Past Exhibitions

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Lisa Parker Hyatt:  Focusing on the Irreducible
April 13 – July 2, 2017

Lisa Parker Hyatt's art exists between the present and actual and the imminent and possible.  Her images are in transition from one state to another from one dimension of reality to another.  Realty for this artist is an eternally ongoing process of question and transformation, a dynamic, ever fluctuating series of overlapping images and appearances.  Hyatt has received numerous awards including several Florida Council for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowships; Roadworks, Commissioned Art; Art in Public Places; and Charles Cowles Fellowship and her public collections include Frost Art Museum; Lowe Art Museum; Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Art - DeLand and many more.  

Lisa Parker Hyatt Catalog

Gary Bukovnik:  FLower Power
April 13 – July 2, 2017

The flower has long been a favorite subject for painters, with a history that spans the continents and includes early Renaissance botanical studies to 21st century masters. Gary Bukovnik’s work manages to embrace this history while still forging his own singular vision. The paintings of Gary Bukovnik both celebrate the external beauty of this most compelling of subjects while exploiting the fact that much has happened in Western Art since Cézanne and the Post-Impressionists. He approaches his interpretation of the flower through the filter of modernism.

Born and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, Bukovnik moved to San Francisco in 1975, where he established an enthusiastic following and considerable reputation. His work is collected worldwide and can be found in major museums in the US, Canada and Europe.

Graphicstudio:  Research in Art
April 21 – July 2, 2017

Conceived in the late 1960s with an emphasis on making limited-edition prints, Graphicstudio quickly developed a broader range of proficiencies and soon emerged as a major center for collaborative, creative endeavors. Located on campus and an integral part of the University of South Florida, the Tampa-based atelier is known worldwide for the quality of the work it generates and the innovative processes it develops. Noting the benefit of a cross-disciplinary approach to art making, current Director Margaret S. Miller adds, “What distinguishes us from a commercial press is our ability to call in an entire community of researchers to support a project… When we choose an artist, we consider that artist’s ability to participate in and contribute to the campus in a profound and interdisciplinary way.” Former Director, Hank Hine, points out making an edition was never exclusively the focus. “The goal was always to be deliberate, to be systematic and to create a final product that exceeded the artist’s expectations regardless of whether it was to be a unique work or an edition of 100.” According to Hines, “That was (and is) the real secret – the ‘uncommonness of practice’ at Graphicstudio.”

Graphicstudio:  Research in Art is curated by Peter Foe and is organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.



1521, oil on linen, 12 12 inches, 2007
Pink Roses in a Red Vase, watercolor, 40" x 60"
James Rosenquist, Hole in the Center of the Clock, 2007, 8-color lithograph, 42 1/2" x 27"

David Remfry: Dancers

January 27 – April 9, 2017

Through his career, David Remfry has earned a highly regarded reputation as a draftsman and watercolorist, best known for his near life-size paintings and his urban subjects.  His career includes more than 50 solo exhibitions in Europe and America including shows at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York City, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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David Remfry, Dancers 1, 2005 - 06, watercolor on paper

Julio Larraz: Painting and Sculpture

January 20 – April 2, 2017 

Julio Larraz, extraordinary draftsman, painter and sculptor, is the quintessential embodiment of the post-World War II Latin American artist.  Unmasking the angst of humanity, he sets out a new reality and politically conscious self-identity for existence in the modern world. His contribution to Western art, like that of the “boom” generation of Latin American writers, is a new kind of portraiture, which co-opts the conventions of the genre and transforms them into multilevel sociological and historical allegories.

Museum of Art - DeLand
Julio Larraz, Comienza la Noche, 2012,
oil on canvas

Philip Evergood and William Gropper: Social Realists

On loan from ACA Galleries, New York, New York
January 20 – April 2, 2017 

The Depression led Evergood, Gropper, and other American painters to create a new genre, Social Realism, depicting and protesting the conditions of the working class.  As the Depression waned, the artists left their common core of social criticism to explore a myriad of individual styles and topics, while continuing to cast a satirical eye on society.  Both artists are represented in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, and in Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian.

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Left, Philip Evergood, Roadbuilders, 1956,
oil on canvas; Right, William Gropper,
Mother and Baby, 1949, oil on canvas board

An Awareness of Gravity: New Drawings by Jill Cannady

January 20 – April 2, 2017

In Jill Cannady's new drawings the viewer will discover larger than life figures, precariously balanced or helplessly falling in space. The idea that this perplexing world could be controlled through aesthetic systems fascinates this long time, award-winning Florida artist.

Cannady is adept in all mediums, as was evident in her Idea & Medium exhibition (Jan - May 2014) which had more than 200 works of art on view in all Museum galleries at both 100 N. & 600 N. Woodland Blvd.  (View a Google 360 Tour of Cannady's 2014 Boxing Ring.) In this Awareness of Gravity exhibition, Cannady has placed her focus for this body of work using vine charcoal over a light acrylic wash on white stretched canvas - a surface typically used for painting other mediums.

Jill Cannady
Jill Cannady, Vault, 2015,
charcoal and acrylic wash
on stretched canvas

Natvar Bhavsar: The Dimension of Color
October 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Indian-born Natvar Bhavsar is often compared with  Abstract Expressionists and "color-field" painters like Mark Rothko, but his method of building up surfaces through layers of dry pigment is uniquely his own.  Although inspired by India's ancient aesthetics, Sanskrit literature and the subcontinental seasons as sources of inspiration, his approach is modern American. 

Press Release  Natvar Bhavsar awarded the Artist Achievement Award at last year's inaugural U.S.- India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue commemorating the 40th anniversary of the U.S.- India Business Council (USIBC)  WMFE 90.7 FM   Media Commercial  Interview with Natvar  Achieving a Complex Artistic Freedom

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SORATHEE, 2013, dry pigment and acrylic on canvas 76 1/2” x 70 1/4” (Framed)

Water Trouble: A Photographic Essay by Barbara Neijna
October 16 – November 13, 2016 

In conjunction with the community-wide 2016 Water Festival (October 16, 2016), this intimate, yet powerful, exhibition of photographs by one of Florida’s most distinguished artists, Barbara Neijna, documents how we as a people, collectively and individually are carelessly, and even at times premeditatively, destroying our water supply. These compelling images – some from Florida, others from Mexico – have universality about them.  How many times have our beaches been closed because of pollution? How many times has Lake Okeechobee been endangered by industrial chemical run-off? And how many times have we purchased vegetables in our supermarkets from third world countries ignoring the fact that they are harvested in polluted water supplies?

The images in this show represent a “call to action.”  The narrative is not meant to be hopeless but potentially reversible.  Water is not a gift – it is a privilege bestowed on the vigilant.

 Barbara Neijna's Extraordinary Forevergladese Announcement Press Release

Barbara Neijna
Barbara Neijna, Survival Series - Everglades - Restoration, Untitled #13, C Print, 16" x 20" Water Trouble: A Universally Local Crisis

Ernest Trova: Visionary From the Collections of Rock J. Walker / Walker Fine Art and Friedland Art, Inc.
October. 21, 2016 – January 8, 2017 

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ernest Trova (1927 – 2009) was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Trova’s sculptures are authentically contemporary in its achievement. Trova's iconic “Falling Man” theme, a focus of this exhibition, recalls the myth of Icarus, the man who dared a technological breakthrough – flight – and failed, falling from the sky.  Trova’s sleek walking figures are strong with a simplicity and posture of the somewhat androgynous statuettes found in Egyptian tombs from the reigns of Akhenaten and Tutankhaman. The physical anonymity suggests that man in the mass, in the parade of his generations on the earth, is largely identifiable by his dress, his emblems of rank and the tools of his profession.  

Press Release Catalogue Brochure

Ernest Trova, Standing Figure 2, 1986 Sculpture, stainless steel 14 1/2” x 4 1/4” x 4 1/2”, Walker Fine Art

Doug Safranek: Both Sides of the Bridge (New York in Egg Tempera)
On loan from ACA Galleries, New York, New York
October 21, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Through a medium traditionally associated with religious iconography, Doug Safranek utilizes small, repetitive brushstrokes to release the subtle, translucent qualities of egg tempera in his portraits of New York City.  His work resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, and The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, among others. 

Egg Tempera Demonstration by Doug Safranek Press Release

The Brass Ring
Doug Sanfranek, The Brass Ring, 2010, egg tempera on panel 18 5/8” x 21 1/2”

Francis Luis Mora: A Legacy Reconsidered
On loan from ACA Galleries, New York, New York
October 21, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Francis Luis Mora is known for his paintings and drawings depicting American life in the early 20th century; Spanish life and society; historical and allegorical subject.  As an important contributor to the history of American art, his work belongs to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Design, New York Historical Society, Ringling Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The White House in Washington, DC. 

Press Release


Francis Luis Mora
Francis Luis Mora Spanish Shawls (Rosemary) c. 1926 - 1928, oil on canvas 72” x 35 1/2”

Walter Meigs: Transformations 
July 15 - October 2, 2016

Like Jimmy Ernst, Walter Meigs was selected for inclusion in the ART USA NOW collection in 1962 of 100 of the most famous artists in America.  This later became part of the Smithsonian's Museum of American Art permanent collection.  His abstract landscapes are in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums and have been shown in over forty solo exhibitions in museums and galleries between 1952 and his death in 1988. 


Walter Meigs
Walter Meigs, Numinous Evocation 1977, acrylic on linen, Harmon-Meeks Gallery

Philip Smallwood: Personages 
July 15 – October 2, 2016

Phillip Smallwood is a figurative watercolorist known for his “Lifescapes,” a powerful blend of portraiture and visual narrative.  Among the awards for his work, is a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his work related to the Art of the Soul Exhibition in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Philip Smallwood, Desire, 1998, watercolor, 21 1/2” x 29”

Miles G. Batt: Retrospective 
July 15 – October 2, 2016 

Miles Batt’s credentials include over 225 major awards and consummate water-media skills gained from more than 50 years involvement as an artist, teacher, and author. He is nationally known for a singularly personal style that emphasizes an inimitable perception of the world around him. Batt was awarded the National Watercolor Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His work is in over 250 public and private collections.  

Miles Batt Art
Miles Batt, The Expectancy of Preference, 1975 acrylic on canvas, 60” x 51”

Theresa Bernstein: An Early Modernist 
July 22 - October 9, 2016

A contemporary of Georgia O’Keefe, and Louise Nevelson’s first art teacher, Theresa Bernstein produced work well past her one- hundredth birthday in a career that spanned the Twentieth Century.  Her work resides in museum collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,  Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, the Museum of Art - Ein Harod, Israel, and Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme, Paris.

Theresa Bernstein, Woman with Parrot, c 1917
Theresa Bernstein, Woman with Parrot, c 1917

Carole Feuerman: Body of Work
April 8 - July 3, 2016
Signature Sponsor Linda Pinto

Carole Feuerman is an American hyperrealist sculptor who has carved a very special niche for herself.  She creates colorful provocative figures that begin as casts taken directly from her subjects and end up as freestanding sculptures in interior and exterior spaces. Most of her models appear to be the all American girl next door on summer vacation. Color helps greatly in this.Feuerman, a contemporary of hyperrealists Duane Hanson and George Segal, accepts her subjects’ tastes and preferences in swimwear, make-up, and accessories. In some instances, Feuerman’s subjects find themselves in heroic scale as part of site-specific projects outside of public buildings all over the world. These isolated figures, lost in moments of private reflection, are thrust onto the public stage. This, however, in no way detracts from the unique characteristics of each figure.

Bathing beauties skip the beach and head to DeLand, March 31, 2016 eNews  Video: Strength to Art;  News Ch. 13's Allison Walker visits Museum and spots Carole Feuerman




Carole Feuerman
Carole Feuerman, Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball + Video Projection, 2015, lacquer on resin, 60” x 43” x 45” Carole Feuerman: Body of Work

Frank Rampolla: The Figure 
April 8 - July 3, 2016

Frank Rampolla (1931 - 1971) was one of the first artists in Florida to give voice to the “soul-cry” for 20th century identity; a cry of alienation, anxiety, dread and horror.  The cry heard in no man’s land in World War I, in Picasso’s Guernica, Buchenwald, Hiroshima, Vietnam and Cambodia.  In Harlem and Siberia, in our prisons, hospitals and mental institutions.  In despair in the middle of the night, and in casual theft and destruction.

With the skills of an accomplished image maker, Rampolla's art is multifaceted - it's emotional and probes into the deepest recesses of human consciousness. His work is a symbol, a metaphor, something drawn from, and yet remaining parallel to, our everyday reality.

Frank Rampolla
Frank Rampolla, Untitled, 1967, watercolor, 14” x 11”

Jack Levine & Hyman Bloom: Against the Grain 
April 8 - July 3, 2016

Jack Levine (1915 – 2010) is one of America’s most brilliant observers of the American social scene. He was a social realist painter able to make his point with savage wit and intelligence. Levine’s work is similar to printmaker artists Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) and William Hogarth (1697 – 1764). Born in Boston, where he was raised and educated, he was only fifteen when the Depression hit America. Growing up in Boston’s South End where life was already difficult, Levine developed the ability to see beyond life’s conflicts, and distill the essence of human drama with humor. Levine received two Guggenheim Fellowships, one in 1955 and the other in 1957. He had a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1955. His many awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (1950-51) and election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1956). His work is sought after by major private collectors and museums both here and abroad.

Jack Levine
Jack Levine, Cigarette Girl, 1967, oil on canvas, 50” x 40"

Jack Levine & Hyman Bloom: Against the Grain 
April 8 - July 3, 2016

Hyman Bloom’s (1913 – 2009) emotionally charged canvases of biblical scenes and spiritual ecstasy, which surfaced in Boston Expressionism painting, began to receive national attention in 1942. Together with Jack Levine, Abraham Rattner, Byron Browne, Ben Shahn, Morris Graves and Philip Evergood, Bloom was remarkably accomplished and original – Bloom and his contemporaries promised to lead American art out of the trap of militant provincialism on the one hand, and its overdependence on European modernism on the other. Latvian-born Hyman Bloom emigrated to the United States in 1920. He was young, passionate, committed and extraordinarily gifted. Two drawings in the possession of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, executed when he was 15 and 17 years of age, revealed talent and technical bravado almost unbelievable in one so young.

A few of Bloom’s intense, slightly exotic, and psychologically provocative depictions of Jewish temple and home life were included in the Museum of Modern Art’s important Americans 1942 exhibition. Artist Willem De Kooning said both he and Jackson Pollock considered Bloom “the first Abstract Expressionist artist in America.” They were not alone in their opinion.

Hyman Bloom
Hyman Bloom, Still Life, undated, oil on canvas, 32.5” x 23”

Syd Solomon: Concealed & Revealed 
April 29 - July 10, 2016 

Syd Solomon (1917 – 2004), Florida’s most distinguished Abstract Expressionist, was an active participant, along with other talented innovators, in the shaping of what we now call the Abstract Expressionist Movement.Using techniques he developed as an aerial camouflage artist for the Army, Solomon’s growth as a major painter during this exciting time in American art has been at all times consistent with his private creative vision.  His light-infused compositions are lyrical, atmospheric, gestural and quietly elegant. 

Syd Solomon
Syd Solomon, Underway, 1971, acrylic and aerosol enamel on canvas 30" x 26"

Linda Pinto Collection: Select works from the Permanent Collection
April 8 - July 3, 2016

Enjoy an eclectic scope of select works from the Museum's Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto, former Museum Board Trustee and collector of Florida and Outsider art in the upper atrium gallery

Kurt Zimmerman, "Blue Opossum", 2005, acrylic on paper in custom frame, 19 1/2" x 26 3/4" x 2 5/8"; select works from the Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto
Kurt Zimmerman, "Blue Opossum", 2005, acrylic on paper in custom frame, 19 1/2" x 26 3/4" x 2 5/8"; select works from the Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto

Will Barnet: Graphic Retrospective (70 Years) 
January 15 - March 26, 2016

This exhibition charts the momentous evolution of art from realism to abstraction during one of the most distinguished careers in American art. In 2009, Art & Antiques Senior Editor, John Dorfman, wrote, “A painter, printmaker and teacher for more than 80 years, he is a living link to art history, yet he looks forward, not backward… Barnet has become an Old Master himself.”  

An Enthusiastic Response to NaturePDFOrlando Weekly: Nine stunning visual arts show open in Central Florida.

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Will Barnet, Woman and Cats, 1962, color woodcut 23" x 25"

Jim Couper: There Are No Other Everglades In The World 
January 15 - March 26, 2016

Margorie Stoneman Douglas’ classic book The Everglades: River of Grass begins with the eloquent sentence, “There are no other Everglades in the world.” It is the remaining beauty and wonder of this special place and concern for its future that provided the inspiration and motivation for Jim Couper’s oeuvre. The river of grass, with its space, stunning colors, infinite textures and an ever-changing panoply of moods provides everything that a landscape painter could wish. Jim Couper strives in his work to reflect a celebration of this treasure.  

An Enthusiastic Response to Nature PDFOrlando Weekly: Nine stunning visual arts show open in Central FloridaImages from Opening Night.Gallery Talk with Artist Jim Couper.


Sawgrass Prairie 2 C
Jim Couper, Sawgrass Prairie, 2013, oil on canvas, 60“ x 96”

California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum
January 22 - April 17, 2016
Signature Sponsors Ian Williams and Nancy Hutson

The California Impressionists were a loosely affiliated group of artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who called California their home. They traveled widely and studied in educational institutes from San Francisco to New York and in Paris, Munich and Rome. Many became teachers in the U.S. and abroad. California Impressionists exhibited internationally, sold well at auctions, won awards in private galleries, and were featured in numerous reviews, essays and books that reflected their major achievement – creating an Edenic view of the state of California. These artists and their work communicate a deep involvement in the world itself, in the cultural values and philosophical posturing of its inhabitants, and in its intimate acknowledgement and need for nature. 

An Enthusiastic Response to Nature PDFReview by Richard Reep

California Impressionism
Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931) Red and Green, oil on canvas, 36” x 40”

Two Points on a Plane: The Paintings of Charles Hinman 
October 16, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Charles (Chuck) Hinman (1932 - ) is an abstractionist committed to content who pioneered the concept of the three-dimensional shaped canvas in the mid-1960s. His work takes viewers on an imaginary journey of movement and rhythm that is unobstructed and free, yet clear and intentional. In Hinman’s new painted sculptures, the edges of the sculpture interact, embracing space as a result of this conception and fabrication that forms the works. 

Press Release.


Charles Hinman
Charles Hinman, Danburite, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 66" x 55" x 8"

Sandro Chia: Fantasy & Myths 
October 30, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Members and visitors to DeLand were introduced to the art of the internationally acclaimed artist Sandro Chia (1946 - ) in 2013 after experiencing the exhibition “Tasting Notes” at the Museum, which accompanied an elegant wine-tasting event showcasing wine from Chia’s private vineyard in Tuscany, Italy. Now, guests will be able to experience the full impact of Chia’s work in the exhibition Fantasy & Myths. From South Korea to Italy, by way of DeLand, Florida, painting, sculpture and prints will fill all five galleries at the Museum’s 600 N. Woodland Blvd. location.

Chia studied drawing, fresco (mural painting on plaster) and sculpture at the "Instituto d'Art" in Florence between 1962 and 1969. In the late 1960s he traveled through India, Turkey and Europe. In 1970 Sandro Chia settled in Rome, where he held his first exhibition at the "Galleria La Salita" in 1971. From the early 1980s until 1999 he had an additional studio in New York. During the 1970s, Chia focused on conceptual art and along with Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladina, in the late 70s, was part of the Italian Neo-expressionism (modern, romantic) art movement Transavanguardia (moving beyond the new and unusual), which rediscovered classical themes using a representational style. 

VideoNPR Radio WMFE Images from Opening Night.


Sandro Chia Almost a Kiss - 4, 2009, oil on canvas, 50 x 60, Museum of Art - DeLand ii
Sandro Chia, Almost a Kiss - 4, 2009, oil on canvas, 50" x 60"

The Sculptures of David Hayes 
October 30, 2015 - January 3, 2016

As an introduction to David Hayes (1931 – 2013), an exhibition of his work will take place in the Grand Foyer of the Museum of Art – DeLand at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and will occur in conjunction with various works installed throughout the City of DeLand as part of the DeLand Sculpture Walk (October 30, 2015 to September 15, 2016). Art in public places affords the community and visitors the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with these three-dimensional expressions from Hayes.

Images from Opening Night. David Hayes Sculptures are part of the 2015-16 DeLand Sculpture Walk. MoreAudioMap of DeLand Sculpture Walk.Video Tour of 2015 - 16 DeLand Sculpture Walk


David Hayes, Seal, 1973, painted welded steel

Purvis Younger: Art of Street - Permanent Collection selections from the gift of Robert and Marlene Uchin July 17 - October 4, 2015

Purvis Young (1943 – 2010) was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Self-taught, Young's work was often a blend painting/drawing with collaged elements utilizing everyday discarded objects from old plywood, cardboard, broken furniture, discarded books, fabric scraps and other salvaged debris. Young's works and sketchbooks include images of angels and warriors, buildings, trains, horses, musicians, funeral processions and more... The artist was a historian,

Purvis Young (1943 – 2010) was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Self-taught, Young's work was often a blend painting/drawing with collaged elements utilizing everyday discarded objects from old plywood, cardboard, broken furniture, discarded books, fabric scraps and other salvaged debris. Young's works and sketchbooks include images of angels and warriors, buildings, trains, horses, musicians, funeral processions and more... The artist was a historian, storyteller and poet. 

Press Release. Invitation. Daytona Beach News-Journal GO386.


Purvis Young 1943 - 2010, Untitled, mixed media works, gift of Robert and Marlene Uchin
Purvis Young (1943 - 2010) Untitled, mixed media works, gift of Robert and Marlene Uchin

West African Tribal Art Sculptures, Textiles & Artifacts 
July 17 - October 4, 2015

Within the context of the usual interpretation of world history, African art represents one of the oldest surviving art forms, from New Kingdom Egyptian through the present day. An extensive survey of African masks, carved sculptures, textiles and other artifacts from c. 17th to mid-20th century make up this exhibition. Many African cultures and tribes from across the continent will be represented, including from the Benin pre-colonial African Empire. 

Press Release.WMFE 90.7 FMInvitation. Daytona Beach News-Journal GO386. Lost Kingdom of Africa Film Series. West African Tribal Art Study Guide PDF / Electronic Publication


Gelede society mask, Yoruba people, Nigeria, c.1925, polychrome wood, from private collection
Gelede society mask, Yoruba people, Nigeria, c.1925, polychrome wood, from private collection

Fred Staloff's Visual Poetry 
July 17 - October 4, 2015

This intimate collection reveals painterly works that make reference to the spontaneity usually associated with Expressionist painting; but in reality, the careful placement of the visual elements of line, shape, texture and color is what guides and motivates this outstanding artist. 

Press Release.Invitation. Daytona Beach News-Journal GO386. Living the Power of Art


Fred Staloff's Dancing Violets, 1960, oil on panel, 10" x 11"

Painted Black: The John H. Surovek Collection 
July 24 – September 19, 2015

Painted Black: The John Surovek Collection depicts African Americans in art from pre-Civil War to Civil Rights, by well-known American artists including Thomas Hart Benton (1889 - 1975), Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009) and others at 100 N. Woodland Blvd.  Earlier works in the exhibition often treat African-Americans more as objects propagating a stereotype; as the 20th century progresses the artists honor their subjects with increased complexity and understanding. 

Press Release.WMFE 90.7 FMInvitation."  Orlando Weekly, Richard Reep

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James Britton Gantt, The Musicians, gift of the artist to Thomas Hart Benton

Rediscovering Byron Browne 
April 17 - July 5, 2015

Visitors will be taken aback by the works of this legendary 20th Century American artist, Byron Browne (1907–1961), who pioneered new approaches to Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract styles of painting. An active member of the American Avant-Garde Art Movement, Browne’s works will present an engaging cross section of his career.  

Armature for contemporary abstraction, Orlando Weekly

Feeding the Birds 1945 crayon and ink on paper 19 x 16
Byron Browne, Feeding the Birds, 1945 crayon and ink on paper 19″ x 16″

Peter Reginato: Eccentric Constructions 
April 17 - July 5, 2015

The works of American abstract sculptor and painter Peter Reginato (1945 - ) in the exhibition Eccentric Constructions are composed primarily of painted conceptual shapes fabricated from welded steel. They often are connected with bent steel rods demonstrating an unmistakable playfulness to Reginato’s work.

Orlando Weekly: A giant bouquet of brightly colored wriggles and curvoids greets the visitor in the lobby...Hot House painted steel Highlights from Opening NightControlled Energy: The Sculpture of Peter ReginatoArmature for contemporary abstraction, Orlando Weekly


Peter Reginato, Knackered, 2005, welded steel and acrylic paint, 18” x 14” x 8”
Peter Reginato, Knackered, 2005, welded steel and acrylic, 18” x 14” x 8”

About Face: Portraits from the Permanent Collection 
April 17 - July 5, 2015

Selected works from the Museum’s permanent collection will complement the spring exhibition season to include paintings and drawings recently acquired, including artworks from the Samuel Blatt Collection.  

Words of Gratitude (Sandy Blatt comments) Gallery Talk with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt Jan Gage Interview with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt

Man Ray, untitled, c1940, ink on mylar, 20" x 15.5"
Man Ray, untitled, c1940, ink on mylar, 20" x 15.5", from the collection of Samuel Blatt

Ben Schonzeit: Brilliant Realism  
April 24 -  July 12, 2015

The works of art in the exhibition Ben Schonzeit: Brilliant Realism are exceptional examples of the Photorealist Movement in American art that began in the 1960’s. More than 30 Schonzeit works meticulously created on canvas, linen and polyester during the past 45 years, prized for their inherent sensuous and allusive qualities, will fill the downtown galleries. 

Read more about artist Ben Schonzeit.  NPR WMFE radio spot Highlights from Opening Night Meet the Artist Gallery Talk with Ben Schonzeit


Ben Schonzeit, Amarylis Swirl, 2010, acrylic on Linen, 66” x 36”
Ben Schonzeit, Amarylis Swirl, 2010, acrylic on linen, 66” x 36”

William Crutchfield: Satirical Commentary
January 16 - April 5, 2015

Crutchfield  has a distinctive and whimsical approach to his commentary on humanity. Although he is also a sculptor, painter and printmaker, these drawings that will be on view are the fundamental core of all of his creative endeavors.
William Crutchfield, Diamond Express, 1978, planographic ten color lithograph, 40” x 52.5”

Richard Haas: Works on Paper 
January 16 - April 5, 2015

Known for his architectural subjects and their surroundings, Richard Haas’ works on paper chronicle his real observations of the urban landscape in a wide variety of mediums.  

Review | Preview (The Butterfly Effect) Off the Wall, CBS MorningWorks on PaperPainting the Town


Richard Haas
Richard Haas, Empire State Building, 1997, Gouache and pencil, 34” x 18"

Richard Frank's Watercolors: Homage 
January 16 - April 5, 2015

Richard Frank’s unusual watercolors embody meticulous technique, attention to detail and a surrealistic point of view. The paintings are a blend of photorealistic landscapes juxtaposed with seemingly unrelated details of similar observations. 

Gallery Talk with Richard Frank


Richard Frank
Richard Frank, Stork, 2003, watercolor on paper, 15” x 11”

Richard Anuszkiewicz: Art of Light, Perception & Movement 
January 23 - April 12, 2015

The paintings of Richard Anuszkiewicz are composed of simple geometric forms, usually divided into small areas. Exploiting the contrast between hues produces paintings a shimmer that vibrates in a manner suggesting the brilliance of flickering neon light.   

Op Art Pioneer, Orlando Weekly A Visual Odyssey A Dancing Visual Spectrum Exploring Op Art Gage Publishing interview Review | Preview (The Butterfly Effect)

Richard Anuszkiewicz
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Four On Four, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”

O, Appalachia: Artists of the Southern Mountains; From the Collection of Ramona Love Lampell & Millard Lampell 
September 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Sponsored in part by Joe & Linda Pinto 

Author and gallerist Ramona Lampell has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Appalachian folk art in the world. As a collector, Lampell sought out the finest examples from her native mountains and displayed them in her galleries in Los Angeles and East Hampton. Now coming to DeLand, this exhibition will pay homage to furniture makers, sculptors, painters and carvers whose works cross the elusive line beyond which craft becomes art. This show is designed to be a vehicle for the examination of the crafts of Appalachia, of the social and economic conditions underlying the universal activity of craftsmen, and of the artisans central role in contemporary life. Whatever their differences of origin, race, tradition, geography, or social order, the Appalachian artificers have one thing – one great gift – in common. They work, create, and achieve with their hands. This common bond, this way of work, transcends all barriers of language and custom, making it possible for the craftsmen of this geographical region to invent and to perfect their own language and to communicate with each other happily and fruitfully.

 Daytona Beach News-Journal Best Bets,  West-Volusia Beacon A newly published 2014 24-page O, Appalachia catalogue will accompany this exhibition Exhibition-related programming O, Appalachia ProgrammingPanel Discussion An Appalachian Afternoon Sunday, October 26 DetailsWMFE Audio


Minnie Adkins, Red Fox, Carved wood and paint, From the collection of Ramona Love Lampell & Millard Lampell
Minnie Adkins, Red Fox, Carved wood and paint, From the collection of Ramona Love Lampell & Millard Lampell

Chen Chi: Watercolors 
September 12, 2014 to January 4, 2015

On loan from the Butler Institute of American Art Chen Chi was born (1912 - 2005) in Wusih, a small community near Shanghai, China. Due to his father’s financial difficulties in the silk business, in 1926, Chen Chi moved to Shanghai where he was employed in an oil pressing factory. The owner of the factory, having children the same age, allowed Chen Chi to attend their classes. In 1931, he enrolled in an art school that emphasized western techniques rather than traditional Chinese painting. The establishment of the Chinese Republic, coupled with the opening of China to the West, heightened his awareness of Western ideas and art trends. Inspired by modern art training in Shanghai, Chen Chi moved to New York City in 1947. His works merge traditional Chinese brushstrokes with Western techniques creating colorful, aesthetic, harmonious works. 


