Current Exhibitions

A Dickens Christmas: Urban Family Holiday Collection

November 15-January 4, 2015

The Appleton is pleased to once again host the Urban Family Holiday Collection, the private collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.

Joyce Urban's love of Christmas began when she was a child in the city of Philadelphia. On her way to see Santa, she would walk past the elaborate decorations in the department stores and the wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years. She began publicly displaying her collection in 1989 because she wanted to provide a place for children of all ages to have the same magical experience she did as a child.

Over the years, her Christmas Tour has raised money for many local charities including Harvest International, Interfaith, Pilot Club, Women's Pregnancy Center and the Counseling Resource Center where she once worked as a counselor.

The Appleton will host a Family Day on December 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and there will be an art-making activity for all ages.

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

November 8-January 4, 2015

An engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, through more than 40 inspiring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs. Curated by Jared Packard-Winkler.

ReTooled celebrated the prevalence of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak of beauty, insight and wit. Providing a dynamic entry point into the rich themes, materials and processes of 20th century art, ReTooled profiles 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including major artists such as Arman, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Lèger and H.C. Westerman; photographers Berenice Abbot and Walker Evans; as well as pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist.

Retooled was organized by International Arts & Arists, Washington, DC, from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, gift of John and June Hechinger.

Recent Acquisitions to the Appleton Collection

October 25-february 1, 2015

Over the past three years, the Appleton Museum of Art has seen many works of art come into its permanent collection including antiquities, American photography, prints by internationally renowned 20th century artists, fine examples of Chinese decorative arts, an 18th century oil portrait, and major paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Florida and Caribbean artists. These, along with rare coins dating from Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome, all reflect the many cultures and time periods collected by Arthur I Appleton.

 Recent Acquisitions on view will include 20th century works by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) and Francisco Zuniga (Costa Rica, 1912-1998) as well as fine later paintings of Floridians and the Florida environment by Jack Thursby, Christopher Still, Mark Messersmith and the German-born painter Karl Zerbe (1903-1972). The prominent Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz is represented with two fun and whimsical works in bronze and glazed ceramic and works by the Cuban artist Sandro de la Rosa brings captivating realism to the exhibition.  An elaborately decorated Chinese chest represents skilled craftsmanship in decorative arts from the past and is a welcome new addition to the Appleton’s Asian collection.

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.