SKYWAY 20/21A Contemporary Collaboration
May 22 through August 22, 2021
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a collective institutional decision was made to postpone Skyway 2020 by one year, to become Skyway 20/21. We look forward to celebrating the artists of Tampa Bay this Spring! Skyway 20/21 is the second iteration of the exhibition celebrating the diversity and talent of artists in the Tampa Bay area. It is also an exercise in collaboration, as it is shared between four institutions: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the USF Contemporary Art Museum. In total, 48 artists have been selected from across Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring texts by the curators and guest juror Claire Tancons.
The Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting the work of 15 artists that address, by varied means, the natural environment. In Florida, where hurricanes, flooding and erosion are very real threats, discussing the weather is not a cliché, but an integral and pressing part of life in the (sub)tropics. Working across varied media, these artists celebrate, investigate, and honor the natural world, be it through the highly realistic study of native Floridian plant life as seen in Lynne Railsback’s watercolors, or a more abstract approach to the landscape tradition as seen in the paintings and pastels of Karl Kelly. Photographer Jon Notwick sheds light on the military test sites that sit below our parks and forested areas, while video and performance artist Dakota Gearhart uses humor and a lo-fi aesthetic to present the importance of interspecies relationships. Painters Ezra Johnson and Savannah Magnolia Bonnette expose the pollution of our waterways and bodies. Taken together, this exhibition not only highlights the talents of artists working in the Tampa Bay region, but also examines one of the most pressing issues of our time, the care of our natural environment.
For more information, please visit http://skywaytampabay.com/skyway-20-21.
Savannah Magnolia Bonnette