Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood
Karshan Center of Graphic Art

March 11 through April 24, 2016

Gordon Parks, American photographer, musician, writer and film director, is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. The photography by Parks captures life at Bethune-Cookman College as well as a Daytona Beach neighborhood that was known as Midway. 

Africa: Up Close and Personal
Root Hall

January 18, 2016 through April 17, 2016

Experience Africa up close and personal through the works of Daytona Beach photographer, Dr. Harry Moulis. This exhibit includes 58 photographs of African animals as well as a painting. 

John James Audubon: A Selection of Prints from the MOAS Collection
North Wing Corridor 

Through February 28, 2016

John James Audubon was a French-American ornithologist noted for his bird drawings and paintings. Enjoy a selection from the MOAS collection of Audubon's life devotion to painting birds and other animals. 

Faces from the Past
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

Through February 28, 2016

18th through 20th century portraits in a variety of mediums from the MOAS collection.

Jack Mitchell and Robert Pavlik Collection
Karshan Center of Graphic Art

October 30, 2015 through February 21, 2016

This exhibition represents the collection of famed portrait photographer, Jack Mitchell and his partner, Robert Pavlik, comprising mostly of works given to the couple by renowned artists they considered first and foremost as friends. 

Lost Colony Artists
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art

February 8, 2015 through February 20, 2016

Artwork produced by a group of artists who painted in St. Augustine in the early to mid-20th century. Nicknamed the collective name "The Lost Colony Artists," they developed into the largest art colony in the south. The work of these artists has been recognized as an important contribution to American regional art.

Contemporary Paintings from the MOAS Collection
Root Hall

Through January 17, 2016

A fascinating yet little knwn grouping of contemporary art in a variety of sizes and media from the MOAS collection. Artists include Antoinette Slick, Hiram Williams and James Rosenquist as well as David Swoyer, whose study in mixed media on paper is both a serious and delightful fantasy.

3D Solar System: Stunning Anaglyph Images of Celestial Bodies
Planetarium Lobby

April 14, 2015 through September 25, 2015

Grab a pair of 3D glasses and witness fascinating NASA images of Mars and various solar system bodies in the brand new Planetarium lobby. Captured by high resolution cameras, the collection of anaglyph red-cyan images are the result of numerous spacecraft and rovers that have explored far-off worlds. This exhibit is in collaboration with and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Florida Space Grant. 

Images of Historic St. Augustine

Through September 16, 2014

Images of Historic St. Augustine is the second in our series of preview exhibits for the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This exhibit focuses on the different ways artists represent America's oldest city.

The Beauty of Watercolors: From the MOAS Collection

Through March 2014

Art that is both poetic and restful, displaying in luminous washes of tender color the inspiration of talented artists.

Discover the Daytona Mastodon

The fossilized American mastodon (Mammut americanum) remains were unearthed in November 2011, in Daytona Beach. Select Mastodon fossils such as the jaw, teeth, ribs, vertebrae and partial tusks are included in the display – about 20-30% of the animal’s fossilized remains were recovered from the site by the Museum.  

Celestial Charts from the MOAS Collection

Through a generous gift provided by the Mombello-Russo Art Acquisition Fund, the Museum has had the fortunate opportunity to purchase seven beautiful and academically important celestial maps and astronomical illustrations to add to the burgeoning astronomy collection that complements the planetarium.

Napoleon: Empire and Heritage

November 2013 through March 9, 2014

This exhibition, besides revealing his character and the personalities of Napoleon's family members and descendants, is filled with reference to the period through a plethora of objets d’art and images, mostly from the MOAS Collection, that speak to us of the classical world of Leda and the Swan, of Psyche, the victors of the first Olympic Games, the architecture of Rome and the Aegean and of Egypt with its mysterious hieroglyphics. This is a ‘must see’ exhibition for everyone who loves a rattling good story of the romance and drama of greatness, what it can mean and its resultant achievements.

Great Impressions: The Intaglio Process

November 2013 through March 9, 2014

This fascinating exhibition of printed material from the MOAS Collection contains a wide range of representative examples from the 17th through 20th centuries, their ideological concepts and artistry captured in the main on handmade paper and expressed through etching, wood and metal engraving, aquatints and lithography. There are architectural studies, portraits and figural groups, landscapes, seascapes and city scenes, caricatures and natural history studies; artists include Rembrandt, Piranesi, Audubon, Hogarth, Manet, Renoir and Dali, the enfant terrible of surrealism.

Highwaymen: African-American Folk Artists of Florida

September 1 through November 17, 2013

Richly evocative and expressive landscapes prized as part of the history of Florida's landscape painting as well as for their recordings of Florida's once pristine lands. Includes artworks from the MOAS Collection and on loan from the Orange County Regional History Center.

A Treasury of Indian and Persian Miniature Paintings

May 18 through October 31, 2013

"...Indian miniature painting, with its saturated colors and its symbolic, exotic imagery, is directly seductive. It has the magical power to transport us from everyday reality to that enchanted world full of delightful wonder and fantasy...." - Roy C. Craven, Jr., former Professor of Art, Emeritus, University of Florida, in A Treasury of Indian Miniature Paintings

Contemporary Paintings from the MOAS Collection

Spring - Summer 2013

Colorful selections from the MOAS art in public places program. 

Drama and Beauty in Black and White: Photographs from the MOAS Collection

May 4, 2013 - August 25, 2013

Compares and contrasts views of the North's rigid and ice-covered mountain ranges with the tranquility of Florida's limpid waterways.

