Graduating Artists—At the close of each summer semester, students graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in studio art present exhibitions of their artworks at the museum.
Selections from the Permanent Collection Acquisitions—The Museum of Fine Arts has a collection of over 3,000 objects of art in diverse media. This exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to see favorite treasures and new acquisitions of the Collection. Summer is the best time to catch a glimpse of American art glass, Peruvian ceramic vessels, Asian holdings and contemporary art from the Permanent Collection of the Museum.
Combined Talents: The Florida National—From a field of 495 entrants competing from across the nation, this year’s faculty jurors selected the works of 47 artists to be featured: the exhibition works have no thematic relationship to one another but were instead distinguished by a high calibur of quality and the apparent sense of daring on the part of the artists selected. All media are represented. Bill Fisher, Professor of Graphics, Sara Bates, Visiting Artist 1998 and Allys Palladino-Craig, Director of the Museum were the jurors for the 1998 exhibition which will tour to the Appleton Museum of Art.
Points of the Compass—Florida State Expatriates. As a cognizant art public, we are well aware of the New York artists who have been past emigres to (and are now long-time residents of) Florida: James Rosenquist and Robert Rauschenburg come immediately to mind. There has been no real opportunity to survey the successes of artists trained in Florida who have left home for the contemporary mainstream. This exhibition is intended as a beginning point, a place from which to proceed in identifying our artists who have emigrated to other points of the compass for professional opportunities.
Remarkable Remains of the Ancient Peoples of Guatemala—Touring from the Appleton Museum of Art. This exhibition documents numerous sites in Guatemala with remains of Mayan peoples. In addition, artifacts in the collections of the Appleton Museum are incorporated in the photographic exhibition. Katherine Josserand, Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University, has agreed to give a walking tour of the Appleton pieces and the exhibition since she has been involved with Appleton research on works in their colleciton.
Graduating Artists—Once again as the semester draws to a close, the Museum provides the forum for young artists taking their first opportunities to display the achievements of their academic course of study in studio art. BFA graduating artists exhibit a range of media and styles for their joyous exit show.
Art & Antiques Fair—Every year for the past eleven seasons, the Museum has hosted a three-day event that brings regional artists and craftspersons together with antiques dealers (jewelry, furniture and collectibles) and a selection of fine art prints offered by the Museum (from delicate Japanese woodblock prints to 17th century Dutch landscapes and back again to contemporary American printmakers). The offerings for giving or collecting are diverse, reasonable and unique. Once again, a favorite event, the Museum will import a bale of Japanese kimono and make these lovely fabrics available for purchase to patrons of the Fair. There is no admission charge: daily hours vary. Please call 644-6836 for updates.
The Faculty Annual of the School of Visual Arts & Dance—A really vigorous Art Department is a magnet for permanent faculty and visiting artists known for their individual accomplishments. The artists who will exhibit works in many different media confront traditional notions of art, push boundaries and expectations and make contemporary points with humor and passion. Whether visitors love to be delighted or delight in being challenged, this is an exhibition that should not be missed.
Insider Trading—Privately traded portfolios of contemporary printmakers. Through the generosity of Professor Emeritus William Walmsley and others, the Museum possesses five portfolios of prints which were all hand-pulled editions created by members of the (primarily academic) world of contemporary printmakers. These men and women have made names for themselves as printmakers, and have occasionally made limited editions of their works to bind in private portfolios which they then share among themselves (as artist-makers).
Judy Chicago: Trials and Tributes A Retrospective Exhibtion—Organized by the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, curated by Viki D. Thompson Wylder and supported in part by grants from the Florida Humanities Council and the Florida Arts Council. Traces Judy Chicago’s career and concerns from the late 1960s to the present, form her turn away from the Finish Fetish Movement to her early California days to her recent projects. Up-to-the-minute works will be included allowing the Retrospective to integrate new work, never exhibited, with well-known work. This exhibition which opens at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival will be traveling through the year 2002. [Catalogue]
Spring 1999 Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Fall 1999 Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Spring 2000 Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC
Fall 2000 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Spring 2001 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Fall 2001 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Winter 2001/Spring 2002 New Mexico State University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
Graduating Artists (MFA and BFA)—The most ambitious student exhibition of the season offers the thesis exhibitions of MFA candidates and the final projects of BFA graduates in this late Spring event. Over twenty artists will be completing their academic training and their exhibition is a great celebration with surprises and enthusiasm to spare.
Artists’ League, “What I Did Last Summer”—For over a decade, the artists who have met both casually and for workshops at the Museum have produced one or more group exhibitions each year. The venue at the Museum is an opportunity for many to participate in the ocntemporary art dialogue of peers; the exhibition is juried, diverse in presentation and a project of forty or more regional artists. Membership in the League is open to all interested persons. Call 644-1254 for information.