The Seminole and the Everglades
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
Through 2016

The Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands that occupies the southern portion of Florida. Water leaving the vast, shallow Lake Okeechobee in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. 

Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates from 15,000 years ago. The region was dominated by the native Calusa and Tequesta tribes. After European colonization, both tribes declined. The Seminole nation emerged out of groups of Native Americans, mostly Creek from what are now the northern Muscogee peoples.

Artists from the early 19th century on have found the visual characteristics of the people and the land compelling subjects for artworks. The climatic conditions change frequently giving new dimensions of color, motion, and light to the landscape. The dramatic variables are a challege to the painting attempting to capture a specific moment. The flora and fauna are often unique and fascinating. Rending them is as often for scientific documentation as it is for decorative motif. 

Featured painting: James F. Hutchinson; Seminole Man, 1992


Captured Moments: Highlights from the Works on Paper in the Collection
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Through October 15, 2016

From brief sketches to polished pastels, watercolors and prints, the MOAS collection contains many impressive works of art that were executed on paper.  Often paper was the support artists turned to while formulating their ideas for larger painted works or, sometimes, to provide multiples of images for mass consumption.  And just as often artists have picked up a pencil/pastel/stylus and created full-blown masterworks that stand on their own as singular artistic expressions.  This exhibition will look at the many beautiful examples that celebrate the arts sur papier in the MOAS Collection.





Designed to Sell: 100 Years of Poster Art from the MOAS Collection
North Wing Corridor
Through September 23, 2016

A colorful, exuberant selection of 26 advertising posters from the heyday of late 19th -early 20th century European graphic design combined with fine later examples up to 1975.  French, Italian, British, Belgian, Spanish and Cuban artists designed these works inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements at the turn of the last century and many of the principles of their designs were emulated throughout the 20th century.  Beautiful women, robust men and breathtaking scenery are combined with elegant, stylized lettering to create eye-catching examples of the beginnings of our modern idea of attractive design used to sell a product, vacation destination, entertainment event or call to public service.  





Hiram Williams
Root Hall
Through October 1, 2016

Hiram Williams (1917-2003) experienced the horrors of war first-hand. A Captain of Combat Engineers in General George Patton's 3rd Army, he fought his way through France and Germany in 1944 and 1945. The events of those battles radically changed his outlook on life. He grew up in a devout, church-going family, the son of a Baptist pastor. After the war, Williams came to believe instead in an Existential philosophy that emphasizes every individual and his or her experience of life as unique and different in the context of a hostile and indifferent universe. 

After World War II, Williams completed university training at Pennsylvania State, where he earned his B.S. and M.Ed. He chose a career in teaching beginning in 1951. In 1960, the artist began a long and productive period of teaching at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In 1963 Williams received the Guggenheim Fellowship, which enabled him to write and publish a book on art, Notes for a Young Painter (revised and reprinted in 1984 by Prentice-Hall publishers).

Hiram Williams' art is part of the collections of the following major museums: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville; Jacksonville Art Museum; University of Texas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art (Smithsonian), Washington, D.C.; and Corcoran Gallery of Art. 

He had been named a Distinguished Service Professor and received the University President's Bronze Medal. In 1994 Williams was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. 


Forms of Fancy: Sculptures from the MOAS Collection
Bouchelle Court of Changing Exhibits

Through Spring 2016

From the oldest piece, an ancient tomb figure from China, to the newest piece, a 21st century painted ceramic "Kitty Hawk", this exhibit represents 2,000 years of sculpture from across the globe. 

King Solomon, Alexander Archipenko












Companions through the Ages: Animals in Art from the MOAS Collection
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Through September 18, 2016

Through works from the many different cultures and media represented in the art at MOAS, this exhibition looks at some of the ways our constant companions throughout the ages have been represented in art.  From images of beloved pets to dedicated servants and vital livestock to symbolic imagery from many religions, animals frequently show up in the art of all cultures from around the world.  Starting with traditional European works, the exhibition follows the exportation of many common representations of animals from the old world to the new and shows how the dynamic new frontier – complete with the animals that helped pioneers tame it – is a common theme in late 18th and 19th Century American art.   Paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts show animals from the Greek myths so common in European art, to the pampered pets of the wealthy, to the exotic new animals discovered when Napoleon conquered Egypt and finally, the ever present horse and hounds that were the necessary companions for any respectable European gentleman.  In the new world, these companions were often much more vital to their owners and could make the difference between life and death.

Animals in the arts of Asia, India and Africa are also represented and show similar developments over the ages where animals are shown as they were popularly known in myths and fables and also as religious symbols.

Finally, the exhibition brings us to contemporary 20th century animal imagery and spans early Daytona Beach scenes of horse-drawn taxis bringing tourists to a beach hotel to popular culture icons such as “Nipper” the RCA dog to Lowell Nesbitt’s dramatic “White Tiger” painting of 1981 and Tony Savoie’s tongue-in-cheek “Watchdogs” of 2007.  Constant over time and across cultures, animals will continue to populate art as long as we are making it. 


Florida Weather
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
Through 2016

Experience a myriad of Florida weather in just one day. The Florida Weather gallery offers a look into Florida weather as represented by art. Florida is known for weather that changes with uncanny speed. Sun, rain, wind, clouds, storms and fog all play a part in what the artist sees and wants to capture. The color, technique, rhythm and texture are all focused to evoke the full sensation of what is Florida's revealing environmental trait.

Featured painting: Ernest Lawson; Approaching Storm, Matheson Hammock, Coral Gables, Florida, ca. 1930

Naive Florida
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - A. Worley Brown & Family Gallery
Through 2016

Naive art is a timeless genre that includes prehistoric cave paintings, regional and tribal works and early religious art. The term "naivism" is usually applied to a style of art that indicates that the artist lacks training in formal art principles and methods. These paintings showcase naivism in Florida art and the easily understandable and often idealized scenes of everyday life.

 Featured painting: David Davidovich Burliuk; Mary's Diner, Cortez, 1962

Women Painting Florida
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art 
Through 2016

An exhibit dedicated to women who created an amazingly diverse group of wonderful images in a wide range of mature styles, all contributing to the glorious chronicle of Florida art. 

Featured painting: Edith Wyckoff Kuchler; Packing Barn, ca. 1940



Volusia County
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
Through 2016

The Volusia County gallery contains paintings with the county as the subject. Volusia County has encouraged both well-known and less-known artists to portray the environments and people from the county from the last quarter of the 19th century and on. 

Featured painting: James Calvert Smith; Stop the Train, ca. 1950





Exhibits and Dates Subject to Change