New MCC Fine Art Gallery Hosts Society of Artists Exhibit

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 21, 2009) - A beautiful new Fine Art Gallery is the setting for "Society of Artists," a special exhibition that brings together carefully selected artwork by MCC faculty and guest artists who have exhibited at MCC in the past.

The 1,200 sq. ft. new Fine Art Gallery is the showpiece of 2,400 sq. ft. of remodeled and expanded space on the northeast side of Neel Performing Arts Center. Gallery features include spacious open exhibition space, soaring vaulted ceiling, custom track lighting system, thick walls reinforced for art installations and a new air conditioning system that allows for better air exchange to prevent excessive moisture from harming valuable art.

An oversized service door opens from the gallery to garage-style storage and loading area that will handle large pieces. A contiguous office allows the Art Gallery Manager to be on site. The Fine Art Gallery has a separate entrance but also can connect to the lobby of Neel Performing Arts Center via a new wide corridor. A new upgraded ticket booth located in the corridor serves both the Fine Art Gallery and Neel Performing Arts Center.  

The "Society of Artists" opening exhibition features a variety of artwork by different artists including:

  • a large wheel-thrown and hand-sculpted ceramic platter by MCC Professor Ted Camp;
  • a small porcelain vase with lacy edges by master potter Huh Ki Woon, a Sarasota resident considered a living national treasure in his native Korea;
  • a burlap wall hanging, its design based on the Pythagorean Theorem, by conceptual artist John Sims as commissioned by the MCC Math Department; and,
  • a whimsical but socially conscious sculpture, "No More Gas," cast in fiberglass from an actual gas tank by Olympia Zacchini of circus family fame.

The "Society of Artists" exhibition will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 19. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Fine Art Gallery Manager Joe Loccisano, 941-752-5225. For directions, visit the MCC Web site at

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