Sacred Images: Icons from the MOAS Collection

February 23, 2013 - June 2, 2013

The iconic visions of Russian and Greek saints and the historic stories of the saints themselves are beautifully and strikingly represented in this lovely grouping, depicting both miraculous stories of the past and the rich heritage of both nations.

Olympus BioScapes

February through mid-April, 2013

A dynamic program designed to honor the world's most exciting, beautiful and significant life science images, as captured through light microscopes. These fascinating photos tell important stories that shed light on the living universe, showing the intimate structures and dynamic processes of life in ways we cannot ordinarily see.

Florida Celebrates Space

January 19 - April 28, 2013

This significant collaboration between NASA, the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) and the Museum of Arts & Sciences includes over 40 works from the heart of NASA's art collection including pieces by Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, James Wyeth and Robert Rauschenberg.

Borders of Paradise - The New World in the Eyes of the Explorers

January 19 - April 28, 2013

Featuring maps, etchings, engravings and lithographs from the 17th through 19th centuries.

Old Master Drawings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Through February 10, 2013

Benjamin West, Fragonard, Vermeyen, Leoni, van de Velde, Angelica Kauffmann and their contemporaries.

Examples of the importance and beauty of Old Master Drawings illustrating that "there is no form of creative expression that is more spontaneous and beautiful than the art of drawing," (Richard Kenin, The Art of Drawing, N.Y., 1974).

Victorian International

Through January 6, 2013

Focuses on art and decorative arts produced on both sides of the Atlantic in the Victorian age (1840's-early 20th century).The exhibition is planned to include fine furnishings; paintings; sculpture; cut glass; ceramics; embroidery and other textiles; sculpture and metalwork - bronze, silver, ironwork and copper that individually and collectively define the merits and usage of Victoriana.

Artists, Art and Architecture: Discovering the Past from the MOAS Collections

Through November 4, 2012

Watercolors, drawings and oils by 18th and 19th century artists including Piranesi, David Roberts and Panini. Even before Chaucer's pilgrim 'Woman of Bath' had been to Jerusalem three times and visited Rome along the way, numbers of travelers visited and explored Europe with its historic landscapes and architectural sites. None were more focused and determined than those who were the passionate artists of their day. Lugging equipment and sometimes following the old Roman Trails, they soldiered onward, for around the corner or beyond that hill, there could be forgotten temples to explore. This exhibition includes and highlights several of these artists through images filled with both academic excellence and beauty. 

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage


April 6 Through July 8, 2012

Photographer Cathryn Griffith juxtaposes early 1900's hand-colored postcard images of Havana city scenes with recent color photographs of the contemporary scenes, taken from the same vantage point. Griffith culled the historical images from her collection of over 700 vintage postcards of Havana, and made the corresponding photographs during multiple trips to Cuba in recent years.

The Many Faces of George Washington

May 18, 2012 Through June 24, 2012

This exhibition, made up of interpretive panels, looks at Washington's leadership in seven sections: Virginia Childhood, Risk Taker, Realistic Visionary, Wise Decision Maker, Impassioned Learner, Visionary Entrepreneur and At Home in Mount Vernon. Learn background information and gain insight into our nation's first president, a man whom many recognize but few know much about. Spanning Washington's entire life, the exhibition focuses on the traits that made him a beloved leader and the choices that helped establish a stable democratic government. 

Jacoulet: Woodblock Prints from the MOAS Collections

April 13, 2012 - June 10, 2012

Edme Marie Paul Jacoulet was born in Paris in 1902. His family moved to Japan in 1906. A self-taught artist, he was able to claim many "firsts." He was the first foreigner to become a master of the ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world of pleasure). He was also the first ukiyo-e artist to use more than fifty blocks for a print; he frequently used 200-300. Jacoulet was also the first print artist to extend the application of ukiyo-e beyond the borders of Japan. 

Treasures of the Chrysanthemum Throne: Bronzes, Porcelain and Ivory from the Meiji Empire

April 13 Through June 10, 2013

The exquisite Japanese bronzes, intricate yet delicate ivories and glorious porcelains in the important exhibition in which each carefully selected artwork is of the highest quality were created during the progressive reign of Mutsuhito, the Meiji Emperor, who ascended the Japanese throne in 1867 at the age of fifteen and ruled with the aid of samurai advisors until his death in 1912.

Reflections II: Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000, from the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown

November 13, 2011 - March 25, 2012

The most comprehensive and prestigious collection of Florida Watercolors. Featured artists include John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Doris Lee, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Jane Peterson, Ogden Minton Pleissner, Anthony Thieme, Laura Woodward and Andrew Wyeth. The exhibition, as well as the accompanying definitive book of the same name, by Gary R. Libby, presents a broad, full-color survey of watercolors of Florida in all styles, cataloging 168 years by the most significant artists working in Florida - and includes examples within Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Ashcan, Regionalism, Modernism and varieties of Abstraction.

Woof! Art of the Dog

September 3, 2010 - November 28, 2010

Gary R. Libby Entry Court

Ever seen a dog smile, admire the seemingly-simplistic artistry of a photograph of dogs at play or of dog behavior that is close to human?  For these fun and fascinating facts of life, come to our latest exhibit.  Contemporary portraits of dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds celebrated through paintings  by such craftsmen and artists as George Rodrigue, Ron Burns, Will Rafuse, William Wegman and others.  These pieces will enliven the Museum’s Entry Court in this family friendly exhibit.

Got Feathers?

