Combined Talents: The Florida National (Upper Level)— is an annual, juried competition. From a field of 479 entrants, competing from across the nation and internationally. This year’s Visiting Faculty jurors were Jaia Chen (Ohio), Nick Potter (London) and Michael Oliveri (California), who selected works from 36 artists to be exhibited. The competition is open to all media, and 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 1, 7-9pm).
50th Anniversary of Anthropology (Lower Level)—featuring The Carter Collection of Pre-Columbian Artifacts, The Lewis Basket Collection and others under the direction of the Department of Anthropology.
Florida Photogenesis: The Works of Creative and Experimental Photographers in Florida (Upper Level)—Exhibition, Publication, Lecture Series: This project is a history of the group of photographic artists who, beginning in the 1960s, created the experimental aspect of the discipline in Florida primarily through their positions at academic institutions: Oscar Bailey; George Blakely; Van Deren Coke; Robert Fichter; Virgil Mirano; Doug Prince; Evon Streetman; Tyler Turkle; Jerry Uelsmann; Todd Walker (Estate: Melanie Walker); Wallace Wilson; David Yager. These artists influenced generations of students at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Florida State University and other institutions. Some of them moved on, like Van Deren Coke (Chair of the Art Dept. at UNM, who served as Director of George Eastman House and as Photography Curator of the San Francisco Art Museum), Todd Walker (U of Arizona / Tucson), Oscar Bailey (Penland, NC), and David Yager (Distinguished Research Professor, U of Maryland / Baltimore). The Museum staff has invited both Professor Robert Fichter (essay / videotapes) and Professor Van Deren Coke (essay) to describe this innovative period of photography in Florida and their generation of vivid experimentalists. [Catalogue]
Fall Graduating Artists (Lower Level)—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 (Upper Level)—Every year for the past twelve 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.
Ukiyo-e Prints from Private Collections (Lower Level)—Brenda Jordan, Curator.
The Faculty Annual (Upper Level)—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.
Pleasures of Sight and States of Being (Upper Level)—Roald Nasgaard, Curator . “The term abstract painting is perhaps no longer a useful designation, and does not constitute a unified practice. As much as the various critical readings of Pollock’s painting – as action painting, as expressionist, formalist or literalist – proved the basis, not only for postpainterly abstraction, but happenings and minimalist, subsequently painting had been able, as Roberta Smith once observed, ‘to be perversely resilient, able to absorb from every quarter, even those which seemed–or claimed–to threaten its very existence…and from conceptual and performance art’s emphasis on subject matter, autobiography, narrative and allusive imagery.’ There are a number of abstract artists working that way today across the international spectrum – Richter, Helmut Federle, Chris Cran, Ron Martin to name a few. Theirs is painting that may partake of the idealist traditions of Modernist abstraction. Yet the place this painting constructs is not place of meaning or resolution, but a space of conflict, undecidedness and pulsating instability. Here form makes chaos visible; or here it is through form that chaos can just be ‘conditionally and beautifully held at bay,’ to apply Richard Ford’s description of the precarious nature of a literary construction.” Roald Nasgaard, April, 1999
Spring Graduating Artists [MFA and BFA] (Upper and Lower Level)—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.
Images of the Miccosukee (Upper Level)—photographs taken in the 1930s by Florence Stiles Randle [on tour from the Appleton].
Regional Artists’ League: 12 x 12″ Exhibition of Small Works(Upper Level)
Studies from Life (Upper Level)
Selections from the Permanent Collection (Lower Level)