APPLETON MUSEUM OPENS ‘SOUTHERN JOURNEYS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH,’ APRIL 3

(OCALA, Fla.) March 22, 2010 — Opening at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College on April 3, “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” is a collection of 55 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by some of the country’s finest African-American artists who have chronicled the history of southern culture from the 1940s to today. The exhibition will run through May 23.

Admission to the Appleton is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families. 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.

The art presented in “Southern Journeys” reflects a broad range of subject matter pulled from personal experience, music, folklore and religion. The exhibition includes the works of both academically trained and self-taught artists spanning three generations: those whose careers developed and matured between the 1930s and 1950s; those who came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Power era of the 1960s and 1970s; and those who have emerged in the postmodernist period of culture and society. Showcased is artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Hughie Lee-Smith, to name a few.

In addition to “Southern Journeys,” guests can view the works of “Morgan Samuel Price: Florida’s Plein Air Artist” in the Balcony Gallery through April 11 and the museum’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art as well as Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts. Upcoming events include an African-American Festival Family Day on April 17 with free admission, folk storyteller J’miah Nabawi and hands-on art projects, and on April 25 Tallahassee’s award-winning classical quartet Enhake will perform in concert.

The Appleton Museum offers a 12-month membership for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown 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.