APPLETON MUSEUM PRESENTS FINAL WEEKS OF 'APPLETON BIENNIAL: 2012" AND SUMMER ART CAMP IN AUGUST

(OCALA, Fla.) June 26, 2012 — The "Appleton Biennial 2012: Florida Installation" is a juried exhibition presented through Aug. 12 at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. The museum also offers a Summer Art Camp from July 30 through Aug. 3, and a First Saturday children's art program on Aug. 4. The museum is closed for scheduled maintenance from Aug. 13 through Sept. 3.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum 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.

Through Aug. 12, the works of 12 of Florida's best installation artists are showcased in the "Appleton Biennial 2012: Florida Installation Art." The thought-provoking pieces feature a range of media from textiles, wire, paper and wood to video. Alette Simmons-Jimenez, a Miami-based artist/curator who juried the show said, "The most successful works I see are those where the artistic immersion takes place on several levels: space, ambience, architecture, light and audience involvement." The Florida artists participating in the exhibition are from Miami, Hollywood, Winter Haven, Gainesville, St. Petersburg and Lake City.

The Appleton Summer Art Camp features "Passport to Fun" from July 30 to Aug. 3. Students ages 7 to 14 create visual journals of their summer vacation using paints, paper and paste. For information on the Appleton Summer Art Camp, contact Educator Mary Moore at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613, or email moorem@cf.edu.

Young visitors and their families are invited to attend the Appleton's First Saturday children's art program, "Be a Wise Owl," from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 4. Children ages 4 to 12 can create a collage of a wise old owl, a creature that will inspire them to do their best at school this fall. The program is free for members and included in admission for yet-to-be members. Plus, the Appleton is showing educational films on the visual arts on Sundays in the Auditorium at 2 p.m. including "St. Gaudens" on Aug. 5 and "Maxfield Parrish" on Aug. 12.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 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 College of Central Florida, 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.