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ATTENTION: Tuscawilla Preserve is temporarily closed.
The L. Gale Lemerand Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The L. Gale Lemerand Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Gary R. Libby Entry Court, Lemerand Wing & Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Open January 28, 2023 through April 23, 2023
The Florida Artists Group is the state’s premier professional-level artists’ organization. Established in 1949 by art leaders and University professors, this prestigious statewide Florida organization is composed of more than one hundred rigorously selected and invited members, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized. FLAG’s mission is to enhance understanding of the myriad of visual art forms created today. This exhibition will bring together a selection of works by many of the best professional-level artists working in Florida today and all eight areas of the state will be represented.
The Cuban Foundation Museum 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.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items originally played vital roles in daily events; for example in ceremonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.