Long - term display

Karshan Center of Graphic Art

This new exhibition features not only the most beautiful Audubon bird engravings in the MOAS collection, but also selections of the porcelain bird artistry of Edward Boehm, examples of rare feathers, and serious and amusingly lighthearted bird-related objects.  For example, the exhibit includes a recreation of an American Indian Chieftain’s  headdress used in the Hollywood movie epic Dances with Wolves alongside a showgirl’s  finery from the 1930’s; an engraving from Diderot’s 1763 Encyclopedie contrasts with a modern-day Shoecartoon.

Spruce Creek and the St. Johns River: Silverprint Photography of Lee Dunkel 

August 6, 2010 – November 14, 2010

Root Family Gallery

Lee Dunkel’s interest in environmental and landscape photography began in the early 1980’s. Traditional gelatin-silver black and white photography appealed to the artist because of its abstract quality, and its potential to transcend mere documentation. While living and working in rapidly growing central Florida, Dunkel sought out pockets of pristine landscape, such as the Spruce Creek and St. Johns River basins. These areas became the subject of portfolios produced between 1988 and 1996. Spruce Creek is a meandering tidal black water creek in Central Florida, that empties into Rose Bay and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It has areas of wetlands, savannah, and palm forest along its route. The St. Johns River is unique in that it flows from south to north and connects several lakes between central Florida and Jacksonville, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean near the Mayport Naval Station. It encompasses estuaries, logging canals, extensive marsh areas, wetland systems, and bird sanctuaries. Dunkel currently lives and works in central Florida and serves as adjunct instructor of Photography atDaytona State College. 

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965

From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown 

November 21, 2009 - May 17, 2010

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

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Landscapes from the Brown Collection

November 6, 2009 – May 15, 2010

Gary R. Libby Entry Court

As a complement to the museum’s major exhibition Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865 – 1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown, the museum’s curatorial staff has made additional selections from the largest known collection of Florida-based art. This adjunct exhibition will provide a continuous transition from the Gary R. Libby Entry Court through the adjacent hallway to the Ford Gallery where Reflections will be installed. Some of the major artists represented in the main exhibition will be also represented in this supplementary show, including Anthony Thieme, Herman Herzog and Franz Josef Bolinger. Other artists whose landscape paintings are not part of Reflections were also selected to afford visitors additional insight into the richness of Florida’s art history.

Ringling Retro: Selections of Modern and Contemporary Works of Art from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

April 24 - October 25, 2009

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

Ringling Retro looks at some of the most important pieces from the John and Mable Ringling Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the decades of the 1960s to the 1990s.  Included in this powerful display of large-scale paintings and sculptures are influential works by Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Trevor Bell, John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, Syd Solomon, Louise Nevelson, Jackie Ferrara, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, Thomas Struth, Alexander Calder and many other leading figures of the years spanning the modern and post-modern period. 

Modernist Art from Southern Collections

April 24 – Extended through September 13, 2009

Artwork and sculpture on loan from Florida collectors and from the Museum’s collection. Artists featured include Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Thomas Hart Benton, and Charles Burchfield.

Let’s Advertise!
The Thomas H. Davis Collection of 19th Century Lithographic Advertising Cards

April 17 - July 19, 2009

Chapman S. Root Hall

Over 150 museum quality 19th century advertising cards representing over 35 products and services.

The Classical World:
From the collection of the Tampa Museum of Art

March 14, 2008 through August 2009
The Elaine and Thurman Gillespy, Jr. Gallery

The Classical World is a long-term loan exhibition of 200 plus rare Greek and Roman antiquities from the collection of the Tampa Museum of Art. Recognized as the finest collection of its kind in the southeastern United States, The Classical World surveys the material culture of the Mediterranean area from the Neolithic period to the Roman Imperial period, roughly 8500 BC to 476 AD.

The exhibition illustrates the types of art works characteristic of ancient Greece and Rome: painted pottery; sculpture in marble, bronze, and terra cotta; personal ornaments of bronze and gold; struck silver and gold coins; and a variety of ancient glass vessels as well as other items that illuminate interesting aspects of daily life. These rare and beautiful objects combine to lead the visitor into an intimate vision of the culture, values, and rituals of the classical world, and above all, offer an all-absorbing appreciation of classical civilization and artistic creativity. The Classical World: From the Collection of the Tampa Museum of Art is an expansive display that speaks to everyone, appealing to all senses and tastes by encapsulating history, design and beauty through many different examples of creativity.

Land Beneath Our Feet: Science and Natural History Exhibit from the South Florida Museum, Bradenton

December 19, 2008 – June 13, 2009
Center for Florida History

Florida’s ancient history comes alive in Land Beneath Our Feet opening December 19th through June 13th, 2009. On loan from the South Florida Museum in Bradenton; Land Beneath Our Feet explores the fascinating and unique geological history of Florida.  Beginning millions of years ago when Florida was formed to current environmental issues, the exhibit provides an excellent base for study of rocks and minerals, fossils, and water that will be utilized by students, independent learners and families looking for an educational adventure.    

All That Jazz: Louis Armstrong & the Greats

The Photography of Herb Snitzer 1958-1962

February 6, 2009 – April 5, 2009
Chapman S. Root Hall
On display in the Root Gallery is a collection from one of America’s pioneers in photojournalism, Herb Snitzer. A Philadelphia native, Snitzer spent his early years as a painter and student. It was his time spent in the Korean War that opened his eyes to his lifelong obsession, photography. After returning from the war, Snitzer left Philadelphia for the vibrant art, colorful street life, and the cultural pull of New York City. While in New York, Snitzer was drawn into the vibrant world of Jazz, which the City’s underground clubs and world famous jazz players allowed. Giants of the genre; like Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, and Duke Ellington have all been immortalized by Sniter’s unique eye for photography.

