(OCALA, Fla.) April 16, 2010 — “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South,” “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists from the Sunshine State” and “American Masters from the Private Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson” are three temporary fine art exhibitions open during May at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida. Other special programs include folk singers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker and an After Hours event starring the Latin combo Grupo Congri.

Regular daily admission 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.

“Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” is an exhibition featuring 55 works by African-American artists who have chronicled the history of southern culture from the 1940s to today. Artists represented include Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Hughie Lee-Smith. Subject matter of the works range from personal experience, music and folklore to southern traditions and religion. The exhibition runs through May 23.

Complementing the “Southern Journeys” exhibition is “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists from the Sunshine State.” This show presents 40 works by Florida-based artists from the 20th century to the present such as Kenneth Falana, Valerie Goodwin and Mary Proctor. The exhibition runs through May 30.

The third temporary exhibition is “American Masters from the Private Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson.” Featured are 19 examples of important American art movements ranging from the 19th century Hudson River School to early 20th century modernism. Among the artists are Thomas Cole, George Inness and Alfred Maurer. The exhibition runs through July 25.

During May the museum also presents performances by internationally acclaimed folk singers and musicians Sparky and Rhonda Rucker at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. After Hours will feature the Latin music of Grupo Congri in the Courtyard starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

In addition to these special programs, Appleton guests may enjoy the museum’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available 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, 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