The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Visual Arts Council

ASPEC's reputation in the Tampa Bay arts community is well known, and is reflected in the caliber and range of the professional artists who participate, each year, in the 'Annual Artist's Invitational Exhibition" from across the U.S., and who entrust their art to the Academy.

The Academy Arts council, co-chairs Ann Rascoe and Jim Sweeny, are assisted by many ASPEC volunteers in hosting this show which features artists who also hold seminars on their art skills and styles, at the Academy.

2011 art

Pictured are artists Wendy Marble with her work entitled "Dance" and Karen Baker with her painting "The Poppy Fields".

Academy members have many opportunities to involve themselves in the visual arts.

Experience, training and talent are not criteria for participation. Many members have discovered hidden talents and have enhanced them under the guidance of more experienced Academy artists, attending workshops and classes.

Martha Sweeny
Pictured with her painting is member Martha Sweeny
Martha Sweeny
Art's Council leader Ann Rascoe pictured with Creative Clay's Gallery Manager Jody Bikoff and director Marcy Davidson.

ASPEC has a weekly studio art program for any members, who enjoy artwork, the camaraderie of a workshop, and feedback for from other artists. This ranges from beginners, to accomplished artists. Visiting artists also participate in these workshops.

The Visual Art's Council also hosts art shows. Annually we host the ANNUAL MEMBERS ART SHOW. This ia a major event in our annual calendar. The academy's member artists, of whom there are many, exhibit their work in the show.

Throughout the year the Visual Art's Council plans an active and varied schedule of events and activities, year round. This includes a weekly "Arts Review" often including featured and visiting artists, talking about their techniques, inspiration, and personal experiences as an artist.

Other regular events include classes on art history, talks by art collectors museum and gallery directors, and frequent visits to museums and artists' studios.

The Art's Council is very active in the Tampa Bay and Florida arts community, and builds close ties with other arts organizations.

The Academy recently hosted a show of art work by Creative Clay, a unique organization, based in St. Petersburg, that has an array of programs that supports and develops artists with disabilities.

Is ASPEC the Place for You?

Are you excited by the idea of enriching your retirement in a welcoming, supportive community while you:

  • engage in peer led learning
  • work with college students
  • volunteer in the community
  • have fun and make friends

Come and try us out and see if ASPEC is the place you want to be. Click here for membership information.

Click here for ASPEC membership information

The Academy

The Academy is a life long learning organization for adults on the Eckerd College campus. Our members, whether working, retired, regular visitors to Florida or seasonal "Snowbirds" seek a lifestyle that provides intellectual exploration and stimulation, meaningful productivity and an active social life.