New College colleagues’ artwork doubles up on perspectives

From Your Observer .  February 12, 2020

Exhibitions at Art Center of Sarasota combine past and present in innovative, entertaining ways

Four galleries, four exhibitions — Art Center Sarasota has the space to present more than an eyeful under one roof, and it knows how to use it.

If you like to really study artwork, to analyze and appreciate artists’ imagination and execution, and if encountering variety as you move from piece to piece brings that tendency out in you even more, be advised, you’d better set aside a few hours for this set of exhibitions.

In the middle gallery is “Black Muse 2020,” the annual exhibition of members of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. It’s a heartfelt collection filled with images that depict an African American perspective on life in times of struggle and in everyday living.

It could take you a while to reach either of those exhibitions, though, because the two galleries at the front might be hard to tear yourself away from. The exhibitions are independent of each other, but they are on similar wavelengths. Not surprisingly, the two artists are colleagues and friends. Ryan Buyssens and Kim Anderson are art professors at New College of Florida. Both of their exhibitions combine the modern with the old-fashioned in a way that is innovative and playfully interactive.

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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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