"Insert Coin To Play"
Raymond James Stutz Arts Gallery Exhibition
November 2 - 30
"Surrendering to an Indigenous Invasion," Painting by Drew Etienne

"Surrendering to an Indigenous Invasion,"a painting by Drew Etienne

"Insert Coin to Play" is the November exhibition in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, and a Spirit and Place event.

Special First Friday preview on November 2, from 5:00-9:00pm.

Panel Discussion and Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 9, 6:00-9:30pm (more info below)

As part of the 2012 Spirit & Place Festival – which carries the theme "Play" – a group show at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery will explore how video games have influenced art. The exhibition features works by regional artists inspired by video games.

Video games are a prevalent expressive and entertainment medium in modern society. We've grown up playing games in arcades, on home systems and handheld devices. Video games provide an immersive experience with graphics, sounds and storytelling. They have influenced how artists create.

The exhibition will include the work of painters, sculptors, photographers and multi-media artists, and will include stories about how video games have inspired the artists' work.

Participating artists are Faith Blackwell, Hector Del Campo, Drew Etienne, Wendy Franklin, Esteban Garcia, Brian Mumphrey, Guatam Rao, William Ray, Jason Rowland, Nicholai Shaver, Holly Sommers, Matt Sommers, Matt Williamson and Jenny Straub Youngblood.

The show will be exhibited in Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, through Nov. 30.

Opening reception and panel discussion, Friday, Nov. 9, 6-9:30 p.m. with panel at 7 p.m.
A 2012 Spirit & Place Festival event, the panel will discuss video games and art. The moderator is Andy Chen, artist and exhibition curator. Panelists will include:
• Greg Phillips, Partner at Plow Games. Plow Games develops Mobile, Computer, Console, Online games for consumer and educational markets. Plow has worked with some of the largest game publishers and licensee companies.
• Barry Geipel, Founder Mantid Creative Studios. Barry is the creator of iPhone and iPad games including: Tall Ships, Red Rover and Romeo Mike
• Joseph Crone, artist. Beckmann Emerging Artist Grant winner and current recipient of the Stutz Artists Association Residency Grant.

WHAT: "Insert Coin to Play" Gallery Exhibition

WHERE: Raymond James Stutz Arts Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street via alley)

WHEN: First Firday preview, Friday, November 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opening reception and panel discussion, Friday, November 9, 6:00-9:30 pm. Exhibition open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment through November 30.

COST: Free

INFO: www.stutzarts.com or (317) 503-6420

MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Schmits Thomas, JTPR, (317) 441-2487, jen [at] jtprinc [dot] com

Click here for a printable press release document.