2014 Exhibitions

A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin

July 26-November 2, 2014

This exhibition features a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin, whose love of nature inspired a lifetime of making art. Kashdin studied at the Art Students League in New York and at Florida State University. She was also Professor Emerita of Humanities at the University of South Florida. Her work deals with time, process and nature. Dr. Kashdin's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally for over 60 years. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, the Appleton Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, public institutions, as well as corporate and private collections.

2014 Biennial: OUTSIDE THE BOX

July 19-October 19, 2014

The Appleton Museum of Art is pleased to present works by Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Michael Bauman and Kate Helms, Richard Herzog, Terri Lindbloom, Judith Salmon, Zachary Gilliland and Mikaela Raquel Williams; some of the best Florida artists working in this innovative and thought provoking medium.

The juror for this year’s Biennial is Matthew McLendon, Ph.D. Currently, he is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fl. The juror selected winners for Best of Show, Second Place, and Honorable Mention. The People’s Choice Award was determined by museum visitors.

  • Best of Show: Mikaela Raquel Williams, Rainbow
  • Second Place: Terri Lindbloom, Untitled
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Bauman & Kate Helms, FL2907EL
  • People's Choice: Zachary Gilliland, Brokedown Palace

  • Click here to view the 2014 Biennial catalog.

    Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin

    May 24-July 13, 2014

    This exhibition features over thirty works by American artist Benny Collin (1896-1979), who was devoted to colorful and rhythmic, mathematic abstraction. Collin, who was born Benjamin Cohen, was a Danish émigré who came to the U.S. fleeing Nazi persecution during the war. Upon arriving in the United States, he pursued a career in art working on altarpieces for churches in the northeast by day and geometric abstractions based on the “Golden Spiral” by night. Informed by the strong tradition of European abstraction, he created many colorful acrylic-washes on paper with compositions based on a complex mathematical formula that yielded vibrant, kaleidoscopic images evoking the repetition of musical scores by Bach and Mozart.

    Exhibition Lecture, Isis Unveiled: Abstract Mathematics and the Esoteric Dimension of Art
    Thursday, July 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Scott Olsen, author and College of Central Florida professor of Philosophy and Religion, will give an illustrated lecture in the museum’s auditorium, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

    IndustrIal Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein

    March 1 - July 6, 2014

    Michelle Stitzlein, Baltimore, OH, creates found object art/sculpture from recycled materials. Stitzlein's series of more than 14 moths and lichen range in size from 3’ to 11’. She began working on this series in 2003, inspired by "myriad varieties of beautiful, exotic moths and lichen in my own backyard." These pieces are cobbled together in the most pristine way from old piano keys, tin cans, license plates and bicycle tires, among other things. The exhibit will also include several pieces from her new series using recycled electric wire and other found objects.

    She has also written two books, Bottle Cap, Little Bottle Cap; and Cool Caps outlining projects for children, families, schools and non-profits utilizing recycled, plastic bottle caps. In late Feb. Stitzlein will spend two days creating a bottle cap mural for the Appleton with the help of students at North Marion Middle School. Stitzlein will also participate in the March 1 First Saturday from 1-3 pm where families will be able to create bottle cap magnets. The exhibit and mural project are funded in part by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    New Art of the Loom

    April 26 - June 29, 2014

    This exhibit reveals the woven dreams of artists from 18 countries who combine the ancient craft of weaving with artistic expressions of today, resulting in a display of visually captivating and thought-provoking murals. Organized and curated by Dirk Holger.

    [in]justice:art and atrocity in the 20th century

    February 8 - May 11, 2014

    “[in]justice: art and atrocity in the 20th century,” features works by 20th century masters such as Leonard Baskin, Leon Golub, Robert Morris and Alison Saar.

    Guest curator Tyrus Clutter, College of Central Florida assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts, chose the works for their ability to explore elements of the darker side of humanity.

