Current Exhibitions

Marlon Tobias: We Live on Old Dixie HWY Too

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 2022 – FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2023

Callahan is a small town in northern Florida, and multidisciplinary artist Marlon Tobias has generations of relatives who have lived there from the mid-1800s up to the present. Located about 15 miles north of Jacksonville, Callahan is a rural community of around 1000 residents, and over the years Tobias’ ancestors built a community on the northwest side of town. Tobias has researched a wealth of material passed down from the maternal side of his family, including family photos, detailed documentation of family history, and legal documents, all related to this community within Callahan, a town within a town, that began with his great-great-grandfather Cubby Wardlaw.

Using these archival materials as the basis for this body of work, Tobias’ paintings, installations, collected objects, and sculptures tell stories that give us an intimate view of the people and places that have impacted his life, and played a pivotal role in the development of this community in Callahan. Tobias’ work allows us to meet these people from the past, and to learn from and relate to how they lived. We Live on Old Dixie HWY Too is a testament to the meaning and enduring legacy of their lives.

Francine Michel: Seasoned Observers

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4 – FRIDAY, Mar. 10, 2023

With a unique painting process involving the use of rice paper, ink, encaustic, and watercolor, Michel creates abstract paintings based on observations of actual plants and trees that she has discovered through word of mouth, or that for one reason or another stood out to her in her travels. Using unexpected colors, forms, and perspectives, Michel’s paintings reveal the personalities of the plants she meets, and her translations allow us to understand more deeply the complexities of plant life.

HIWYMN : Color & Force

In the early 1960s in Fort Pierce, Florida, five young African-American men in their teens and early twenties got together and taught each other how to make paintings of the Florida landscape. Founded by Alfred Hair and Harold Newton, and with the instruction and inspiration of white Fort Pierce artist A.E. Backus, this group of five painters eventually grew to twenty-six, and produced around 100,000 to 200,000 paintings in the 1960s and 1980s. HIWYMN: Color & Force focuses on the work of Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, Rodney Demps, Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Sam Newton, and Livingston Roberts, their stylistic differences, and their roles within the group of artists who have come to be known as The Highwaymen.

This exhibition is located in the lobby of the Board Room in Building F. Click Here for a campus map.

A History of Florida

Always evolving and always on view, A History of Florida consists of geological specimens, fossils, and material culture excavated locally in and around Highlands County. With these objects and contemporary art from the MOFAC Permanent Collection, A History of Florida presents a condensed visual timeline of Florida from its initial emergence from the sea through the 20th century.

A History of Florida includes reproductions of the 10 murals painted by Christopher Still as part of his House Chamber Murals installed in the Florida House of Representatives Chambers. Depicting Florida’s history and natural beauty, each canvas print measures over six feet long and hangs in the MOFAC Concourse.

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