Liu Nan has created a series of life-sized oil paintings and Chinese ink and watercolor paintings that reflect on his experiences working on the Florida A & M University campus in Tallahassee, Florida as a professor of painting. Nan draws inspiration for his works from his subjects’ assertion of self and individuality, which are visually expressed through bold clothing and varied accessories. He focuses on portraying his observations of students’ connectivity within their campus lives; whether it is through their clothing, style, accessories, or composure. He chooses to place them individually within each scene, not interacting with others around them, hinting at the loneliness associated with finding yourself alone, surrounded by people.
With extensive study under notable instructors and years of dedications to his craft, John Isaacs focuses his skills on rendering images of wildlife. In keeping true to his belief that art is a vehicle for self-expression, Isaacs aims to capture wildlife in his surrounding world and portray each scene in his own unique and creative way.
On display is the second of four 2018 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild members. View work by Fran Buie, Virginia Coultas, Suzanne Doddridge, Kathy Ferrell, Barbara Lay, Janice “Ecinja” McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Marc F. Paul, Karol Dover Selvaggio, Susanne Taranto, James Thigpen, Mary Liz Tippin Moody, John Wesley, Tim White, and Paul D. Wingler. 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 over 50 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.
Using a combination of digital illustration and painting tools, Skip Brea, an MFA student at Florida State University, examines the entanglements that make up our visual culture, language, and history. Through his research of historical European paintings, Brea creates scenarios and portraits of figures of color who are experiencing an unfortunate event or positioned as the undermined figure in the paintings. The figures are symbols of a culture set up in a separate narrative; they provide a foil to Brea’s retelling of their fiction.
Nine significant works on paper by the most famous American Southern Vernacular artist, Thornton Dial, Sr., are on display in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Bates Permanent Collection Gallery. While Dial’s large-scale assemblages and sculptures have gained much attention, his drawings and paintings on paper have a particularly unifying style and concentration of subject matter. Most of these works feature women, often with an animal, like a tiger, fish, or bird, and speak to the relationships between men and women. His drawings are lyrical with female forms floating in space, twisting around tigers, executed in bold out-of-the-tube watercolors, or in soft charcoal and pencil lines. In his 2011 book exclusively about Dial’s works on paper, Bernard L. Herman writes that the first quality a viewer perceives when encountering Dial’s drawings, “is movement at once balletic and ballistic, where dance and power coalesce.” Learn more about Thornton Dial's work here.
Nearly 20 years ago Jim Miller first experienced the power of high quality super-telephoto lenses and technically sophisticated cameras. The ability to capture images of exquisite wading birds in their habitats, exhibiting spectacular poses and actions, captivated him. Miller thinks of bird photography as satisfying a need to communicate emotion to his viewers. Big birds, and their unique appearance and behaviors, especially when they are depicted close up, intrigue the artist as well as the view.
Now in it’s 30th year, 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. This exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, showcasing art from over 50 selected artists.
The application deadline for the 30th Art in Gadsden has now passed. To be added to the email list for next year, please contact Curator Angie Barry. Click here to learn more about the exhibition. For questions, contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
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In the fall of 2018, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will host two major solo 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. In stark contrast to many contemporary artists who have distanced themselves from traditional, representational painting, Messersmith and Baade create richly detailed oil paintings that incorporate traditional techniques, iconography, and symbolism rooted in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque painting. Mark Messersmith’s moody, chaotic landscapes feature crimes against the environment and indigenous cultures and evils specific to Florida and its unique ecosystems. Carrie Ann Baade creates imaginative, surrealist meta-narratives detailing her view of the apocalyptic climate the world has adopted due to religious, sexist, and racist dynamics.
Mark Messersmith’s oil paintings contain a frenetic energy of flora and fauna mixed with logging trucks, oil refineries, and apocalyptic cityscapes. The artist came to Florida over 30 years ago and was struck by the constant tension of the state’s natural world butting heads with residential and commercial development. Messersmith came from the Midwest, where he says nature had all been paved over, leaving only a few squirrels and blue jays. Florida is a varied, beautiful, wild environment that has really only been inhabited by large numbers of people for 100-150 years. But in that time, the state has been striped almost bare of its natural resources, yet, as Messersmith tries to capture, the animals and plants of the area find a way to survive. The artist captures this never-ending conflict between man and nature using rich colors, dramatic light sources, and dizzying perspectives. Messersmith says he is capturing what is happening “just” beyond the suburbs and Walmart stores, the scenes of what is left of the natural world, with hints of encroaching developments.
