Marie Yoho Dorsey
SKYWAY Panel Discussion: The Gendered Medium

SKYWAY Panel Discussion: The Gendered Medium
We begin our series of panels featuring artists from Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration and Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill with a discussion about gender and medium, particularly the role of craft in contemporary practice. FREE with Museum admission. Reception and book-signing to follow in Membership Garden.
Panelists: Neil Bender, April Hartley, Akiko Kotani, Marie Yoho Dorsey
Neil Bender uses humor and excess to explore the complex negotiations between human desire and social norms. He earned his BFA from Rutgers University and his MFA from the University of Georgia, where he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He also attended both the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. He is co-founder of Quaid Gallery in Tampa and an Associate Professor of Painting at USF Tampa.
April Hartley uses traditional textile methods learned in her childhood to explore the themes of womanhood and personal history. Hailing from a family of professional seamstresses, Hartley believes in the universality of sewing and fabric and that it “connects her to people across cultures and the boundaries of time.” She received her BFA in Painting and Textiles from Florida International University.
In her intricate installations, Akiko Kotani brings to light the immense amount of time necessary to create what appears to be a simple work, and explores the devaluing of traditional “woman’s work.” Kotani received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, PA, and her work is held in collections all over the world. Professor Emerita at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, she now lives in Gulfport.
Marie Yoho Dorsey works in multiple mediums including printmaking, performance, and sculpture. Often referencing the passage of time and the complexities of memory, her works are intricately crafted. Dorsey studied at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Tokyo, and earned her MFA from the University of South Florida.

Upcoming Fellowship at the Hemera Foundation August 2017

The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. To accomplish this, we provide financial support for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat. Qualified applicants will be full-time artists—visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists—whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.

Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration June 24 – October 15, 2017

This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in the Tampa Bay area, but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Working together, curators from these institutions will provide context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. Works in the exhibition will be selected from an open call by museum curators and a visiting juror.  I will be showing my work at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Florida.

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