Friday, July 31, 2015

Kevin Tucker Named New Director of Florida’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement - posted by FFAB

Image by Alfonso Architects

New Director Hired for Florida’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement


The yet-to-be-built Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which is slated to get 110,000 square feet of space on a 3.5-acre site in St. Petersburg, has now also named its first director: Kevin Tucker, who’s currently senior curator of decorative art and design at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The museum, which will be constructed with an estimated budget of $70 million, is being founded by Rudy Ciccarello, a retired businessman who’s providing the museum with its collection, reports Lennie Bennett for the Tampa Bay Times.

At Dallas, Tucker organized shows like “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” 2011. He formerly worked as chief curator and deputy director at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, and has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museums.
Said Ciccarello of his new hire: “His understanding of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the objects, and the artists who created them, is exemplary and is based on his twenty-five years of experience working in the decorative arts field.”

For more information about this new museum;

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Florida by Alfonso Architects

Plans unfold for huge art museum in downtown St. Petersburg

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wynwood revitalization plan gets OK from Miami commission - posted by FFAB

Wynwood revitalization plan gets OK from Miami commission
by Brain Bandell
South Florida Business Journal

The city of Miami commission granted the first approval for the rezoning of the emerging Wynwood neighborhood as tens of millions of dollars of developer dollars have poured into the area.
Having gained international fame for its street art, Wynwood is in the midst of a transformation from a district of old warehouses and empty lots to buzzing restaurants, shops, and galleries. It’s located to the northwest of downtown Miami, just west of Edgewater.

The Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District (NRD) plan would allow greater residential density and height while encouraging the preservation of its signature warehouses. Residential density would be increased to 150 units per acre and units could be as small as 650 square feet, which would make them more affordable. Through buying Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) from other properties in Wynwood, sites could be developed eight to 12 stories tall. The greatest density would be on North Miami Avenue, Northwest 29th Street and Northwest 20th Street.

The NRD was approved by a 3-0 vote on Thursday. If it passes at a second reading in September, the plan would be put into place.

“We are pleased and grateful for the approval of the City of Miami Commission,” said Joseph Furst, chair for the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) Board. “The NRD plan will ensure Wynwood’s continued evolution as a center for art and innovation for all of Miami’s residents and visitors—and we look forward to working with the City to implement it.”

Read the full article here

Friday, July 24, 2015

Miami Artist Farley Aguilar Wins Orlando Museum's Florida Prize - posted by FFAB

Miami Artist Farley Aguilar Wins Orlando Museum's Florida Prize
The power of Miami's art scene is pretty undeniable these days — and Farley Aguilar is at the top of the list. This week, the Orlando Museum of Art announced the winner of its Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, and Aguilar was the big winner.

The self-taught painter was one of ten Florida-based artists selected to compete for this year's honor, which runs for three months annually at the Orlando Museum of Art (through September 6). As the winner, he took home $20,000.
Aguilar's name isn't new in the winner's list. He received an honorable mention in the New Times Mastermind awards in 2013 and a spot on the 2010 100 Creatives list. Last year art critic Carlos Suarez de Jesus called him "Miami's new international art star."
Farley Aguilar, School, 2015, oil on linen, 68 x 12 x 95 inches.
Aguilar's work has been described as haunting; his rich, surreal paintings frequently feature images of crowds that echo a feeling of unease. He exhibits at Miami's Spinello Projects, and recently hosted a sold-out show in Basel, Switzerland. He's even earned a mention from the New York Times.

The jurors who selected Aguilar for the Florida Prize included Juan Roselione-Valadez, director of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami; Ginger Gregg Duggan, independent curator and partner of CuratorSquared, Orlando; and Ben Thompson, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.

The other artists considered include: Cesar Cornejo of Tampa; Michael Covello of Tampa; Rob Duarte of Tallahassee; Jennifer Kaczmarek of Pensacola; Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz of Orlando;  and Antonia Wright, Bhakti Baxter, Alex Trimino, and Nicolas Lobo, all of Miami.

As far as words of advice for artists who'd like to be considered for next year: "Often what distinguishes exceptional artists in any discipline is that they know what they want to express, and everything in their work supports that vision," says the Orlando Museum's curator Hansen Mulford. 

