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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

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Donor Highlight – Florida Blue



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This month’s donor highlight is all about Florida Blue, a truly important partner that provides weekly evening access for visitors to enjoy exhibitions, activities, and programming at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  Their investment supports the largest free access program at the Cummer Museum, and one of the largest free cultural programs in the region.   Florida Blue Free Tuesdays served 27,488 individuals on 50 Tuesday evenings this year.  The visitation during Florida Blue Free Tuesdays is the most diverse of any time at the Museum, with individuals of all ages, races, abilities, and experiences coming from every corner of the community.

A wide variety of programs and activities are available to visitors during Florida Blue Free Tuesdays.  Museum Highlight Tours of the Permanent Collection, special exhibitions, and Gardens occur every Tuesday night.  Live music, provided by both local and traveling musicians that are part of Jacksonville Songwriters Residency, are featured every week in the Cummer Café during Tapas Tuesdays.  All visitors have access to the Create kiosk where they can enjoy painting with watercolors in the Gardens.  Students from local colleges and universities have access to the Galleries and Gardens for class assignments, research, and field trips.

Without the financial burden of admission, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays provides thousands of citizens access to children’s art-making opportunities, home school field trips, family activities, strolls in the Cummer Gardens, and a place to connect with art and one another.  We are grateful to Florida Blue, because Florida Blue Free Tuesdays contributes significantly to the quality of life in the city of Jacksonville, and to the programming capacity of the Museum.



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A Day with Jon Carloftis



Written by Erin Keith, Marketing Intern

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Daytime Event, 11:3 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Members $35, Non-Members $45
Click HERE to register for the daytime luncheon and lecture.


Evening Event, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Members $45, Non-Members $45
Click HERE to register for the evening cocktails and discussion.

November 5th, the Cummer Museum will be hosting two unique events with one very special guest! Kentucky native and gardening guru Jon Carloftis, whose clientele includes Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, and Richard Gere, will be at the Museum to talk art, landscape, and design. During a daytime talk, Jon will discuss innovative ways to integrate art into your garden, with a luncheon (included in your ticket price) immediately following. Topping off the day will be a special Kentucky Bourbon Tasting with small bites inspired by Kentucky cuisine, followed by a lecture from Mr. Carlofits as he talks about gardening with style. Thanks to Maker’s Mark, guests will taste from the brand’s specialty collection, including an over-matured bourbon, Maker’s White, the newest 46 Bourbon, and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon, which is only available at their Kentucky distillery.

These two events are not to be missed and present a unique opportunity for Cummer Supporters to meet and hear from one of the country’s most beloved landscape designers.


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Conversations & Cocktails with Icons of Style Curator Lauren Whitley



Written by Erin Keith, Marketing Intern

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Members $25, Non-Members $35, Active Docents $15

Click here to make your reservation online or call 904.899.6038.

Following the long-awaited opening of the Cummer Museum’s newest exhibition, Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images, the Museum is thrilled to host Lauren Whitley. Whitley is the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Textile and Fashion-Arts Curator, as well as the curator of the Icons of Style exhibition. Ms. Whitley will discuss the exhibition’s concept and the steps that brought together such a fine collection of garments, photographs, and fashion illustrations.

The event will be accompanied by live music, cocktails, and small bites starting at 6:30. Ms. Whitley’s presentation will begin at 7:30 in the Hixon Auditorium.

Up & Cummers Members are invited to join Conversations & Cocktails at a special ticked price of $20.

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Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images




Arnold Scaasi (American, born in 1930), Evening dress, fall 1958, silk plain/satin weave, 36 5/8in., Gift of Arnold Scaasi, made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O’Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert, 2009.4037.1.

Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s makers, the models who wear their designs, and the media that disseminate those looks to the world. Drawing on the MFA’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustration, and photography, the exhibition explores the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and the finished image. The exhibition includes 30 dressed mannequins, fashion illustrations, and photographs that reveal the richness of design, persona, and image.  Fashion designers express their creative concepts through their runway shows, and the exhibition features runway pieces by John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Arnold Scaasi, and Christian Lacroix, among others. Designers also collaborate with celebrity clients, using the latter’s star power to convey their vision. Garments worn by personalities such as Kate Blanchett and Winona Ryder as they walked the red carpet in Hollywood are featured, along with an impressive selection of some of the preeminent fashion photographers of the 20th century, including Cecil Beaton, Herb Ritts, Yousuf Karsh, and Richard Avedon.




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Letter from the Director, Hope McMath



Hope McMath

Engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education.

As many of you are already aware, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens recently launched a new brand.  Our motivation for this work was the feedback gathered from our Donors, Members, Volunteers, visitors, those who have not been regular participants at the Museum. The goal was to present a brand and message that reflects the energy of our programming, the diversity of our collections, the beauty of our Gardens, and the family-friendly nature of our organization.  This time last year we turned the Cummer Museum inside out with restored Gardens and a new, more accessible presence along Riverside Avenue.  We now have a brand that carries our vitality beyond our campus.  We are grateful to our partners, Wingard Creative, Harbinger, Spectrum Signs & Graphics, and Agility Press.

As we enter the busy fall season and a new fiscal year, we hope to see you often.  You will not want to miss the opening events and related programs celebrating the Icons of Style and Best Dressed exhibitions.  It is an exciting and busy time of year and we hope that the Cummer will provide you with a way to connect to friends and family, a place of respite in the chaos, and inspiration during this special season.

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Art for Two: Animal Hunt!



After searching for animals in our permanent collection, students will return to the studio to make a collage animal mask.

Saturday, October 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair

Come make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and Garden visits on the second Saturday of every month.  Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult. Class size is limited. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

Click  HERE to register for this class.

(Some dates may be subject to change around major Holidays)

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