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.

Faculty Focus: Luca Molnar

August 16, 2019- October 14, 2019,

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

“Giornata”, 2017, Oil on panel 6 ft. x 7 ft.
“I paint fractured space, pitting continents of pattern against one another as a mirror for societal structure. My recent paintings derive from maps of politically charged and historically rich places, both real or imagined. The patterns I use refer to specific memories and histories, drawing from embroidery, quilts and other textiles, wallpaper, and tile. I am captivated by our everyday encounters with pattern in spaces like bathrooms and kitchens, the centers of care for the body and the often-invisible labor of women.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oscar Bluemner: Color Sketches

Works from the Vera Kouba Bluemner Collection
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 communicate the artist’s excitement as he embarked on his new venture.

Alumni Focus: Sean Erwin

(Located in the Sampson Building)
August 18 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Pheromone”, Ceramic Sculpture, Sean Erwin

Sean Erwin received an MFA from the University of South Florida in 2008 and BA in studio art from Stetson University in 2004. He currently resides in Deland, Florida working as a studio artist and adjunct professor for the visual arts department at Stetson University. He creates a narrative with his art as a way of understanding the human condition and those experiences that define our personal identities. The stories we tell help reveal personal archetypes, experiences, and myths that we, as humans, are capable of sharing through our unique sense of imagination.

Erwin’s work implements narrative as a device to engage the viewer while trying to understand some truth about human nature and the world around us. The work is initially derived from Erwin’s personal experiences and are then fictionalized into sculptural narratives. Often times the resulting narrative is satirical and humorous. Through humor, Erwin hopes to encourage a way of experiencing the world that will open us to the transcendent that informs it, and at the same time forms ourselves within it.

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 2001, 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.

Alumni Permanent Collection Highlights

 August 18th – October 13th, 2018

Opening Reception- August 23, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Self Portrait in Blue, oil on panel, Trent Tomengo, 1999

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. Artists included in the exhibit: Trent Tomengo, Sean Erwin, Jenny Catron, Erin McCollum, Gladys Cevallos, Nick Leibee, Sarah Hagan. 

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.

Creative Arts Digital Senior Exhibitions

April 14 – May 3, 2018
Reception April 20, 2018 from 6-8pm

The presentations of the capstone works created by Stetson’s graduating seniors in the Creative Arts Department.


(Un)canonical Bluemner

Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection

January 26 – May 3, 2018

Gallery Lecture
March 22nd at 7pm
Hand Art center Admission is free.
CULTURAL CREDIT for students!

Sunset Effect on Rain (1929), Oil on panel

Graduating senior Abigail Ramsbottom curated this exhibition as a component of her senior project. The exhibition aims to display Oscar Bluemner’s artistic development and explore the intersection of artist and art canonization, which is the way in which certain art and artists are selected, emphasized and commemorated in art museums, galleries and art history courses and textbooks. The gallery exhibition illuminates Bluemner’s significance both during his lifetime and at the present moment, analyzing the ways the art institutions and the art market impacted the posthumous fate of Bluemner’s oeuvre.

a better nectar

January 26 – March 3, 2018

A Better Nectar, by Jessica Rath, is a multisensory installation based on the artist’s extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. Rath creates an immersive experience using sculptural forms, light, and sound to explore how bumblebees learn and remember multisensory floral symbols to find better nectar. Visitors to Steton’s Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center will encounter human-scaled sculptures that evoke a bee’s sensory journey from nest to nectar with audio and visual elements that interpret the bee’s experience of an audibly and visually pulsing world. Each location will also host a selection of photographs and watercolor paintings representing some of the world’s flowers — including important food crops like tomatoes and eggplants — that must be pollinated by bees buzzing at a specific frequency, something that’s known as buzz pollination.  Additionally each location will have research stations that visitors can explore.

Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts

January 26 – March 3, 2018

Matthew Roberts is a new media artist specializing in real-time video performance and new media applications. His work has been featured internationally and nationally, including shows in Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Italy, Mexico and nationally in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago. He has been shown in several new media festivals including FILE, Zero1, 404 and CONFLUX, and he recently received the Transitio award from the Transitio_MX Festival in Mexico City. He is the founder of EMP: Electronic Mobile Performance, and is an associate professor of digital art at Stetson University.

