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Alumni Permanent Collection Highlights

June 14 – August 4th, 2018

Opening Reception- June 28, 2018 4-6 p.m.

Alumni Painting

  “Let Me Introduce My Selves”
 Oil on canvas, 2012, Ana Francis

The Alumni 2018 highlights works in the Stetson University permanent art collection and is a celebration of our studio art programs and graduates of the Creative Arts Department. The body of work presented, features a diverse exploration of art forms including sculpture, painting, ceramics, collage, and mixed media works.

Stetson Permanent Collection- Harry Louis Freund: Ancient Cultures of Latin America

June 14 – August 4th, 2018

Opening Reception- June 28, 2018 4-6 p.m.

Harry Louis Freund Painting
Court of Nunnery, Uxmal. Maya (New Empire) culture, Oil on Masonite.
Louis Freund was the Artist-in-Residence at Stetson University from 1949 to 1967. During this time he worked on a series of paintings based on the Indian culture of the Americas, having received grants to do so.


Oscar Bluemner: Color Sketches

August 18 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Lodi”, 1911, Oscar Bluemner

During 1910-1911 Oscar Bluemner intensified his longtime practice of regular sketching expeditions in the countryside. The discovery of a new type of vivid colored pencils enabled him to put into practice his growing conviction that expressive color was the most important element in art. The drawings in this exhibition demonstrate Bluemner’s rapid assimilation of the various strands of Post-Impressionism.

The varied subjects include suburban roadways, canal-banks, near-mystical suns, as well as urban and figurative subjects. The freshness of vision in these works still communicates the artist’s excitement as he embarked on his new venture.

ANNI HOLM: The Immigration Project

August 18, 2018 – October 13, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Jana – Germany (from Immigration Project)”, Archival Inkjet Print, 2003, 57″ X 43″ Anni Holm

After the attacks of Sept. 11th 200, an investigation revealed that two of the suicide pilots were in the United States on expired student visas. The public expressed their concern towards this problem and demanded better security. It was proposed to monitor all international students’ actions while in the United States by enforcing fingerprinting and tracking cards with chip implants to enhance national security.

In this body of work, Anni deals with the issues of all the personal information the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) might choose to obtain to monitor international students in the US. Anni worked with international students from all over the world to obtain photos, fingerprints and other forms of personal documents to create large-scale digital portraits of each student. Each image measures 57×43 inches and contains about 4000 life size fingerprints.

29th Annual Juried Exhibit

November 2 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- November 2, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Water Buffalo Painting
“Water Buffalo” oil on canvas, 2017, Thanya Guevara
The Undergraduate Juries Arts Exhibition is designed to celebrate students’ creativity, grow their imagination and encourage their exploration of the arts. All Stetson Students regardless of major are encouraged to participate. Each student may submit up to four visual works of art each. Artwork must be conceptualized, created, and completed solely by the contestant. If you are a student and wish to enter, click here.

Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes, and Restrikes

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception- January 18, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Rembrandt Self Portrait
Self Portrait of Rembrandt
Rembrandt, one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art, created etchings that offer a wide range of subjects, from incisive representations of scriptures to studies of street life. His prints possess comedy as well as sober social commentary and have influenced innumerable later printmakers.
This exhibition of 40 Rembrandt etchings examine the problem of authenticating Rembrandt’s etchings. The exhibition includes first state pulls from the artist’s lifetime and restrike prints from the 17th to 20th century.

Senior Exhibition 1: Digital Arts

March 18 – April 5, 2019

Opening Reception- March 22, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Senior Exhibition 2: Studio Art

April 13 – May 9, 2019

Opening Reception April 18, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Traveling Exhibition: Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy

August 2019- October 2019, 2019

Horse And Rider

Horse and Rider with Tiger (Land Crossing) 2016, charcoal on vellum on paper, 40″ x 44″.
“Art and events both have a galvanizing agency—the power to inspire witnesses to contemplation or action. Conversely, momentous events, triumphs and tragedies alike, have long been commemorated in art, from the ancient reliefs on the Arch of Titus in Rome to the French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault’s iconic Raft of the Medusa. These strands from two ends of a common arc converge in the extraordinary Refugee Trilogy series by Rick Shaefer, which represents the Connecticut-based artist’s passionate and cerebral response to the current Syrian refugee crisis, the seismic effects of which continue to resonate around the globe.

Faculty Focus: Grace Ramsey

August 18 – October 13, 2019

Opening Reception- August 24, 2019 4-6 p.m.

 Grace Ramsey Artwork
Lovely, Dark and Deep
Oil on canvas 36″ x 36″ 2017

Working loosely from my own experiences, memories, musings, introspections, and fears, my paintings function in a dreamlike narrative space between fantasy and reality. I explore themes of girlhood and womanhood, using elements of ritual, magic and religious iconography to give color and light to what is kept hidden or left unsaid. These are the secrets of an insular world, but if there are mysteries in these scenes, there may also be moments of uncanny familiarity. Though this work arises from my private thoughts, I hope that it opens itself to possibility. The narrative and emotional threads grow richer and more complicated with every viewer who might think, for a moment, I’ve seen or felt or dreamed this before.