Barbie® doll! Celebrating 50 Years of an American Icon

November 28, 2008 to April 5, 2009

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

In celebration of the Barbie® doll’s 50th birthday a retrospective story of this most enduring toy icon of American culture will be told through the spectacular display of over 400 dolls from the private collection of Jo Anne Winspur.  It will feature vintage Barbie® dolls modeling everything from casual sportswear to Parisian haute couture dating from 1959 into today.
First introduced to the world at the 1959 American Toy Fair in New York City, Barbie® was intended to be a teenage fashion doll. Despite some initial controversy about the Barbie® doll’s figure, she quickly became a favorite for girls and the Barbie® dolls many fashions chronicled the styles of the day. These dolls, representing more than just toys, give girls a chance to dream about a future with endless possibilities and opportunities.  

Coke®! Not a Drink – A Lifestyle

Opening December 5, 2008 
Chapman S. Root Hall

Opening in the Root Gallery but designed to travel to other museums, university art galleries and libraries.  This fascinating exhibition draws the visitor into a world of inspiration, creativity and good old American business acumen as it unfolds the story of the “drink that changed the world” through a wide variety of 2D images. Cases of Coca Cola® memorabilia complete this not-to-be missed display that complements the famed Root Family Museum.

Wishes and Dreams

September 19, 2008 – November 7, 2008
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

"Shows Americans another side of Iran" - Condoleeza Rice, US secretary of State

Organized by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Tehran University Art Gallery, this exhibition outstanding in its historical and avant-garde approaches to the contemporary scene, introduces young, emerging Iranian artist to America. The 30 artists, aged 22-40 bring the vibrant young Iranian Art scene through abstraction, portraiture, minimalism and video art. Not only does this exhibit illustrate current contemporary Iranian trends; it introduces us to the artist’s dreams of the past and their concern and anxiety for the future of their beloved country.

To compliment this exhibition a display of Persian Miniatures from the MOAS permanent collection will be on display.

Click here to view a video of comments made by Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of State at the opening of Wishes and Dreams in Washington, D.C.

Great Masters of Cuban Art: 1800 to 1958

December 7, 2007 - September 1, 2008 (extended by popular demand)
The Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery & The Gary R. Libby Entry Court

This must-see exhibition has received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, London’s Art Newspaper, the Miami Herald and many other noteworthy publications.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Cuban Foundation Museum, MOAS is proud to present over ninety important Cuban artworks selected from the Ramos Collection.  Included are life-size paintings, elegant portraits, romantic landscapes, and still lifes filled with ripe, luscious fruits.

Great Masters of Cuban Art showcases paintings filled with movement and emotion that focus on five major themes beloved by Cuban artists: portraits, landscapes, music, religion, and the history of Cuba. Together these themes present the observer with visions of a lost Cuba. Featured Artists Include: Leopoldo Romañach, Esteban Valderrama, Antonio Sanchez Araujo, Evelio Garcia-Mata, Armando Menocal and Oscar Garcia-Rivera.

The collection was formed by Cuban born, Miami art collectors, Roberto and Carlos Ramos who have amassed over 400 Cuban oil paintings. The Ramos brothers focused on recovering the works of a generation of artists whose well-documented accomplishments are indicative of a thriving pre-1958 cultural environment. The Ramos brothers overcame the challenges posed by distance, time, and governmental impediments to rescue both the artworks and the archival art history of the Cuban Republic (1902-1958).

Wayne David Atherholt, MOAS Executive Director notes, “When Chief Curator, Cynthia Duval and I first visited with Roberto in Miami, we were overwhelmed with the vibrant colors, lyrical landscapes and dazzling portraits in his collection as well as the amount and depth of research and archival material he and his team have established.” 

The Cuban Foundation Museum, housed at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects. 

Chinese Kites by the artist Sheng-li Gao

August 8 - 28, 2008
Chapman S. Root Hall
An exhibition of fifty Chinese kites will be on view for one month from August 8, 2008 in the Root Gallery, in honor of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. These elegant kites will be installed to float and flutter from the high ceiling transforming the Root Gallery into a dreamlike wonderland.
Varying in size from around three inches square to two feet by ten feet, the kites depict great soaring birds, forest animals and symbolic Chinese designs created in glorious color by the young master kite maker Sheng-li Gao, who will be an honored guest demonstrating the craft of kite making throughout the show.

Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of Associated Press

April 4, 2008 to August 17, 2008
The Karshan Center of Graphic Art

Almost two hundred reporters and photographers fanned out around the globe to cover World War II for The Associated Press. As the main source of war news for most of the nation’s newspapers, The AP offered Americans a daily view of the conflict through photographs by its own photographers and by photographers in the U.S. Armed Services, as well as images from the world press that otherwise would not have been seen.

The best of these images make up this exhibition. The over 130 black and white photographs chosen for the exhibition were culled from tens of thousands of pictures in The AP Archives, including material that had not been seen since the war. The photographs chosen bring to life the immense scope as well as the individual tragedy and challenge of World War II. 

V for Victory Dress Pins

This exhibition also features a showing of "V for Victory Dress Pins" from the private collection of Port Orange resident and Museum patron Ruth Bon Fleur. These unique dress pins were created during World War II exclusively for the woman waiting at home for her son, brother, husband or sweetheart to return victorious from the European or Pacific front.