Oscar Bluemner: Vision and Revision

Small Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection

August 18 – December 8, 2017

Roberta Smith Favis, Curator

Oscar Bluemner, Jersey Silkmills, c.1916-17, watercolor and ink on paper

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Jeffrey R. Hayes (1947-2012)

In 1997 the daughter of the American Modernist painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938) died in DeLand, Florida, leaving her remarkable collection of her father’s artworks and archival materials to Stetson University. This bequest now constitutes the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection. The first major exhibition from this collection, Oscar Bluemner: A Daughter’s Legacy, was staged in Stetson’s Duncan Gallery of Art in 2004. In 2009 the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center opened with a primary mission of housing and providing exhibition space for the Kouba Collection. Changing exhibitions in the Bluemner gallery are designed to introduce the public to the collection’s depth and breadth, and to educate viewers about the historical and aesthetic importance of Oscar Bluemner’s work. The current exhibition concludes a year-long celebration of the sesquicentennial of the artist’s birth.

28th Annual Juried Exhibit

November 3 – December 8, 2017

The 28th annual juried show of work by Stetson students.
Entry is open to all undergraduate students on Stetson’s DeLand campus.

Tanya Guevara, Water Buffalo, oil on canvas, 2017

Tradition and Innovation in Russian Art
August 18 – October 14, 2017

Andrew “Murray” Howe II, Thieves Market, Moscow 1909

This exhibition features an array of artworks illuminating Russian art’ and society’s oscillation between Western influences and national heritage and rapid modernization, which often evoked contrary expression idioms.

The photographs by Murray Howe, an American photojournalist, taken in 1909 during his trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, offer a unique outsider perspective on Russian life during the late Imperial period.

Howe’s photographs create a perfect, mosaic-like socio-historical framing for Russian artworks ranging from solemn religious icons, to whimsical Faberge elephants, to refined silverwork in Neo-Russian style, and, finally, to abstracted works by Ukrainian avant-garde artist Alexander Archipenko. This particular selection of objects underscores the vibrancy of Russian art and its persistent quest for forging a new identity.

Faculty Focus: Madison Creech

in collaboration with Matthew Creech, Ola Lindefelt, and Wren Turco
August 18-October 145

The four artists engaging with this project are Madison Creech, textile artist and Creative Arts professor at Stetson University; Matthew Creech, illustrator, print collagist and barista from North Carolina; Ola Lindefelt, Swedish-born experimental cellist and audiovisual composer; and Wren Turco, photofilm sculptor and minimal electronic musician from Florida. Drawing on shared concerns and ideas as well as their diverse backgrounds, the four artists recently started collaborating as the FEELD collective.

FEELD is a cross-disciplinary artist collective exploring intersections of aesthetically challenging redefinitions of vernacular form and socially conscious, carbon-positive participatory experience pieces. We often integrate illustration, textile work, field audio recording, experimental music composition and progressive collage to create ensembles. Our unified creative output is used to challenge the structure and dominance of formal currencies by introducing and inviting to alternative ones.

Prints by Women

Selected European and American Works from the Georgia Museum of Art

January 20 – March 3, 2017

This exhibition includes 46 prints—woodcuts, lithographs, drypoints, etchings, screenprints and more—ranging from the 19th through the 21st centuries, each by a different European or American woman artist. “Prints by Women” uses works from the museum’s permanent collection to provide a visual chronicle of art by women.

Three of the most important European women artists, Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822–1899), Berthe Morisot (French, 1841–1895) and Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945), are featured in the exhibition. Bonheur’s hand-tinted lithograph “The Sheep Fold” was among the most widely-distributed and popular images of the 19th century in both Europe and the United States. Morisot’s untitled drypoint of ducks exhibits the influence of both French Impressionism and Japanese printmaking on the artist. Kollwitz was a graphic artist of first importance, male or female, and her etching “Woman By a Church Wall” is typical of her early post-Impressionist images. Three of the American women—Peggy Bacon, Victoria Hutson Huntley and Elizabeth Olds—contributed meaningfully to the growth of early American modernism as taught to them by the popular and influential art teacher and painter, Robert Henri.

Government support of the arts during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration under the auspices of the New Deal’s “alphabet agencies” led to women artists (including Lucienne Bloch, Grace Clements, Minetta Good, Clare Leighton and Jenne Magafan) finding expanded opportunities for employment and work in the fine arts. Minna Citron, an artist associated with Abstract Expressionism in New York in the 1950s, experimented in unorthodox techniques in etching, especially in Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17 workshop, with an interest in accidental effects and random elements that mirror her abstract paintings. The display also focuses on a handful of living contemporary artists, including Claire Clements, Ynez Johnston, Laquita Thompson and Emily Trueblood.

