Cici and Hyatt Brown

Museum of Art

Florida Art and History Come Alive

The innovative Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art is home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world and features a rotating collection of 2,600 Florida-themed oil and watercolor paintings. The Museum's grand central gallery and mezzanine showcase the collection's signature pieces, while six smaller galleries feature beautiful changing exhibitions with Florida themes. A gift shop and a cafe add to the Brown Museum experience and make for the perfect day-long visit to the MOAS campus. Conference rooms with full meeting and presentation capabilities are available to the public on a rental basis.  


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 Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This expansion to the Museum of Arts & Sciences will be the 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.

Currently on Display

Volusia County

On Display through 2020

Scenes from Volusia County and the importance of art schools and art venues in the development of culture within the county.

Volusia County has encouraged both well-known and lesser-known artists to portray the environments and people of the area from the mid-19th century on. Art departments and schools provide instruction. Not only do Volusia museums and galleries display works created by local artists within the county, but they also exhibit works by prominent artists from throughout the world to give an international perspective to the local work. 

Featured painting: South Beach Street, Daytona, James Ralph Wilcox, Volusia County


Gone Fishin'

Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane Gallery
On display through 2020

This exhibition emphasizes Florida's reputation for being one of the greatest sport fishing areas in the world. From locals with simple cane poles to celebrities on yachts decked out for challenging sailfish and tarpon. Included are works by A.E. Backus (an unusual painting by him which includes a real mounted sailfish), Maitland artist, Jules Andre Smith's vision of fishing for dinner, Waldo Pierce's self-portrait of shark fishing with his close friend Ernest Hemingway, fishing camps including David Burliuk's color interpretations, plus underwater scenes and ship portraits of luxury fishing vessels. Among other works seen for the first time is the important and large (8' x 4') Strife of the Sea - a work by the noted central Florida artist and architect, Sam Stoltz. It was part of the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition, 1933-34. 

Image: Sam Stoltz, Strife of the Sea


"The Latest News from Florida": Wood Engravings from 19th Century Periodicals

A. Worley Brown & Family Gallery
On Display through 2020

Wood engravings from 19th-century illustrated magazines and journals documenting events in the remote land of Florida - a state that few northerners knew a lot about or would ever visit. The works in this exhibit are grouped into three sections - "life", "industry", and "war". "Life" includes depictions of daily activities and amusements. "Industry" includes depictions of processes such as citrus growing and harvesting and preparing Spanish moss for commercial purposes. "War" includes depictions of the armaments, military activities, fortification structures, and naval events. These topics proved to be of interest to those who bought these publications. 


Florida Weather

France Family Gallery
On Display through 2020

Experience a myriad of Florida weather in just one day. The Florida Weather gallery offers a look at 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 focused to evoke the full sensation of what is Florida's revealing environmental trait.

Image: Naomi Duckman (Furth), Storm on Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys, 1935

The Seminole and the Everglades

France Family Gallery
On Display through 2020

The Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands that occupies the southern portion of Florida. Water leaving the vast, shallow Lake Okeechobee in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates from 15,000 years ago. The region was dominated by the native Calusa and Tequesta tribes. After European colonization, both tribes declined. The Seminole nation emerged out of groups of Native Americans, mostly Creek from what are now the northern Muscogee peoples. Artists from the early 19th century on have found the visual characteristics of the people and the land compelling subjects for artworks. The climatic conditions change frequently giving new dimensions of color, motion, and light to the landscape. The dramatic variables are a challenge to the painter attempting to capture a specific moment. The flora and fauna are often unique and fascinating. Rendering them is as often for scientific documentation as it is for the decorative motif.
Image: James F. Hutchinson, Seminole Man, 1992
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Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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