Past Exhibitions

Prints by Frank Stella

June 11-Septmeber 6

Prints by Frank Stella features 14 dynamic, colorful prints from the artist, known mostly for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.

Though originally a painter, Stella began his extended engagement with printmaking in the mid-1960s, working first with master printer Kenneth Tyler at Gemini G.E.L. He used lithography, screenprinting, intaglio and relief printing, often combining them in complex mixed medium prints, regularly named after paintings exploring similar themes. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Stella created a large body of work that responded in a general way to Herman melville's Moby Dick, several of which are included in this exhibition.

This exhibition is on loan from the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama.

Reproduction, including downloading of Stella works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Promises Of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection

June 20-August 23

This exhibition presents works from the Arthur Primas Collection, a significant collection of African American Art that includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, graphics and documents. Included in the exhibition are 75 works by more than 30 artists. These artists, many under the extreme pressure of an unresponsive public, brought forth magnificent art which reflects the African American experience and aesthetic.


This exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with the Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Everglades: America's Wetland

photography by Mac Stone

April 7-july 5

Everglades: America's Wetland contains 40 framed photographs by Mac Stone, an award-winning conservation photographer and naturalist who recently published a major book by the same title. As a biologist for the National Audubon Society, Stone traveled to the most remote areas of the Everglades. With his camera, he explored Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Swamp, Fisheating Creek and dozens of sites that few are permitted to visit. Images from his treks have appeared in countless domestic and international publications including National Geographic, Audubon Magazine and National Parks Magazine.


Beyond Reality: The Many Worlds of James Vredevoogd

April 11-June 7, 2015

Beyond Reality: The Many Worlds of James H. Vredevoogd is the artist's first retrospective. An Emeritus Professor of Art at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, he taught painting, drawing and performance art for thirty-two years. Realistic in style but surrealist in subject matter, his works are enigmatic dreamscapes with their own unique symbolism and iconography, captivating the viewer and daring them to take a closer look.

Vredevoogd received a BA from Michigan State University and an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums, universities and private collections. The artists lives and works in Dunnellon, FL.

Lesley Dill: Faith & the Devil

January 24-April 5, 2015

Lesley Dill is one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language and fine art. Faith & the Devil is a large-scale installation that investigates the philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith in the world. The source and lynchpin for this investigation is Big Gal Faith, an eight-foot tall female figure centered in the gallery. Her wild, word-hair and lavish twenty-six foot wide dress of drawn images and words express the main themes of the exhibition: cruelty and violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection and transcendence. Mural sized drawings create a dense forest of interlocking words and images stenciled on fabric and function as a theatrical backdrop.



A Treasury of Indian Miniature Paintings

February 7-March 29, 2015

Glamour, history and fairy tales combine in this strikingly beautiful exhibition from the collection of the Museum of the Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach. Works from the Appleton collection will combine with those of this neighboring institution to bring to light fascinating stories of Rajas and princes, demons and super heroes.

The complex cultural heritage of India is woven into a rich, colorful fabric in this compilation of Indian miniature paintings. The first Indian paintings to receive notice and appreciation in the West were the miniatures, created for the Mughal courts of India. Their realistically rendered tableaux of court life, warfare and portraiture appealed to Western tastes. Other works comprising this exhibition include Deccani: Muslim paintings from South India, Rajasthani: paintings from the plains of North India, Pahari: paintings from the Himalayan foothills and the Dhruva Folios, which illustrate portions of the Prince Dhruva story from the fourth book (Pusan) of the Bhagavata-Purana.

The works in this exhibition are gifts to the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach from Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow.

Recent Acquisitions to the Appleton Collection

October 25-february 1, 2015

Over the past three years, the Appleton Museum of Art has seen many works of art come into its permanent collection including antiquities, American photography, prints by internationally renowned 20th century artists, fine examples of Chinese decorative arts, an 18th century oil portrait, and major paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Florida and Caribbean artists. These, along with rare coins dating from Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome, all reflect the many cultures and time periods collected by Arthur I Appleton.

 Recent Acquisitions on view will include 20th century works by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) and Francisco Zuniga (Costa Rica, 1912-1998) as well as fine later paintings of Floridians and the Florida environment by Jack Thursby, Christopher Still, Mark Messersmith and the German-born painter Karl Zerbe (1903-1972). The prominent Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz is represented with two fun and whimsical works in bronze and glazed ceramic and works by the Cuban artist Sandro de la Rosa brings captivating realism to the exhibition.  An elaborately decorated Chinese chest represents skilled craftsmanship in decorative arts from the past and is a welcome new addition to the Appleton’s Asian collection.

A Dickens Christmas: Urban Family Holiday Collection

November 15-January 4, 2015

The Appleton is pleased to once again host the Urban Family Holiday Collection, the private collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.