February 9, 2017
“Pressing Commitments: 20th Century Women Printmakers and the Demands of Art and Family”

Curator Talk with Elizabeth Seaton of Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University

Dupont Ball Library, Room 25L, 7-8pm

Elizabeth Seaton has been with the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University since 2003. Previously Seaton worked in the museum education department of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000-2003) and as a curator at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (1994-1996).

Seaton received her BA in art history from Harvard University in 1989 and MA/PhD in art history (emphasis American art) from Northwestern University in 2000. Her research interests include Kansas culture, American printmaking, US government patronage of the arts, and American art between the two world wars.

Seaton has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Beach Museum of Art’s 2005-2008 traveling exhibition, “Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960” and 2015-2017 traveling exhibition “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists.” She is a co-author of the catalogues for these exhibitions and author of WPA Federal Art Project Printmaking in California (San Francisco: Book Club of California, 2005).

January 27, 2017, 6-8pm

January 20 – March 3, 2017

Faculty Focus:  Dengke Chen

Dengke Chen is an assistant professor of digital arts at Stetson University. He holds an MFA in New Media from the Pennsylvania State University and a BFA in Animation from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Artist Statement
Serious Animation and Ethical Criticism

By showing viewers the relationships between humans and humans, and between humans and nonhumans within a world of other super-intelligent creatures through an animal’s point of view, my animations seek to confront ethical issues such as aggression, racism and animal abuse

Unlike the single narrative storytelling techniques used in traditional animations to amuse and entertain audiences, my animations have nonlinear narratives that engage viewers to critically reflect on social and ethical issues that surround us. One of my main themes and areas of interest is in animal rights, largely due to my personal experiences, memories and fondness with animals.

Through animation based on art practice, by projecting my thoughts and my personal experience on distorted stories, I propose new insights and compel audiences to think about the unvarnished beauty and ugliness of the world. By bringing awareness of social problems and ethical issues that surround us and criticize them through animation, I’ll take my art as weapon and try to improve this world be more harmonious for every sentient life to live in.

Artist Lecture, Feb. 16th, 7-8pm, DuPont Ball Library, room 25L

January 27, 2017, 6-8pm

November 4th- December 9th, 2016

27th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception: November 4th from 6-8pm
Awards Announced at 7pm


The Undergraduate Juried Arts Exhibition celebrates Stetson University students’ creativity, grows their imagination and encourages their exploration of the arts. Artwork is conceptualized, created and completed solely by the contestant. Cash awards are provided by the generosity of local businesses in our area. The awards are selected by a regional museum professional. This year, Stetson Alum Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will do the honors.  She received undergraduate degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a graduate degree in the History of Art from the University of Virginia.  Holly has been with the Cummer Museum since 2003, where she strives to bring the Museum’s Permanent Collection, exhibitions, and historic gardens to life for the broader community.

This event wouldn’t be possible with our generous sponsors! 

Special Thanks to: 
Bobby Baugh
Charlene Thomas
Jenny & Bob Catron
Rich & Lilis George

August 19 – December 9, 2016 

Oscar Bluemner: The Language of Architecture


Oscar Bluemner, Stendal, 1892, pencil on paper

Opening Reception:  August 26th, 6-8pm

Curator Talk with Dr. Roberta Smith Favis: September 13th, 7pm at DuPont Ball Library, room 25L

Oscar Bluemner: The Language of Architecture – Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collectiona new exhibition in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center at Stetson University will run from August 19 to December 9.  The exhibit will examine the significance of architecture in the work of American Modernist Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938).  This display of artwork and archival material from the collection of works by Bluemner continues the mission of the Hand Art Center to display and interpret the works inherited from the artist’s daughter, Vera Blumner Kouba.
Oscar Bluemner was a unique figure in the story of the art of the United States: a German who became an American, an architect who re-invented himself as a painter, an obsessive student of the art and the methods of the past who wholeheartedly embraced modern idioms. He had completed a degree in architecture in Berlin shortly before departing for the United States in 1892, and for his first two decades in America he pursued an architectural career with uneven success. By the beginning of the twentieth century his attention turned increasingly to painting, and by 1911 he was determined to abandon architecture for painting.
The new exhibition explores the ways in which architectural practice informed Bluemner’s painting as well as his use of buildings as a key component of his personal pictorial language. It includes archival material from his career as an architect, including a medal awarded to him by Kaiser Wilhelm II shortly before his departure for America as well as photographs of early architectural projects. Artworks from his second career as a painter have been selected to demonstrate his distinctive use of buildings as a key part of his modernist imagery.

