Current Exhibitions

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.

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.