2014 Exhibitions

A Celebration of Japan

January 17-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.

The Living Art of Bonsai

January 17-April 13, 2014

A display of bonsai from the collections of members of the Marion Bonsai Society, shown in conjunction with the exhibition A Celebration of Japan.

A Gathering of Legends

January 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.

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.


[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.”

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.


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

Hand 'N' Hand
Youth Art Exhibition

February 25-March 23, 2014

In partnership with VSA Florida and Marion County Public Schools, the Appleton is exhibiting artwork created by students with disabilities from Hillcrest School, Maplewood Elementary, and Liberty Middle School.

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.

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.

This exhibit was funded in part by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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.

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.

    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.

    Recent Acquisitions to the Appleton Collection

    October 25-February 1, 2015

    This exhibition showcases a selection of prints, paintings and objects acquired over the past three years by the Appleton Museum of Art.

    ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

    November 8-January 4, 2015

    An engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, this exhibition featured more than 40 inspiring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs.

    ReTooled was curated by Jared Packard-Winkler and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

    A Dickens Christmas:
    The Urban Family Holiday Exhibit

    November 15-January 4, 2015

    The Appleton and the Urban Family are pleased to celebrate the holidays with A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see other beloved favorites from The Urban Family Holiday Collection.