    “Sometimes life is beautiful, and sometimes beauty is simply not enough. And sometimes art is the most powerful tool to call attention to man’s inhumanity,” said Clutter. “Artists of the 20th century were often heralds of injustice, holding up a mirror to the acts that many wished would quietly fade away.”

    A Gathering of Legends

    Jan. 25 - May 4, 2014

    A piece of Americana with ties to historical figures such as Joe Louis, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson and President Ronald Reagan will be on display, Jan. 25-May 4. The “Gathering of Legends” exhibit will feature an Irish linen tablecloth with nearly 700 autographs embroidered on it, alongside photographs of the politicians, athletes and celebrities who signed it over the past 84 years. The tablecloth and photos belong to Silver Springs resident Walter Light Jr., a retired musician, whose mother, Joy, started the collection in 1929.

    The museum will host a reception with Walter Light Jr. Saturday, Jan. 25, from 2-4 p.m.


    Young in Art

    April 18 - May 19, 2014

    The Appleton Museum of Art is pleased to showcase artwork produced by Marion County public schools. Exhibition pieces have been chosen by art teachers to represent the best of their individual programs.


    11th Congressional District Art Competition

    April 30-May 4, 2014

    The 11th Congressional District Art Competition is hosted by Congressman Richard Nugent and includes artwork by highschool students from Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Marion Counties. Judging for the competition takes place April 30, and one winner will have their entry sent to Washington, D.C. to be hung in the Capitol for one year.

    The winner will be announced at the exhibition reception being held at the Appleton on May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

    All 11th District entries will be on view through May 4, 2014.

    Exploration: The Art of R. Gregory Christie

    February 01 - April 27, 2014

    R. Gregory Christie, who owns and operates Gas Art Gifts Bookstore and Art Studio in Decatur, Ga., has illustrated more than 40 books in the past 17 years. Christie won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration for his first book, “The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children.” His book “Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth” was selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

    As part of his residency with the museum, Christie will unveil a mural he created specifically for the Appleton, using the museum’s collection as inspiration. The mural may be viewed Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. during the museum’s First Saturday event. Families are invited to come participate in a hands-on art activity with Christie at that time. Christie will also present a workshop on bookmaking and illustration to students at Howard Middle School Jan. 30 and 31.


    Very Special Arts

    Feb. 25 - March 23, 2014

    An exhibit of children’s art work organized by the State Organization on Arts and Disabilities.

    The Living Art of Bonsai

    January 17 - April 13, 2014

    Bonsai from the collections of members of the Marion Bonsai Society will be on display in the Courtyard.


    A Celebration of Japan

    January 18 - April 13, 2014

    Decorative sword guards, pen & ink containers, kimonos and wood block prints from the collections of the Appleton Museum of Art and Mulvane Art Museum.


    Canstruction Ocala

    February 22 - March 9, 2014

    Canstruction Ocala is a creative design and build competition where artists construct large-scale structures entirely from canned foods. After feeding the imagination of museum visitors, the 4,247 cans equaling 1,232 lb. of food, will be dismantled and donated to local food banks.

    Canstruction Awards

    Jurors Favorite: B9 by the Cornerstone School
    Structural Integrity: CF Students (Ambassadors and SAB)
    Best Use of Labels: Girl Scout Troop 281
    Honorable Mention: Girl Scout Troop 281
    Best Meal: Appleton Museum of Art Staff
    People's Choice Award: Girl Scout Troop 281

    Age of Revolution

    September 5, 2013 - February 2, 2014

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

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

    November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014

    The exhibition will present 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.


    A Dickens' Christmas

    Selections from the Urban Family Collection

    November 16, 2013- January 5, 2014

    “A Dickens’ Christmas: Selections from the Urban Family Collection” will be on display through Jan. 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.

    There will be free admission to “A Dickens’ Christmas” exhibit during Family Days Dec. 7 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to see the exhibit, meet Santa Claus and enjoy holiday treats.