MoFA is excited to announce that some of our public programs will be hosted in the digital space and in person this spring! These events are free and open to the public. For virtual events, please register up until the time of the event to receive the link to attend.
Make it With MoFA: Watercolors
Interested in watercolors but unsure where to start? Come by MoFA Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00-7:30 pm or Saturday, June 25th from 12:30-2:00 pm for Make it With MoFA: Watercolors! This event is free and open to the public. Explore the medium, learn techniques, and get inspiration from our galleries, all with professional guidance from members of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society. You’ll leave with a painted bookmark or postcard. We hope to see you there!
Artists at Work: Bobbie Buckingham and Elena Scibelli
Drop by MoFA on Saturday, July 9th, anytime between 1:30 – 3:00 pm to visit local artist and Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-state Chairperson Bobbie Buckingham and Elena Scibelli, the Bronze Award-winning artist and partnership chair for community outreach, at work in the museum. Chat with Bobbie and Elena about their artistic process, work in the gallery, and how you can be involved with TaWS. Afterward, stick around to visit our newly opened downstairs exhibitions. This free drop-in event is open to the public.
Begin from Anywhere & Bodies of Meaning Opening Night
Join us on April 15th from 6:00-8:00 PM in celebrating the opening of this semester’s class of graduating MFA and BFA art students’ thesis show. The BFA is a rigorous, studio-intensive program that challenges students to grow as visual artists and critical thinkers. Students completing their MFA, the terminal degree for artists, have worked for three years to hone their craft, engage in critical and theoretical scholarship, and develop an artistic practice that will carry them into their professional careers. MoFA is proud to exhibit the work of the graduating students and invites you to wish them well as they take the next step in their careers.
Threshold: A 360-Degree Dance Film
On Thursday, April 21st, from 5:00-8:00 PM, join us for a virtual reality (VR) screening of Threshold, a 360-degree dance film created by Malia Bruker and Ilana Goldman, produced in partnership with Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.
Threshold opens a portal into the transformational journey of four women—from isolated individuals grappling with the effects of trauma to a community in solidarity, moving forward together with resilience and strength. The filmmakers have created an experience that is not just immersive but also invites the viewer to participate in movement. At 6:30 PM, Ilana and Malia will give a short talk about the boundary-pushing work and answer audience questions. This is a drop-in event with five screening rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with each screening lasting about fifteen minutes. Please arrive early to claim your timeslot.
Student Concert at MoFA
Join us Saturday, April 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. for an electronic music composed by digital synthesis students in MoFA’s galleries. Sit and enjoy, or let the music guide you as you explore the graduating MFA and BFA thesis exhibitions, Bodies of Meaning and Begin from Anywhere. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required—contact program coordinator Annie Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions ahead of the event.
Join us Saturday, March 12th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an electronic music concert composed by FSU students in MoFA’s galleries. Sit and enjoy, or let the music guide you as you explore the exhibitions Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits, Bruce Davidson: Love and Longing, or Trust & Transformation at the Circus: 75 Years of Flying High. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required—contact program coordinator Annie Booth (email@example.com) with any questions ahead of the event.
An Evening with Jenny Leigh Du Puis
Saturday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m.
As part of MoFA’s Spring circus celebration, Trust & Transformation at the Circus: 75 Years of Flying High, we are proud to host the acclaimed costume designer Jenny Leigh Du Puis for a special evening focusing on her amazing work and research.
Jenny Leigh Du Puis is a Ph.D. Candidate in Apparel Design at Cornell University. She combines an extensive professional career as a circus and theatrical costume designer and technician with formal training in functional apparel design. Her research centers on the safety and function of attire worn for the extreme physical performance of circus arts. She uses mixed methods and design research practices to explore the history of circus costumes, investigating the clothing designed and worn for today’s circus performances, and developing ways to improve training clothes for the circus artists of tomorrow.
