Wednesday, July 15, 2015
“Icon of the Spiral,” a painting by School of Visual Arts and Design’s founding father, Steve D. Lotz, has returned to its home at the University of Central Florida Art Gallery. It was exhibited at the UCF Art Gallery in 2000 when it caught the eye of soon-to-be graduate, Nell Vitril. Vitril was an art student of Lotz and greatly respected him as a professor and mentor while she was a student at the University of Central Florida. Vitril as a graduation present purchased “Icon” to herself to remind her of her time at the University. It has hung in her Orlando home until last month.
Nearly 16 years later, Vitril has gifted the painting back to the University where it resides under the care of the Permanent Collection of the UCF Art Gallery.
We asked Nell a few questions about the painting:
Steve D. Lotz is a pillar of art and culture in Central Florida. He is considered the creator of the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida and Flying Horse Editions. In 1968, Lotz became the first Professor of Art when UCF was still under the name of the Florida Technological University. He also served as Art Department Chair until 1978. Since 2003, Lotz has retired from the University, but his creative mind never stops. He continues to create artwork in Orlando out of his home.
In his paintings, Lotz delves beyond materialistic themes and viewpoints. He creates artwork that act as metaphorical images referencing activity that surpasses the range of the physical human experience. His artwork can be found in both private and public collections internationally, but are immediately accessible to Central Florida residents at the Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Museum of Art and now, the UCF Art Gallery.
The Permanent Collection at the UCF Art Gallery is currently getting a facelift with a new digital archiving system that will allow for the collection to be view by the public online. The collection can be viewed by going to the UCF Gallery under the “Collections” tab. The project is anticipated to be in its completion by the end of August.
“Icon of the Spiral” by Steve Lotz
Here is an article and interview with Steve Lotz: