The North Wing

Discover the North Wing

The North Wing of the Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of the original wings of the Museum. The North Wing features permanent collections and exhibits such as the Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow Gallery of American Art, the Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art,  the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, and the Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts. The North Wing also contains several spaces for rotating and traveling exhibitions. 


Currently on Display

Flora, Fauna, and High ColorFlora, Fauna, and High Color: The Fantastic Florida Landscape of Mark Messersmith

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Open November 6, 2021 through January 30, 2022

Mark Messersmith was born in Missouri but has called Florida – particularly, Tallahassee – home for years. One of Florida’s most accomplished painters, his style can only be described as ‘fantastic,’ not only for its quality but, also, due to his unique style based on high-keyed, almost fluorescent color combined with densely-packed, dynamic images of the Florida backwoods like you have never seen them before.

These paintings explore themes of spirit and struggle within our modern world’s “natural environments” as plants and animals jostle to survive in small isolated natural habitats as they feel the encroachment of their inevitable forced migration, dislocation, or isolation. 

Image Credit: Mark Messersmith, The Lost Garden. Oil on canvas with carved wooden top and bottom parts. 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Farm Life and Other ScenesFarm Life and Other Scenes: The Art of Henry George Keller from the Collection

North Wing Corridor 
Open October 16, 2021 through January 30, 2022

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Henry George Keller (1869-1949) studied at prominent art schools in Germany before returning to the states where he attended the Art Students’ League in New York and Cincinnati School of Art in the early 1900s. He worked as a lithographer to finance his art education and joined the teaching staff at Cleveland School of Art where he served until 1945. Skilled in watercolor, pencil drawing, lithography and etching, Keller represents a generation of American artists who shunned Modernism and preferred subject matter, styles and techniques of the Old Masters as he rendered his early 20th century views of Midwestern America. 

Image Credit: Henry George Keller, American, 1870-1949, Morning in the Stable. Etching. In memory of Leona E. Prasse, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Prasse Bitte. 92.05.007

 

American EmpireAmerican Empire

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Open June 5, 2021 through January 2, 2022

Upon the establishment of the new Republic in the United States of America, its first citizens adopted much from French neo-classicism to give the new Republic the same dignified appearance they felt it deserved. Sometimes known as "American Federal," the first style adopted by our new country in the early 19th century clearly reflected the great style of the revolution in France. The Museum of Arts & Sciences brings together in this exhibition fine examples of American Empire furniture, decorative arts, and period paintings from its collection to illustrate the transition from French to American in these works as the artists and craftsmen of the new United States attempted to make the style uniquely American. 

Image Credit: Seth Thomas, American, 1785-1859, Shelf Clock, c. 1835. Wood and reverse-painted glass. Gift of Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Down. 89.16.066

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