SFSC MOFAC Announces Exhibition Season
The South Florida State College (SFSC) Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) announces its 2013-14 season of exhibitions and programs. MOFAC provides an exhibition venue for contemporary Florida regional artists and preserves Florida’s history and heritage through art. The museum also serves as a repository for the historical artifacts unearthed by members of the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy.
MOFAC is located adjacent to the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus. It is open to the public October through May, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., and by appointment for group tours. SFSC Artist and Matinee series patrons may visit the museum one hour prior to each performance.
MOFAC 2013-14 Exhibition Season
“Coming Home 2: SFSC Alumni Exhibition” will be on display Sept. 18 – Oct. 31. The Alumni exhibition presents artwork of SFSC alumni Katie Jane Altvater, Neva Baird, Whitney Broadaway, Carolyn Colby, Max Gooding, Keith Goodson, Crystal Martinez, Allen McPherson, Quinn Miller, Grant Roberts, Lori Roulette, Misti Rucks, Adam Singletary, Chase Smith, and Laura Wolfe. The exhibition co-sponsors are SFSC Alumni Association, Charles and Anne Reynolds, and Bob and Monica Germaine.
“Images of Florida” will be on display Nov. 6 – Jan. 4. Lee Dunkel’s photography reflects nature through a shimmering black-and-white palette. She explores a geographical location over a period of time, often years, allowing her to capture subtle changes in the landscape.
“Crackers, Houses, and Horses: Ron Haase, Mindy Colton, and Jon Kral” will be on display Jan. 8 – March 1. Florida’s landscape, dotted with simple Cracker houses and acres of open range where cattle grazed under the watchful eyes of cowboys reflects a bygone era. These three contemporary artists evoke this history in distinct ways. Ron Haase, architect and author, is known for his energy-efficient Cracker-style homes. Mindy Z. Colton combines her passion for art and equine in her unique sculptural works. Also on view is a selection of photographs from the Cracker Cowboy Collection by Jon Kral. The co-sponsor of this exhibition is the SFSC Foundation, Inc.
“Wild and Places Between: Dennis Aufiery” will be on display March 5 – May 2. Dennis Aufiery’s landscapes of Florida scrubs and swamps express a bold, painterly beauty. His landscapes of wild Florida will be shown with paintings that depict the places in between, such as railroad crossings, bridges, and city streets.
“Florida’s Ancient Islands: Invitational Group Exhibition” will be on display March 5 – May 2. Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge, an ancient beach and sand dune system formed 1-3 million years ago, has survived environmental changes. This group exhibition features artists working in the Lake Wales Ridge area. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Charles and Anne Reynolds.
“SFSC’s Juried Student Art Exhibition” will be on display April 17 – May 2. Co-organized by SFSC art students, the annual juried SFSC student art exhibition features their outstanding artistic achievements in painting, drawing, design, photography, and ceramics completed during the academic year. The co-sponsors for the exhibition are Norm and Laurie Stephens Charles and Anne Reynolds.
MOFAC also invites the public to Special Programs throughout the year. On Dec. 5, the film, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., in the SFSC University Center Auditorium. The evening includes the screening of the documentary film, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee,” by Elam Stoltzfus. Funded through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsor for this program is Seacoast National Bank.
Judge Nelson Bailey presents “Tales of Old Florida,” on March 27, 7:30 p.m., in the SFSC University Center Auditorium. Bailey has a passion for Florida’s history – and for storytelling. His stories weave together a multicolored quilt of Florida history, including tales of Native-Americans, Spanish explorers, early settlers, and cattle ranchers. Co-sponsors for the program are the Highlands County Bar Association and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.
“Photographing the Florida Landscape with Lee Dunkel,” a photography workshop, will be held Nov. 15, 9 a.m. – noon. For additional information and registration, call 863-784-7240 or 863-784-7195 or visit www.mofac.org.
Third Thursdays at MOFAC are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m., October through March, at MOFAC. Each program enhances and inspires an understanding of Florida art and culture through discussions about a MOFAC exhibition or a featured artist.
SFSC’s Alumni Artists Program takes place on Oct. 17. Visiting alumni artists discuss their work displayed in MOFAC.
Lee Dunkel will talk about “Images of Florida” and her photographic process and how she translates what she sees through the lens into a satisfying black-and-white image on Nov. 14, at MOFAC.
Ronald W. Haase, architect and author of “Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood Frame Vernacular Architecture,” will discuss early Florida homes. This program takes place on Feb. 20, in Building G, Room 101.
The “Pygmy Fringe Tree Wildflower Festival” will be held on March 13 at SFSC’s MOFAC. The Pygmy Fringe Tree Wildflower Festival celebrates native wildflowers of the Lake Wales Ridge with guided walks on the Wayside Shrine Trail, native plant sale, student art exhibition, and music. The co-sponsor of this program is Champion for Children Foundation.
An award ceremony and reception on April 17, 12:30 p.m., follow the SFSC Annual Juried Student Art Show.
“The Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail” is an ongoing exhibition at SFSC’s MOFAC. Science, art, and the natural world come together in the Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail, a self-guided walking trail that explores pristine scrubland on the South Florida State College Highlands Campus. For additional information, visit www.waysideshrinetrail.com.
Building F Lobby
A selection from the “Cracker Cowboy Collection” will be on display in the Building F Lobby, Aug. 2013 – May 2014. Photographer Jon Kral chronicles the daily work, environmental dangers, and family life of the endangered Florida cowboy. Kral’s photographs serve as a record of this disappearing lifestyle.
Lower Lobby Gallery, SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts
“First Coast Reflections” runs Nov. 6 – Feb. 28. Ranging from the simple homes of the early Spanish settlers of St. Augustine to the ruins of the elegant Carnegie mansion on Cumberland Island, photographer Mary Atwood portrays an intimate view of Florida history.
March 5 – May 2, “Wild and Place Between” continues the presentation of Dennis Aufiery’s artwork.
For more information about SFSC MOFAC and its programs or to request a museum tour, contact Mollie Doctrow, curator, MOFAC, at 863-784-7240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the MOFAC website at http://mofac.org/.