The Alliance for the Arts has announced its next gallery exhibition. Featuring mixed media artist Kevin Costello and sculptor Jud Nelson, it opens Friday, January 6th with a reception at 5:00 p.m. Both artists have garnered wide acclaim over many decades for their work and devotion to the arts.
Sarasota artist and lecturer Kevin Costello is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmith’s College, University of London. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1973 and taught visual arts and art history at the San Francisco Academy of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. After moving to Florida in 1981, Costello was the Florida State School Arts Program Manager, administered by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. He is currently an instructor in Landscape Painting, Figure and Conceptual Drawing at the Ringling College of Art and Design Continuing Studies & Special Programs Department – and Lecturer in Contemporary Art History in the Elderhostel Program at Stetson University. He also spent 6 years as Art Correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and is an active member of the City of Sarasota Public Art Committee.
Costello is no stranger to the Alliance. He judged the Alliance’s 25th Annual All Florida Juried Competition in June, a show in which he assessed nearly two hundred submissions, accepting 49 for inclusion in the exhibition. Costello also taught two classes earlier this fall at the Alliance, Conceptual Practices, a workshop that incorporated ideas from music, literature and art history into the creation of drawings, paintings and assemblages in the studio, and Sphere of the Soul, a lecture series examining the relationship between painting, literature and music in British culture from the reign of Elizabeth I (late 1500s) to the present, and he will teach a drawing class there in November, 2012. Costello’s own art is currently represented by Hoffman Porges Gallery in Ybor City and State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota.
Fort Myers sculptor Jud Nelson has been creating impeccably crafted pieces since the early 1970s. His work is often described as “dazzling” in its technical accomplishment and precision. His exactingly carved sculptures are actual-sized recreations of everyday objects, like rolls of toilet paper, bars of soap, aspirin tablets, sunglasses and even light bulbs. Nelson’s carved objects reach across time through his use of traditional artistic methods.
Nelson received a BA from Bethel College in 1966 and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1968. His work is held in numerous public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI and the United States Capitol, Washington D.C.
Nelson & Costello’s opening reception is Friday, January 6th from 5-7:30 p.m. Their joint exhibit will remain on display in the Alliance Main Gallery through January 28th. Costello will lead a gallery walk & talk on Saturday, January 7th from 10-11:00 a.m. Nelson’s walk & talk is Thursday, January 12th from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
An exhibit called Artistic Collaborations featuring the work of Alliance instructors and their students will be on display in the Member Gallery, and Fort Myers painter Pat Levine will be featured in the Theater Gallery.
For more information on upcoming exhibitions during the 2012 Season visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787. The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in southwest Florida as the state-designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts’ galleries are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance campus is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.