Chen Chi
Chen Chi, New York High Noon, 1986 Watercolor on paper

The Paintings of John Mellencamp 
October 10 - December 28, 2014

Sponsored by United Parachute Technologies

The Paintings of John Mellencamp 
will open to the public at The Museum of Art - DeLand at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. in downtown DeLand on Friday, October 10, 2014. The exhibition will feature some 40 oil and mixed media paintings, which will remain on view at the Museum until December 28, 2014. Inspired largely by German Expressionists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, and in keeping with his award-winning music, John Mellencamp’s work is personal and distinctive. He trained at the Art Students League in New York with David Leffel and later with Jan Royce in Indianapolis. While his subject matter is often autobiographical, he uses considerable skill as a painter to express his strong socio-political point of view. 

The Paintings of John Mellencamp Press ReleasePress Release (PDF)Media AlertMedia Alert (PDF)Opening Night  / Press Conference

Museum of Art - DeLand John Mellencamp American Boy and Girl 2013 34x38
John Mellencamp, American Boy and Girl 2013 34 x 38

Steve Althouse: Personal Totems, Private Symbols 
May 30 – September 28, 2014

Stephen Althouse’s images can be read as meta­phors for the interconnected­ness of secular and spiritual life. His images combine the practical and symbolic, weav­ing a relationship between tools and textiles as venerated symbols of work and faith. Like medieval devotional relics and honorific textiles, Althouse’s tools and shrouds become symbols of power and reverence, engaging the viewer in a dialogue about history, humanity, tradition and spirituality. Born in Washington DC in 1948, Althouse grew up in rural Bucks County, Pennsyl­vania, where he trained as a sculptor. The product of a Quaker education, Althouse received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, and studied sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. The sculptural tradition of making and manipulating subject matter is carried over in his photography, and is further explored in these enigmatic and powerful images. For 30 years, Althouse lived in Miami where he was a Professor of Fine Arts at Barry University, before returning to Central Pennsylvania, where he lives and works creatively today. The exhibition presents Stephen Althouse’s most recent work as well as a series of powerful images which the artist created in 2003 and 2004 while serving as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art in Liège, Belgium, through a Fulbright Research Fellowship. - Wendy M. Blazier, published Art Historian, former Senior Curator at Boca Raton Museum of Art 


Stephen Althouse, Knot III, 2011, 42" x 62" Pigment print
Stephen Althouse, Knot III, 2011, 42" x 62" Pigment print

Steve Tobin: Roots 
May 23 – August 24, 2014

Tobin’s magnitude as an innovator and explorer of process, color and form have made him the sole proprietor of his own dynamic and unique sculptural methods. His oversized steel sculptures, glassworks, and whimsical bronzes filled the Museum Atrium and lower gallery at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.  His vast body of work chronicles an epic journey from cast glass installations to assemblages of industrial detritus; from welded steel constructions and cast bronze forest floors to ceramic explosion pieces; and onward to massive bronze termite mounds and looming bronze roots. 


Museum of Art - DeLand Steve Tobin, Door 4, Glass
Steve Tobin, Door 4, Glass

Karl Zerbe: Works on Paper 
May 23 - August 24, 2014

Distinguished painter Karl Zerbe (1903 - 1972) was a founding member of the Abstract Expressionistic Movement. Displayed in the Museum’s Chris Harris Gallery, his works featured experimental collages and mixed media works from the ’40’s to ’60’s. German-born American artist Karl Zerbe received worldwide acclaim as a painter and co-founder of Boston’s expressionist school. With the advent of Hitler and the political rejection of expressionist art, Zerbe moved to the United States in 1934 where he lived out the remainder of his prolific life. For the first twenty years Zerbe lived in Boston where he became the Head of the painting depart­ment at the Boston Museum School in 1935. Faced with the necessity of explaining and demonstrat­ing what makes a picture, he began to search for a medium that would permit him to build-up his paintings in superimposed layers without the waiting periods demanded by slow drying oil paint. Zerbe found the medium he was looking for in the technique of painting in wax, encaustic. Unfortunately, Zerbe developed allergies to the materials forcing him to give up that medium. Zerbe’s work favored the conceptual over the perceptual. Although his images dealt with recogniz­able themes from the “real” world, they were not produced directly from models, but rather from sketches or, sometimes, his imagination. A technical expert, his was a student of materials and methods of painting and excelled in the use of paint as an expressive medium in itself.In 1955 he moved to Florida, where he painted and taught at Florida State University until his re­tirement in 1971. His years in Florida were marked by increasing experimentation with a variety of media, social commentary through art, and a closeness to nature. Never content with any set formula or style, Zerbe’s highly individual sensibility gives his body of work continuity and coherence. 

On View Magazine


Karl Zerbe, Diesel Engine II, 1951, Polymer tempera, On loan from Karl Zerbe Estate

Collector's Choice: Samuel Blatt Collection
May 23 - August 24, 2014

Collector’s Choice: Samuel Blatt Collection features more than 60 outstanding European paintings, drawings, and prints from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. More than 20 artists, such as Picasso, Dufy, Lacombe and Vuillard, will be represented. All of the creators in Mr. Blatt’s personal collection are unique because each one makes a visual statement of quite his or her own making.  They have sought art and quality by following no set path and chose to select carefully their own very private way between complex clusters of alternatives.  They produced, as a result, art of profound individuality, honesty, and quality. A well-chosen collection of a single work adds to its own light that reflected from the masterpieces among which it was found. For the collector, possessing such art allows him to participate quietly with artists of extraordinary integrity and vision in their day-by-day creative activity of trying to contact the divine, and to benefit, thereby, from their lifelong devotion to a particular inspiration and ideal. 

