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“BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art” explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture. The eight internationally renowned artists of the super-sized inflatable installations translate everyday materials into a wide array of figurative, conceptual and abstract imagery that are rich with meaning.

“BLOW UP II” features large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists: Nicole Banowetz (Denver, Colorado), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, Texas), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, California), Joshua Harker (Dexter, Michigan), Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, Florida), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, California), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, Colorado), and Jen Stark (Los Angeles, California).

On view in the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery from October 8-December 11, 2022.

Special Events

Director’s Circle Reception
Saturday, October 15, 5-7 p.m.

Appleton Director’s Circle members are invited for an in-gallery meet-and-greet with Miami-based artist Susan Lee-Chun. There will be a complimentary bar and light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP is required to Colleen Harper,, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.

Free-Admission Days

See “BLOW UP II” with no admission fee on the following free-admission days: Arthur I. Appleton’s Birthday Weekend (Oct. 14-16), Free First Saturdays (Nov. 5 and Dec. 3) and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11).


“BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art” was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.


(pictured above, top) FriendsWithYou, “Never Ending Story, Spider Man’s Eye,” 2019, ripstop nylon fabric, electric fan, 150 x 108 x 168 in.
(pictured above, bottom) Susan Lee-Chun, “Untitled (Flamingos only hang by the pool),” 2019, Nylon fabric and electric fans, 11 x 11 x 12 ft. (each). Photographer David J. Kaminsky.

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