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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured painting: Naomi Duckman (Furth); Storm on Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys, 1935
The Volusia County gallery contains paintings with the county as the subject. Volusia County has encouraged both well-known and less-known artists to portray the environments and people from the county from the last quarter of the 19th century and on.
Featured painting: James Calvert Smith; Stop the Train, ca. 1950
The permanent gallery of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art contains the most significant paintings from the Brown's collection of Florida art. Paintings can be found installed on the main floor and the upstairs mezzanine. Artwork with aesthetic and technical qualities signficant in the larger realms of regional and general American arts can be found here. Featured painting: Louis Aston Knight; Sunset on the Suwannee River, ca. 1910