Blatt Collection Gallery Talk with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt Jan Gage Interview with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt On View Magazine


Joan Miro, Le Coq; c. 1935, Porchoir, 21” x 16”
Joan Miro, Le Coq; c. 1935, Porchoir, 21” x 16”

Brightest Africa 
June 13 - 29, 2014

An exhibition of sculpture, textiles, tools, baskets and other objects demonstrating that the cultures of the second-largest and second-most populous continent have been among the most creative, inventive and ingenious civilizations of the earth. In celebration of  DeLand's JAMFest (June 13 - 15) June Arts & Multicultural FestivalBrightest Africa Opens 


Left, Baule Mask, Cote d'Ivoire, Carved wood, trade enamel, and fiber Right, Kanga Cloth, Kenya, Maskini Na Mwanawe Tajiri Na Mali Yake

Bunnies by Hunt Slonem 
April 1 - 30, 2014 - Extended to May 11, 2014

Seven expressionistic oil paintings of rabbits by world-renowned contemporary artist Hunt Slonem adorned the atrium of the Museum of Art - DeLand at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. during the month of April. Like his birds and butterflies, Slonem's rabbits have a whimsical quality for which Slonem is known. 

The Bunnies of Hunt Slonem A Priceless Bunny Moment


Hunt Slonem Chinensis Rabbit 5, 2012 Oil on canvas
Hunt Slonem, Chinensis Rabbit 5 2012, oil on canvas

Jill Cannady: Idea & Medium 
January 17 - May 11, 2014

As one of Florida’s most recognized artists, Jill Cannady helped establish Florida as a legitimate contributor to the national arts scene in the 70’s and 80’s. Idea and Medium, a semi-retrospective of Cannady’s encaustic and cold wax paintings, oils, drawings and sculptures, filled all nine galleries of the Museum of Art - DeLand at 100 N. & 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Accompanying the exhibition Jill Cannady: Idea and Medium was a new catalog written by Helen Kohen, a published art historian and award-winning Art Critic Emerita of the Miami Herald. The catalogue is available at both Museum Stores.  Opening Night Receptions in DeLand will occur on January 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., and from 6:30 to 8 p.M. at 100 N. Woodland Blvd.

Gallery Talk & Reception with Artist Jill Cannady Images 

Lecture with Art Critic Helen Kohen 

Jill Cannady's work in 360 tour of galleries


Jill Cannady, Step Up My Friendm 1991, Hardware cloth, Sculptamold, Wood & paint, 96″ x 48″ x 21″

Small Masterworks: Butler Institute of American Art Collection 
October 10, 2013 - January 5, 2014

An exhibition of 60 great artists, 75 small masterworks from the 19th Century to present.   

Press Release Small Masterworks


Thea, c.1910, oil on panel, 16”x 12” by George Brush (1855 - 1941)
George Brush (1855 – 1941) Thea, c.1910, oil on panel, 16”x 12”





Forging an Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art 
September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014  

Press Release Forging an Identity Opening Reception WVEN TV visits Museum of Art - DeLand 

Private Spaces Mexico: Photography of Les Slesnick 
September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014 

Ambitious New Show - Orlando WeeklyPhoto Artist Les Slesnick Forging an Identity Opening Reception

The Confluence of Culture: The Hispanic/Latino Experience in Florida Related Programming / Schedules (September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014)

Mary Schimpff Webb: Artist Jeweler September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014


Fernando Botero, Donna Distesa Con Panno, 2004, bronze Forging an Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art

Tasting Notes: The Art of Sandro Chia (April 19 to August 18, 2013) (Click here to view pictures from a special evening of Sandro Chia wine and art at the Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida.)

Lightscapes: Paintings by Richard Segalman (April 19 to August 18, 2013) Lightscapes Opening Night with artist Richard Segalman.

Duane Hanson: Sculptures & Photographs 1978 to 1995 and Florida Masters I Exhibitions 

December 6, 2012 - April 7, 2013 Duane Hanson Opening ReceptionFrom the Outside In: Purvis Young (Gallery Talk with Wendy Blazier)

July 27 - November 25, 2012 Bearing Witness: A Tribute to Purvis Young October 6,

October 6, 2012 Survival Series: Barbara Neijna July 27 - November 25,

July 27 - November 25, 2012 Related Alternatives: Kyle & Jim Jipson July 27 - November 25,

July 27 - November 25, 2012 Harold Garde: Painting 50 years. February 22, 2012 - January 31, 2014

February 22, 2012 - January 31, 2014 Harold Garde interview with Bill Schafer & Marc Middletown, Growing Bolder (audio)Harold Garde: 89-Year-Old Stops Traffic, Growing BolderIconoclass - First Showing in 35 Years, Orlando Sentinel 

Sequined Sentinels: Haitian Flags from the Collection of Candice Russell Press Release Camp Create Youth Exhibition (Inspired by Sequined Sentinels) 





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