Clearly Aguilar fits the bill.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Strategic Planning/Business Plan Workshop for Artists - posted by FFAB

Strategic Planning/Business Plan Fundamentals Presented by The Creative Capital Foundation and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Workshop for Individual Artists
The Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. announce an upcoming workshop with the Creative Capital Foundation for Individual Artists. This workshop will focus on Strategic Planning for artists and their creative careers. It will also provide valuable tools for them to frame the fundamentals of their art business plan and set goals for themselves and their work. The workshop is limited to 24 artists and will be presented by two leaders from Creative Capital.

This workshop will touch on the following topics:

• Developing a system for using strategic planning and goal setting to attain increased satisfaction in your life and career
• Strategies for balancing time and money
• How to create and use a business plan
• Financial planning basics, including choosing financial partners, options for reducing debt and best practices for saving and retirement planning
• Essentials for running an art practice as a small, independent business, including: employment, contracts, negotiation, decision-making, budgeting and cash-flow
• How to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities

Workshop Details:
June 20, 2015
10:15 am - 5:30 pm
Florida State University, Strozier Library
Hosted by the Florida State University, College of Fine Arts, Department of Art

About Creative Capital:
The Creative Capital Foundation is a national foundation that serves artists and supports their work through their Grantmaking activity and their Professional Development Program. The Division has partnered with Creative Capital since 2007 to offer meaningful and innovative professional development to Florida artists. More information about Creative Capital and its services can be found at:

Application and Participation:
To apply for the workshop, please visit this link:
The application deadline is Monday, June 8th, artists will be notified of their inclusion in this opportunity no later than Friday, June 12, 2015.

To be eligible to apply for this workshop, artists must be a Florida resident. The workshop is open to artists working in any discipline.

If selected, artists attend the workshop free of charge. They are responsible only for their transportation to and from the workshop location and a small fee for lunch during the day’s events. Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. will provide hotel recommendations and preferred rates to artists selected and visiting Tallahassee for this opportunity.
This workshop is made possible through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and also with private support through Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. More information about Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. can be found here:

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Around The Web - The Paintings of Paul Cézanne / An online catalogue raisonné- posted by FFAB

The Paintings of Paul Cézanne - An online catalogue raisonné under the direction of Walter Feilchenfeldt, Jayne Warman and David Nash

From the Site;
The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, an online catalogue raisonné is the first installment of the artist’s complete works. It capitalizes on the versatility of digital technology and takes Cézanne scholarship in a new direction. The online catalogue is interactive and will be updated on a regular basis so that users can be assured of the most current information about the artist. Primary source material is added as publications increasingly come online.
The authors expect that this online catalogue will be of great benefit to students and scholars who will be able to access Cézanne’s paintings through a variety of advanced searches and save specific information to personal lists for further research; curators who can create wish lists of paintings for proposed exhibitions and conceivably design virtual installations; auction houses and galleries who require detailed history and the most up-to-date information about a picture; collectors who might wish to know more about the history of their own paintings and how they relate to others in Cézanne’s oeuvre; and the general public, who may simply want to see what Cézanne’s paintings look like and to learn about this important artist.

An artists artist Cézanne is still one of the most popular artist of his time.  
This online collection is fantastic with very large zoomable pictures and writing of his work. GL


***You do have to set up a free account to use this site***

Friday, May 8, 2015

Norton Museum of Art - free admission every Saturday for the next two years - posted by FFAB

Norton Museum of Art to offer free admission every Saturday for the next two years to PBC residents

by Ashleigh Walters

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Norton Museum of Art is offering free admission to residents of Palm Beach County every Saturday for the next two years, thanks to a generous donation by Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.
Starting June 6, Palm Beach County residents will be admitted to the museum for free every Saturday. All Florida residents will be admitted for free every Thursday June 4 to September 3. 

In addition, the Family Studio art class is now being offered every Saturday, and at a reduced cost. 

Now, instead of $8 per person, it will cost just $1 per person. Kid-friendly tours are based on the Museum Collection and special exhibitions, then the children do creative activities based on what they've learned. 

The experience lasts two hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday starting June 6. It is geared to children ages 5 to 12 and each studio is limited to 25 children. To register for a Family Studio, call (561) 832-5196 ext. 1196, or visit

Now, thousands of Florida residents will benefit from the gift from the Mezzacappa family. 

