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.
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Open May 8, 2021 through September 12, 2021
Dean L. Mitchell was born in 1957 in Pennsylvania and reared in Quincy, Florida. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, he has developed a style and vision in his body of work that shows the deep American South few have seen, and certainly, fewer have decided to record. While well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes, it is haunting scenes of rundown barns, abandoned farmscapes, and small towns in the rural South that seem to capture a time long past and resonate within the nostalgic memories of all of us. For even city folk at one time in their lives have had a rural experience that left its mark. Dean Mitchell's paintings - primarily in watercolor - remind us that this history belongs to all of us and these forgotten places have many stories to tell.
Image Credit: Dean Mitchell, "Tobacco Barn," 2018, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
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.