Current Exhibitions


Pardon Our Dust
While We make Some Exciting Changes

Pardon Our Dust While We Make Some Exciting Changes
Permanent Collection Galleries Closed

Due to an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) project, the permanent collection galleries are currently closed. The large Edith-Marie Appleton gallery featuring Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art is open, as well as the ARTSpace and Education Wing art classrooms, Rotunda and Appleton Store.

PLEASE NOTE: Approximately 75% of the museum is closed. This includes all of the permanent collection galleries (African, Asian, European, Pre-Columbian, etc.) We apologize for the inconvenience but encourage you to visit the special exhibitions, ARTSpace and Appleton Store.


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.


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 15, 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 22, 2018

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


Art for the Afterlife: Chinese Funerary Objects

Ongoing

Historically, elite individuals in Chinese society were buried with all of the everyday items that they might need in the next realm. Objects such as clay servants and musicians, as well as a finely glazed Tang Dynasty ceramic horse and stunning tomb guardian figurines, make up this display from the Appleton’s permanent collection.