Jenny Leigh has designed for Cirque Us, Circus Couture, Circus Culture, Circus Juventas, and worked as a costume technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, Circus Smirkus’s Big Top Tour, the Las Vegas productions of Monty Python’s Spamalot and Rock of Ages, and the 2007 touring production of Hairspray! The Musical. She has designed costumes and accessories for many philanthropic organizations and events, most recently including hundreds of fabric N95 mask covers for Cure 4 the Kids in Las Vegas and an ICU in Houston.
Please join us on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM EST. The talk will take place in Room 249, located to the right of the Museum’s interior entrance. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required. Please reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Saturday at the Circus!
Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Circus is in town, and your tickets are reserved! The FSU Museum of Fine Arts is delighted to join in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Flying High Circus with a special exhibition and family fun day! Student performers will show off their skills throughout the day, and some very special guests will offer fearless frolics and phenomenal feats starting at 1:30 p.m. Learn the secrets of spectacular showstoppers and then strike a bow under MoFA’s littlest big top. It is FREE and open to all!
Calling all clowns! On Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for Makeup with MoFA, an exciting twist on our maker’s event format. Local hair artist Jordan Rae will lead a presentation sharing a brief history of circus makeup and guide participants through a simple clown look using products you could find at home or the local drugstore.
This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. We recommend having a white cream base paint or pale foundation, liquid black liner or black cream paint, and red lipstick or red cream paint on hand. Makeup applicators or paintbrushes will be helpful for application. Reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at email@example.com with any questions ahead of the event.
Circus Night at MoFA!
Thursday, February 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fun and festivity as MoFA welcomes student performers, alumni, and friends from the FSU Circus to celebrate 75 years of Flying High at Florida State. Jaunty jugglers will jolt you. Dynamic dancers will delight you. And amazing acrobats will astound you. Learn the secrets of spectacular showstoppers and then strike a bow under MoFA’s littlest big top. It is FREE and open to all!
Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research and Museum of Fine Arts is excited to welcome Jiha Moon for a virtual artist talk. This event is free and open to the public.
A show of her ceramic work, Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits, will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from January 13th until March 19th.
Jiha Moon is from DaeGu, Korea, and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Moon’s gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify yet familiar.
THIS PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION IS FUNDED, IN PART, BY A GRANT FROM SOUTH ARTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Thursday, January 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, come create a clay pinch pot with CDU at MoFA! During the first session, we’ll provide all materials, and members of the FSU Clay Club will provide instructions, just bring yourself, a friend, and your creativity! MoFA’s new exhibition Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits will provide tons of ceramic inspiration. After the pottery is fired, we will have a “Grab-and-Go” night where you’ll be able to pick up your dry creation and some fun crafts to decorate it! For those unable to make it to the first event, don’t worry! We’ll have some extra fired pots for you to pick up and paint as well! Supplies are first come, first serve. This is a drop-in event.
Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 am, you are invited to a celebration of the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hosted by the Saturday Success Academy at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. During the program, youth will recite and respond to the text “I Have a Dream” (1963) and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968). This empowerment event is sponsored by the Save One Life Foundation, Black History Alliance, FSU Civil Rights Institute, Legacy Taste of The Garden, and 100 Black Men of Tallahassee. Parking is available in the Call Street garage next to the Museum. In-person capacity will be limited. You can email program coordinator Annie Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions ahead of the event.
In connection to the MoFA exhibition, A Shared Body, join us Thursday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM EST for a poetry reading and gallery talk by Heid E. Erdrich and Tacey M. Atsitty. Heid and Tacey will share selections of their work and respond to the artwork featured in the exhibition. The event will end with a reading of Heid’s new poem, Ways of Water / Wash Over, commissioned for A Shared Body. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Read more about the poets below!
Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She is an author of several books of poetry and prose and is an interdisciplinary artist. Her new book, Little Big Bully from Penguin, won a National Poetry Series award. She authored seven books of poetry, a non-fiction work on Indigenous foods, and edited New Poets of Native Nations anthology for Graywolf Press. Her honors include a National Poetry Series award and two Minnesota Book Awards. She teaches in Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA.
