Visit Gadsden Arts to celebrate the expressive power of Southern Vernacular Art. This work speaks to everyone who sees it about the human condition that binds all of us. Vernacular Art is some of the most uniquely American and emotionally charged art created in our country during the Twentieth Century, made by artists isolated by economic and educational challenges, oppression, race, and geography. These artists were so compelled to express their life experiences in visual form that they worked with whatever they had at hand, castoff objects and materials that others considered trash but for the artists had symbolism and great expressive potential.
In 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art accessioned into its department of Contemporary Art a Vernacular Art collection from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Thomas P. Campbell, Met Director, said of the work, “It embodies the profoundly deep and textured expression of the African-American experience during a complex time in this country’s history.”
Bradley Sumrall, Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, was our distinguished speaker at the opening reception. He discussed the artists and their work, with emphasis on the Florida artists in this group: O.L. Samuels, Purvis Young, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams, Alyne Harris, and Eddy Mumma.
Catalogs will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $10. Learn more about the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Vernacular Art Collection here.
Su and Steve Ecenia • Calynne and Lou Hill
Anne Jolley Thomas and Lyle McAlister • Stacy Rehberg Photography
Hot Tamale • Pettit Family Fund
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.
On display is the first of the four 2017 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Nancy Adams, Sandy DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Rosemary S. Ferguson, Howard Ferstler, Neil Fletcher, Brenda R. Francis, Terry Hawkins, William McKeown, Pam McLean, Kent Putnam, Roger Raepple, Sheila Robertson, Chuck Standard, and C.A. Wilson. The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Artists Guild was formed to provide an opportunity for local and regional artists to exhibit their artwork year-round, participate in educational seminars and critiques, and volunteer their time helping with Gadsden Arts fundraising events and educational programming. The 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.
Sketches on display by members of the Tallahassee Sketchcrawl. They are part of a larger organization, SketchCrawl, that has people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then share the results in an online forum.
A look beyond the typical seascape, Contemporary Art from the Coast is an exhibition featuring work by silk painter Joyce Estes, watercolorist Joe Kotzman, sculptural ceramics by Leslie Wentzell, and organic clay vessels by Jaime Llewellyn. All four of these artists are living and working along the Forgotten Coast, the stretch of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico between St. Marks and Port St. Joe. Each of these artists incorporates their surroundings in an unexpected way, nodding to the beauty of the area.
Mary Jane Lord has been weaving in one form or another for over thirty years and says that tapestry allows her the freedom to play with color, texture and imagery. Her current work is about color interaction, both in abstract compositions and in nature studies. Ranging in subject matters, Lord’s work is a unique take on an non-traditional art form.
Art from local East Gadsden High School students will be on display.
Sketches will be on display by members of the Tallahassee Sketchcrawl Group. They are part of a larger organization, SketchCrawl, that has people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling.
Doell West will create an entire living environment filled with her eclectic and colorful art pieces that feature hand painted second-hand furniture offering a feast for the eyes. West’s designs are inspired by the colorful designs painted on “old world” donkey carts, and she prefers to work on reclaimed and neglected pieces. The artist state that “to take a beat up piece of furniture and turn it into a useful piece of functional art is quite satisfying”.
Florida’s First Highwaymen is an exhibition featuring the artists who first began the group later identified as “Highwaymen”. The story of how an established, popular, white landscape painter A.E. "Bean" Backus taught three young black men, Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, and James Gibson, to paint in Fort Pierce, Florida, in the late 1950's and early 1960’s, and the impact socially and culturally. Those artists met and taught others to paint in the core group, some of whom also studied with Backus, including Mary Ann Carroll, Sam Newton and George Buckner. At that time, black artists were not permitted to exhibit and sell work in galleries, nor were they represented in any museum - even the art of landscape painting itself was seen as a "white" venture at the time. Yet these young painters learned to paint landscapes and earned a living selling paintings along roadsides, in private homes, and parking lots. Gadsden Arts is borrowing work from the Backus Museum, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and local private collections. Programming will include guided tours, painting workshops, and a lecture from the Director of the Backus Museum about the importance of Bean Backus to these young painters.
Vanishing Florida: A Visual Story of Florida’s Lost Wilderness and History showcases Kevin Boldenow’s passion for photography and Florida. The award winning photographer is inspired by the density and drama of the Florida landscape and uses primarily black and white film “to capture the myriad textures and details found on the overwhelmingly verdant landscape”.
Best in Show
Sponsored by Doug Croley Insurance Services, Inc.
