Current Exhibitions


Pardon Our Dust
While We make Some Exciting Changes

PLEASE NOTE: The African and Pre-Columbian galleries are closed for reinstallation.


Medieval to Metal:
The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

May 19-September 2, 2018

Medieval To Metal explores all facets of the world's most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past four hundred years to modern efforts to reinvent the guitar with different materials, shapes, and approaches to design. Design illustrations, objects, and photographs provide a rich context for exploring the artistic components of the guitar. Visitors will experience the art, history, and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains 40 instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. The artifacts are supplemented with dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant artists and instruments of the last century.

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR is a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum.


Talk and Performance: Dr. Welson A. Tremura
Saturday, May 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Click here for details.


Paintings by Mel Fiorentino

May 19-September 2, 2018

In combination with the exhibition Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR, paintings of guitar heroes and gods by Ocala-based artist Mel Fiorentino.


Appleton Student Art Show

May 6-27, 2018

Introducing the inaugural Appleton Student Art Show, showcasing the artwork made by students in our very own studio art classes! Students of all ages submitted work created between June 2017 and April 2018, ranging from drawing, painting, fashion and ceramics. Visit the education wing to see the amazing talent and creativity that comes from our classes and workshops.


The Series of Cphace

March 24-July 22, 2018

The Cphace images depict natural phenomena such as glaciers, rainforests, plantations, botanical gardens, swamps, reefs, mud flats and coral landscapes.

Captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye, the lush images of nature are then cropped and manipulated to create a new original image.

The result is a symmetrical image of organic forms with a central axis. Within each image nature, becomes less complex in color but much more complex in its shapes, textures and lines.

The artist, Laird, lives in northeast Florida. After receiving a BFA in graphic design from University of North Florida in 1980, he pursued graphic art and photography in advertising, journalism, illustration and commercial work. A redirection in 1997 as a solo photo artist he started blac palm inc. and later opened the DEWEY, a studio and gallery of commercial / fine art photography.


Art for the Afterlife: Chinese Funerary Objects

Ongoing

Historically, elite individuals in Chinese society were buried with all of the everyday items that they might need in the next realm. Objects such as clay servants and musicians, as well as a finely glazed Tang Dynasty ceramic horse and stunning tomb guardian figurines, make up this display from the Appleton’s permanent collection.