Between the Lines: Exploring the Art of Drawing

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September 21, 2023 @ 6:00pm 7:30pm

While the act of producing images on a surface with marks seems straightforward, it has a multi-faceted and ever-changing role in the work of an artist—a way to capture an idea, a midpoint on the way to a different medium, a finished product in its own right and many stops in between.

To dig into the complexity of the subject, we will feature three short presentations about the art of drawing, highlighting different points of view on its nature and function. Following the presentations, we will further expand the discussion by opening a dialogue among the panel members and audience.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Raymond James Room

panel members

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Margaret Miller is a Professor in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. The Institute for Research in Art is dedicated to organizing and presenting exhibitions and commissioning works by internationally significant emerging and acclaimed artists. Miller holds an MA degree from the University of Hawaii in Asian Art History.

Since 1978 she has served as Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and in 2001 was appointed to also serve as Director of Graphicstudio, USF’s renowned art production atelier. The Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and USF’s Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts. During her tenure at USF she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and curated numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues.

Joe Fig is an artist known for work that explores the creative process—the spaces where art is made and contemplated. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with over thirty solo and fifty group exhibitions. He is the author of the acclaimed books Inside the Painter’s Studio and Inside the Artist’s Studio (Princeton Architectural Press), which share an intimate view inside the studios of today’s leading artists.

His work can be found in numerous museums and leading private collections including the Parrish Museum, Norton Museum, New Museum and the Fogg Museum. Joe’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and Modern Painters, as well as several international magazines. Joe is the Department Chair of both Fine Arts and Visual Studies at Ringling College of Art & Design. He earned his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, where his current exhibition: Contemplating Compositions is on view until October 21, 2023. Learn more about Joe at

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Peter Tush is The Dalí Museum Curator of Education. He earned his Undergraduate degree in Art History from New College, Sarasota, and his Masters in Art History from the University of South Florida.

Working at The Dalí Museum for over two decades, Peter is a key interpreter of the Dalí collection and special exhibitions. He trains the Dalí docents, scripts the audio guides and gallery labels, leads the education team to develop school programs and student exhibits, and works with the Curatorial team to develop exhibitions. Recently, he curated the exhibition, Where Ideas Come From: Dalí’s Drawings.

Over the years, Peter has taught classes on Dalí, Surrealism and film and has presented on a wide range of topics, including “Dalí and Hollywood,” “Surrealism and Women,” and “Dalí’s Ghosts.”