Kathleen Wilcox, Swamp Gems: 12 Birds, 2014, enamel
Sara May Love Gallery, Zoe Golloway Gallery, Munroe Family Community Gallery
The Art in Gadsden exhibition was the foundation for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. 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. Twenty-eight years later, the 2016 Art in Gadsden exhibition features 93 works by 75 artists who were accepted from a record number of applications. Works range from realism to abstraction, created by artists living within 200 miles or former Gadsden County residents, working in varied mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, wood, glass, clay, photography, collage, and encaustic.
The award winners were selected by juror, Carrie Ann Baade, allegorical artist and FSU painting professor.
Kenneth Falana's untitled 2016 collage has been selected for the 2016 Art in Gadsden poster. Posters are for sale in the Gadsden Arts Gift Shop.
Mark and Patsy Bates, Richard S. Corry, Nesta and Tom Cumbie, John Shaw and Janice Curry, Mark and Martha Fletcher, Scott and Judy Gregory, Laura and David Harris, John and Emily Higdon, Alex and Jane Hinson, Bradley and Melanie Joyner, Charlotte Kelley, Stewart and Becky Parsons, Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers, Bob and Meredith Smith, Adelaide Suber, Otey and Susan Walker, James and Medora Wester, Pat & Mary Jane Woodward
Artists accepted into the 28th Art in Gadsden: Ramona Abernathy-Paine, Susan Allen, Penny G. Anderson, Mary Apple, Beth Appleton, William Barton, Matthew Brady, Debra Brienen, Randy Brienen, Marina Brown, Mayea Buchanan, Jennifer Clinard, Terrie Corbett, Virginia Coultas, Barbara Craig, Evelyn Davis, Sandy DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Anne G. Draper, Michelle Eccles, Kenneth Falana Sr., Kathy Ferrell, Fred Fisher, Brenda Francis, Debbie Gaedtke, Phil Gleason, Terry Hawkins, Anne Hempel, Sharon Hester, J. William Hill, Alexander Hinson, Marty Holland, Pamela Houmere, John R.L. Isaacs XV, Stuart Johnson, Todd Jones, Duke Kraai, Nan Liu, Mary Jane Lord, Jennifer Lowery, Brenda Bethay Martin, Nancy Maudlin, D. Arthur McBride, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Richard McDowell, Roxane McGinniss, William McKeown, Dawn McMillan, Linda Menke, Yoshiko Murdick, Rachel Murray, Lesley Nolan, Mary Owen, Linda Pelc, Gale Poteat, Betsy Purdum, Kent Putnam, Lugenia Dixon Reynoso, Eluster Richardson, Susan Richardson, Jane Segrest, Karol Dover Selvaggio, Robert DeWitt Smith, Byron Spires, Karen Stewart, Mikiko Tanaka, Don Taylor, James Thigpen, Anne A. Thrash, Cassie Tucker, Walt Wager, Tim White, Kathleen Wilcox, Lynn Wilson, and Harris Wiltsher.
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 & Museum Artists Guild is a service group of Gadsden Arts, Inc. that exists to serve the art community and artists of the region, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum membership, and Gadsden County Schools through exhibitions and educational presentations.
This level membership is open to all emerging to established artists in the region.
Artists Guild membership dues are $125 per year.
Work (1-2 pieces) shown in 2 Artists Guild exhibitions throughout the year
Exhibit work in a solo exhibition at the Gadsden County Commissioners’ Office (9 East Jefferson St.)
Gadsden Arts receives a 30% commission on works sold (instead of 40%) in Artists Guild installations (does not apply to Museum Shop items or Out of Pocket exhibitions)
A Family Membership to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum (Artists with memberships that have been renewed within the last 6 months pay the difference)
Publicity opportunities through Gadsden Arts monthly Enews and website
Access to the Gadsden Arts Artists Guild online Portal
Guild members agree to lend their expertise as artists to Gadsden Arts 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 Gadsden Arts.
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 2 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 & Museum. 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 information for the 29th Art in Gadsden in 2017 will be made available in June 2017. 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 information for the 2017 Out of Pocket exhibition will be made available in July.
5) Apply to exhibit in the 1st floor gallery spaces: The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum invites artists and/or groups to apply to exhibit in its 1st floor exhibition spaces. All artists or institutions wishing to exhibit must submit the 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 Gadsden Arts 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 & Museum within 3 years preceding their exhibition at the Museum. Exhibitions are generally open for 11 weeks but that time may vary. Please note, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum does not participate in the sale of artwork from exhibitions on display in its exhibition galleries. For solo exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will share prospective buyer information to the exhibiting artist. For group exhibitions, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum 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 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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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 on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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