Current Exhibitions

John Raimondi: Drawing to Sculpture

August 6-October 30, 2016

With monumental works at more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports, and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi’s sculptures are among the most prominent contemporary public artworks. While his sculptures are easy to spot – some rise more than 60 feet tall – the Appleton will be among the first venues to showcase the artist's dynamic preparatory drawings.

To learn more about the artist, click here.

The exhibition has been organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of Collections. After closing at the Appleton, Drawing to Sculpture will travel to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in late 2016.

Artist Talk
Tuesday, September 20, 6 p.m.

Inspired Lines: Drawing Biennial 2016

July 2-August 28, 2016

The Appleton Museum of Art is devoting its 2016 Biennial exhibition to the art of drawing and will exhibit colored pencil, graphite and other drawings with an emphasis on works at least 18 x 24 in. and larger. The juror for this exhibition is Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

Award Winners

Shelby Shadwell, Wyoming, Best of Show
Erik Waterkotte, North Carolina, Second Place
Amie Rangel, New Mexico, Third Place

Dan Gunderson
Toys Series

May 17-August 28, 2016

A long-time professor of art at Stetson University, Gunderson creates luminous works of art depicting toys that are arranged in radial symmetry, creating a kaleidoscope effect. His colorful images shift the eye between the image's pattern and the familiar toys that comprise them.

This exhibition is on view in the rotunda and features 17 photographs mounted on Plexiglas from the Toys series.

Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork
Fancy Free


With a bevy of volunteers, from Feb. 1-19 sculptor Patrick Dougherty (Chapel Hill, NC) designed and built a site specific sculpture out of Crepe Myrtle and Elm limbs. Titled Fancy Free, the artist was inspired to create a sculpture with a jogging, casual footprint that works in juxtaposition to the angular, linear quality of the Appleton’s building, windows and reflecting pool. He also drew inspiration from Marion County’s status as “Horse Capital of the World,” creating his series of huts to resemble the natural, easy gait of a horse, with the hut closest to the museum boasting a wild mane. Fancy Free will remain a part of the outdoor Sculpture Walk and Garden for approximately two years, until it naturally decomposes.

For more information on the artist and this project, click here.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.