‘THE APPLETON BIENNIAL 2010: FLORIDA INSTALLATION ART’ EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM, JUNE 12

(OCALA, Fla.) April 27, 2010 — Installation art is installed or arranged in a space dictated by the artist and is the medium of the juried exhibition “The Appleton Biennial 2010: Florida Installation Art” opening Saturday, June 12, at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College.

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.

“The Appleton Biennial 2010: Florida Installation Art” exhibition features 12 artists from Cocoa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, South Florida, St. Augustine and Tallahassee. The artworks are two- and three-dimensional and convey themes or messages ranging from political statements and environmental issues to the power of the media and the poignancy of old age. Some pieces are interactive and the viewer becomes part of the artwork itself using senses of sight, sound and touch. Material used in the construction of the art includes wire, wood, fabric, newspaper, plastic and sophisticated video and sound components. This exhibition runs through Aug. 8.

“Installation art is one of the fastest growing areas of 21st century artistic production, stretching the boundaries and definition of art,” said Appleton Museum Curator of Exhibitions Ruth Grim. “It is conceptual, interactive and often representing the cutting edge of art of our time. Florida installation artists are producing some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking and beautiful works of art today.”

Juror of this exhibition is Sean Miller, a Florida-based artist and senior lecturer at the University of Florida. Miller teaches the workshop for Art Research and Practice. He is an internationally exhibiting, multidisciplinary artist and one of the original founders of the SOIL Gallery/Collective in Seattle, Wash. His exhibitions have appeared in galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his works have been reviewed and featured in major publications worldwide.

In addition to the “Florida Installation Art” exhibition, the Appleton Museum offers 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 www.AppletonMuseum.org.