The Sumi Ink Club Visits The University of Florida

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During the last week in February 2017, the UF School of Art and Art History hosted the Sumi Ink Club as part of its Spring 2017 Visiting Artists Lecture Series. The Sumi Ink Club was organized in 2005 by Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, Los Angeles-based artists interested in producing collaborative artwork through open-to-the-public meetings, which can be organized by anyone at any time, using minimal materials.

In each of its permutations, the Sumi Ink Club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life, beginning with a core set of guidelines for collaboration to create complex composite images that represent our histories, narratives, fantasies and imaginaries. Images made by Sumi Ink Club belong to the public domain, and have been widely re-worked, displayed and distributed as murals, prints, textiles, garments, and zines. The Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles.

While on UF’s campus, Sarah and Luke delivered a Visiting Artists’ Lecture, conducted several studio visits with MFA students, and staged two participatory events: One during the SAAH’s open-house Art Bash on Friday evening; and a second all-day participatory workshop for local art teachers, art education students and faculty, plus alumni of our residential and online art education programs.

One of Sumi Ink Club’s drawings, which is specifically unique to the University of Florida, is now on display on the bridge connecting the second floors of Fine Arts Building A and Fine Arts Building C at the College of the Arts. Two other murals produced during the Saturday workshop can be seen in the SAAH’s second floor showcases.

Special thanks to Jean and David Koivu for their generous donation that made this lecture possible, as well as to the UF Art Education program.