Her poemeos (poem films and videos) created in collaboration with Elizabeth Day, Jonathan Thunder and Trevino Brings Plenty, have won Best of Show and Best of Fest awards. Heid has curated dozens of art exhibits focused on Native American artists. In 2016, she was a contributing artist to the Creative City Challenge award-winning public art project Wolf and Moose by Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Heid has collaborated with Rosy Simas Danse since 2016, and she has contributed to works choreographed by Ananya Dance, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, and others. Heid has written plays produced by Pangea World theater. She performs her poetry across the country, sometimes collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and dancers. Her first exhibit as a featured artist was Skew Lines, May 2019, created in a dual residency with Rosy Simas for SooVac gallery in Minneapolis.
Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné (Navajo), is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People). She was born in Logan, UT, grew up in Kirtland, NM but is originally from Cove, AZ.
Atsitty is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and the Philip Freund Prize. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY; EPOCH; Kenyon Review Online; Prairie Schooner; When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry; and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).
She is the director of the Navajo Film Festival, poetry judge for the Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest, a member of Advisory Council for BYU’s Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, a board member for Lightscatter Press of SLC, a founding member of the Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition Board of Directors at This is the Place Heritage Park, and Book Reviews Editor for the Southeast Review.
She is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lives with her husband.
The FSU Civil Rights Institute and Museum of Fine Arts invite you to join us for an evening reflecting on the intersections of environmentalism, equity, and justice. Tour A Shared Body, an exhibition focusing on artwork that contextualizes water access as a civil right, and watch a performance by Structures for Change, a collective of FSU School of Dance faculty and students.
A Shared Body is an exhibition of work by seven contemporary artists, including Pope.L, Calida Rawles, and Cannupa Hanska Luger. With subject matter ranging from the Middle Passage to Flint, Michigan, and the Dakota Access Pipeline, the exhibition specifically focuses on the impact of water access to Black and Indigenous communities.
Structures for Change is a dance, song, and story collective featuring faculty and students from the School of Dance as well as collaborators around the world. For the past several months, Structures for Change has been using the museum as a creative research lab and have developed a piece in response to Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Mirror Shield Project. On December 3 they will be joined by vocalist Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu. See a preview of their work here. The program will also include a performance by School of Dance graduate student Yutong Li.
On Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for a presentation and conversation with artist Sarah Sense!
Featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, A Shared Body, Sarah Sense creates photo-weavings with traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw techniques, her photography, and found imagery. Her new work Mississippi and Meshassepi (2021) draws from deep archival and familial research. Referencing various forms of knowledge capture, from the colonial system of mapmaking to the weaving patterns of her Native community, Sense revises the historical record. In these works, 17th and 18th-century records from the British Library are woven with maps and her landscape photographs to confront the impacts of colonial management on the Mississippi River.
Stick around after the talk for an artist talk by Chris Cozier at 7:00 PM EST in the same Zoom room! Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Cozier is an artist, writer and curator, whose work aims to explore and affect conventional readings of the Caribbean. His practice is informed by the writings and the life journey of C.L.R James, a Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist, who was a leading voice of Pan Africanism. For Cozier, the Caribbean is a fluid space and an ongoing negotiation with shifting narratives and interpretations. From notebook drawings to video installations, Cozier’s artistic practice investigates how historical and current experiences inform our understanding of the wider contemporary world.
These events are free, virtual, and open to the public. After you register, you will receive a Zoom link to stream the event. Reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at email@example.com with any questions ahead of the talk.
On Saturday, November 20th at 10:30 am, visit the FSU Museum of Fine Arts for a very special Story Time! In partnership with the Leon County Public Library, MoFA will host Story Time in connection to our current exhibition, A Shared Body. Young visitors will hear about the water cycle and read Carole Lindstrom’s We Are Water Protectors to learn how they can treat our Earth with kindness and respect while protecting our waters.