Art in Ruins

December 12, 2007 – March 23, 2008
The Karshan Center of Graphic Art

Art in Ruins includes 18th and 19th century drawings, watercolors, and prints from the Museum’s permanent collection. Sites illustrated in the exhibition include Pompeii, Monte Alban, Greek Temples, Roman structures, Egyptian pyramids, the Coliseum, and European churches. 

Awe accompanied the discovery of the archeological remains of ancient civilizations. This wonder inspired numerous detailed records of the sites from the villas of Pompeii to the temples of Monte Alban. The French expeditions to Greece and Egypt produced suites of drawings and engravings bound into subscription publications which influenced the Neoclassical movement and the styles of the period.

The Catherwood and Stephens expedition in 1839  to Mayan ruins resulted in an enormous document of pre-Columbian sites. Giovanni Piranesi is probably the best known of the artful “archeologists”. His (and his son Francesco) are duly famous for their renderings of classic sites.
Careful attention to the structural details of ancient architecture is the hallmark of these works.

Paintings by Kevin McNamara

November 2, 2007 - January 20, 2008
Chapman S. Root Hall

A selection of 20 works from the Irish-born, Florida painter whose realistic impressionist style of painting captures the light and color of the Florida landscape. Born in 1963, McNamara's artistic talent became obvious at an early age. Raised in Ireland, he earned his degree in Dublin at the National College of Art and Design. For a time he worked in the animation department at Disney, an enviable position offered to very few artists. During this time he began to paint various locations in the U.S.A. and Florida.

Website: http://www.kevinmcnamara.us

Ships of Glory

Sponsored by the Halifax River Yacht Club

October 12, 2007 - January 18, 2008
The Elaine and Thurman Gillespy, Jr. Gallery

The exhibit will feature over 30 model ships such as the May Flower, USS Constitution, Cutty Sark and the Nantucket Lightships. The exhibit will also include ship portraits and and historical maps from the MOAS permanent collection. All of the model ships on display have been handcrafted by members of the Port Orange Model Builders Association.

Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

September 28, 2007 - November 25, 2007
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

The Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) hosts an annual exhibition each year in one of the state's most prestigious galleries or museums. Artists have an opportunity at this time to exhibit with their fellow watercolorists from around the state. Over 80 of Florida's finest watercolor artists submit works to be juried that illustrate cityscapes, the natural world, creative interiors, portraits and abstracts. Each year a nationally known watercolor expert is asked to jury and judge the show and conduct an educational workshop. The exhibition is recognized to be among the top watercolor exhibits in the country.

In 1972, Guy Beattie, Director of the Maitland Art Center, invited Florida watercolorists to contribute their work to an exhibition. Miles Batt, AWS, who juried and judged the show, selected 84 paintings from those submitted. Because of interest in the show the Florida Watercolor Society was founded, with 26 artists becoming charter members. Membership has now grown to over 1,100 members from all corners of the state.

Website: http://floridawatercolor.org

Chocolate Pots and Marrow Spoons

September 28, 2007 - November 25, 2007
The Anderson C. Bouchelle Court

Chocolate Pots and Marrow Spoons explores the magnitude and magnificence of Victorian tableware. It was a time of enormous creativity: how to eat that pickled egg, that fruit salad or souffle, that game pie, or those creams. The assortment and variety of eating utensils, tableware, and glassware in this exhibit will amuse and entertain.

Fruits and Flowers: Dali's Botanical Prints
Tilting at Windmills: Dali Illustrates Cervantes Don Quixote

September 7, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Karshan Center of Graphic Art

Fruits and Flowers includes 24 botanical photo-lithographs utilizing actual 19th century botanical prints with whimsical charm that display classic Dali techniques and thought provoking icons. 

Tilting at Windmills includes Salvador Dali's 1946 illustrations and 1957 lithographs and additional etchings and engravings  
of the 1605 novel Don Quixote. The works consist of ten illustrations made with watercolor, and almost three dozen illustrations executed in ink.

Dali consistently found inspiration in the creativity of other artists. This exhibition focuses on the breadth of his artistry.
*Image courtesy of www.graphpaper.com

Venini: The Art of Glass

June 8, 2007 - Sept. 23, 2007
The Anderson C. Bouchelle Court

Featuring stunning examples from the world-renowned art glass studios of Paolo Venini in Venice, Italy, this show contains over 40 works spanning 50 years of design work by the studio.

HISTORY: In Murano 1921 Paolo Venini, a Milanese lawyer, and Giacomo Cappellin, a Venetian antiques dealer, founded a company to manufacture decorative objects together with Andrea Rioda, a master glassblower and a handful of other glassmakers, like those of the Barovier family. Glassmaking was in Venini's blood: his forebears from Como had owned a glassworks. The company was called 'Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin-Venini + Co.' Vittorio Zecchin became the artistic director. He was one of the greatest protagonists and innovators of Murano art glass.

The partnership lasted less than five years, but around them the intense renewal of a genre took place, an aesthetic language was
transformed and glass production became a modern business. Venini opened the doors to young artists and designers. He appears to have been a sort of 'talent scout'. Long-standing collaborations, taste and perfection were the two guiding principles of the venini line.Paolo Venini died in 1959. Ginette Gignous Venini and Ludovico Diaz de Santillana carried on his work. Today Venini is part of the Royal
Scandinavia Group.

INSIDE THE COMPANY: The Murano company Venini is built on a tradition of matching the artist's creativity with industrial production. Venini has always eschewed production for the mass-market, emphasizing the production of artistic pieces with vast creative possibilities.

