Current Exhibitions

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.

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.



Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.