Buying art is the same thing as falling in love, said the New York contemporary art gallery owner Nohra Haime, and most collectors would agree. You always remember where you were, why you were drawn to the piece, and the emotions evoked. The stories of how and why art is collected are often as fascinating as the work itself. The Gadsden Arts Center is sharing some of these stories, and the artwork they involve, through an exhibition of 80 works of art borrowed from over 30 private collections. The exhibition is community driven; the collectors chose the pieces that best illustrate their passion for collecting.
The Collector's Choice exhibition catalog contains all of the many stories associated with the works borrowed for this show, and a digital copy is available for free download here or for purchase in the Gadsden Arts Gift Shop for $20.
Lynn Badger, Mark and Patsy Bates, Robin Coleman, Sam and Nell Cunningham, Moritz and Penny Dehler, Steve and Su Ecenia, Mary Howard Edwards, Stan and Carole Fiore, Eleanor Fleming, Sandra Fletcher, Beverly Bonner Frick, Fred and Lucy Harris, John and Emily Higdon, Alex and Jane Hinson, Donald R. Kerr and Jessie Lovano-Kerr, Hal and Julie Lewis, Mark and Kathleen Lindquist, Altha F. Manning, Terence and Antoinette McCoy, William and Sara Ruth McKeown, Leo and Dawn McMillan, Joseph F. Munroe, Eluster and Lessie Richardson, Roger Shields and Jane Berry, Leah Pierson Stoetzel, Marjorie Turnbull, Bob and Elaine Woodward, Mayo M. Woodward, Pat and Mary Jane Woodward, and two Private Collections.
Dan Hooker Construction
Sketches on display by members of the Tallahassee Sketchcrawlers. They are part of a larger organization, SketchCrawl, that has people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching a journaling and then share the results in an online forum.
On display at the Gadsden County Commissioners' Office is Messages of Love & Healing: mixed media paintings by Gadsden Arts Artists Guild member, Nancy Adams. See the exhibition at 9 East Jefferson St. The Artists Guild has almost 60 members who live throughout the region and work in a variety of mediums including glass, mixed media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and pen & ink. Learn more about the Artists Guild here.
Dowel Bowl, a Mark Lindquist masterpiece, grew out of a challenge presented to Lindquist by Curator Ethan Lasser of the Chipstone Foundation: lay aside your customary set of tools, as a craftsman, and create a work of art using one tool alone. Lindquist initially refused Lasser’s invitation to be one of only 16 artists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada to participate in this project, concerned that he customarily uses a number of tools to complete his work. Ultimately, inspiration struck, and with Lindquist’s creative genius and wry sense of humor, and weeks of meticulous work, Dowel Bowl was born. The tool of choice: a glue applicator. Dowel Bowl has returned to Quincy after touring the United States as a part of The Tool at Hand exhibition, and will join Lindquist’s Ichiboku Group: Mongaku, Natabori, and Yama Uba, on view in the lobby of the Gadsden Arts Center. Learn more at http://www.lindquiststudios.com/Mark_Lindquist_Dowel_Bowl.htm.
The Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center. The founders of the Art in Gadsden exhibition, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh, wanted to bring fine art to Gadsden County, foster the careers of local artists and draw the community together through this special event. Beginning in 1989, Art in Gadsden was displayed in empty downtown storefronts in Quincy, all put together and organized by a dedicated and all volunteer community. The Gadsden Arts Center’s annual juried signature exhibition of fine art, represents artists living within 200 miles of Quincy, Florida, and includes watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings, drawings with pen and ink, to sculptures created from wood, glass and bronze, and photographs and digital illustrations. This is the 28th year of the Gadsden Arts Center’s only annual tradition, and the award winners will be selected by juror, Carrie Ann Baade artist and FSU professor.
The application deadline for the 28th Art in Gadsden exhibition has passed. Notifications of acceptance and non-acceptance will be mailed out by September 5th, 2016. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry at (850) 627-5021. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Best in Show: Doug Croley Insurance Services, Inc.
First Place: Capital City Bank
Third Place: Allison House Inn
For the first time ever, the Gadsden Arts Center will exhibit its whole 38-piece Vernacular Art collection in the Sara May Love and Zoe Golloway Galleries. To round out the exhibition, works will be borrowed from a private collection and five Gees Bend Quilts from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. This exhibition is scheduled to precede an exhibition of 80 works owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), 57 of which were acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in 2015. The Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, says of their collection, “It embodies the profoundly deep and textured expression of the African American experience” during a complex historical period in this nation’s history. A major shift in the historic classification and art marketplace valuation of this work came with the Met acquisition, classifying the work as contemporary art. Met Curator Amelia Peck will deliver the lecture about this work at the GAC exhibition opening. The artists included in this exhibition are exemplars of Vernacular Art – their idiosyncratic work is created using found materials, with a style purely their own, and often incorporates symbolism from the artists’ immediate regional American cultures and more distant African cultural roots. Learn more about the collection here.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The 28th Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art, the Gadsden Arts Center’s annual juried signature exhibition of fine art, represents artists living within 200 miles of Quincy, Florida. This exhibition of fine art showcases local and regional artists, and the artwork included will range from watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings, drawings with pen and ink and colored pencil, to sculptures created from wood, glass, and clay, and photographs and digital illustrations. This is the 28th year of the Gadsden Arts Center’s only annual tradition, and the award winners will be selected by juror, Carrie Ann Baade, artist and FSU professor.
The deadline for application submissions for the 28th Art in Gadsden is now closed. Notifications of acceptance and non-acceptance will be mailed out by September 5th, 2016. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry at (850) 627-5021.