His maximalist works are topped by pediments of carved wooden animals, harkening back to altarpieces and illuminated manuscripts of the High Renaissance. Situated along the bottom of each work is a predella, a row of individual boxes filled with figurines and objects that not only continue the narrative of that painting, but also tells a tale that begins with optimism and often ends in apocalypse. Much like the developers in Florida, Messersmith will sometimes encroach on the viewer’s physical space, attaching sculptures to the frame’s edges, and hanging carved wooden flowers, sticks, insects, and even life size dogs in front of the paintings. These attachments echo imagery in the painting, creating confusion as to what is real and what is an illusion. Each assemblage is a riot of color and imagery that pulls a viewer in to explore and decipher its many components. Messersmith’s work has a common theme of balance – what the artist defines as being midway between hope and despair as he explores the price for a misguided vision of a once-seeming inexhaustible natural world.
In his 30 years of living in Florida and teaching at Florida State University, Messersmith has shown extensively in the southeast and has had his paintings exhibited in Canada, Italy, and France. Recent selected solo museum exhibitions include: Huntsville Museum of Art; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Frost Art Museum; Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Appleton Museum of Art; and Polk Museum of Art. Awards include: the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowships; and two National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Fellowship Awards for Emerging Visual Artists; Ford Foundation Artist Fellowships; and a purchase award from the Le Grande Prix, XXXIII Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.
Carrie Ann Baade’s exhibition Mimesis relies on the artist’s ability to realistically describe the world, imitate it, and then subvert and distort it to show the viewer her vision. Baade’s collection of paintings are executed using old master techniques as a way to make the viewer feel comfortable, at home with the traditional oil paintings known in museums and books. However, the artist’s subject matter is a surrealistic cacophony of images, pulled from Baade’s archive of images gathered for the past decade of people, angels, fire, and animals configured to comment on current social, political or economic issues.
Baade’s work is full of rich stories commenting on issues that can have multiple interpretations touching on our deepest fears, desires, and introspections. Mimesis will bring together paintings the artist has created commenting on social issues such as patriarchy, income disparities, racism, and morality. This exhibition has given Baade the freedom to experiment in working on a larger scale, and an opportunity to share a number of her works in a gallery space near her work and home.
Carrie Ann Baade 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, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Galeria Stara in Lublin, Poland.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is pleased to host Norman Rockwell in the 1960s, an exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts focusing on illustrations he created for magazines during that turbulent decade. In 1963, the artist ended his almost 5 decade-long association with The Saturday Evening Post and began to search for new artistic challenges. Rockwell left behind his beloved story-telling scenes popular in the Post and threw himself into the visual documentation of social issues like school integration, the moon landing, and the murder of civil rights workers. The original tear sheets and prints from The Saturday Evening Post and Look magazines showcase some of his most popular images including The Connoisseur, featuring a man standing in front of a Jackson Pollock-like painting, and The Problem We All Live With, depicting a young African-American girl being escorted by two U.S. Marshals on her first day to integrate public schools. The exhibition traces Rockwell’s artistic transformation from a painter of people and life’s small but extraordinary moments, to a powerful visual commentator who united America around core national values such as democracy, freedom, and justice.
The deadline for applying to the 30th Art in Gadsden has now passed. If you would like to be added to the artist email list, please contact Curator Angie Barry. For artists who have applied, please note acceptance or non acceptance letters will be mailed out June 15, 2018.
Questions? Contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is pleased to introduce our juror for 30th Art in Gadsden Exhibition, Darlene Crosby! Darlene practiced architecture and lighting design in Europe, California and New York with Howard Branston (who is known for creating the Statue of Liberty lighting). She also practiced architecture with Zaha Hadid, and worked with Annie Chu of Frank Gehry to design the Women in Architecture competition in Santa Monica, California.
Darlene is currently the Exhibitions and Public Art Director at Thomasville Center for the Arts. She earned a Masters in Architecture from the University of Florida. Darlene's experiences in the arts in Europe and the United States offers a broad perspective for her selection of award winners in this year's Art in Gadsden exhibition.
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 $150 per year.
Work (1-2 pieces) shown in 2 Artists Guild exhibitions throughout the year
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
Guild members may 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 $150/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 on art sales, and a chance to participate in any educational critiques or presentations we offer.
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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 Museum 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 former Gadsden County residents, are invited to apply to participate in the annual Art in Gadsden: a regional exhibition of fine art at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. This exhibition draws visitors and patrons from across the region each year, showcasing art from over 50 selected artists. New and returning, established and emerging artists are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Art in Gadsden has now passed. To be added to the artists' list for future exhibitions, contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.
4) 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. Proposals may be submitted at any time either by mail, email or in person, but ALL parts of the proposal must be included.
Complete proposals are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee every 3 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 24-36 months in advance. The Exhibition Committee will not accept applications from artists who have exhibited at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum 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 Gadsden Arts. Exhibitions are generally open for 11 weeks but that time may vary. Please note, no shipping, transportation, housing, materials allowance, or honorariums are provided to the artist/ender unless otherwise specified on the exhibition acceptance letter. 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.
5) Munroe Family Community Gallery: This gallery features regional artists in our community working 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 & Museum 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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