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

New Histories: Gadsden Farm Project

September 5 - October 24, 2020

New Histories: The Gadsden Farm Project is an installation part of a larger project collaborating with Quincy farmers, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the State of Florida to bring awareness about rural farming communities in Gadsden county. Artists Michael Austin Diaz and Holly Hanessian worked with the State of Florida Folklorist and Photographer to interview and document the agricultural histories of 12 people from Gadsden County. The project demonstrates the combined power of community and contemporary practice. The installation features interviews and photographs of the farmers along with a table with commemorative plates made by Hanessian to be gifted to the Quincy farmers. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Randy Brienen: Atmospheres

October 31 - December 19, 2020

Atmospheres is an exhibition of paintings by Randy Brienen from his latest series focusing on the sky and cloud formations. Brienen is a mainly self-taught painter who takes inspiration for his acrylic and oil paintings from the idyllic landscapes surrounding his home in North Florida. Brienen says the goal of this series is "to visually communicate my impressions of the ever-changing sky around us as it relates to color, form, and in some cases, reflective interaction with various land and water vistas."

Dean Gioia: Haunted

January 15 - March 27, 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 and Science, IBM, Barnett Bank, Florida State University, and the City of Tallahassee.

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 for this program 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 exhibition do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.