Meet Orlando’s Hottest Emerging Artists
Orlando’s emerging artists are making a name for themselves. See them now through Oct. 7 at the Mennello Museum of American Art’s Our Orlando group show and many more Oct. 27–28 at Spirit Media’s ArtOrlando.
Orlando’s emerging artists are making a name for themselves. From the recent Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition to the Emerging Arts Leaders: Central Florida, talented emerging and mid-career artists are celebrating the vibrant cultural life of Florida.
Sarah M. Bender
A graduate of Florida State University, Sarah M. Bender works primarily in oils but occasionally incorporates ceramic sculpture and mixed media pieces into her work. “There is a Rockwellian sense of nostalgia and sentimentality in my imagery,” she writes on her website, “but surrealist elements create an unsettling feeling. I draw my inspiration from childhood memories and photographs, as well as pop culture and books.”
Peterson Guerrier grew up in Miami, where he attended Design and Architecture Senior High. After graduating from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Guerrier returned to Florida and currently lives and works in Orlando. Best known for his work with the concept of duality, Guerrier works in both painting and photography. “Beauty is only the beginning of a conversation,” he writes on his website.
A self-taught painter, illustrator, muralist, and collage artist, Boy Kong was born in Orlando and now divides his time between Florida and New York. He finds inspiration in ukiyo-e, a Japanese art form that means “pictures of the floating world;” surrealism, graffiti art, and animal folklore and connects these disparate elements through color and rhythmic application. “Color, lines, movement, and impact — those are the main points that itch my mind and beat me up when I think about [my inspiration],” he told the Mennello Museum.
Kelly Joy Ladd
Kelly Joy Ladd is a self-taught artist who grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida. Known as a “paper artisan,” Ladd takes a simple piece of paper and transforms it into a 3D piece of art. “Color excites me, but I also honor the sleek simplicity of black and white,” she writes on her website. “Even more, I’m enthusiastic about texture and dimension. I’ve created different ways to make texture with paper using ripping and cutting techniques. I love the playful, unexpected, and dimensional element that textured paper brings to canvas.”
To view Our Orlando: Making Sense of our World, visit the Mennello Museum of American Art through Oct. 7.
Interested in seeing more talented, developing artists? Mark your calendars for ArtOrlando this Oct. 27–28 at the Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando. A two-day celebration featuring some of the most talented artists in the nation, ArtOrlando will present the works of artists from all backgrounds and mediums, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their creativity and you the opportunity to find your next masterpiece.