(OCALA, Fla.) Nov. 14, 2008 … Winslow Homer is widely considered one of America’s favorite artists of the 19th century, and 125 of his fine art wood engravings produced from the 1850s to the 1880s will be featured in the “Winslow Home In America” exhibition presented at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College from Dec. 6, 2008, to Jan. 18, 2009.   The exhibition is included in the museum’s admission price of $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55 or better) and students 19 and over, $3 for youths (age 10-18), and admission is free for children age nine and under and CF students. 

Homer’s wood engravings illustrated scenes of everyday American life and were produced over three decades at the height of magazine engraving. His art work served to inform and entertain readers of national publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, The Galaxy, Every Saturday and the Appleton Journal.  The “Winslow Homer In America” exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Homer wood engravings in the nation and will be displayed in categories titled “Early Portrait Works,” “Life In Rural America,” “Leisure Time Activities,” “Holidays,” “The Sporting Life,” “Courtship and Romance,” “Seaside Views,” “America’s Youth,” “The War Years,” “The Changing Role of Women” and “Urbanization and Society.”

In addition to the “Winslow Homer In America” exhibition, the Appleton Museum of Art displays European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and Pre-Columbian works of art and artifacts in its permanent collection galleries. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays.  In addition to daily admission, an annual membership pass is also available and includes year-round admission, special events and members-only programs.  Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470, just east of downtown Ocala on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95).  For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.