SCF Fine Art Gallery to Feature John Sims' “Square Roots: A Quilted Manifesto”

(Bradenton, Fla., December 12, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery, in association with the Mathematics Department, and the Department of Art, Design, Humanities, and with assistance from SCF Pride in Excellence (P.I.E.), presents, “Square Roots: A Quilted Manifesto, A John Sims Project” in its Spring 2015 exhibition.

The gallery will host an opening reception 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, with an Artist’s Talk from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

“Square Roots: A Quilted Manifesto” seeks to explore the connections between mathematical and artistic process by using the vocabulary of design and function as an entry for a more expanded and palatable mathematical art experience. And, because the number Pi, 3.14159… plays a central role in the creation of the work, the exhibition will extend beyond Pi Day, 3/14/15, in the year of Pi.

“Math has and continues to play a foundational role in the development of the human experience,” Sims said. “Math serves as a parameter of human intelligence and is an indispensable tool, which is essential to seeing beyond the retinal and knowing beyond the intuitive.”

“Square Roots: A Quilted Manifesto” will include Sims’ recently completed, math-inspired visual imagery, featuring 13 math/art quilts, nine dresses based on the number Pi, a blues composition based on Pi, and a video installation introducing Johannes Curtis Schwarzenstein, the Afro-German Jewish math-art poet.

Exhibit dates are Jan. 23 – March 27; closed March 9-13 for Spring Break. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. Maps and directions are online at


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