Upcoming Exhibitions

John James Audubon: Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

November 12, 2016-January 22, 2017

In the 1830s, as renowned naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) was completing the final plates for his monumental Birds of America series, he and his sons began to gather material for his second and equally ambitious undertaking. Planning to complete the definitive study of American wildlife, Audubon set out to document the animals of North America, and to present them in a format as impressive as he had used for his birds. The result of his years of field research, travel, and seemingly endless study was the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, the 19th century’s seminal work on American animals.

This exhibition presents 36 original large-format Audubon prints from the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr. of New York, who have graciously donated their impressive collection to the Huntsville Museum of Art.

A Toast to the Arts: Masters of Inspiration

November 12, 2016-January 1, 2017

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.

This year's juror is Professor Richard Heipp, University of South Florida.

Opening Celebration
Saturday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Ocala Art Group and the Appleton to celebrate the exhibition, A Toast to the Arts. This FREE event is open to the public; no reservation required. Awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Exhibit

November 12, 2016-January 1, 2017

The Appleton and The Urban Family invite you to celebrate A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see several of the Urban’s beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries.

The Urban Family Day
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day to see the exhibits and make holiday-inspired art in the ARTSpace.

1 to 3 p.m., take carriage rides, have photos taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments.

Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art

December 3, 2016-February 26, 2017

From the late 17th century until the 1820s, vast profits from cattle ranching and the cultivation and trading of tropical crops turned Spanish American elites from cities in the Caribbean basin into some of the wealthiest people in the New World. The production and trading of religious art during this period was centered on highend pieces for churches, the local nobility, and the wealthy. Affordable–and less refined–artworks were produced in large numbers for the homes of people of lesser means. Painters, sculptors, gilders, silversmiths and cabinetmakers created pieces of the finest craftsmanship to compete with luxury goods imported from Europe. Through 57 paintings, sculpture, silver pieces, furniture, and other decorative devotional objects, this exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic production and the finesse of local masters, offering an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the daily life and religious practices of colonial Latin America.

From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection–a component of the Fundación Cisneros, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America. Co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell

January 14-May 7, 2017

Made of road kill, animal skulls, jawbones, pelts and skins, as as well as body bags, bullets, tools and actual guns, the artwork in Hallowed Absurdities raises the issue of the use of guns in our society. With humor, irony and wit, Waddell's mixed media assemblages poke fun at gun collectors, questions the ethics of competitive big game hunting and defend the equality of all life, be it human or animal.

Organized by Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana.