TEDxUF Welcomes Art with Inaugural Exhibition

TEDxUF will be presenting its eighth annual conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 1st. Showcasing a wide variety of speakers, innovators and artists, TEDxUF 2017 will unpack the elastic concept of transparency.

Though the event has historically communicated through talks and labs, this year’s TEDx production incorporates the dynamic element of art to serve as a new, creative pathway to spread ideas. With a successful fall TEDxUF art exhibit in December that inspired and engaged its audience, the participating artists are eager to showcase their work at the official event this Saturday in the black box theatre.

Kelsi Quicksall, a participating artist discusses the importance of incorporating art at TEDxUF. “The arts are major societal and cultural influencers in our world. Artists, especially those who I’ve met through TEDxUF, are curious beings who have unique ideas to share and channel these ideas and themes through their work,” she explains. “This year’s theme of Transparency begs for visual art representation.”

With over a dozen artists using varied mediums such as interactive sculptures, installations and paintings, each interpretation of transparency is unique.

“[There is such] a diverse range of art involved. These artists have so thoughtfully interpreted the theme of transparency in ways unique to their experiences and inspirations. I can’t wait to see all their work in the same room and open the doors to attendees to experience,” says Brittany Sgaliardich, Creative Director of TEDxUF.

Quicksall’s interactive piece, The Wire People Project, has been an ongoing social and visual experiment over the last 6 months. This ongoing collaboration requires subject to draw his or her face as they look in the mirror without lifting their drawing tool and using a drawing shield to hide their progress.

“The integration of oneself as the subject, the addition of the drawing shield, and the rule of continuous line pose a challenge to any artist… Individual artist self consciousness becomes transparent, inevitably triggered and revealed through this blind exercise,” she explains.

Quicksall, as an art education senior, was even able to bring The Wire People project into the classroom with her students. ”I even had my 4th grade classes bridge the gap between 2D and 3D, turning their own blind contour self portraits into wire sculptures,” she explains.


Rachel Lewis is also experimenting with the concept of transparency using visual art and poetry. Her interactive balancing puzzle will on top of a rug that resembles flesh and includes an accompanying poem that injects the piece with a linguistic element of dynamic interpretation.

“I was thinking about the skin and how it’s so difficult for people to get along even though our differences are only skin deep.. My piece is about seeking balance with each other and nature,” Lewis explains.

Tickets will be available for pick up at The Phillips Center at the University of Florida March 25th- 31st. Please bring a valid form of ID.

Brought to you by GainesvilleScene and GatorRentals

By: Ariana Aragon

Photos in the piece are by:
GainesvilleScene photographer, Serena Carton
Rachel Lewis (participant)

TEDxUF Group Art Exhibition

This December, TEDxUF will present its first art exhibition with the goal of sharing ideas worth spreading through art.

While verbal communication is often the most common way to exchange ideas, it is only one method in which a message is conveyed. Up until now, TEDxUF has solely focused on sharing ideas through spoken word and labs, but this year we go one step further. TEDxUF Art Exhibition will celebrate art as one more creative pathway that leads to the exchange of meaningful ideas.

We have collaborated with passionately curious individuals throughout the Gainesville community to speak through a diverse range of art forms, including visual art, music, dance, performance and film. On Dec. 2, 2016, this collective of artists will present original pieces at the Superfun! Gallery to illustrate art’s capacity for thoughtful communication.

All works represent each artist’s interpretation of this year’s TEDxUF theme, Transparent. Featured art will later be on display throughout the Curtis M. Phillip’s Center during our annual conference on April 1, 2017.

The TEDxUF Art Exhibition invites curiosity and challenges our perceptions as we explore unique interpretations of transparency.

Join us to continue sharing ideas worth spreading – through art.
Selected Artists:

Jennifer Adler
Alexandra Arielle
Donny Barth
Juana V. Diaz
Alyssa Dulay
Charles Ely
Ning Gao
Sofia Stella Hanabergh
Andrew E. Jordan
Kristina Kanaan
Kerol Kaskaviqi
Megan Kean
Erwin Laiho
Helen Lehrer
Rachael Lewis
Clara Lazarre
Ilyusha Mann
Marcela Mulholland
Kelsi Quicksall
Amanda Mishael Ruiz
Saint Tellah
Justin Tompkins
Andrea Ward

Contact for further inquiries:
TEDxUF Creative Director, Brittany Sgaliardich: brittsgal@ufl.edu

TEDxUF Group Art Exhibition:
Dec. 2 at Superfun Gallery
7 pm – 11 pm
2117 NW 6th St, Gainesville FL 32609

TEDxUF Club Presents: Metamorphosis of Self

Do you think you're quiet? Silly? Bold? Will you stay this way throughout your life? Or will your personality change over time? 

Join us November 3rd to explore the transformative concept of who we are as human beings and the continuous evolution of our personalities over time during our first panel event. We will feature perspectives from sexuality, mindfulness and personality psychology... All in the hope of causing you to think a little deeper about why you are the person that you are. 

Ticket registration will be Oct. 17.