ArtCalusa is a group exhibition featuring Florida’s leading historical artists. Each produces works of art based on scholarly research findings and experimental approaches in archaeology and history.
ArtCalusa visually interprets the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa Indians through their contact with early European explorers. The exhibition also details through artwork and text the dramatic changes in Florida’s environment since people first moved to Florida over 12,000 years ago. Paintings, works on paper, and sculpture by nine artists will be exhibited in City Pier Building (previously home to Art of the Olympians) from November 1 through 29, 2013.
Exhibiting artists include Lucas Century, Merald Clark, Charles Dauray, Chris Kreider, David Meo, Theodore Morris, Dean Quigley, Hermann Trappman, and Jackson Walker. The College of Life Foundation has generously underwritten the exhibition, which is co-curated by Theresa Schober and Barbara Hill. The Florida Department of State has designated ArtCalusa a signature event for the Viva Florida 500 commemoration. The exhibition, which is free, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning November 4. However, ArtCalusa has a $50/ticket VIP reception on Friday, November 1.
The 6:30-9:00 p.m. November 1 VIP reception includes an exciting and thought-provoking set of events and programs that includes music by Kat Epple, culinary treats by Chef Michael Gavala, a meet-and-greet with the artists and a lecture by Dr. Jerald Milanich, who will explore the 420-year-old mystery of Theodore de Bry’s engravings in his presentation, “Tattooed Ladies: Do Theodore de Bry’s Iconic 1591 Engravings of Florida Indians Reflect Reality or Something Else?”
Tickets for the VIP reception are available through the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center at www.sbdac.com or (239) 333-1933. A published exhibition catalogue of all works will also be available for purchase.
On November 2nd from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., a panel of archaeologists including former State Archaeologist Ryan Wheeler, local archaeologists Steven Koski and Theresa Schober, and American Indian literature scholar Gretchen Bataille, will convene to discuss how imagery of the past can be used to promote a deeper understanding of culture. Discussions will address how representations of science and art coincide and conflict in our appreciation of Florida history. The November 2nd program is free to the public as part of a two-year Making History Memorable partnership between Lee Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Humanities Council. Space is limited and reservations will be required.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513. While Florida’s Native American heritage dates back more than 12,000 years, Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era. 2013 marks 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage in Florida – a claim no other state in America can make – and Viva Florida 500 promotes the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America. The Viva Florida 500 commemoration is ongoing throughout 2013, and includes hundreds of events statewide. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida’s history – its people, places and cultural achievements – and this important milestone in American and Florida history. Learn more by visiting VivaFlorida.org.
The College Life Foundation has generously underwritten the ArtCalusa: Reflections on Representation exhibition. The mission of the College of Life Foundation, Inc. is to preserve and educate the public about the history and environment of South Florida with an emphasis on the communal Koreshan activities.
The November 1 VIP reception is co-sponsored by the Lee Trust for Historic Preservation and Florida Anthropological Society. Lee Trust is recipient of a grant from the Florida Humanities Council for a two-year partnership to deepen our understanding of Florida’s indigenous and colonial histories through a series of scholar lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions at historic venues in southwest Florida. In conjunction with Viva Florida celebrations across the state commemorating the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513 and naming of La Florida, the Lee Trust is providing public opportunities to explore how history is represented through art, archaeology, history, and historic places and how these varying representations can impact our sense of history.
The Florida Anthropological Society is Florida’s statewide organization of archaeology and anthropology. The Society is dedicated to the communication of archaeological discovery and scholarly exposition in Florida through an annual conference, quarterly publication of The Florida Anthropologist, and as a sponsoring partner of Florida Archaeology Month and other events and educational programs. The Florida Anthropological Society has also provided funding for the Art Meets Archaeology panel discussion.
For more information or purchase tickets, please contact the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at 239-333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.