Past Exhibitions

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 highschool 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.

Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone

November 7, 2015-January 10, 2016

Contextualized in 35 framed photographs, contact sheets and original magazine covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history.

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a coveted career achievement and for many readers represents the fantasy of the rock-and-roll lifestyle. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Rolling Stone provided a national voice to the counter-culture movement and before the days of personal branding, gave readers unprecedented access to musicians.

A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

A Fine Timber: Wood & Transformation In our time

November 14, 2015-january 3, 2016

Organized by the Appleton Museum of Art, this exhibiiton focuses on three artists currently creating expressions in wood - or about wood. Chuck Sharbaugh is a master artisan who creates beautifully crafted cabinets with marquetry inlay in the Arts and Crafts Style; Eric Serritella is an award-winning ceramicist who turns clay into trompe l'oeil objects resembling birch bark; and Bahk Seon Ghi, who is one of Korea's premiere artists, making ethereal installations using black charcoal strung with invisible wire.

Exhibition lecture and reception

Friday, november 13, 5.-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of A Fine Timber with artist presentations by Eric Serritella and Chuck Sharbaugh, followed by a reception. This free event is open to the public. Director's Circle members are invited at 5 p.m. for a special VIP meet-and-greet with the artists.

The Urban Family Holiday exhibit

November 14-january 3

The Appleton and the Urban Family are pleased to celebrate the holidays with A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see other beloved favorites from The Urban Family Holiday Collection. New this year, themed trees decorated by community groups and businesses will also be on display throughout the second floor.

The Urban Holiday Family Day

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join us for the annual free Family Day to enjoy A Dickens Christmas with holiday art-making in the ARTSpace. From 1-3 p.m., take carriage rides around the museum grounds and have your photo taken with Santa in the cafe, where light refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Toast to the Arts: Works by the Ocala Art Group

September 12-November 1

Ocala Art Group celebrates artistic diversity in this exhibition of juried artwork. OAG is a not-for-profit educational corporation with a membership open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Saturday, September 12, 5-8 p.m.

Join Ocala Art Group and the Appleton to celebrate the exhibition, A Toast to the Arts. This event is FREE and open to the public; no reservation required .

Masterworks from the international guild of realism

September 5-November 1

The International Guild of Realism represents 350 artists from 35 countries, promoting Realist art -- a movement which emerged in America in the late 1960's and early 1970's concerned with the straightforward realistic approach to representation. This exhibition features 65 award-winning works that range from the ultra-contemporary to timeless and traditional Realism.


Thursday, September 24, 6-7:30

The Many Faces of Realism in the History of Western Art

Join the Appleton’s curator, Ruth Grim for a presentation of realist paintings from the renaissance to the present day.


Exhibition information available from International Guild of Realism (IGOR) Master Works Exhibition Tour Office, David Wagner, L.L.C., or visit

People & Places of North Vietnam, 1948-1968: Selections from the Bruce H. Blowitz Collection

July 31-October 4

Entrepreneur, adventurer and art collector Bruce Blowitz happened to be in Southeast Asia in the mid 1980s when Vietnam opened its doors to the West again, decades after the disastrous war that pulled countries apart. Among the discoveries he made at that time was a wealth of historical art depicting the period preceding the war and shortly thereafter in which Vietnam was striving for industrialization and advancements in its economy and infrastructure. He amassed a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters.

Similar in style to the Social Realism of early 20th century Russia and WPA America during the Great Depression, the earliest of these images show the power of art to inspire and motivate working people toward a new idea of their country. As the war progressed, art was put in service of the war effort with images and messages encouraging the Vietnamese to fight their Capitalist enemies.

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.

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