2013 Exhibitions


Chick Schwartz: Cedar Key Artist

January 19-March 21, 2013

View more than 50 works of whimsical sculpture, ceramics and oil on canvas by renowned Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz. Many of his works have three or more components that together creates depth and his ceramic wall panels provides the viewer with a unique sense of looking down from the tops of buildings. All of his pieces reflect his delightful perspective on busy city life as well as the slower and more relaxed pace of Cedar Key.


Art on the Move
Youth Art Exhibition

January 26-February 24, 2013

License tag art from Marion County fifth-grade students. This annual exhibition is sponsored by Marion County Tax Collector.

This program inspires fifth grade art students to design their own specialty plate while learning about the practical application of license plate art and how Florida’s 100+ specialty license plates support worthy causes. Each school earns a share of over $16,000 provided by generous sponsors and 100 percent of the sale proceeds.


Appleton in Bloom

February 1-3, 2013

This collaboration of the Appleton Museum and the Ocala Pioneer Garden Club features 30 floral designs inspired by the museum’s finest works of art. During this exhibition, guests can also attend gardening, floral design and art-related workshops and browse among vendor booths offering gardening supplies.

Appleton in Bloom is presented with support from Jenkins Auto Group, Macy’s and Regions.


Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art

February 2-March 31, 2013

54 paintings, drawings and sculptures by many of the most prominent females artists between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Works presented exemplify the effects of French Impressionism and the Barbizon style that influenced American art at that time and what became known as the American Impressionist style.


New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition

February 9-December 31, 2013

See the first public exhibition of rare artifacts discovered recently in Marion County from Hernando De Soto’s travels through the Ocala area in August 1539. On display are medieval coins, delicate Murano glass beads, chain mail from Spanish armor and Native American artifacts.

To view the New World Treasures exhibition text panels, click here.


Out of Abstractions:
Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art

April 6-June 2, 2013

CF Assistant Professor Tyrus Clutter is the guest curator of this exhibition featuring selected works from the Appleton's permanent collection. This show presents the multiple pathways of art that emerged from the dynamic American Abstract Expressionism of the mid-20th century.


Victorian International

April 13-June 9, 2013

Showcased are exquisite examples of 19th century English and American decorative art, furniture, fine art and antiques from the period of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) and up through the 1920s. Within the exhibit are beautiful paintings and sculpture combined with Gothic, Elizabethan and Renaissance-inspired furnishings and gilded decorative art.

This exhibition was made possible through collaboration with the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine and the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa.


Young in Art
Youth Art Exhibition

April 20-May 26, 2013

An exhibition of artwork from Marion County K-12 students.


Edge to Edge:
Vintage Panoramic Photography of Florida

June 15-September 18, 2013

More than 100 vintage panoramic photographs and original postcards that focus on the fascinating history of this unique style of photography shot during Florida’s tourism and real estate boom years in the early 1900s.


Art of the Robot

June 22-September 22, 2013

45 robots created by 16 artists expressing the issues and contradictions of living in modern society.

Artists use their art work to reflect the world around them so it is only natural to discover that robots have become a part of reflection. Each of the artists invited to participate in this exhibit has a unique way of portraying their robot creations-through paintings, prints, found object sculptures, photographs and other materials. Works by: Don L. Jones, Pittsburgh, PA; Amy Flynn, Raleigh, NC; Nemo Gould, Oakland, CA; Eric Joyner, San Francisco, CA; Tim Warchocki, Winter Garden, FL; CyberCraft Robots, St. Petersburg, FL; Richard Muller, Altadena, CA; Brian Despain, Seattle, WA; Mark Brown, Easthampton, MA; Donna Sophronia-Sims, Birmingham, AL; Lisa Grothman Ryan, Wilmette, IL; Will Wagenaar, Port Richey, FL; Heather Heilman Loercher and Howie Hartman, Wrightsville, PA.

To view the Art of the Robot brochure, click here.


Age of Revolution

September 5-February 2, 2014

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the 2013 Ocala Civic Theatre debut of  Les Miserables, brings together works from the Appleton’s 19th century collection with others from the  Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. 


Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow:
Works by Members of the Ocala Art Group

November 2-January 5, 2014

This juried exhibit features works by members of the Ocala Art Group.

The mission of the Ocala Art Group, organized in 1950, is to promote and assist artists through monthly demonstrations, organizing group exhibitions and special opportunities, like this one, to demonstrate what we have learned and how we see the world – past, present and future.

Dr. Nadine Pantano, assistant adjunct professor of Art History at Florida Southern College, served as the jurors. 90 works are on view by 86 artists, selected from 303 works submitted by artists.


A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Exhibit

November 16-January 5, 2014

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.


Selections from the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition

November 23-January 19, 2014

The exhibition presents 35 of the best watercolors produced by artists from Florida and around the country. With over 1,100 members, the Florida Watercolor Society is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States. Membership is open to all artists residing in the state of Florida. Juried by the internationally-renowned watercolorist Linda Baker AWS, NWS, this exhibition represents a choice selection from FWS’ 2013 Annual Exhibition in Sarasota.