Current Exhibitions

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.

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.

Exhibition Talk: Suzanne Williamson & John Capouya
Sunday, September 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

Williamson and Capouya will give a talk, Envisioning Florida’s Sacred Landscapes through a Collaboration of Words and Images. This free event is open to the public.

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.

Prizes for winning photos will be awarded during a reception on Tuesday, June 19, 5–7 p.m.


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.

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.

Pardon Our Dust
While We make Some Exciting Changes

PLEASE NOTE: The Pre-Columbian galleries are partially installed.