Munroe Family Community Gallery

The Munroe Family Community Gallery is an exhibition space on the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's 2nd floor dedicated to exhibiting art by local artists in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 3 month exhibition slots. The space is designed to be a learning opportunity for artists, with the opportunity to work directly with Gadsden Arts staff to learn about preparing artwork for exhibition, installing, lighting, and labeling. 

Current Exhibition

Dean Gioia: Haunted

January 15 - March 20, 2021
This exhibition will feature some of Dean Gioia’s most recent work. The Tallahassee based artist has devoted 5 decades to interpreting the southern landscape and turning it into fine art. His focus on light and how it plays over the nooks and crannies of everyday life results in sumptuous paintings filled with an ethereal presence. The work finds its way into the human psyche, awakening memory, preserving moments and places seemingly frozen in time. Dean Gioia has exhibited widely in the Southeast, is a Florida Fellowship recipient and his work is in hundreds of public and private collections including the Florida Museum of Natural History, IBM, Barnett Bank, Florida State University, and the City of Tallahassee.

Additional Programming:

Artist Meet & Greet
Saturday, February 27, 12-2pm

Meet & Greet with Dean Gioia - View Dean Gioia: Haunted in the Munroe Family Community Gallery with the artist present and have the opportunity to talk with the artist about his work and inspirations while viewing his exhibition! No reservations necessary.


Art Talk Live on Zoom

Friday, February 5, 1pm: Live on Zoom
Art Talk Live with Dean Gioia - A facilitated Q & A with exhibiting artist Dean Gioia. Learn about his process and inspiration and have the opportunity to ask your own questions from the comfort of your own home! Click here to view a recording of this talk.

Upcoming Exhibitions

J. William Hill:
The Magic of Entertainment

March 27 - May 29, 2021

This exhibition of painting Atlanta based artist J.William Hill is meant to evoke strong emotions from the viewer. His representational style tends to deal in allegories and identity through depictions of amusements and distractions such as parades and circuses. Hill's paintings leave a lot up to interpretation while presenting the entertainment theme. Hill began painting in the early 1990s as an escape from the horrors of an epidemic he found himself ensnared in. It became a means to hide from the world around him and drew him inward toward a select few friends. The result created a very introverted and often dark persona. He has won awards in local and Southeastern galleries, most recently taking 1st place in a Gadsden Arts tried exhibition for a painting of his mother that drew remarks as “creepy” and “so Southern Gothic”. 

Dawn McMillan Paintings

September 11 - December 11, 2021

In this series of new work Dawn McMillan moves away from past figurative and narrative work to explore landscapes centered on fleeting moments of light and circumstance. Whether it’s the sunset after a storm that bathes everything in a golden glow, or the stillness of deep, dark reflections on a pond at twilight, all scenes are meant to evoke a feeling of peace, serenity and awe. This series of paintings and drawings began at the start of the pandemic and continued throughout a year of isolation and a time of focus on nature and the briefness of a perfectly lit scene. Shadows cast on a clapboard house; bare tree silhouettes against a pale, pastel winter sky; brilliant reds and oranges of a crisp autumn day; the light at the end of a rhododendron tunnel; all are translations of exploration of nature by the artist and meant to be evocative, timeless and everlasting.

Creativity in an Uncreative Place

Fall 2021

The drive to create can be undeniable, even in a place as bleak, depressing, and dangerous as a prison. Creativity in an Uncreative Place showcases artwork made by inmates in Florida prisons, drawing from the collection of David Gussak, Ph.D., ATF-BC, Professor for Florida State University Graduate Art Therapy program. The bulk of the collection is comprised of the unique paintings by “Candy Man,” an inmate who paints with brushes made from locks of his own hair, and creates his own pigments from the colored dye of M&M candies. Other artists in the exhibition used shoe polish, trash bags, cardboard, and other found objects to make their contraband works of art. Gussak’s stresses that “as long as there has been incarceration, there has been art. Prisons are filled with creative energy needing an outlet.”

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.