"Sadly, Mr. Mezzacappa passed away since the couple made this transformative gift, which was only one example of the generosity Mr. and Mrs. Mezzacappa have shown the Norton. 

The Norton Museum is deeply grateful for the Mezzacappas' support, and proud to be a part of Mr. Mezzacappa’s remarkable legacy," a release from the museum stated. 

The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Call (561) 832-5196, or visit for more information. 

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - posted by FFAB

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884'
Image credit: 
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, 1884/86. The Art Institute of Chicago. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

At first glance, Georges-Pierre Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 seems a warm portrait of a sunny day in a lovely park. But a closer look at the Neo-Impressionist's most famous work reveals much more. 
1. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 is made up of millions of dots. 
Forging the new style with this first-of-its-kind painting, Seurat became the father of Pointillism and of Neo-Impressionism. However, he preferred to call his technique "chromo-luminarism," a term he felt better stressed its focus on color and light.  
2. It took Seurat more than two years to complete. 
This complicated masterpiece of Pointillism began in 1884 with a series of almost 60 sketches Seurat made while people watching at the Paris park. Next he started painting, using small horizontal brush strokes. After this initial work, he began the labor-intensive realization of his vision with tiny dots of paint—a process that would not be completed until the spring of 1886. 
3. Science was Seurat’s major muse for color choices. 
"Some say they see poetry in my paintings," Seurat said. "I see only science." The artist was fascinated by the color theories of scientists Michel Eugène Chevreul and Ogden Rood, and he explored Divisionism in A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884. This painting method utilizes colors in patches that essentially trick the human eye into blending them, creating luminance and shape.
4. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Phoenician art inspired the Parisian scene.
Seurat sought to capture the people of his Paris just as these eras immortalized their citizens. Or as he once put it to French poet Gustave Kahn, "The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color."
5. Critics initially hated it.
Seurat's groundbreaking techniques were a major turnoff for some critics at the Impressionist exhibit where A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted in 1886. Other observers sneered at the rigid profiles of Seurat’s subjects. Meant to recall Egyptian hieroglyphics, these poses were negatively compared to tin soldiers.
6. Sunday was revised in 1889.
Seurat re-stretched its canvas to allow for room to paint a border made up of red, orange and blue dots. 
7. Seurat was just 26 when he completed his best-known work.
Thanks to his involvement in the artist collective the Société des Artistes Indépendants, the daring young painter's reputation was growing before A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted. But while his output was seminal, it was also cut short in 1891 when Seurat died of an undetermined disease at age 31. 
8. Sunday was largely unseen for 30 years following Seurat's death. 
The opportunity to view the historic painting returned in 1924 when art lover Frederic Clay Bartlett purchased A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 and loaned it indefinitely to the Art Institute of Chicago.
9. An American philosopher helped reshape public opinion on the painting. 
In the 1950s, Ernest Bloch's three-volume The Principle of Hope explored the socio-political interpretations of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, spurring a renewed interest and appreciation for the piece.
"This picture is one single mosaic of boredom, a masterful rendering of the disappointed longing and the incongruities of a dolce far niente [idleness]," Bloch wrote. "The painting depicts a middle-class Sunday morning on an island in the Seine near Paris…despite the recreation going on there, seems to belong more to Hades than to a Sunday…The result is endless boredom, the little man's hellish utopia of skirting the Sabbath and holding onto it too; his Sunday succeeds only as a bothersome must, not as a brief taste of the Promised Land."
10. The painting is now displayed as Seurat intended. 
Once he'd added his painted border, Seurat reframed A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 in a specially-made wooden frame painted a crisp white. This display choice is still in effect at the Art Institute of Chicago. 
11. But its colors have changed. 
Seurat employed a then-new pigment in his painting, a zinc chromate yellow that he hoped would properly capture the highlights of the park's green grasses. But for years this pigment has been undergoing a chemical reaction that began turning it brown even in Seurat's lifetime.
12. It's bigger than you'd think.
Not just Seurat's most popular piece, but also his biggest, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 measures in at 81 3/4 inches by 121 1/4 inches, or about 7 feet by 10 feet. Its large size makes its every inch flush with tiny dots of color all the more remarkable.
13. This park scene may hold hidden sex workers. 
The titular locale was a favorite of prostitutes on the prowl, so some historians suspect that fish are not what the fishing-pole-toting woman on the left was hoping to hook. The same speculation has arisen around the lady on the right, with a monkey on a leash and a man on her arm.  
14. The painting was nearly incinerated while visiting New York. 
On April 15, 1958, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 was on loan at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City when a fire broke out in the adjoining Whitney Museum. The fire damaged six canvases, injured 31 people, and killed one workman, but Seurat's beloved work was whisked away to safety through an elevator evacuation plan.
15. It's one of the most reproduced and parodied paintings in the world. 
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 earns screen time in the Chicago-set comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the science fiction cult classic Barbarella, and on the crude cartoon series Family Guy. It's been parodied by Sesame Street, The Simpsons, the American version of The Office, and even the cover of Playboy. In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd invade the painting. And celebrated Broadway icons Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine made a musical about its creation called, Sunday in the Park With George.
There is a great South Florida connection to this painting.  The owner of this painting was Helen Birch Bartlett.  The Bartlett's donated this painting along with several others to the Art Institute in Chicago.  The Bartlett's are a well known local pioneering family in South Florida having build the famous Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach as a winter home.  The Bonnet House is now a  real public treasure and museum open for tours, music concerts, art shows and as a spectacular party and wedding spot. G

