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Forth Year Participating in The Blue Star Museum Program!

May

27

Blue Star image 1With the arrival of Memorial Day, we are proud to announce our involvement with the Blue Star Museum program.  This program will offer FREE admission to military personel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Blue Star Families is an organization gauged to support, connect, and empower military families throughout the United States. Since their founding in 2008, Blue Star Families has started 70 chapters on military bases and National Guard sites around the country, partnered with Be the Change to develop national citizen service projects engaging with military families, and launched the “Books on Bases Smiles on Faces” program to bring 100,000 children’s books to military children, among countless other achievements.

For the fifth year, they are sponsoring the Blue Star Museums program which includes more than 900 museums in all 50 states. These museums will offer free admission for military personnel and up to 5 members of their immediate family from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Free admission to The Cummer will be offered through those dates to both active duty and retired military personnel and will grant each family, with a valid military ID , full access to the Museum and Gardens, as well as any special exhibitions. We hope to see you soon!

For more information take a look at the Blue Star Museums website.

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Featured Exhibition – Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors

May

20

J.D. Fergusson, The Spotter Scarf, Anne Estelle Rice, c. 1908, oil on board, collection of Bob and Isabelle Davis

J.D. Fergusson, The Spotter Scarf, Anne Estelle Rice, c. 1908, oil on board, collection of Bob and Isabelle Davis

Nearly thirty local collectors were invited to shape this exhibition’s content, sharing some of their most prized possessions with the community.  Each collector has selected the pieces that best illustrate their passion for collecting. Although the works in the exhibition span continents and centuries, each has a unique story and broader message about the role art can play in our lives.  Many collectors use action words like “love,” “excite,” “energize,” and “fun” when describing pieces in their collections, and many speak of their excitement learning about new cultures and places.  Each of these stories is told throughout the exhibition, and images by Jacksonville photographer Ingrid Damiani capture many collectors in their personal spaces.

No matter what their reasons for collecting, all of these individuals have generously shared their art with The Cummer, in the hope that it will evoke a personal and uplifting experience from everyone who sees it.

The Cummer thanks all the collectors for graciously sharing their treasures with the community during this exhibition. Their generosity helps illuminate the quality and diversity of art in Jacksonville, and the important role the arts play in the health of our community.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Chance Isbell

May

20

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Chance Isbell’s work Dark, will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Chance Isbell, Dark, 2013, from the film still Dark, Mixed media (acrylic, ink, wallpaper paste, butcher paper, stain and lacquer on wood)

Chance Isbell, Dark, 2013, from the film still Dark, Mixed media (acrylic, ink, wallpaper paste, butcher paper, stain and lacquer on wood)

A statement from the artist:

“Mankind’s common bond, a basic love of all things positive at its very core, keeps us all tethered within a vast fabric of unseen thoughts, ideas, artistic expression, free thinking and a never–ending quest for the power of knowledge that is gained through these actions and experiences. I encourage you personally to seek these gifts with an open heart and a pure clarity of mind to find blessings of true enlightenment. Share these experiences with pride based on certainty that we are ALL adding to an ethereal pool of knowledge, and ultimately, heading in the same direction on this planet. Listen adamantly to the song that your soul wants YOU to sing aloud through any means necessary; they long to find their release and be heard by someone, somewhere. – Hatchetface”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists form the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays (the first of each month), and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors

May

16

Written by Caitlyn Gutierrez, Curatorial Intern

Morris, Hoppner, Lady Charlotte

John Hoppner, Portrait of Lady Charlotte Percy, Countess of Ashburnham, 1794, oil on canvas, from the collection of Mr. Billy Morris

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens would like to present our more recent exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors. In recent years this exhibition quickly became one of our most popular shows with visitors, showcasing prominent local collectors and the great variety of artworks of all ages and media found in our city. This year, we are thrilled to extend the exhibition into two galleries – the Raymond and Minerva K. Mason Gallery and the Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art.

Jacbosen,Richardt, Niagra FallsThis new version of the exhibition is composed of nearly 90 works of art from almost 30 collectors, and includes paintings, sculptures, pottery, glass, photographs, watercolors, and ethnographic objects. These objects range in date from the 17th through the 21st centuries and represent the work of artists from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In an effort to get a glimpse “Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors,” the staff at the Cummer Museum let nearly thirty local collectors take charge. Not only were these individuals tasked with selecting works from their collections, they were asked to address the larger concepts of why they collect and why art matters, both personally and for the community at large.  Their stories are told throughout the exhibition, and photographs by Jacksonville’s Ingrid Damiani show the collectors in their private spaces.

This exhibiton is on view through September 14, 2014.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Dat Nguyen

May

13

 Written by Nicole Gaudier

Dat Nguyen’s  work Dancing,  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Dat Nguyen, Dancing, 2013, from the film still Dancing, Oil on canvas.

Dat Nguyen, Dancing, 2013, from the film still Dancing, Oil on canvas.

A statement from Dat Nguyen:

“I’m very much interested in the non-event of the happening, when nothing is planned or revealed for the eyes. It just happened and somehow we are lucky to be able to document it, to see what that world looked like – the attire, the space, the gesture, the little details of life.”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists form the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Crystal Floyd

May

09

Written by Nicole Gaudier

 A Statement from the artist:

“As objects, photographs give us something tangible to hold on to, becoming expressions of our desire to retain something.  As such, they can take on their own life, essentially becoming something completely different.  They cease to be photographs when they are dwarfed by everything constructed around them, activating memories and triggering emotions from their viewer that are much more complex than the photograph itself.  This reaction allows the commonplace to be transformed into something remarkable, filled with unlimited possibilities for each individual who views it.

F***! A Deer! playfully captured the awe and wonder of youth and the fear that sometimes accompanies encountering something new.  Adults often move too quickly towards an idealized “maturity,” attempting to maintain the appearance of having attained absolute knowledge of the world around us, but simultaneously cheating ourselves by failing to keep our minds open to new emotions and new opportunities for learning.”

Crystal Floyd, F***! A Deer!, 2013, from the film still F***! A Deer!, Wood, fabric, acrylic, vinyl, paper, thread/embroidery (machine and hand stitched) framed in cypress.

Crystal Floyd, F***! A Deer!, 2013, from the film still F***! A Deer!, Wood, fabric, acrylic, vinyl, paper, thread/embroidery (machine and hand stitched) framed in cypress.

Crystal Floyd’s work F***! A Deer! will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists form the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays (the first of each month), and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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