Grab and go activity bags are available at all Leon County Public Library locations as well as the Museum of Fine Arts starting on November 13th. On the day of the event, visitors can park in the Call Street Parking Garage next door to the Museum free of charge. Email program coordinator Annie Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions before the event. This event is free and open to the public. See you there!
On Saturday, November 20th, from 1:00-3:00 PM, join us for Make it With MoFA: Screen Printing! At this drop-in event, MoFA Intern Anderson Keel will lead visitors through the screen printing process in connection with our current exhibition, A Shared Body. We will have paper and tote bags available on a first-come, first-serve basis and encourage visitors to bring their own t-shirts from home to print on as well. You’ll learn about current actions happening surrounding the Line 3 Pipeline and leave with a printed object.
In addition to the printmaking, you can enjoy an electronic music concert by FSU student composers in MoFA’s galleries from 2:00-3:00 PM. You won’t want to miss it!
This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required—contact program coordinator Annie Booth (email@example.com) with any questions ahead of the event.
On Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for an artist talk by Courtney M. Leonard! Featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, A Shared Body, Leonard is an interdisciplinary artist whose ongoing series BREACH explores the human connection to historical, cultural, and natural resources. The new work, BREACH: Logbook 21 ӏ HYPOXIC, is an installation with ceramic, painted, video, and found elements exploring the oyster harvesting industry. With an emphasis on care, community, and place, her work highlights tangible technologies with the intangible connections that exist within community networks, including collective responsibility, knowledge, and understanding.
This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. After you register, you will receive a Zoom link to stream the event. Reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions ahead of the talk.
On Thursday, October 28th at 6:00 pm, join us for a virtual mask embellishment workshop led by local artist Linda Hall!
Linda Hall and Becki Rutta’s work is featured in MoFA’s current exhibit #SocialDistance on view until December 11th. The show creates an immersive installation reflecting the intensity and discomfort of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through Hall’s “Anxiety Masks” and Rutta’s intimate documentation of performances and interventions in local malls, parks, and other shared spaces.
MoFA will provide all workshop materials. After you register, you will receive confirmation and instructions for picking up your mask embellishment kit ahead of the workshop. This event is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited, so registration is required.
Please join us for a lively presentation and exhibition tour led by Dr. Alex Mikaberidze. One of the world’s foremost scholars of the Napoleonic era, Dr. Alex Mikaberidze’s most recent work, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2020), explores how this period of nearly continuous conflict affected the world beyond Europe. Dr. Mikaberidze is Professor of History at Louisiana State University – Shreveport and holds the Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair for the Curatorship of the James Smith Noel Collection, one of the largest private collections of antiquarian books, prints, and maps in the United States.
This event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited, so registration is required. Masks are expected at all MoFA programs.
Click here to learn more about MoFA’s exhibition Napoleon at the Movies.
Please join us this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 249 of the Fine Arts Building for a presentation and conversation with Angelina Lippert, Chief Curator at Poster House in New York. Prior to joining Poster House, Ms. Lippert worked for ten years as a poster specialist at a leading auction house in New York City. She will share insights into the history of poster arts and the importance of conserving and studying this fascinating area of visual culture.
Following Ms. Lippert’s presentation, we will tour MoFA’s current exhibition, Napoleon at the Movies, which features over 40 original cinema posters from around the world.
This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited, and registration to attend in-person is required. Register now at the link in our bio! This event will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
Parking for this event is available for free in the Call Street Garage. FSU expects masks to be worn indoors by all visitors, students, staff, and faculty. If you do not have a mask, the Museum will provide you with one.
MoFA is thrilled to work with FSU’s Counseling & Psychological Services to bring you a fall semester slow down!
During this virtual event, Art therapists Jessie Spraggins Rochford and Marissa Sowinski will lead you through a soothing mandala workshop following a brief meditation. All you need is paper (any size or color), a pencil, coloring utensils, and a round object (like a bowl or a large mug). You will leave the session with some tools to cope with whatever life throws your way. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public.