This program was founded with the Art in Gadsden Exhibition, now in its 28th year! Your contribution underwrites the cost of artists’ awards. Awards support deserving artists and encourage quality artist applications to enter the exhibition. Patron Sponsors are invited to join Director’s Circle members at the special Art in Gadsden exhibition preview in October.
Carrie Ann Baade is known for her allegorical oil paintings. These painted parables combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque imagery, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. As a contemporary painter, she returns to the relevant moments in art history in order to reclaim them, not merely as a quotation of a theme or an image, but also as the materiality of methods and techniques that ultimately create them.
Carrie was awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005, and was nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions: the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Gadsden Arts Center Artists Guild (GAC Guild) is a service group of Gadsden Arts, Inc. that exists to serve the art community and artists of the region, Gadsden Arts Center membership, and Gadsden County Schools through exhibitions and educational presentations.
This guild membership is open to all emerging to established artists in the region.
GAC Artists Guild membership dues are $125 per year.
Work (1-2 pieces) shown in 3 GAC Artists Guild exhibitions throughout the year
Exhibit work in a solo exhibition at the Gadsden County Commissioners’ Office (9 East Jefferson St.)
GAC receives a 30% commission on works sold (instead of 40%) in GAC Artists Guild installations (does not apply to Art In Gadsden or other major exhibitions)
A Family Membership to the Gadsden Arts Center (Artists with GAC memberships that have been renewed within the last 6 months pay the difference)
Publicity opportunities through GAC monthly Enews and website
Guild members agree to lend their expertise as artists to the Center once each year, either by offering an educational presentation for the public/schools/families, by assisting with exhibition preparation, or by assisting with an exhibition opening reception.
Membership dues and contact information must be current (this is the artist-member’s responsibility).
Artists must furnish works for exhibition upon request, or may lose their spot in the artist exhibition rotation.
All work must be provided ready to install/hang, properly mounted or framed, with wire for hanging (no clips or sawtoothed hangers).
All work for exhibition is accompanied by a Loan Agreement and W-9 form.
Each artist is responsible to bring/ship artwork to and from GAC.
Contact Curator Angie Barry by email or (850) 627-5021.
Thank you so much for your interest in exhibiting your artwork at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. We have several ways for artists to exhibit with us:
1) Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Artists Guild: This $125/year membership includes: a Family membership to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, an opportunity to exhibit artwork in 3 Guild exhibitions in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's Bates Community Room Gallery, an opportunity to exhibit in a satellite space, a reduced commissioned fee (70/30 instead of 60/40), and a chance to participate in any educational critiques or presentations we offer.
Click here to learn more.
2) Gadsden Arts Museum Shop: The shop is dedicated to displaying original work and reproductions by local artists and artisans with the hope that the visitor will find items which reflect the culture and heritage of the area to take away with them. Art books, exhibition catalogues, jewelry and items for children are also for sale. Artists must be a member of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum at some level and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum takes a 40% commission on sales. Contact our Gift Shop Manager Becky Reep on Saturdays: 850.627.5023.
3) Annual Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art: Artists living within 200 miles of Quincy, Florida, or a former Gadsden County resident, are invited to apply to participate in the annual Art in Gadsden: a regional exhibition of fine art at the Gadsden Arts Center. Opening every fall, this exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, showcasing art from almost 100 selected artists. New and returning, established and emerging artists are welcome to apply. The deadline for accepting applications for the 28th Art in Gadsden has passed. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
4) Out of Pocket: a Small Art Exhibition: Every October-December we offer an opportunity to any artists in the area to participate in the Out of Pocket exhibition. The concept for the exhibition is to showcase artists’ works created on a smaller scale or with less expensive materials so that they may be affordably priced, less than $250, and thus accessible to a broader audience. THE 2016 OUT OF POCKET REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
5) Apply to exhibit in the 1st floor gallery spaces: The Gadsden Arts Center invites artists and/or groups to apply to exhibit in its four exhibition spaces. All artists or institutions wishing to exhibit must submit the GAC Exhibition Proposal Form which requires at least 10-20 quality images as examples of the work to be included in an exhibition, a biographical sketch, and a resume including a list of past exhibits, awards, collections, and bibliography. Artists are encouraged to exhibit a new body of work (exception: retrospectives). Proposals may be submitted at any time either by mail, email or in person, but ALL parts of the proposal must be included.
The complete proposals are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee every 3-6 months. Artists are asked to not inquire about the status of an application. Notifications will be sent to artists/groups as soon as decisions are made. Exhibitions are scheduled 18-36 months in advance. For all major exhibitions (group exhibitions and Art in Gadsden excluded), the Committee will not accept applications from artists who have exhibited at GAC within 5 years, unless it is a new body of work. For all major exhibitions (group exhibitions and Art in Gadsden excluded), artists agree to not have a large/solo exhibition of the same work anywhere within 200 miles of the Gadsden Arts Center within 3 years preceding their exhibition at the Center. Exhibitions are generally open for 11 weeks but that time may vary. Please note, the Gadsden Arts Center does not participate in the sale of artwork from exhibitions on display in its exhibition galleries. For solo exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center will share prospective buyer information to the exhibiting artist. For group exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center will share the artist’s contact information listed on the Loan Agreement with the prospective buyer. Exhibiting artists are responsible for shipping/delivery and pick up of artwork or must arrange for, and cover, shipping costs. Click here to download the GAC Exhibition Proposal Form in Word, and here as a PDF.
6) Munroe Family Community Gallery: A new gallery space opening in the Fall of 2016 that will feature local artists in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 1-2 month exhibition slots. The space is designed to be a learning opportunity for artists, with the opportunity to work directly with Gadsden Arts Center staff to learn about preparing artwork for exhibition, installing, lighting, and labeling. Download more information about the Munroe Family Community Gallery and the Exhibition Application here.
Curator Angie Barry by email or 850.627.5021.
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