings.
It goes without saying that PAC does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sense of humor, raw talent, etc.
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Featured on the cover of SEASON Magazine:
The Observer's Guide to the Arts and Society, Fall 2012
REGENERATION: In Homage To: Hand Me Downs, 2011
71" x 48" x 1"
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Currently being shown and for sale at:
ArtSlant Awards and Juried Exhibition: 4th 2011 Showcase Winner in the Painting Category
REGENERATION V: Highway 75, 2010
ArtSlant Awards and Juried Exhibition: 3rd 2011 Showcase Winner in the Painting Category
In Homage To: Hand Me Downs, 2011
March 31, 2011 – April 3, 2011
"We are proud to announce the Top 64 winning works for the ARTPARIS Showdown, from a total of 3,777 submitted works. The Saatchi Online all-digital booth at ARTPARIS Grand Palais 2011, will be taking place in Paris, France from March 31, 2011 – April 3, 2011, featuring the Top 128 artists as curated by the community for the community and Art Paris 2011."
Solo Show Opening: REGENERATION concept series
Venue: Cafe Bohemia
937 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Opening Reception: Nov. 13, 2010 @ 8 p.m.
Closing Reception: Dec. 9, 2010 @ 8 p.m.
Re:Age: Young artists reflect on age, creativity and longevity
Youth is fleeting, especially as a creative individual. The bravado, energy and enthusiasm with which one grows into and cultivates their art is necessarily sacrificed for the maturity and wisdom of age as one's career develops. For this show, we ask a handpicked group of young artists to reflect upon their creative progress to date, and using this moment of self-reflection, to envision the artist they will be 50 years in the future. The exhibition will open in two installments, divided between the male and female participating artists. While the overall concept for each installment is the same, we approach the separate groups with slightly different leading themes, asking different questions to guide the respective creative responses. The show includes works by Heather Dykstra, Jean Saavedra, Victoria Topor, Cecilia Lueza, Kevin Margitch, Erik Jones, Ryan Prado, Cassia Kite, Frank Strunk III and Daniel Williams among others.
When: March 19, 2009, 6:00 p.m. -Midnight
535 Dr. M. L. King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Mallin and Charno Galleries: Kansas City Artists Coalition
8th Annual Juried Undergraduate Show, April 11- 25, 2003
Kansas City, Missouri
MSSU Spiva Art Gallery: Four
State College Salon Juried Exhibition, March 2003
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, Missouri 64801