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Since Florida became a territory in 1821, the state's reputation as a tourist paradise began to grow. At first, the territory was advertised to invalids seeking refuge from what was called the graveyard cough (tuberculosis). St. Augustine became a mecca for the ill, and in a way, the first tourist destination. As people from around the United States became familiar with the 27th state in the union, Florida began to be promoted for reasons other than just a warm place for invalids...
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Beginning April 18 and running until July 21 of 2019, The Museum of Arts & Sciences will be showing a rare collection of 18th and 19th Century traditional Persian textiles in its West Wing and Root Hall Galleries. Over sixty examples of these elegant, sumptuously embroidered and woven works will be on display, providing a unique opportunity to experience the time-honored artisanship of this ancient culture...
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Within the Helene Roberson Visible Storage Building resides an amazing cubist sculpture by Alexander Archipenko, a Ukrainian artist born in Kiev in 1887. Archipenko was an avant-garde painter, sculpture, and illustrator. By 1902, he was enrolled in the Kiev Art School and eventually moved to Paris in 1908. There, he studied at the Academy of Beaux Arts and at the Louvre...
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Nestled amongst the hands-on fun that the Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum provides are the vibrant, pastel oil/acrylic paintings of Rick Cannizzaro. Rick Cannizzaro is a self-taught artist whose pieces are not only displayed in the Children's Museum at MOAS, but also in the Central Florida Zoo...
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For centuries artists have created portraits of people. The portrait dates back thousands of years and was usually reserved for people of importance like the wealthy, kings, queens, nobility, generals, ancestors, and other individuals deemed worthy. The magnificent portrait is a creative collaboration between the artist and the sitter and can mean many things to different people.
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In honor of Black History month and the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance, MOAS will have the exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: Three Print Series on view in the Karshan Center of Graphic Art. 
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2019 will usher in a new celebration of science fiction in the MOAS Planetarium. We are excited to bring a series of influential sci-fi motion pictures to our dome, taking advantage of the unique and intimate layout of the Planetarium facility. The Planetarium will not only allow us to project and display the movies in a novel way, we will also take an opportunity to use our digital universe to hold a Q&A about the realities...
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When walking through a museum, marveling at the paintings and artifacts that are showcased and preserved in its spaces, it is not often one pays much attention to what is outside of those walls. Yet, housed within the property of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, home to the largest collection of Florida themed oil and watercolor paintings in the world, is a stunning outdoor courtyard...