Current Exhibitions

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.

The Urban Holiday Family Day
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day to see the exhibits and make holiday-inspired art in the ARTSpace.

1 to 3 p.m., take carriage rides, have photos taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments.

Santa Classics
Ed Wheeler

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art for the Afterlife: Chinese Funerary Objects


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.