All Venini pieces are individually signed. All are individually dated. Many collections are issued in limited editions, each piece numbered and signed by the designer. All are hand-made by a distinguished roster of
highly specialized artisans.

CREATING IN GLASS: The challenge of creating in glass carries a high element of risk, and therein lies its attraction. The experience of collaborating with master-glass blowers and their vast heritage of technical skill inspired contemporary artists to try new forms.

Glass- this fragile medium is perfect to show consideration to the excellent workmanship, which craftsmen have perfected over the centuries (in harmony with certain precepts which remained unaltered, such as the constant laws governing the material and furnace regulations).The Venini name is synonymous with great design. The company has worked with many major artists over the years including Vittorio Zecchin, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Fulvio Bianconi, and Ettore Sottsass.

' It seems to me that Venini's unmistakable style was the fruit of a magic blend of exclusive techniques, a few exceptional designers, and the choice of certain colors. I tried to immerse myself in this tradition, to fit myself into these limits...' Alessandro Mendini

'Glass is the finest of all materials, the way it can be worked the way it achieves its form, is unique among materials. It metamorphoses from a viscose mass to a clear crystalline object. It is capricious and difficult; it is a material which lives many lives.' Timo Sarpaneva

'I like to design objects in glass, and stay in Murano (that island near Venice) and watch the five men (fathers of many children) blowing the glass, helping each other in a silent, metaphysical ballet. They all wear tennis shoes.' Ettore Sottsass

The Fine Line: Drawings from the Permanent Collection

May 11, 2007 - August 19, 2007
The Karshan Center of Graphic Art

A selection of works on paper that exemplify the many techniques and styles of drawing from the 16th century to the 20th century from Near East, Europe and the Americas.

57th Annual Florida Artists' Group Annual Exhibition

May 18, 2007 - Sept. 3, 2007
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery

The Florida Artists Group (FLAG) was established in 1934, incorporated in 1949 and hosts an annual exhibition each year in the State of Florida. This juried show features over 100 works in various media including sculpture, painting, mixed media and carvings.

The original membership included Fred Messersmith (then head of the Stetson University Art Department), Hilton Leech, Lois Bartlett Tracy, and at least a dozen more of the most prominent artists in the Gulf Coast region. Though initially known as the Gulf Coast Artist Group the gradual inclusion of a wider membership base led to the eventual name change of Thee Florida Artist Group. In 1949 FLAG was incorporated as a State not for profit organization.

Prospective members are juried once yearly in January, and every spring the group holds a members exhibition and symposium in a different Florida location, bringing in prominent out of state judges and speakers.

Over the years the group has exhibited in several museums around the state of Florida, such as the St. Pete Museum of Art, the Miami Metropolitan, Cornell and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

In addition to the annual exhibit and symposium, smaller, localized exhibits are held periodically at regional venues such as Arts on Douglas and The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. The declared goal of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the state of Florida.

February 16 through May 20, 2007

Anthony Quinn: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art

While most of us know the legendary Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) as actor and larger than life celebrity, he considered himself at core, an artist. To his immense body of sculpture, painting and drawing he brought a driving, creative spirit, a love for color, texture, form and line, and above all, a good eye. With the wealth and success brought to him by his acting ability, Mr. Quinn amassed a substantial art collection and worked on perfecting his own artistic style.

Upon his death in 2001, his collection had grown to over three thousand items ranging from ancient Roman artifacts to Modern art. Anthony Quinn's Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art reveals an international collection of human ability and creativity based on Mr. Quinn's own complex understandings of connoisseurship and art history gathered over his 86 years of life.

Over his lifetime, Mr. Quinn appeared in over two hundred films in America and abroad and won two Oscars. His heritage was Mexican-Indian and Irish. He fathered thirteen children, the two youngest with his surviving widow, Katherine Quinn.

In 1995, with his wife Katherine and their young daughter Antonia, Mr. Quinn relocated to Bristol, Rhode Island, a natural paradise in which to work, live, and for the first time, bring together his art collection, which had previously been located at different properties around the world.

February 10 - May 7, 2007

GORDON PARKS: The Daytona Beach Suite

The forty photographs in this exhibition were taken by the world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) whose images artfully captured with compassion and empathy the situation of the black American in the mid-20th century. His subjects included Harlem street gangs, black workers and the civil rights movement. The subjects in this suite are the streets of Daytona Beach in 1943.

Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood was an assignment for the federal Office of War Information. Parks' strong compositional sense, ability to visualize the image in gray tones as he was working and his commitment to exposing racial injustice make each of the images a compelling social document. Although many of the intersections still exist, some have changed radically. The series is a set of small time capsules, holding the moments of particular places in time. However, the emotions in each scene conveyed to us by the skill of a great artist continue to feel true.

By portraying the people who suffered most from the effects of racism, poverty and bigotry, Parks used his camera to make images that exposed larger audiences to the problems inherent in discrimination. Parks said in an explanation of the title of his 1965 autobiography, A Choice of Weapons: "I have always felt as though I needed a weapon against evil." The camera was Parks' "weapon."

Gordon (Alexander Buchanan) Parks was born in Ft. Scott, Kansas on November 30, 1912 but spent his youth in Minnesota. During the Depression, a variety of jobs, including stints as a musician and as a waiter on passenger trains, took him to many parts of the northern United States. He taught himself photography during his travels. By 1937 he became a professional fashion photographer in Minneapolis and Chicago.

