Meet the Artist Series Continues on Nov 9

The Studios of Key West’s Meet the Artist Series Continues
Current TSKW Artists-in-Residence Present Free Talks to the Public on November 9

Sandro Kopp, a young-German born artist currently residing in New Zealand, and Barbara Cooper, a Chicago-based sculpture artist, are the next two artists to participate in The Studios of Key West’s residency program. From a competitive and diverse field of applications, Koop and Cooper were selected as two of the 22 artist residencies TSKW will host this season.  Both artists will present free talks about their lives and work on November 9 at the Armory.

“The caliber of artists who applied to the TSKW residency program this season really blew us away,” says Lauren McAloon, TSKW Facilities Coordinator, “Our meet the artist series is an opportunity for the public to catch a glimpse into the work of these visiting artists, to chat with them in a casual setting, and to learn more about their lives as artists.”

Sandro Kopp
will present an informal hour-long talk at 10:30 am on November 9 at the Armory.  Kopp began drawing and painting proficiently at a very young age and his art was exhibited from childhood on and ever since. He was highly commended in the biennial New Zealand Portrait Awards in 2004, selected for the exhibition “Junge Kunst 69”  at Heidelberger Kunstverein as well as “REAL Symposium für figurative Kunst” in Germany in 2007 and 2009 and selected for the BP Portrait Awards exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2007, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Thyne.

While in residence at TSKW, Kopp will teach “Advancing the Figure”, an intensive three-day life drawing workshop, from November 10-12, 6-9 pm each evening.  Though the workshop has proven to be incredibly popular, there are still a few spots available.  The cost of the workshop is $135 for TSKW members and $165 for non-members, which includes a model fee.

Barbara Cooper will present an hour-long talk at 2 pm on November 9.  Cooper works fluidly between sculpture and drawing, Cooper holds a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and has been represented in numerous gallery and museum shows, both group and individual exhibitions, across the country as well as in Iceland.

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, among others.

While in residence at TSKW, Cooper will teach “The Nature of Abstraction”, a three-day workshop from November 10-12, 12-4pm, which allows artists working at all levels to use nature as a starting point and to explore issues of abstraction on a large scale.  The cost of the workshop is $180 for TSKW members and $220 for non-members.

The Studios of Key West artist talks are free and open to the public and take place at the historic Armory, 600 White Street.  To learn more about TSKW residencies and artist talks, or to enroll in workshops or classes, visit or call 305-296-0458.

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