2012 Exhibitions


For the Love of the Sea: Watercolors of Philip Steel

January 21-March 18, 2012

View 35 original paintings produced by this award-winning New England artist whose nautical themed works reflect his knowledge of the sea and respect for those who make a living from the ocean.


Three From Cuba

February 11-April 1, 2012

See more than 30 recent works by three important artists working in Cuba today: Vicente Hernandez, Sandro de la Rosa, and Miguel Florido. All works in oil on canvas, yet each brings a distinctive character to their paintings featuring landscapes, still lifes and portraits.


MODERN IMPRESSIONS: 20th Century Prints from the Appleton Collection

March 24-May 6, 2012

Showcased are 35 abstract and figurative works by some of the most important names in 20th century art including Dali, Miro, Calder, Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. Colorful and bold, sometimes minimalist and surreal, these works represent the major trends in art internationally throughout the last century. The influence of these artists and the movements they represent are still being felt in the art world today.


Art and the Animal

April 14-June 17, 2012

45 works from the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, an organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards among painters and sculptors specializing in animal subject matter. Art and the Animal features works of animals created by some of today's best classically trained international artists.


31st Annual 6th District Congressional Art Competition

April 28-May 13, 2012

The 6th Congressional District Art Competition is hosted by Congressman Richard Nugent and includes artwork by high school students from Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Marion Counties. One winner will have their entry sent to Washington, D.C. to be hung in the Capitol for one year.


Ocala Art Group's On the Balcony

May 19-June 17, 2012

More than 30 of recent works created by current members of the Ocala Art Group.


2012 Biennial: Florida Installation Artists

June 30-August 12, 2012

Showcased in this juried show are some of the most unique and thought-provoking works created by Florida's finest installation artists.

  • Best of Show: Gretchen Scharnagl, Two Months Decomposition
  • Second Place: Alex Trimino, Luminous Disparities
  • Honorable Mention: Cynthia Mason, Existence is Meaningful
  • People's Choice: Gretchen Scharnagl, Two Months Decomposition

  • Pure Photography:
    Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection

    September 8-October 21, 2012

    30 works by some of the best photographers starting in the early 1900s. Artists include Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott, Imogen Cunningham, Gordon Parks and Edward Weston. Among the iconic images in the show are Edward Steichen's 1928 portrait of Greta Garbo and Alfred Stieglitz's famous The Steerage (on left) from 1907.


    FLORAda And Flowing Waters:
    The Art of Mark Messersmith, Margaret Ross Tolbert and Anna Tomczak

    September 15-November 4, 2012

    Lush and beautiful portraits of natural Florida as interpreted by three of the state's most prominent artists. Mark Messersmith's opulent, hyper-colorful paintings of Florida's tropical flora and fauna comes together with Ross Tolbert's abstract expressionist interpretations of our freshwater springs and Anna Tomczak's nostalgic large-format photographic prints of antiques and native plants.


    The Nature of Things: The Art of Ed Smith

    November 3-December 31, 2012

    21 large-scale oil paintings depicting wildlife's struggle to survive with the modern world and technology.


    Sendak & Co: Children's Book Illustrations Since "Where the Wild Things Are"

    November 18-January 20, 2013

    In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece, the Appleton is showcasing more than 150 original drawings by 36 of today’s best known names in children’s book illustration. These artists have produced such iconic children’s books as Black and White, Thirteen, No More Monsters for Me, Lon Po Po, Go Stay Away, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Trick or Treat on Monster Street and No David!

    Read about it on Ocala.com here.


    A Dickens Christmas:
    The Urban Family Holiday Exhibit

    November 16-January 6, 2013

    The museum’s lobby and first floor galleries will be filled with decorated trees, miniature villages, nutcracker soldiers and countless items collected over the years by Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.