Upcoming Exhibitions


Con-Text: The Word Based Images of Tyrus Clutter

June 10-August 6, 2017

Marked by exuberant color combinations and embossed textural variations, the images of College of Central Florida Associate Professor Tyrus Clutter have relied increasingly on text over the past few years. These recent printmaking ventures explore the ways humans interpret both words and images—how both can be “read” and reexamined when paired within the same space. Some images are literally drawn with words. All the works explore interactivity, leading viewers to personally complete them by engaging the juxtapositions of texts and imagery.


Opening Reception: June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Coveted Delights: Qing Dynasty Snuff Bottles from the Permanent Collection

June 17-August 27, 2017

Asian and Western collectors have been fascinated with snuff bottles since they were first produced in China in the early 18th century. Deemed as precious containers for ground tobacco imported to China, snuff bottles were initially made for the emperor and the court. They were eventually produced in greater quantities for the public, who enjoyed the functionality of the bottles as well as their display as symbols of status. These striking miniatures not only illustrate the technical artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmen, but also provide a window on life and culture in late imperial China. Organized by Robin Dunn, curatorial department intern, the exhibition features approximately 35 bottles.


Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints
Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

June 17-August 13, 2017

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Photographs and works of popular art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys, and booklets of poetry illustrate the complex and vibrant culture of the Northeast of Brazil and introduce the festivals, heroes, and spiritual traditions that give shape and meaning to the daily lives of the Nordestinos, common people of Brazil’s Northeast. The exhibition explores how diverse traditions come together in the region, using work by historical and contemporary artists to illuminate a fascinating history that reaches into modern Brazil, while exploring the resilience and vitality of modern-day descendants of Africa.

This exhibition was curated by Marion E. Jackson, Ph.D. and Barbara Cervenka, O.P., Curators, Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas, and organized by Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI, in partnership with NEH on the Road/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO.


The Series of Cphace

November 18-March 25, 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.