Combined Talents: The Florida National (Upper Level)— is an annual, juried competition. From a field of nearly 355 entrants, competing from across the nation, this year’s faculty jurors selected works from 43 artists to be featured in this exhibition. As the competition is open to all media, a variety of works and styles are represented, singled out by the high caliber of quality and apparent sense of daring on the part of the artist. (Public reception September 10, 7-9pm)
Requests from the Permanent Collections of the Appleton Museum and MoFA Teaching Exhibitions (Lower Level)—In response to faculty requests for works of art to be displayed for teaching purposes, the Permanent Collection gallery and areas of the first floor of the Museum will be available as a ‘lab’ of specially chosen works for student research.
The William and Dorothy Walmsley Collection (Lower Level)—As a companion exhibition to the retrospective for Bill Walmsley opening on October 8, the Museum plans to exhibit a number of works of from the MoFA Collection donated by Bill and his wife Dorothy. Bill’s love of collecting vintage prints, watercolors and drawings has been utilized by a number of Museums in the region, including a recent exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville.
The Abridged Walmsley: Selections from the Career of a Master Printmaker—In 1989 Bill Walmsley retired from active teaching at Florida State University. An artist trained in the heady atmosphere of renewed life and freedom after WWII, Bill studied in Paris and New York as well as attaining his academic degrees at the University of Alabama. He was not a printmaker when he first came to Florida State, but opportunity and affinity made him a convert. He took the best of modern artistic philosophy and translated it into an eccentric and long running series of works loosely organized around a central title–Ding Dong Daddy–the name of a mythic San Francisco character of good spirits and free loving (immortalized in a popular song of the same name in the ’30s). Over the years, Ding Dong Daddy has commented on everything (from “meat by products” to “no-fault insurance”) as the legends and phrases in Walmsley’s maps and stamps and zoomorphic imagery integrate aphorisms and commercial jingles, contemporary issues and social commentary. And always with a sense of humor and good-natured satire or even self-deprecation. Traveling to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Fl, July 15 – October 15, 2000. [Catalogue]
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 crafts persons together with antiques dealers (jewelry, furniture, 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. There is no admission charge: daily hours vary. In past seasons hours have been generally Thurs. & Fri. 10am-8pm and Sat. 10 am-4pm, but please call 644-6836 (press 1) for updates on daily hours.
The Faculty Annual of the School of Visual Arts & Dance—This exhibition is a showcase for artists 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. This year’s visiting artists are: Michael Oliveri, Nick Potter and Jaia Chen. (Public reception January 14, 7-9pm)
ABCs of POP: America, Britain, Canada— Major Artists and Their Legacy—Drawn from the collections of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta province in Canada, this exhibition co-organized by FSU Museum of Fine Arts and Jeffrey Spalding, Director of the Art Gallery at Lethbridge, reviews the greatest names of the ’60s Pop Art Movement, updating the imagery and the historical perspective by looking at those who continued to derive a practicing philosophy from the concepts of the original artists. Works of sculpture as well as paintings, prints and installation. (Public reception February 18, 7-9pm). [Catalogue]
Ewing Galloway: Scenes of New York in the ’20s and ’30s (Lower Level)—Drawn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and utilizing the research of students of the Museum Studies Program, MoFA will utilize a collection of 200 photographs by Ewing Galloway (donation of Mark Jacobson) that have not yet been shown to the public.
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.
The Artists’ League Summer Annual—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 contemporary 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 more information. (Public reception May 12, 7-9pm)
Woven Voices: Textile Traditions of the Highland Maya—The Mesoamerican Textile Seminar in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, is proud to announce a major exhibition of the textiles and weaving of the Highland Maya of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.. (Public reception May 12, 7-9pm)
Acquisitions of the 1999-2000 Season