Art on the Move
Youth Art Exhibition
January 16-February 7, 2018
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.
Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection
January 20-March 18, 2018
Rembrandt and the Jews features a collection of 22 etchings by the Dutch master that explore the relationship between the artist and the Jewish residents of his Amsterdam neighborhood. Rembrandt’s legacy as an etcher is characterized by the new and innovative techniques he introduced to printmaking. He broke with longstanding, traditional depictions of biblical narratives; instead, Rembrandt added emotional and psychological depth to his subjects through expressive faces, dramatic body language, and his bold use of shadow and light.
Rembrandt and the Jews was organized by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.
Sponsored in part by Phil and Charlotte Rosenberg.
Rembrandt Revealed: Etchings from the collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary
January 20-March 18, 2018
Featuring ten etchings, the meticulous prints from the McClary's collection depict Rembrandt’s world — inhabited by golfers, physicians, print-sellers and beggars.
Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art
February 3-April 29, 2018
Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history — there are no boundaries. In this spirit, Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art explores the relationship between inspiration and creation. 13 established and emerging designers have created original ensembles inspired by artwork in the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.
The exhibit, guest curated by Alexis Carreno, includes 15 original ensembles and 23 works of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.
Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and circulated by the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama. The tour of this exhibition is supported in part by the Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
On the edge of the Florida Frontier:
Perspectives on Life at Fort King
January 17-April 30, 2018
This exhibition brings to life Fort King during the Seminole Wars, as well as the work of the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute to reconstruct and preserve this historic site.
The exhibition includes artwork, archaeological objects, photographs and historic reconstructions that highlight how the fort appeared to those who came into contact with it and how this site influenced the development of Florida and US history. As one of the key forts during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), its principal purpose was to oversee the Treaty of Moultrie Creek, which aimed to relocate the Seminole Indians of Florida into a reservation in the center of the state. Fort King was to enforce the northern boundary of the reservation and as such, was a location of interaction between U.S. soldiers, settlers and Seminoles during a historically transformative period in history. When the U.S. government sought to relocate the Seminoles out West in disregard to the treaty, it was at Fort King that Osceola attacked and killed the Indian agent Wily Thomson and six others at the outbreak of hostilities in 1835.
Young in Art
Youth Art Exhibition
March 20-April 30, 2018
An exhibition of artwork from Marion County K-12 students.
Superintendent's Art Show
May 1-4, 2018
Forty-nine schools in Marion County, each showcasing one work of student art to represent their art programs.
Tuesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate with Superintendent of public schools Dr. Heidi Maier. Each participating schools' principal, art teacher, featured student and family are invited.
The Series of Cphace
March 24-July 22, 2018
The Cphace images depict natural phenomena such as glaciers, rainforests, plantations, botanical gardens, swamps, reefs, mud flats and coral landscapes.
Captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye, the lush images of nature are then cropped and manipulated to create a new original image.
The result is a symmetrical image of organic forms with a central axis. Within each image nature, becomes less complex in color but much more complex in its shapes, textures and lines.
The artist, Laird, lives in northeast Florida. After receiving a BFA in graphic design from University of North Florida in 1980, he pursued graphic art and photography in advertising, journalism, illustration and commercial work. A redirection in 1997 as a solo photo artist he started blac palm inc. and later opened the DEWEY, a studio and gallery of commercial / fine art photography.
Medieval to Metal:
The Art & Evolution of the Guitar
May 19-September 2, 2018
Medieval To Metal explores all facets of the world's most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past four hundred years to modern efforts to reinvent the guitar with different materials, shapes, and approaches to design. Design illustrations, objects, and photographs provide a rich context for exploring the artistic components of the guitar. Visitors will experience the art, history, and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains 40 instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. The artifacts are supplemented with dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant artists and instruments of the last century.
Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR is a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum.
Paintings by Mel Fiorentino
May 19-September 2, 2018
In combination with the exhibition Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR, paintings of guitar heroes and gods by Ocala-based artist Mel Fiorentino.
Appleton Student Art Show
May 6-August 4, 2018
Introducing the inaugural Appleton Student Art Show, showcasing the artwork made by students in our very own studio art classes! Students of all ages submitted work created between June 2017 and April 2018, ranging from drawing, painting, fashion and ceramics. Visit the education wing to see the amazing talent and creativity that comes from our classes and workshops.
Mobile Photography Contest and Exhibition
June 19-October 7, 2018
Mobile Photography Exhibition challenged the public to be inspired by three categories over the course of three weeks: Travel & Adventure, Portraits, and Black & White. All ages were welcome to participate and submit up to two photos in each category that were taken with a mobile device. Over 420 photos will be on display.
Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Landscapes
June 30-September 30, 2018
This exhibition by photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya re-envisions the past with images and words inspired by their exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Using photographs printed on transparent fabric, metal and paper, as well as creative nonfiction texts, they create an installation — an environment — that illuminates the multiple meanings of these monuments.
Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia
August 1, 2018-January 13, 2019
Flourish features flower-like, sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. In addition to individually displayed work on pedestals, Garcia will install a large-scale, site specific “reef” installation in the gallery.
Myth, Mother, Muse:
The Paintings of Matthew Bennett
August 4, 2018-January 27, 2019
In Myth, Mother, Muse, Jacksonville artist Matthew Bennett explores his relationships with women — as artist, friend and husband. Using saturated colors and loose brush strokes that emphasize emotional connections, Bennett suggests the beauty and complexity of the bond between the artist and subject. From representations of his wife’s empty dresses that speak of his longing while she was away serving in the U.S. military, to an almost life-sized depiction of an African-American Wonder Woman, Bennett’s paintings speak of power, love and loss.
La Diaspora: Keepers of Heritage
September 15, 2018-January 20, 2019
La Diaspora includes paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by members of the Puerto Rican Arts Diaspora Orlando. The exhibition pays homage to master artist Domingo García-Dávila, who was involved in the migration process of Puerto Ricans to the United States in the 1940s. From realism all the way to surrealism, the work shares an appreciation of their diasporic roots. Exhibition artists include: Pedro Brull, José Feliciano, Carmelo Fontanez, Domingo García, Martin García-Rivera, Felipe Morales, Yasir Nieves, María Ramos, Ángel Rivera-Morales, Rafael Rivera-Rosa, Carmen Rojas-Ginés and Pablo Rubio.
A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Collection
November 10-December 30, 2018
The Appleton and the Urban Family invite you to celebrate A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, nutcrackers and caroler collection, see several of the Urban's beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries.
November 3-January 6, 2019
Santa Classics is a series of images created by artist, photographer Ed Wheeler. He imagines Santa entering into the great masterworks of art, with humor and reverence for the originals. Once a painting is selected, he embarks on a multi-step process to fully integrate Santa into the lighting, brushstrokes and tonal values of a particular painting while maintaining the fidelity of the original. It is this attention to detail, lighting and relationships between figures, which lead to another kind of art experience.
In addition, Wheeler has given the Santa Treatment to one of our paintings! Visit to see his rendition of And My Father Before Me by Christopher Still.