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
Florida art and history come alive.
The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is more than a traditional art museum. It is a history museum, with the history of Florida told through works of art. Now open, 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 the early 1800's.
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 lends itself perfectly to illustrating 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.
The permanent gallery of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art contains the most significant paintings from the Brown's collection of Florida art. Paintings can be found installed on the main floor and the upstairs mezzanine. Artwork with aesthetic and technical qualities and significance in the larger realms of regional and general American arts can be found in this permanent gallery.
Featured painting: Louis Aston Knight; Sunset on the
Suwannee River, ca. 1910
FLORIDA WEATHER GALLERY
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 GALLERY
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,
LOST COLONY GALLERY
The Lost Colony gallery contains artwork produced by a group of artists who painted in St. Augustine in the early to mid-20th century. Given 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.
Featured painting: Carl Austen; Pier and Bathers at St. Augustine Beach, 1943
FLORIDA COMMUNITIES GALLERY
Communities, from villages to towns to cities, are areas that have names and defined boundaries. But more importantly, within that geographic structure is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. These paintings exhibit typical Florida communities and their occupants in daily and labor activities. Paintings date back from teh mid-19th century to the late 20th century.
Featured painting: Emmett John Fritz; Carriage Ride, Cuna
Street, St. Augustine, ca. 1965
VOLUSIA COUNTY GALLERY
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
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.