Art Calls for Cereal Boxes

Posted by Louis Wery on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 9:45am.

For art’s sake, bring your empty and most colorful cereal boxes, office supply boxes, shoe boxes, liquor boxes to Sarasota High School, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Here are the drop-off times: 11am-2pm October 19, November 9 and December 14.

Your brightly printed cardboard trash will make a splash onto a site-specific art installation that artist Lisa Hoke will create early next year. The artist transforms trash to colorful art at major museums, and now she will work her wizardry in Sarasota. Her new installation will grow inside the historic high school, the future home of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) as part of the ARTmuse program.

“It’s most important that the boxes be colorful, not ripped or crinkled. No plastic,” said Wendy Surkis, president of Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, when she announced SMOA’s 2014 ARTmuse program which takes place from January 15-February 4, 2014.

The first step toward creating Hoke's big and vibrant assemblage requires enormous amounts of bright cardboard. Then we will watch the artist transform our recycling into a site-specific collage.

Surkis says that Hoke’s work—reusing materials that are transformed into works of color and beauty—is “symbolic of the work SMOA is doing to re-purpose the historic Sarasota High School into a dynamic arts destination for innovative, contemporary visual art.”

For more information, please visit, or call Wendy G. Surkis at 941.309.7662.

Detail of an installation by Lisa Hoke courtesy of Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design

For more information about Sarasota & Her Islands, please contact Louis Wery.

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