In 1942, an opportunity to work for the Farm Security Administration brought him to the nation's capital; Parks later recalled that "discrimination and bigotry were worse there than any place I had yet seen." Though he had experienced racial discrimination outside the South, it was in the "southern" city of Washington, D.C., that Parks said he "found out what prejudice was really like."

From 1948 to 1961, he worked for Life magazine as a photo-journalist. Afterwards he returned to free-lance photography, eventually adding novels, movie-scripts and poetry to his later career. Moments Without Proper Names was his last publication combining his photographs and poems. Parks died March 7, 2006.

The photographs owned by the Museum were printed from the original negatives in 1999. This exhibit is available to be rented from the Museum.

For more information on Parks, visit these websites:

October 20, 2006 - February 25, 2007

From The Mississippi Museum of Art

The objects included in "Pre-Columbian Art From The Mississippi Museum of Art" originate from two continents and date from over a two thousand year period. Pre-Columbian civilizations living across Peru, Mexico and Central America flourished prior to the arrival of Europeans, including Christopher Columbus, in the New World. An array of archaeological cultures developed, several of which are represented in the collection of art and artifacts exhibited here.

These objects are drawn from the Mississippi Museum of Art's Permanent Collection, supplemented by works from the private collection of Sam Olden of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

The majority of the artifacts in this exhibition came from elite burials and offerings, which explains why they are so marvelously preserved. These objects were meant to be taken into the afterlife or given as offerings to divine forces. Many of the objects are, therefore, not simply symbols of the complex philosophy that combined god, human and nature into one, but are the very currency of that relationship. These were the possessions of religious figures, warrior priests and divine kings. Ultimately, they were meant to be carried between the natural and supernatural worlds, helping to bridge the gap between the living and the dead.

Added to the presentation are other extraordinary examples of Pre- Columbian ceramics from the MOAS collection including recent donations of Mexican and Costa Rican objects.

October 20, 2006 - January 28, 2007

A flash of quiet, dark water is all that most of us see of the Tomoka River while zooming over it on I-95. This limited view of the waterway minimizes our appreciation of its grandeur and ecological importance. Our schedules rarely give us more time to watch the sunrise reflected in its stillness or to observe a rookery of woodstorks in cypresses along its banks. Fortunately, a fuller perspective of the Tomoka's beauty (and a statement of environmental concern) will be available in the Karshan Gallery beginning on October 20 in an exhibition appropriately titled TOMOKA!.

Two Florida artists, painter Daniel Ambrose and photographer Jeff Ripple, present the splendor of the Tomoka not only as an exciting visual experience, but also as a method of raising our interest in its conservation. The works which were specially created for this exhibition focus on the unique natural beauty of the Tomoka and its tributaries. Like many small rivers in Florida, the Tomoka is threatened by increasing urbanization on its banks. The exhibition draws attention to the need to preserve the wild areas of the river's course. Accompanying text panels present the history of the area and the dilemma of development versus preservation.

Ambrose, a Florida native, captures environmental subjects unique to Florida. In the rarely-used medium of egg tempera paint on panel, he creates sublime atmospheric landscapes illuminated by the clear Florida light including the intricate forms of endangered wildlife.
He has won acclaim from collectors and awards from judges for his paintings. His intimate association with his subjects, lets him capture not only the beauty and intrigue of Florida, but also the true essence of Florida itself.

Ripple, landscape photographer and natural history author, grew up in south Florida. He has devoted nearly half his life to exploring and documenting the natural wonders of Florida and the South.
Ripple's primary camera is a 4x5 field camera, which allows him to capture the subtleties of the natural landscape with amazing clarity.
His photographic images reflect his devotion to protecting the natural environment, his fascination with the ephemeral play of light on textures and forms in the landscape, and a reverence for wild places. He hopes that through his work people will develop an appreciation for the natural heritage of Florida.

Like Ambrose, Ripple is self-trained - an unusual path for someone working in a medium which is normally dependent on formal schooling and workshops. Using techniques he has developed, he brings together the dynamic elements of a powerful composition, shifting light, varied textures, the sometimes unpredictable effects of long film exposures, several seconds to a minute-duration, and the inherent spirit in the landscape. He then makes traditional photographic prints without additional manipulation or enhancement. The large format film that he uses enables him to make photographs up to 48 x 96 with exquisite detail. His color photographs are printed on long- lasting Chromogenic photographic papers with an expected life of 60+ years. A presentation by each artist in the exhibition has been scheduled.

Daniel Ambrose will talk about his work technique and philosophy on Sunday, November 19 at 2 pm. Jeff Ripple will present on Sunday, December 10 at 2 pm. For more information on each artist, go to their individual websites. Ambrose is available at www.danielambrose.com.
Ripple can be accessed at www.jeffripple.com.

Many of the works in the exhibition will be for sale. Check with the Museum Store for a pricelist.

Through March 11, 2007
Objects of Desire: Jeweled Treasures From the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

If they were only for sale, these would be the most splendid holiday gifts you could ever give the Person-Who-Has-Everything because the PWHE would certainly NOT have these. Working with the curatorial staff of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, Cynthia Duval, Curator of the Florida International Museum and MOAS's Gary R. Libby Curator of Art David Swoyer assembled an exhibition of jewels and precious metals in both their natural and their man-altered forms. A magnificent array of objects was selected from specimen jadite and elaborately carved Chinese jade disk to specimen gold and a jeweled and sheet gold mailbox.

