The visitors to the final Ringling Underground of the Spring 2015 season will encounter a range of mediums including an interactive performance piece with Vincent Kral, paintings by Laine Nixon, sculpture by Matthew Drennan Wicks, and a site-specific installation by Michael Covello. Artists will visually transform the courtyard by challenging the spectator’s perception.
Michael Covello is an internationally exhibiting artist based in New York and Tampa, FL. He has exhibited at various museums and art spaces around the country, such as the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL, the LaGrange Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Art and History Museum of Maitland, FL, and the Miller Gallery at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.
He has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Business News Magazine, and Hyperallergic. Covello has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and Hampton Arts Management.
Vincent J. Kral is a Tampa-based artist who exhibits throughout the United States. Participating in more than 50 exhibitions during the past decade, Vincent uses video, audio, and sculptural installations to engage the viewer.
He works as the Chief Preparator at the USF Contemporary Art Museum and is the Director and Curator of the Hatchway Gallery.
His curating efforts include The Ink Panther at the Ink Miami Art Fair in 2014 Miami Art Basel, A Different Frame of Mind at the USF Contemporary Art Museum, So You Think You Can Paint competitions held in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, and exhibitions at the Hatchway Gallery.
Laine Nixon is a contemporary painter known for her non-objective, responsive works. While completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The University of South Florida, she exhibited work in two solo shows at the Centre Gallery and won the USF College of Engineering Artbank Award.
In 2014, Nixon was selected for a Creative Capital Foundation workshop. Nixon is a member of Sarasota’s contemporary artists collective, SARTQ and a board member of the Women Contemporary Artists of the Gulf Coast.
Her work will be included in the Spring 2015 edition of Studio Visit Magazine as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at Tampa’s Gallery 221. Born in Oklahoma, she now lives and works in Sarasota, FL.
Matthew Drennan Wicks
Matthew Drennan Wicks has been both nationally and internationally recognized for his ceramic and non-ceramic based sculpture.
His work discusses the domesticity of craft based objects as well as the problems intrinsic to his choice of ceramics as an art-making material.
His work has been showcased throughout the United States as well as Europe and Russia and has been included in permanent collections in Massachusetts and Montana.