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 & Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Open August 29 through November 22, 2020
Showcasing 50 pieces in a wide variety of media from this longstanding central Florida contemporary artists' organization which was founded in 1962 by the students of the late Lillian "Lu" Belmont of New York City. Because of her and her students, the first contemporary art group was introduced to the then provincial Halifax area. As a result of the dedication of these artists to their cause, most people in the community understand, enjoy, support, and appreciate modern art and the contemporary artist. The group is comprised of 50 professional artists, working in all mediums, who place a strong emphasis on the experimental creative approach with a strong emphasis on quality work. The artist are encouraged to expand their horizons and constantly stretch their abilities.
Image credit: Peggy Banks, Treasures, handmade paper, acrylic, turquoise stones, Thai papers, gold leaf, silk threads mounted on copper
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 orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.