Objects of Desire: Jeweled Treasures From the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is an exhibition of rare and dazzling oddities like ivory camels with ruby-studded saddles, a life-sized turtle carved from a solid jade block, corn cob made with pearl "kernels," and a diamond studded pomegranate, a Nokia cellular telephone covered in precious stones and the ultimate sardine tin complete with beautiful fish crafted with 55 cut diamonds. The objects are arranged with gorgeous, uncut chunks of jades, amethyst and quartz to juxtapose the materials' natural state and man-made refinements. An example: the "turtle" is paired with a breath-taking slab of natural jade.

The newer treasures are by the eccentric Sidney Mobell, a famous San Francisco jeweler. The objects are but a few of the hundreds of ordinary things he endowed with the extraordinary. He created them during a 30-year residence at the Fairmont Hotel where he was the jeweler-of-choice for the discriminating and wealthy who wanted something out of the pre-made, store-bought usual. His most noted items have been the quirky revision of the things-you-have-around-the-house which we all use but would pay much more attention to if they were covered in rare gems and precious metals. Swoyer noted " I am not sure what mail I would feel comfortable putting in a solid gold mailbox, but once I did I am not sure that I could leave it at the curb!"

Mobell, 80, gave 19 of his objects - $30-million worth - to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., in 2004. The Smithsonian has loaned many of them to the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which will be the collection's last Florida venue. Although all the items are wrought in precious metals and set with gemstones, they are fully functional (well, no, the sardine's are not edible.) The exhibition is another example of the cooperation between Florida institutions to maximize the use of funds bringing exhibitions into Florida. The exhibition curated by the Florida curators is already scheduled to travel throughout the United States.

September 8, 2006 - January 7, 2007
The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of American Modernist Painting

The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of American Modernist Painting features 59 paintings from a remarkable collection of American modernist art acquired by George and Elinor Poindexter between 1950 and 1994.

The collection includes work by many of the country's most important painters of the postwar era: Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline, as well as lesser-known artists who nonetheless made significant contributions to American modern and abstract painting. The collection is now divided between the Montana Historical Society and the Yellowstone Art Museum.

In 1962, George Poindexter (1900-1975) said that the most difficult journey he had ever taken was into the appreciation of abstract art.
Yet after initially regarding abstract expressionism and other modern artistic trends with bafflement, Poindexter learned to understand, and even love, abstract art. The Most Difficult Journey provides a glimpse into the New York gallery scene, the aesthetics of the Poindexters themselves, and new perspectives on the concepts of abstraction in the midst of the pop art and minimalist movements. Though individual works and smaller selections from the Poindexter collections have been exhibited before, this is the first time that a large portion of this extraordinary legacy is touring nationally.

The Henry Luce Foundation generously provided funds that made possible the research and conservation necessary for this exhibition and accompanying catalog. The Most Difficult Journey is curated by Ben Mitchell, senior curator at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Mont. The exhibition is organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum and toured by ExhibitsUSA.

May 26 - September 24, 2006
Ink & Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to the English Bible

A dramatic exhibition of authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments, manuscripts and rare Bibles gathered from around the world to tell the story of the most printed book in history-the Bible in English.
Opening Memorial Day weekend at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Ink and Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to the English Bible takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of history with more than 100 authentic and renowned biblical artifacts.

The exhibition includes actual Dead Sea Scroll fragments, the very earliest fragments in existence. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) dating back to 250 BC. The first scrolls were discovered in Qumran, Israel in 1948 and excavations continued through 1956. Portions of all the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) books with the exception of Esther were found. Some are biblical in nature and some are civic. There were no New Testament manuscripts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In the 19th century, there was much debate over the validity of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) because the oldest known copies in Hebrew were from the 9th and 10th centuries. The Dead Sea Scrolls provided examples of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) almost 1000 years earlier than previously known.

The Marzeah Papyrus (seventh century B.C.), is the oldest known Hebrew writing (other than an inscription) in the world today. It predates the Babylonian Exile (586-539 B.C.) and contains the oldest known record of the name Elohim" a name translated "God" in the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament).

However, priceless Dead Sea Scroll fragments are just one part of an extraordinary display of rare ancient Biblical manuscripts and historic Bibles traveling the country. Artifacts include clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia that are 5,000 years old, Jewish, Greek and Latin Biblical manuscripts, a medieval manuscript Wyclif Bible from the 15th Century, and first editions of the King James Bible. Wayne Atherholt, Executive Director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, states "This wonderful exhibit showcases the evolution from pictographic clay tablets through the evolution of written text to the Bible we know today." He adds, "you can't really understand how Western culture came about without understanding the history of this book." The first ever attempt at printing in the West -the Guttenberg Bible -is the most famous book ever printed, and the most valuable.

All surviving copies are illuminated or decorated, making it one of the most beautiful books ever printed s well. The exhibition has four leaves on display. The exhibition concludes with the Aitkens Bible, the first Bible printed on American soil.

Dr. William Noah is a physician and student of the Bible and the Curator of Ink and Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to the English Bible. "It took several years to organize the exhibition, much time contacting Biblical scholars from around the world and tireless research. These priceless, ancient documents continue to inspire us today, and they came to us at a tremendous cost, Many died in order that we might be able to read their words today," Noah says. As the name of the exhibition implies, the Bible has been passed down through the ages through the diligences of scribes and the blood of martyrs. "It's really unprecedented," Noah said. "You're going to walk through 5,000 years of history all in one setting."

The Bible may be the most read story in the world, but Noah "believes the story behind the Bible is one worth telling too." Don't miss the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the history of the Bible. This intriguing, educational, and moving exhibition is only at the Museum of Arts and Sciences for a limi