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Current Exhibit

Spirits: Deborah Masters

June 3rd – August 3rd, 2019 

Opening Reception: June 14th, 2019 6-8 p.m.

“Ghosts 2″ Oil on Vellum & Rag on Paper,  42.5″ x 55”, Deborah Masters
“Deborah Masters is a highly gifted figurative sculptor whose specialty is heads. She constructs works that are both much greater than life-size and also tabletop portraits. Both kinds of work depict animals and people. She combines sculptural tradition with the eclecticism of contemporary art. The heads are invested with sharply delineated features, an aura of profound seriousness, and various collars or ties circling their necks and descending down the chest.”

Kid’s Craft Days at the HAND ART CENTER 

Free Come-n-Go Family Fun Saturdays at the Hand Art Center

Location: Hand Art Center Seminar Room 12-4pm

Fun-filled Family Days are ahead! The Hand Art Center is hosting  educational celebrations for families to experience and learn more about art and culture. Visitors enjoy hands-on art activities for kids of all ages. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Every third Saturday from noon to 4pm. Usually groups will come for an hour.

The remaining dates for Family Fun Saturdays will be:

June 22nd

July 6th

July 13th

Coming Soon

Traveling Exhibition: Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy

August 16, 2019- October 14, 2019,

Opening Reception: August 23rd, 2019 6-8 p.m.

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.

Past Exhibits

Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes, and Restrikes

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception: January 25, 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.

Oscar Bluemner: Beauty of Color

January 18 – May 2, 2019

Opening Reception: January 25, 2019 6-8 p.m.

March Wind-Passaic River, New Jersey, Watercolor on paper, 1911-17

Over the last 400 years, color has been the subject of many examinations and proposed theories. Color theory focuses on the visual effects of color, the harmonious relationships of color, and how different colors affect each other. Over time, as Bluemner was developing his color theory, his application of color began to focus on an emotional understanding of the world around him. He bases his color on inner emotional observations, rather than reality. As Bluemner explains,” I work the usual way from Form to Color, reversed-from Color to Form; from our inward experiences to their outer realization, through creative imagination.” This personal application of color became a part of Bluemner’s trademark as an artist. Bluemner recognized that color was his driving force, and even described, “the beauty of color, as the primary objective of his works. This exhibition explores one of the key factors of Bluemner’s works, and, in order to do so, hopes to give a greater understanding of the ways that Bluemner considers color.


Faculty Focus: Michael Katz

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception: January 25, 2019 6-8 p.m.

The Art Institute Of Chicago,  Pigment print on canvas, 26 x 39 inches, 2018

Michael Katz’s work has been featured in exhibitions and collections including the Drawing Center, New York; Touchstone Gallery, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio and many more. He has received numerous grants and awards including a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a commission to create a series of large paintings for the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places program, Miami Florida.

He holds an M.A. in Painting and a B.F.A in Studio Art from Kent State University. He has taught at New York University, New York; Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida; and Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. He currently teaches drawing, and visual concepts at Stetson University in Central Florida.

Tim Ludwig

(Located in the Sampson Building)
February 1 – May 2, 2019

Opening Reception: January 25, 2019 6-8 p.m.

“Jar with crown imperial” Earthenware and Ceramic Stains 22x19x8, 2001

I am fortunate to get up everyday and have the opportunity to express myself through an artistic process.  I make choices whether to do that or participate in other aspects of my life.  Regardless, I still embrace the artistic side of my life with pretty much everything I do.  I look at my work with a passionate desire to strengthen and expand my mind as I continue to make ceramic pots I feel good about.  The forms are memories and visions from my experiences living around creative development.  Images are growth patterns taken from time reflecting on my life. 

My work is primarily constructed on the potter’s wheel and each piece is made one at a time by hand. I use an earthenware red clay body that is brushed with white slip when the pieces are semi-dry. I mix ceramic stains with white slip to create the painted surfaces and images. The pieces are then fired in an electric kiln to 1910 degrees. The pots are stained in selected areas and a thin clear glaze is applied. 


Senior Exhibition 1: Digital Arts

March 18 – April 5, 2019

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

“Structured Form” Mixed Media, 2019, Matt Garrett

 From virtual reality to digital illustrations. Stetson seniors display their senior project at the Hand Art Center. Come and see the amazing dedication and hard work they put in to create their exhibit. 


Senior Exhibition 2: Studio Art

April 13 – May 3, 2019

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

“In the Wind” Oil on Canvas,  48″ x 36″, 2019,  Sarah Hargest

Stetson Studio Art seniors showcase their senior project at the Hand Art Center. This exhibition features all forms of studio art. From paintings to sculptures, to even textile displays. Come and see the spectacular art these students have made.