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibil's Magic at Bear & Bird - May 8th - posted by FFAB

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Hello there!
This Friday night we have a truly magical exhibition opening in our gallery. It features artwork inspired by the magic of Studio Ghibli by a super talented group of contemporary artists. What a treat to see all their work gathered together in one beautiful show.
Locals art supporters! Join us for the opening night reception on Friday, May 8th from 7-10pm
Here's the Facebook event page, please RSVP and share it if you plan to attend! Also please note that artwork will be available before the opening, sign up for the collector's preview below if you'd like dibs on some gorgeous art!
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Sign up for the collector's sneak preview for dibs

simply click here now and you will be added to our preview notification list! We are gonna work our booty off and shoot to get the preview out by Wednesday evening. So keep an eye out!
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Mall Signing Prints copy
We will also be releasing a beautiful exclusive print from May Ann Licudine (aka Mall). It is called "Celebrate Your Inner Child" and is 12" x 12" in size. This will be available at the same time that the preview list is sent out.
If you would like to be notified when this is available, click here now and you will be added!
There will be two purchasing options, a signed/numbered edition of 100 and an open unsigned edition.

Left to Right: Brandy Rumiez; Danielle Estefan; Anna Tillet; Stephanie Buscema
The Time In Between: Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibli’s Magic
On exhibit: May 8 through July 4, 2015
Featuring artwork by: A. Pants; Amanda Coronado; Anna Tillett; Ashley Idell; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brandy Rumiez; Brett Manning; Brian Reedy; Brianna Edgeworth; Britni Brault; Cari Corene; Danielle Estefan; Danny Brito; Erika Taguchi; Genevra Collier; Heather Franzen; Heather Gross; Johannah O’Donnell; Jonathan Reincke; Justin DeGarmo; Kellee Riley; Kim Laurenti; Kittens Of Industry; Mab Graves; May Ann Licudine aka MALL; Michael Fleming; Mika Madden; Nick Dewey; Nuri Durr; Patrick Ballesteros; Peter Santa-Maria; Robin Kaplan; Ryan Hungerford; Stephanie Buscema; Tatiana Suarez; Thomas Ascott & more!
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Important Florida Collection opens in new dedicated Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - posted by FFAB

‘Fantastic’ new Daytona art museum opens to public
By EILEEN ZAFFIRO-KEAN - Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - For centuries, painters sat on dewy tree logs in meadows and art studio stools across Florida creating what has become the collection of jewels on display for the first time at the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.

The museum opened this month to the public and received rave reviews, smiles and the awestruck looks of people trying to take in the 400 works that show long-gone buildings and serene scenes of the Florida landscape capturing sunrises, birds in flight and blossoming wildflowers.

“It’s overwhelming,” Daytona resident Mae Frances Davis said as she stood in the middle of one of the museum’s seven galleries. “This is definitely something I want to do more than this one day. I want to come back and learn.”

