Fort Myers artist Marcus Jansen has been juried into the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s 62nd All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition. A testament to the state’s flourishing art scene, Forida’s oldest statewide annual art competition highlights 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.
For this year’s show, the Boca Raton Museum of Art received submissions from nearly 550 Florida artists. The task of winnowing the submissions to the work that is included in this year’s exhibition fell to Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. Scala selected 149 works by 122 Florida artists in mediums that 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.
Chief Curator at the Frist Center since 2000, Scala has overseen a diverse array of exhibitions, including Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination (2012), an international survey that explores the symbolism of the hybrid body in contemporary works inspired by sources ranging from folklore and science fiction to recent advances in genetic engineering, prosthetics, and other aspects of bodily adaptation (which traveled from the Frist Center to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary); Paint Made Flesh (2009) an international survey of figure painting in the U.S., Germany, and Britain since World War II (which traveled to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester); Whispering Wind: Recent Chinese Photography; Art from the UBS PaineWebber Art Collection; and many solo exhibitions of contemporary art.
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.
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. Over the years, it has introduced the work of thousands of emerging as well as established Florida artists.
“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.”
The 62nd All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition is just the latest show to recognize Jansen’s work. In February, an esteemed panel of judges chose Jansen as a finalist for the prestigious Seventh Annual International Art Prize Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, and his painting, The Storm, went on to receive a merit award. February also saw the Aesthetica Art Prize choose Jansen’s dystopian urban landscape, Imminent Threat, for exhibition from more than 3,000 entries in their competition and exhibition. And in December, Jansen won the 5th Semi-Annual Dave Bown Project International Award.
Closer to home, artist and writer D. Dominick Lombardi included Jansen’s Final Walk in his Eye on the Storm exhibit at the Rauschenberg Gallery in March and Jansen’s Expressionism Today solo exhibition opened at BIG ARTS on Sanibel on March 15th.
You can see more than 200 original paintings, mixed media works and 3-D collages that together comprise Jansen’s private collection and working body of for-sale artworks at UNIT A Contemporary Art Space in the downtown Fort Myers River District. UNIT A is open during Art Walk and by appointment. For more information, please visit the gallery online at http://www.unitaspace.com or telephone 239-338-8449.