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.
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.
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.”
Special Presentation "Art as Therapy: Creativity in Uncreative Places" (Exhibition admission free day)!
Dave Gussak, Professor for Florida State University's Graduate Art Therapy Program and Project Coordinator of the FSU/FL-DOC Art Therapy in Prisons Program, will explore the concept of Art as Therapy in a presentation entitled “Creativity in Uncreative Places” through Eddy Mumma’s work, and an exhibition of the work of several prison inmates, including “The Candy Man". Gussak will explore the therapeutic benefits of art making for artists like Mumma and The Candy Man, and the human drive to create that can flourish in unlikely circumstances and elevate the reality of the creator despite limitation imposed by the environment.
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