"Alone Together" (oil on canvas with walnut stereo viewer) by Kim Anderson
“Alone Together” (oil on canvas with walnut stereo viewer) by Kim Anderson


By Abby Weingarten

After rigorous jurying and a long-delayed unveiling, New College Associate Professor of Art Kim Anderson is finally displaying her work for Tampa Bay-area spectators.

The Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration exhibit (Anderson’s portion) opened on June 3 at the Tampa Museum of Art and will continue through October 10.

“I’m very excited to be one of 49 exhibiting artists selected to be part of this multi-institutional collaboration,” said Anderson, who is showcasing two large-scale stereographic painting installations.

The exhibit—which celebrates the diversity and talent of working artists in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties—is a collaboration between four regional art museums: the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. PetersburgThe Ringling and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. The participating institutions have even co-published a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring the work of each artist, to accompany the exhibition.

The Skyway concept originated in 2017, and this year’s version was initially planned for summer 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. An open call for artists first occurred in 2019, and the submissions were juried by representatives from each of the museums (plus a guest juror).

“I was intrigued by the local focus and scope of the open call. The entries underwent a rigorous jurying process (conducted by a team of six curators representing four local art museums) and a series of pre-COVID studio visits,” Anderson said. “About a month after I learned that my work had been selected for inclusion, we went into lockdown. So, after much uncertainty, I’m pleased that the exhibition is moving forward this summer. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with local artists, curators and the public after so much isolation this past year.”

Anderson has looked very forward to displaying her work, which is informed by cinematic antecedents, photography and figurative painting traditions. Interactive stereoscope viewers, modeled after English physicist Charles Wheatstone’s 1832 invention, accompany the paintings—transforming a two-dimensional, painted world into virtual dioramas and “inviting analogies to the changing landscape between our physical and virtual worlds,” Anderson said.

“Even before the advent of photography, artists employed optical devices, including the Claude glass or black mirror, and camera obscura. I’m interested in bringing this history into my work,” Anderson said. “The stereoscope adds a playful and interactive space for engaging with painting—beyond its existence as an object on a wall—suggestive of a rudimentary form of augmented reality. There is something cinematic but also paranormal in the way it operates, like a scrying or divining instrument.”

Anderson’s paintings also depict women from various historical periods posing in theatrical settings.

“In this way, the work engages with the ways women have historically navigated distinctive positions as subjects, consumers and practitioners of art,” Anderson said. “And I bring to this arena my experience as an art educator, practicing artist and former artist model.”

For more information on the Skyway 20/21 exhibit, visit skywaytampabay.com/skyway-20-21.

Abby Weingarten is the senior editor in the Office of Communications & Marketing.


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.

Inquiries about this article can be made to 941-487-4157 or to email us.

Do you know of an event or story we should share? Tell us about it.

Related News

Campus News

Exploring a “house that has no walls”
April 6, 2021

The 2021 thesis art exhibition, "what we do in the house that has no walls," will run from April 14…

In the media

Permanent Interactive Sculpture by (NCF Alum) Falon Mihalic now installed at Market Square Park
December 15, 2020

From Hotinhoustonnow, December 14, 2020 Meander, a series of concrete and resin structures, takes inspiration from Buffalo Bayou The Houston…

Campus News

Alumna to explore the world (and paint it)
October 18, 2020

New College alumna and visual artist Danielle Dygert shipped out last week for a six-month-long cross-country trip with her dog--to…