Joyce Urban's love of Christmas began when she was a child in the city of Philadelphia. On her way to see Santa, she would walk past the elaborate decorations in the department stores and the wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years. She began publicly displaying her collection in 1989 because she wanted to provide a place for children of all ages to have the same magical experience she did as a child.

Over the years, her Christmas Tour has raised money for many local charities including Harvest International, Interfaith, Pilot Club, Women's Pregnancy Center and the Counseling Resource Center where she once worked as a counselor.

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

November 8-January 4, 2015

An engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, through more than 40 inspiring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs. Curated by Jared Packard-Winkler.

ReTooled celebrated the prevalence of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak of beauty, insight and wit. Providing a dynamic entry point into the rich themes, materials and processes of 20th century art, ReTooled profiles 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including major artists such as Arman, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Lèger and H.C. Westerman; photographers Berenice Abbot and Walker Evans; as well as pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist. Retooled was organized by International Arts & Arists, Washington, DC, from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, gift of John and June Hechinger.

A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin

July 26-November 2, 2014

This exhibition features a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin, whose love of nature inspired a lifetime of making art. Kashdin studied at the Art Students League in New York and at Florida State University. She was also Professor Emerita of Humanities at the University of South Florida. Her work deals with time, process and nature. Dr. Kashdin's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally for over 60 years. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, the Appleton Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, public institutions, as well as corporate and private collections.

2014 Biennial: OUTSIDE THE BOX

July 19-October 19, 2014

The Appleton Museum of Art is pleased to present works by Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Michael Bauman and Kate Helms, Richard Herzog, Terri Lindbloom, Judith Salmon, Zachary Gilliland and Mikaela Raquel Williams; some of the best Florida artists working in this innovative and thought provoking medium.

The juror for this year’s Biennial is Matthew McLendon, Ph.D. Currently, he is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fl. The juror selected winners for Best of Show, Second Place, and Honorable Mention. The People’s Choice Award was determined by museum visitors.

  • Best of Show: Mikaela Raquel Williams, Rainbow
  • Second Place: Terri Lindbloom, Untitled
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Bauman & Kate Helms, FL2907EL
  • People's Choice: Zachary Gilliland, Brokedown Palace

  • Click here to view the 2014 Biennial catalog.

    Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin

    May 24-July 13, 2014

    This exhibition features over thirty works by American artist Benny Collin (1896-1979), who was devoted to colorful and rhythmic, mathematic abstraction. Collin, who was born Benjamin Cohen, was a Danish émigré who came to the U.S. fleeing Nazi persecution during the war. Upon arriving in the United States, he pursued a career in art working on altarpieces for churches in the northeast by day and geometric abstractions based on the “Golden Spiral” by night. Informed by the strong tradition of European abstraction, he created many colorful acrylic-washes on paper with compositions based on a complex mathematical formula that yielded vibrant, kaleidoscopic images evoking the repetition of musical scores by Bach and Mozart.

    Exhibition Lecture, Isis Unveiled: Abstract Mathematics and the Esoteric Dimension of Art
    Thursday, July 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Scott Olsen, author and College of Central Florida professor of Philosophy and Religion, will give an illustrated lecture in the museum’s auditorium, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

    IndustrIal Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein

    March 1 - July 6, 2014

    Michelle Stitzlein, Baltimore, OH, creates found object art/sculpture from recycled materials. Stitzlein's series of more than 14 moths and lichen range in size from 3’ to 11’. She began working on this series in 2003, inspired by "myriad varieties of beautiful, exotic moths and lichen in my own backyard." These pieces are cobbled together in the most pristine way from old piano keys, tin cans, license plates and bicycle tires, among other things. The exhibit will also include several pieces from her new series using recycled electric wire and other found objects.

    She has also written two books, Bottle Cap, Little Bottle Cap; and Cool Caps outlining projects for children, families, schools and non-profits utilizing recycled, plastic bottle caps. In late Feb. Stitzlein will spend two days creating a bottle cap mural for the Appleton with the help of students at North Marion Middle School. Stitzlein will also participate in the March 1 First Saturday from 1-3 pm where families will be able to create bottle cap magnets. The exhibit and mural project are funded in part by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    New Art of the Loom

    April 26 - June 29, 2014

    This exhibit reveals the woven dreams of artists from 18 countries who combine the ancient craft of weaving with artistic expressions of today, resulting in a display of visually captivating and thought-provoking murals. Organized and curated by Dirk Holger.

    [in]justice:art and atrocity in the 20th century

    February 8 - May 11, 2014

    “[in]justice: art and atrocity in the 20th century,” features works by 20th century masters such as Leonard Baskin, Leon Golub, Robert Morris and Alison Saar.