The opening was the day Cici and Hyatt Brown had dreamed of for years. When the collection they started in the late 1990s mushroomed to the thousands, they decided they wanted to share with the public the works that cover a 200-year span of Florida dating back to the 1700s.

Working with local government leaders, they were able to put their new building on a wooded piece of land along Nova Road that the city donated. The Browns in turn donated $14 million for construction of the 50-foot-tall Florida Cracker-style structure that will be owned and run by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and last week they announced they’ll give $2 for every $1 donated to create a $15 million operations endowment.

They also donated to the museum bearing their names more than 2,600 paintings worth tens of millions of dollars, keeping just 150 pieces in the full collection of 2,750. It will take 10 years to rotate through the full 2,600 - the most significant of which are celebrated with ornate gold frames - and put them on display.


Before the grand opening, the Browns held an invitation-only brunch at the museum and received a standing ovation from their guests, which included everyone from Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry to the project’s architects with Orlando firm RLF.

“We never imagined this would be possible when we bought our first painting,” Cici Brown told the brunch crowd as she stood at the podium placed in front of a 30-foot-wide panoramic of a Florida landscape that moves from morning mist on the left to sunset on the right.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was among the brunch guests, said the museum is going to “enhance the cultural landscape” and impact both Daytona Beach and the state.

“By thoughtfully selecting these works, you have given new life to them,” Detzner said in his remarks to the group and Cici and Hyatt Brown, who is a former Florida Speaker of the House. “As Florida’s chief cultural officer, I could not be more proud.”

Sec of State Ken Detzner with Cici and Hyatt Brown at ribbon cutting

Volusia County Chair Jason Davis also thanked the Browns for all they’ve done.

“This is truly a rare collection of art like no other,” Davis said. “It’s an incredible gift to the citizens of Volusia County.”

In addition to the brunch group, hundreds of other invited guests were treated to sneak peeks of the artwork at three black tie dinners at the end of last week. Cici Brown, a longtime volunteer and board member with the Museum of Arts & Sciences, said the best part for her has been seeing how excited everyone’s been as they walk into the place she had a key role in creating.

“It’s been so much fun,” said Cici Brown, who’s had a hand in everything from selection of paintings that were purchased to design of the new museum to the flowers at the black tie galas.

 Cici and Hyatt Brown

Read the rest of the article at the  

More information can be found in these articles; 
Daytona Beach art collection valued at $100 million, includes renowned painters

New Daytona art museum opens to public

Museum website here -

The Browns have done the State of Florida a great service by building a world class art collection and museum that focuses on an underrepresented subject, the State of Florida.  For centuries artists have been coming to the sunshine state for vacation, adventure and health reasons.  While visiting many were inspired  by the light and landscapes to complete work here.  Even most of the well known blue chip Northern artists including; Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton and John Ennis just to name a few, completed works while visiting.  However because the subject matter was Florida,  paintings by these artists at auction would only fetch a fraction of the price a painting by the same artists with northern more popular subject matter would command.  The Browns saw that as an opportunity and began buying up all the paintings with a Florida theme.  

The Brown collection grew until it became a artistic record of not just the fading landscape of yesteryear but a chronicling of the people and places that make this such a unique place.  

Never able to display the bulk of the collection at any one time the Browns began looking for an institution to partner with so the collection could be enjoyed by the public.  Many of the top cultural institutions courted the Browns but in the end the decision was made to build a brand new museum that could be dedicated to the collection and build it in an under-served part of Florida.  

Daytona and the State of Florida are enriched and forever grateful for the dedication and passion it took to build this collection.  To preserve the paintings together in a dedicated museum will serve to teach, inform and inspire Floridians for many generations to come.    GL

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exhibition of Japanese Woodcuts at Foosaner Art Museum - posted by FFAB

Detail from a woodcut by Kitagawa Utamaro circa 1800.

Pieces from Syracuse University’s Art Collection

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum presents Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection, from March 28 through May 24.

The 40-piece exhibition highlights the designed images of over 20 influential Japanese artists from key times in the country’s cultural history: the height of color Ukiyo-e printmaking (1780-1868) through the Meiji period (1868-1912) to 20th century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement (1915-1940s).

The prints exemplify the soft, painterly style that is synonymous with the Japanese woodcut and illustrate the wide range of subjects from courtesans to Kabuki theater and the Japanese landscape.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Saluti, assistant director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

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