Nabil Harb: Atmospheres
wednesday, FEB. 15 – FRIDAY, APR. 7, 2023
Merging Science Fiction and Southern Gothic traditions, Lakeland artist Nabil Harb’s photography allows us to see visual complexity and historical connections in pictures of easy to miss places.
The title of the exhibition refers to Harb’s interest in depicting the rich sensory experiences that exist in Florida, specifically its wet and heavy air, as well as the other ways that water can travel in fog, rivers, and storms. Whether he’s photographing under a tank, on hunting trails at night from the bed of a pickup truck, or going outside to photograph in the middle of Hurricane Ian, the smells, tastes, sounds, and tactility of the environment he is photographing make their way into his pictures.
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.
Sam Newton: Herd of Thunder
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 – FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2022
Before giving birth to her first child in 2021, Newton started painting and drawing horses, an animal she has loved and identified with since she was a child. Considering the horse as a symbol of freedom and power, Newton’s horses also exhibit extreme movement and speed, emphasized by the tight and constricting compositions in which she places their unstable bodies. In Herd of Thunder, intense feelings of strength and independence clash with psychological and political impediments to their freedom.
South Florida State College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2022
wednesday, Apr. 13 – wednesday, May 18, 2022
Every spring term MOFAC presents the annual exhibition of South Florida State College student artwork. All works of art in the exhibition were created by SFSC students during the 2021-2022 school year, and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital art, and mixed-media works.