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Community Mural Project 2009
Community Mural Project 2008

THE BIG DRAW Schedule
October 1 - October 31 2009
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THE BIG DRAW-IN
October 10th 2009

The BIG DRAW Visiting Artists

Archive: The BIG DRAW 2008

2008 Guest Artists

WEEK ONE – September 15 – 20

How to Participate:
REBECCA SEXTON LARSON is an artist working with alternative photographic processes. She has received three Florida Artist Fellowships, 1998, 2002, and 2008, AS well as a number of other major awards.  In 2005 she was commissioned to be the City of Tampa’s Photographer Laureate. Sexton Larson's photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including: Polaroid, Polk Museum of Art, and the Tampa Museum of Art (to name a few).  Her work is featured in the book, Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering a Historic Technique by Eric Renner. She was the former Curator of Education at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland.  http://www.sextonlarson.com/ 
BRUCE MARSH is a Professor Emeritus with University of South Florida, having taught in the School of Art and Art History from 1968 – 2003. He taught a variety of courses, from painting and drawing to electronic media.   His paintings have been widely exhibited on a regional and national level, and are represented in several major museum and corporate collections. During September and October his paintings will be part of a two person exhibition at the Clayton Gallery, Tampa.  A major part of his work has been creating site-specific work for public spaces, both for corporate and government clients. A current project is wall of images for the new City of Tampa Riverwalk, to be completed in December of 2008.  http://brucemarsh.net
JEFFREY CORNWALL is Co-Director of the Teen Studios Program at the Ringling College of Art & Design, where he has taught teens in a range of visual arts courses for the last ten years.   He is a practicing, exhibiting artist and earned his  BFA from Ringling. Jeffrey is also art Instructor for the New Gate School in Sarasota.   He is sponsored in this workshop series by Ringling College of Art & Design, Continuing & Special Programs. 
PATRICK LINDHARDT has a diverse career as an Artist/ Printmaker, Educator, and Printer for major international artists. He received his BFA Degree from St. Cloud College in Minnesota, and his MFA Degree from USF, Tampa.  He has been on the Fine Arts Faculty of the Ringling School of Art and Design since 1989. He has exhibited his prints and artist books widely, and is currently represented by the Emerson Gallery of St. Petersburg.   Patrick owns and directs the Flatstone Press in Sarasota, and has done extensive work with GraphicStudio of USF, Gemini Press of LosAngeles, and James Rosenquist in both Aripeka, Florida and New York City.

WEEK 2 –  September 21 – 27

SHERYL HALER is an artist, designer, author, and the Coordinator of Sequential Design at Ringling College of Art and Design.  Sheryl’s preferred media is cloth and her work is in both private and public collections. Nature, myth, and nurturing are the major themes of her work, with the focus of the art being the essence of a memory; of a place, of an experience, its strength, its beauty, its spirit, its forgiveness, its resurgence and that sense of being engulfed and embraced in the moment. 
TIM RUMAGE is the coordinator of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design.  He is a trained field biologist and expedition leader who has done research on owls, whales, bats, and seabirds as well as on the ecosystems of Kenya, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ecuador and many areas of the US.  His current work is on green roofs, vertical gardens and sustainability.  He collaborates in a range of projects and processes with visual artists. 
DEE HOOD is an artist working across media---in painting, sculpture, time based video montage, artist’s books and installation.   She received her MFA from the University of South Florida.  Dee has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the Tampa-bay area and has been selected for many juried exhibitions nationally. Her video work is currently exhibited at the North Miami Museum.  She is on the faculty at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL.  www.ringling.edu/~dhood
DOLORES COE is an artist working with diverse media and photographic processes in her oil and mixed media paintings.  She received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and was on the Faculty of the Ringling College of Art and Design from 1991 until 2005 when she resigned her teaching position to pursue studio work full time.  Her teaching has spanned drawing, painting, design and digital media as well as work collaborating with major community and educational projects.  Her work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in regional and national gallery and museum exhibitions and is included in a number of public, private and museum collections.  www.dolorescoe.com
ELENA CIFUENTES is a multi-media artist with her BFA from the University of Tampa, and an MFA from the University of South Florida.  She is currently pioneering a method she has worked with over the last fifteen years that instructs everyone to draw and paint - NO TALENT REQUIRED.  Her video, "Drawing with Symbols," uses origami and familiar symbols  to teach people of all ages to draw as easily as they learn to write their name. She has extensive teaching experience with children and adults, working in schools, college, and other class and workshop formats.

WEEK 3 –  September 28- October 4

KIRK KE WANG, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College, is a painter, sculptor and designer. He was born in Shanghai, China. He completed his BFA and MFA studies in Nanjing Normal University, China and was appointed as an assistant professor at the Nanjing Normal University, when he was 20 years old.  In 1984, Kirk won the bronze medal for the “6th National Competition of the Best Artists of China”. In 1986, Kirk moved to the US to complete his second MFA from USF. Kirk has been teaching at Eckerd College since the fall of 1993. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his works has been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia. Kirk is the recipient of numerous grants from major foundations and organizations. 
MARJORIE GREENE is an associate professor in Fine Arts at St. Petersburg College, with a Bachelors Degree in Printmaking from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master's Degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  She attended the well-known Drawing Marathon program at the New York Studio School and has taught similar marathon based mini-workshops including last year’s drawing marathon at the St. Petersburg Art Center. 
ROBIN CODY holds an M.F.A. in Painting from Queens College, City University of New York, and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Robin’s paintings develop out of direct observation and on site work.  She is represented by galleries in Florida and Maine. Robin is a full time instructor of painting at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. 

WEEK 4 -  October 5 – 11 

NEVERNE COVINGTON is an artist whose work has always grown out of drawing.  Her drawings, paintings, and prints explore narrative themes, expressive images, the use of color in drawing, and the development of very large-scale images and portraits.   Educated at USF, Eckerd College and in London, she has been the recipient of a number of Artist’s Grants and Residencies.   Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the region including recent exhibitions at Emerson Gallery in St Petersburg and the International Print & Drawing Competition at University of Miami. 
MICHAEL PARKER has a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a MFA in Art from USF, Tampa. He has produced and/or directed large public mural projects over the past few years, and is Co-Director of the Community art Program, Community Stepping Stones; a non-profit organization dedicated to community enhancement through art education and community collaboration. .  He is a 2008 Ucross Foundation resident fellow and his paintings, exhibited throughout the region, are represented by the Paula Ysom Group. http://www.paulaysom.com/site/profile/22 
…and joined by other area artists and arts organizations for October 11th  BIG DRAW-IN