Past Exhibitions


Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

September 10-November 13, 2016

Science, technology, architecture and art converge to question the nature and purpose of survival within the context of climate change and natural disaster: How do we design and retrofit our built world to adapt to increased uncertainty, and do it affordably? How do we produce dwellings that have a full life-cycle of durability pre, during and post disaster?

In Survival Architecture, Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretive solutions and prototypes for emergency shelter. Commissioned, large-scale and portable interactive architectural installations, models, photography and drawings open opportunities for discussion from the perspective of art, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the sociocultural relevance of emergency and survival housing in the age of climate change. Through invention, artistic playfulness, and innovation, artists explore materials, technology, culture and social activism. This exhibition was organized by Art Works For Change, Inc.,with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and additional funding from Nathan Cummings Foundation.


John Raimondi: Drawing to Sculpture

August 6-October 30, 2016

With monumental works at more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports, and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi’s sculptures are among the most prominent contemporary public artworks. While his sculptures are easy to spot – some rise more than 60 feet tall – the Appleton will be among the first venues to showcase the artist's dynamic preparatory drawings.

The exhibition has been organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of Collections. After closing at the Appleton, Drawing to Sculpture will travel to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in late 2016.


Mobile Photography Exhibition

October 11-23, 2016

See more than 500 photos submitted during the Mobile Photography Contest! Photos were collected over the course of one month in the following categories: Natural Patterns, Friends and Family, Be Inspired (Still-Life) and My Travels.


Best in Category Winners

Natural Patterns: Suzan Hunt
Friends & Family: Barbra Hernandez
Be Inspired (Still-Life): David DeRienzo
My Travels: Laurel Gillum


Inspired Lines: Drawing Biennial 2016

July 2-August 28, 2016

The Appleton Museum of Art is devoting its 2016 Biennial exhibition to the art of drawing and will exhibit colored pencil, graphite and other drawings with an emphasis on works at least 18 x 24 in. and larger. The juror for this exhibition is Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.


Award Winners

Shelby Shadwell, Wyoming, Best of Show
Erik Waterkotte, North Carolina, Second Place
Amie Rangel, New Mexico, Third Place


Dan Gunderson
Toys Series

May 17-August 28, 2016

A long-time professor of art at Stetson University, Gunderson creates luminous works of art depicting toys that are arranged in radial symmetry, creating a kaleidoscope effect. His colorful images shift the eye between the image's pattern and the familiar toys that comprise them.

This exhibition is on view in the rotunda and features 17 photographs mounted on Plexiglas from the Toys series.


Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas

April 30-July 31, 2016

It is no exaggeration to say that Norman Rockwell is one of the most popular, most loved, of all contemporary artists. For 39 years while the face of the world was changing unbelievably, Norman amused, charmed and inspired a great many millions of Americans.

This exhibition explores the man behind the canvas through the lens of Louis Lamone, and introduces America’s most beloved illustrator in a never-before-seen glimpse into his private life through anecdotal and personal memorabilia. Also featured are 100 Saturday Evening Post covers from 1936–1972.

Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas originated from the LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA.


Dignity: Tribes in Transition
Photographs by Dana Gluckstein

April 22-June 19, 2016

DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition captures the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The 60 black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples span three decades and pay homage to these imperiled cultures. Whether photographing a Haitian healer or a San Bushmen chief, Gluckstein infuses each portrait with an essential human grace.

Gluckstein distills the universality of experience that links us all yet never sacrifices the dignity of the individual. “The ancient ones tell us where we have come from and where we must go as a world community. Humanity’s survival depends on how carefully we listen,” states the artist. Many of the cultures represented in this exhibition — African, South American and Asian — are also represented in the museum’s permanent collection.


Paradise Park Remembered: Photographs by Bruce Mozert and others

January 23-April 24, 2016

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969. Based on a recently-published book co-authored by Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham,this exhibition features approximately 100 photographs taken by former Silver Springs staff photographer Bruce Mozert, Paradise Park memorabilia and snapshots loaned from private collectors and Marion County Black Archives.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Journey into Imagimation: 100 Years of Animation from Around the World

January 16-April 10, 2016

Imagimation includes more than 130 pieces celebrating the past 100 years of animation, an art that continues to evolve. This extensive exhibition presents a full range of animation techniques, from the groundbreaking traditional animation of Gertie the Dinosaur, created by American Winsor McCay in 1914, through today's many digitally supported animation productions and applications.

Imagimation is culled from the collection of The Animation Hall of Fame Inc., founded in 2010 by animation professionals, collectors and historians Nancy and Hal Miles. Encompassing several thousand pieces, the collection covers all the styles, techniques and many international artists throughout the history of animation and represents the Miles' 30-year animation collecting passion. Organized by Nancy and Hal Miles from the Nancy and Hal Miles Collection; exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.


11th Congressional District Art Competition
Youth Art Exhibition

March 11-April 3, 2016

The 11th Congressional District Art Competition is hosted by Congressman Richard Nugent and includes artwork by high school students from Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Marion Counties. Judging for the competition takes place March 9, and one winner will have their entry sent to Washington, D.C. to be hung in the Capitol for one year.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition reception being held at the Appleton on March 18, 6-8 p.m.


Hand 'N' Hand
Youth Art Exhibition

February 13-28, 2016

In partnership with VSA Florida and Marion County Public Schools, the Appleton is exhibiting artwork created by students with disabilities from Hillcrest School, Maplewood Elementary, and Liberty Middle School. Titled "Hand 'n' Hand," on view in the education wing now through Feb. 28, the exhibition features work created under the Marion County "My Art My Way" artist in residence program.

This year's resident artist was Marlene Jacobowitz who taught arts lessons at each school for nine hours over the past few months.


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