Artwork by Toni Ardizzone

In the Zoe Golloway Gallery, a select group of students who study with Carrie Ann Baade and Mark Messersmith at Florida State University will also explore the theme of art as social commentary. Working though a variety of mediums, these students use their art as a platform for social change. Artwork by Toni Ardizzone, Elton Burgest, Kelly Hanning, Brian Holcombe, Caroline Manuel, and Michelle Wilcox will be on display.


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Art as Social Commentary

Art as Action: A Panel Discussion

A panel discussion considering the impact of art in facilitating thought, discussion, and action regarding social issues, and the specific impact of Mark Messersmith’s art to create awareness of challenges facing Florida’s environment and native cultures. Panel was moderated by Gadsden Arts Curator Angie Barry and include exhibiting artist Mark Messersmith, Viki Wylder of the Museum of Fine Arts FSU, and Janet Bowman from The Nature Conservancy. Included with the price of admission and open to the public, Sara May Love Gallery, 1st floor.
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Artists Talks

Saturday October 20, 10:30am & 11:30am

In depth Gallery Talk with Mark Messersmith (10:30am): Included with the price of admission and open to the public, Bates Community Room, 2nd floor.
In depth Gallery Talk with Carrie Ann Baade (11:30am): Included with the price of admission and open to the public, Bates Community Room, 2nd floor.

Arts Career Night

Thursday November 8, 4-8pm

College students and emerging art and museum professionals are invited to Arts Career Night at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum from 4-8pm. From 4-7pm, sign up to have your portfolio, CV, and/or resume reviewed by a local arts professional, and then join us for a panel discussion at 7pm focusing on careers in the arts and museums. The galleries and ArtZone will be open throughout the night to view the Art as Social Commentary exhibitions and create your own artwork.


View the Exhibition Catalog

With essays by Angie L. Barry, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections. 

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Current Exhibition

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is hosting a trio of exhibitions centered on art as a catalyst for conversations about social change. In response to the social ills of the world, artists Mark Messersmith and Carrie Ann Baade have created bodies of work that challenge humanity’s impact, and relationship with, the environmental, sociological, economic, and social climate. When No One is Watching features Mark Messersmith’s moody, chaotic landscapes feature crimes against the environment and indigenous cultures and evils specific to Florida and its unique ecosystems. A Foreshadowing of Events features Carrie Ann Baade's imaginative, surrealist meta-narratives detailing her view of the apocalyptic climate the world has adopted due to religious and sexist dynamics. MFA and BFA Students of Messersmith and Baade attending Florida State University are also exhibiting their own interpretations of art as social commentary. 

Art as Social Commentary

Florida State University Students

September 28–December 15, 2018
Zoe Golloway Gallery

Clyde Butcher Finds Beauty in America

January 15 - April 3, 2021

Clyde Butcher is an acclaimed photographer who has made it his mission to photograph and document wild and natural places across America for the last 50 years. He grew up in California and later relocated to Florida, finding peach and his life's mission within the Everglades. In this photographic exhibit, America the Beautiful, whose content stretches from the Redwood forests of California to the Everglades swamps of Florida, Butcher has captured the essence of our natural spaces and treasured landscapes. His images document the changing environment, capturing what is there today and encouraging us to enjoy the beauty of wilderness. He raises awareness of our remote places and the species who live there, allowing us a serene adventure through his lens. Clyde's images in this exhibition present the diverse places of wilderness and respite found throughout all of America and allow us to appreciate the beauty across our land. 

America the Beautiful opens to the public on January 15, 2021, and will be on display in all three first floor galleries of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum.