The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum has a gallery space on its 2nd floor dedicated to exhibiting art by local artists in all media and levels. Artists and artist groups can sign up for 2 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. Download the application here for more information.
Questions? Contact Curator Angie Barry at (850) 627-5021.
This exhibition of Lisa Qualls' work is comprised of two portrait groupings and an installation. One portrait grouping is from Qualls’ ongoing “Southern Portrait Project”. Qualls travels across the South from North Carolina to Texas meeting people, photographing them and recording their stories. This exhibition will include a select grouping of portraits executed in graphite on claybord. These are monochromatic, almost photo-realistic drawings, with minimal backgrounds.
The second portrait grouping is a suite inspired by quilters and seamstresses from the Quincy area and from Qualls' family. These are colorful and patterned portraits on panels. Family traditions of pattern design, textile making, dyeing and construction are celebrated by these works.
The installation piece is titled "Duty to Memory". It is inspired by a photo album from the late 1940's from a Quincy area family. The installation is about American rural life; a lifestyle that continues through generations surviving hardships, natural disasters, market cycles and continues to flourish and be sustained despite the many obstacles.
Rick Seguso is a poet, actor, musician, and painter from New York, who has resided primarily in Palm Beach County, Florida, for the last 30 years. He is inspired by the Old Masters and the Post-Impressionists and creates work to emotionally move the viewer and himself. Seguso prides himself in underpainting and glazing his work. This exhibition features his quiet, evocative landscapes featuring majestic trees and awe-inspiring nature scenes.
Opening the 2nd half of this exhibition in the Munroe Family Community Gallery on November 2nd, this exhibition will present the visual conversations between the artists belonging to the Ten Artists, Ltd. group, begun in 1985. The works by Rene Lynch, Susan Allen, Mary Apple, Jennifer Clinard, Wendy Devarieux, Rosemary Ferguson, Nina Freeman, Judy Nable, Bev Sipos and Pam Talley in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and mixed media, will explore the individual's response to place, memory and life experience.
Tallahassee based artist Linda Hall will create a site-specific installation in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. Hall is a mixed media artist, working with papier-mâché, clothing scraps, beads and sometimes, animal teeth to create her sculptures. She gifts the forgotten materials a second life in which they house the spirit of her work. With her installations, she seeks to explore the mystery between animal and human. Hall wants to remind us all of our relationship to the natural world and remind us of our roots.
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 of John Blasi, known as the “Candy Man.” Blasi is 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.”
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