Current Exhibitions

Hofmann to Warhol

Image left: Hans Hofmann, Untitled c.1946, Oil on paper, 30 × 36 in., Lent courtesy of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida; Gift of Larry and Marita Jacobs. With permission of the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image right: Andy Warhol, Jimmy Carter II, 1977, screen print on Strathmore Bristol Paper 39 3/8 x 29 3/8 inches, On loan courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University Extra, out of the edition. Designated for research and educational purposes only. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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September 25 - December 12, 2020

Sara May Love Gallery

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum chronicles the story of America’s journey from its first major art movement, Abstract Expressionism, begun in the 1940s, to the viral Pop Art explosion in the 1960s; a dramatic and literal shift in the fine art world away from the individual’s artistic expression to a concentration on mass culture and the media perspective. 

This exhibition includes artists whose work is the epitome of these movements such as Josef Albers, Robert Anuszkiewicz, Ilya Bolowsky, Ed Clark, Stuart Davis, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Hans Hofmann, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Theordoros Stamos, and Andy Warhol. Curated from the esteemed collections of Anderson Brickler Gallery, Art Bridges Foundation, Harn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, this exhibition will highlight a portion of often misunderstood American art history.

Randy Brienen: Atmospheres

October 31 - December 19, 2020
Munroe Family Community Gallery

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."

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

September 17–December 12, 2020
Sarah K. Newberry Gallery

The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Image: Equality Is the Sacred Law of Humanity, c. 1903–1915 Lithograph by Egbert C. Jacobson Courtesy of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 

Elizabeth McFalls: Moments In-Between

September 25-December 12, 2020
Zoe Golloway Gallery

Elizabeth (Libby) McFalls is 2D mixed media artist combining drawing and printmaking to use the form of nonlinear visual narratives to examine issues of loss and family. The individual pieces explore moments that blur the line between fact and fiction, life and death, humor and sorrow, moments that demonstrate the contradiction and complexity of life. Elizabeth McFalls is a Professor of Art and the Department of Art’s Art Foundation Coordinator at Columbus State University. She received her MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned her BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. 

<---Click on the video to view the Art Talk Live! with Elizabeth McFalls, recorded on October 2, 2020.

Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

September 5 - November 28, 2020
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the last of four 2020 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild, now numbering over 60 members! On display is work by Deborah Bullock, Kathy J. Ferrell, Salvador Guastella, John R. Isaacs, Willie C. Jones, Rob Lombardo, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Richard Meister, Linda Pelc, Fred SanGuiliano, Chuck Stannard, Mary Liz Tippin-Moody, and Tim White. 

Recent Acquisitions:
Permanent Collection

February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Bates Permanent Collection Gallery

The 2020 Collection Exhibition, Recent Acquisitions, highlights some of the works donated to Gadsden Arts over the last couple of years, including work by Beth Appleton, Mose Tolliver, Dean Gioia, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Edgar Tolson, and Purvis Young. Thanks to the generosity of nine donors, the Collection grew substantially in 2019. Sixty works of art were accessioned, a record number, bringing the total collection up to 172 objects. A new artist was added to the Permanent Collection, a sculptor from Kentucky named Edgar Tolson, who like other Vernacular artists in the collection such as Mose Tolliver, took up wood carving full-time after an accident left him unable to work. 

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.