2012 Exhibitions

Sendak & Co.: Children's Book Illustrations Since "Where the Wild Things Are."

November 18, 2012 - January 20, 2013

In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece, the Appleton is showcasing more than 150 original drawings by 36 of today’s best known names in children’s book illustration. These artists have produced such iconic children’s books as Black and White, Thirteen, No More Monsters for Me, Lon Po Po, Go Stay Away, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Trick or Treat on Monster Street and No David!

Also, during the run of this exhibition the Appleton will be present Storytelling in the Gallery sessions featuring readings of Where the Wild Things Are and other books for children ages 3 to 5 at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays (Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8, 15).

Read about it on Ocala.com here.


November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Enjoy some of the miniature Dickens-era villages, nutcracker dolls and countless holiday decorations and ornaments that the Urbans have collected over the years.


The Nature of Things: The Art of Ed Smith

November 3, 2012 - December 31, 2012

View 21 large-scale oil paintings depicting wildlife's struggle to survive with the modern world and technology.


FLORAda And Flowing Waters: The Art of Mark Messersmith, Margaret Ross Tolbert and Anna Tomczak.

September 15 - November 4, 2012

Presented are lush and beautiful portraits of natural Florida as interpreted by three of the state's most prominent artists. Messersmith's opulent, hyper-colorful paintings of Florida's tropical flora and fauna comes together with Ross Tolbert's abstract expressionist interpretations of our freshwater springs and Tomczak's nostalgic large-format photographic prints of antiques and native plants.

Read more about the Appleton's exhibition FLORAda and Flowing Waters in the August/September 2012 issue of On View Magazine


Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection

September 8 - October 21 2012

On exhibit are 30 works by some of the best photographers starting in the early 1900s. Photographs include Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott, Imogen Cunningham, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston. Among the iconic images in the show are Edward Steichen's 1928 portrait of Greta Garbo and Alfred Stieglitz's famous The Steerage from 1907.


Appleton's Biennial 2012: Florida Installation Art

June 30-August 12, 2012

Showcased in this juried show are some of the most unique and thought-provoking works created by Florida's finest installation artists.

Winning artists of the juried Appleton Biennial 2012 were:

1st Place -- Gretchen Scharnagl, Two Months Decomposition
2nd Place -- Alex Trimino, Luminous Disparities
Honorable Mention -- Cynthia Mason, Existence is Meaningful
People's Choice -- Gretchen Scharnagl, Two Months Decomposition

A Salute to the Art of George Hanover

June 23 - Aug 12

On exhibit is a retrospective of artwork by Ocala-based artist George Hanover. Showcased are a variety
of paintings and sculptures in a variety of media.



Ocala Art Group's On The Balcony

May 19-June 17, 2012

View more than 30 of the best recent works created by current members of this local art club. In addition, May 19 will be the Appleton’s Community Day with free admission to the public, and the OAG’s Silver Toast to the Arts Art Fair will held in front of the museum with original paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry created by artists from throughout Central Florida.


Art and the Animal

April 14, 2012 - June 17, 2012

See 45 works from the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, an organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards among painters and sculptors specializing in animal subject matter. Art and the Animal features works of animals created by some of today's best classically trained international artists.


ART AND THE ANIMAL Tour Office, David J. Wagner, L.L.C., www.societyofanimalartists.com/tour_director.html, davidjwagnerllc.com,

31st Annual 6th District Congressional Art Competition

April 28-May 13, 2012

Art produced by area high school students will be showcased at the Appleton Museum. The winning artwork will be displayed in the nation's Capitol for one year along with the first-place entries from other districts around the country. On opening day, April 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Appleton will present an awards ceremony and reception for the student artists, their families and museum guests.


MODERN IMPRESSIONS: 20th Century Prints from the Appleton Collection

March 24, 2012 - May 6, 2012

Showcased are 35 abstract and figurative works by some of the most important names in 20th century art including Dali, Miro, Calder, Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. Colorful and bold, sometimes minimalist and surreal, these works represent the major trends in art internationally throughout the last century. The influence of these artists and the movements they represent are still being felt in the art world today.


Three From Cuba: The Art of Vicente, Sandro and Florido -- The Fantastic to the Sublime.

February 11, 2012-April 1, 2012

See more than 30 recent works by three important artists: Vicente Hernandez, Sandro de la Rosa, and Miguel Florido, working in Cuba today. All works in oil on canvas, yet each brings a distinctive character to their paintings featuring landscapes, still lifes and portraits.


For the Love of the Sea: Watercolors of Philip Steel

January 21-March 18, 2012

View 35 original paintings produced by this award-winning New England artist whose nautical themed works reflect his knowledge of the sea and respect for those who make a living from the ocean.