Bruce Marsh : A Long Glance
wednesday, oct. 5 – friday, nov. 18, 2022
In his paintings of groups, Bruce Marsh stretches fleeting moments of everyday experiences into intensely observed panoramic scenes. Marsh photographs people and places located mostly in the suburban and rural surroundings of his studio in Ruskin, Florida, and uses his photographs as references for his paintings, which depict complex arrangements of figures in ordinary situations. Often set in public settings containing smaller zones of privacy, Marsh’s sweeping paintings depict groups in a way that eliminates hierarchy and turns background characters into the main focus of our attention.
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 she places their unstable bodies in. In Herd of Thunder, intense feelings of strength and independence clash with psychological and political impediments to their freedom.
Marlon Tobias : We Live on Old Dixie HWY, Too
wednesday, nov. 30, 2022 – Friday, feb. 10, 2023
Often sourcing old and new family photos, audio recordings, oral and documented histories, as well as collected objects, Tobias creates paintings, installations, and works on paper that provide an intimate look into the people and places that have shaped his family and community’s histories and traditions in Callahan, Fla.
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.
Nabil Harb : Atmospheres
wednesday, Feb. 15 – friday, Apr. 7, 2023
Merging science fiction and southern gothic traditions, Harb uses black and white photography to capture the emotional and sensory essences of both his home town of Lakeland, Fla. and the Palestinian diaspora. In Atmospheres Harb explores familiar, abandoned, and natural places in and around Lakeland, often activating the space between the lens and the subject to make visible and palpable the dense, humid, and exhausting atmosphere of Central Florida.
Jim Leary : Reflections & Transmissions
wednesday, mar. 22 – friday, jun. 16, 2023
Living and working in Sebring, Fla., Jim Leary constructs painted assemblages made from found and salvaged materials. Using architectural materials like window frames, glazing, and shingles, Leary finds complimentary formal elements among disparate fragments and reconfigures them into abstract wall hangings. Evoking details of domestic, commercial, and sacred buildings, the works in Reflections & Transmissions function as a kind of abstract signage directing us to the mystery and play that can be found in everyday and discarded materials.
South Florida State College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2023
wednesday, Apr. 12 – friday, may 19, 2023
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 2022-2023 school year, and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital art, and mixed-media works.
Reception and Awards Ceremony date TBD