From left to right: Louis Comfort Tiffany; Natural Limestone Bridge at Arch Creek, Miami, 1920,
Emmett John Fritz; Keys Shrimper, J. Ralph Wilcox; South Beach Street, Daytona
Opening to the Public on Sunday, February 8, 2015
Florida art and history come alive.
More than a traditional art museum, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will be a history museum, with the history of Florida told through works of art. Opening to the public on Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will give visitors the opportunity to see a collection of Florida themed oil and watercolor paintings that date back to as early as 1839.
The Brown collection consists of over 2,600 paintings of Florida and is the most extensive collection of Florida art in the world. The size and scope of the collection means that it is perfect to illustrate the many stories that can be told about the geography and natural history of Florida. While artists or styles can be highlighted and discussed, visitors can also learn about Florida's weather or native wildlife through creative theming and interpretation.
On May 7, 2012, the Museum of Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the City of Daytona Beach and the Volusia County Council, announced a $13 million gift for construction of the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This expansion to the Museum of Arts & Sciences will be the new permanent home for the Cici and Hyatt Brown collection of more than 2,600 paintings of Florida.
The unprecedented collection, which includes works from the acclaimed Reflections and Reflections II exhibitions, which both made their debuts at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, will be donated over the next several years and is the most extensive collection of Florida art anywhere in the world.
Additional donor dollars will create an endowment for the operation and maintenance of the 26,000 square foot building, which will front Nova Road just north of the existing Museum of Arts & Sciences.
In addition to a large gallery space including a mezzanine, which will showcase the collection’s signature pieces, the innovative Museum will include 6 changing galleries ranging from 900 to 2,000 square feet, conference and education rooms, a café with outdoor seating and a gift shop. Conference rooms and meeting and event spaces will be available to the public on a rental basis. The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is scheduled to open in 2015.