    Guest curator Tyrus Clutter, College of Central Florida assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts, chose the works for their ability to explore elements of the darker side of humanity.

    “Sometimes life is beautiful, and sometimes beauty is simply not enough. And sometimes art is the most powerful tool to call attention to man’s inhumanity,” said Clutter. “Artists of the 20th century were often heralds of injustice, holding up a mirror to the acts that many wished would quietly fade away.”

    A Gathering of Legends

    Jan. 25 - May 4, 2014

    A piece of Americana with ties to historical figures such as Joe Louis, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson and President Ronald Reagan will be on display, Jan. 25-May 4. The “Gathering of Legends” exhibit will feature an Irish linen tablecloth with nearly 700 autographs embroidered on it, alongside photographs of the politicians, athletes and celebrities who signed it over the past 84 years. The tablecloth and photos belong to Silver Springs resident Walter Light Jr., a retired musician, whose mother, Joy, started the collection in 1929.

    The museum will host a reception with Walter Light Jr. Saturday, Jan. 25, from 2-4 p.m.


    Young in Art

    April 18 - May 19, 2014

    The Appleton Museum of Art is pleased to showcase artwork produced by Marion County public schools. Exhibition pieces have been chosen by art teachers to represent the best of their individual programs.


    11th Congressional District Art Competition

    April 30-May 4, 2014

    The 11th Congressional District Art Competition is hosted by Congressman Richard Nugent and includes artwork by highschool students from Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Marion Counties. Judging for the competition takes place April 30, 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 May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

    All 11th District entries will be on view through May 4, 2014.

    Exploration: The Art of R. Gregory Christie

    February 01 - April 27, 2014

    R. Gregory Christie, who owns and operates Gas Art Gifts Bookstore and Art Studio in Decatur, Ga., has illustrated more than 40 books in the past 17 years. Christie won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration for his first book, “The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children.” His book “Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth” was selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

    As part of his residency with the museum, Christie will unveil a mural he created specifically for the Appleton, using the museum’s collection as inspiration. The mural may be viewed Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. during the museum’s First Saturday event. Families are invited to come participate in a hands-on art activity with Christie at that time. Christie will also present a workshop on bookmaking and illustration to students at Howard Middle School Jan. 30 and 31.


    Very Special Arts

    Feb. 25 - March 23, 2014

    An exhibit of children’s art work organized by the State Organization on Arts and Disabilities.

    The Living Art of Bonsai

    January 17 - April 13, 2014

    Bonsai from the collections of members of the Marion Bonsai Society will be on display in the Courtyard.


    A Celebration of Japan

    January 18 - April 13, 2014

    Decorative sword guards, pen & ink containers, kimonos and wood block prints from the collections of the Appleton Museum of Art and Mulvane Art Museum.


    Canstruction Ocala

    February 22 - March 9, 2014

    Canstruction Ocala is a creative design and build competition where artists construct giant-sized structures made entirely out of canned foods. The amazing creations will be on display at the museum as a larger-than-life art exhibit. After feeding the imagination of museum visitors, the 4,247 cans equalling 1,232 lb. of food, will be dismantled and donated to local food banks.

    Canstruction Awards

    Jurors Favorite-B9 by the Cornerstone School

    Structural Integrity-CF Students (Ambassadors and Student Activity Board)

    Best Use of Labels-Girl Scout Troop 281

    Honorable Mention-Girl Scout Troop 281

    Best Meal-Appleton Museum of Art Staff

    Peoples Choice Award- Girl Scout Troop 281

    Age of Revolution

    September 5, 2013 - February 2, 2014

    This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the 2013 Ocala Civic Theater debut of  Les Miserables, brings together works from the Appleton’s nineteenth-century collection with others from the  Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. 

    Selections from the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition

    November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014

    The exhibition will present 35 of the best watercolors produced by artists from Florida and around the country. With over 1,100 members, the Florida Watercolor Society is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States. Membership is open to all artists residing in the state of Florida. Juried by the internationally-renowned watercolorist Linda Baker AWS, NWS, this exhibition represents a choice selection from FWS’ 2013 Annual Exhibition in Sarasota.


    A Dickens' Christmas

    Selections from the Urban Family Collection

    November 16, 2013- January 5, 2014

    “A Dickens’ Christmas: Selections from the Urban Family Collection” will be on display through Jan. 5, 2014.

    The museum’s lobby and first floor galleries will be filled with decorated trees, miniature villages, nutcracker soldiers and countless items collected over the years by Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.

    There will be free admission to “A Dickens’ Christmas” exhibit during Family Days Dec. 7 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to see the exhibit, meet Santa Claus and enjoy holiday treats.

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