By Shane Donglasan

Fourth-year Jack Micoli received an honorable mention for his artwork, “Golf Course Strip Mine.”
Fourth-year Jack Micoli received an honorable mention for his artwork, “Golf Course Strip Mine.”

More than 20 works of art by New College students are showcased in this year’s Juried Art Exhibition at the Isermann Gallery in the Caples Fine Arts Complex. On Jan. 31, members of the campus community and the public attended the opening reception and awards presentation.
Now in its 10th year, the exhibit features various artistic mediums including sculpture, painting, photography, clothing and stained glass, and explores an even wider array of themes such as identity, memory, politics and religion.
This year’s exhibit was juried by curators Ola Wlusek and Rhiannon Paget from The Ringilng Museum of Art.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity to see what young talent there is here in Sarasota,” said Wlusek. “Being a juror is such a daunting job because I was so impressed by the quality of work. I noticed there was self-reflexivity in the works, as well as a focus on the Sarasota environment, and I think it’s a great reminder of how locality can be useful to our creative practice.”
Three purchase awards went to Corrine Leavengood, Autumn Schwers and Lila Kreis. Their work will be accepted into New College’s art collection. Second and third place were awarded to Jamie Moriarty and Caitlin Matthews, respectively. Margaux Albiez, Jack Micoli and Gloria Pritchard received honorable mentions.
Fourth-year Corinne Leavengood’s “The Aberration [sic] of the Virgin” is a thesis project formed using carpentry, stained glass, digital drawing and screen printing. The work explores Christian iconography in relation to concepts of masculinity and femininity.
“This piece is about the struggle of being a female-bodied person and dealing with other people trying control your body whether it’s through the fight for reproductive rights or gender expression,” said Leavengood.
Professor of Art Kim Anderson, far left, prepares to announce the winners of the 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition along with jurors and Ringling Museum curators Ola Wlusek and Rhiannon Paget.
Professor of Art Kim Anderson, far left, prepares to announce the winners of the 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition along with jurors and Ringling Museum curators Ola Wlusek and Rhiannon Paget.

Students expressed the opportunity to exhibit as a learning experience, especially as emerging artists.
“It’s been really great for exposure and getting the chance to hear criticism from people I normally wouldn’t hear feedback from,” said third-year Lola Whitworth. “Usually, I feel like people see my art online, but having my art exhibited in a gallery gives viewers a different experience.”
Fourth-year Jack Micoli, whose work received an honorable mention, added that the process of submitting to the exhibition is a nerve-wracking but validating experience when your work gets chosen.
“It gets you used to being in an environment where you might get rejected and to not be afraid of that,” Micoli said. “It’s also nice to draw people to Caples to show them what we are doing and celebrate what we have been working on.”
The exhibition will be on display in the Isermann Gallery until March 15.
– Shane Donglasan is the marketing writer/project coordinator at New College of Florida.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s 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 arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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