August 19 – October 22, 2016



Margaret Ross Tolbert, Well of the Aquifer, 2016, oil on canvas, Photo Credit: Randy Batista

Opening Reception:  August 26th, 6-8pm

Panel Discussion with Contributing Artists:  September 8th, 7pm in Sage Hall, room 257

Artist Talk with Margaret Ross Tolbert:  September 27th, 7pm in DuPont Ball Library, room 25L


AQUIFERious is curated by Margaret Ross Tolbert, and is based on her award-winning book of the same title. A multi-media art experience, the exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert’s dramatic, large-scale springs paintings with contributing artists’ and scientists’ photographs, videos and cartography. Featured will be the underwater photography by Jill Heinerth, Mark Long and Tom Morris. Springs maps by Eric Hutcheson and Georgia Shemitz.

August 19 – October 22, 2016

Vaselina Springs & The Arkie Deleons


Vaselina Springs and The Arkie DeLeons I-X 2016, acrylic and oil on panel

Opening Reception:  August 26th, 6-8pm

A Talk About Collaboration: October 4th, 7pm in The Hand Art Center Seminar room

Vaselina Springs and The Arkie DeLeons is a DIY work of art built from an expanding number of different components. It has strong narrative inclinations and a tendency to get out of control. It is a comedy, but it’s no joke. Gary Bolding is the primary content provider and image-maker, but much of the work is made collaboratively. The audio portion of this exhibition is drawn from a collection of songs written and performed by Bolding that were arranged, recorded, engineered, and produced by Ed Nicholson, who also functioned as multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. The collaborative nature and scope of the piece is continuing to expand rapidly. This exhibition is the first attempt at making a cohesive presentation of the Vaselina Springs and The Arkie DeLeons material.  The show also includes a 9-foot oil painting and an installation piece. Both are related thematically to the recordings.  Incidentally, Vaselina Springs (vay-sah-LEE-nah), population 25,104, is an oil town in south Arkansas.  The Arkie DeLeons are a band fronted by 2 half-brothers who wrote a rock soap opera about growing up there.

May 13 – July 2, 2016

American Painting and The Florida School of Art

Selections From Private Collections

Opening Reception May 13, 6-8 p.m.

American Painting & Florida School of Art

Featuring works by Carl Brandien, Franz Bolinger, Charles Chapin, Frank Fowler

Harry Fluhart, Martin Heade, George Innes, Harry Roseland and many more…

March 16 – April 2

Senior Showcase

Opening Reception March 18, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

Featuring the works of Erin McCollum, Danielle Grisham, Gisela Alvarez, Taylor Gunderson Elizabeth Frates and Natasha Radovicz Schaidt.


January 22 – May 21, 2016

Oscar Bluemner’s Germany: Youth and Return

Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection


Celebrating 40 Years at Stetson

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January 22 – February 26, 2016
Opening Reception: January 22, 2016, 6-8pm

Lecture: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ DuPont 25L 7PM

Fall 2015

Oscar Bluemner and the Orient


Image: Bristol (Quincy Adams), Charcoal on paper, Oscar Bluemner

Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection

August 14 – December 4, 2015

A selection of artworks by American Modernist Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938) shown alongside Japanese woodblock prints from the artists collection. Conservation of the Japanese prints was made possible by a grant from the Stockman Family Foundation.

The 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition


Trojan Horse, Clay, Gladys Cevallos

November 6th – December 4, 2015

Reception: November 13th, 2015 6-8PM

The 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition is a student show where the hand art center displays the best student talent on campus. There is also a reception where prizes are awarded to the best in show. This year the judge will be Azela Santana from the Orlando Museum of Art. For more information please visit our Juried Art Exhibition page.

2015-2016 Academic Year


CREATIVE ARTS FACULTY FOCUS: Works by Ethan Greene & Nathan Wolek

August 14 – October 17, 2015


August 21 – October 17, 2015

2014-2015 Academic Year


GERARD NADEAU:  Art of Space

June 16th- August 20th, 2015

A Tradition of Contemporary Ceramics

Ceramic horizontal

June 16th- August 1st, 2015

Image: Post Card Works- Purse in Green, Teapot, & Covered Jar


JUST PLAIN FOLK:  Works from the Michael Murrell Collection

A folk-art painting of a dog by Jimmy Lee Suddeth

January 16 – February 28, 2015

Image: Early Toto Dog, Paint on board, Jimmy Lee Suddeth

OSCAR BLUEMNER’S EUROPE: Paris to the Mediterranean

A watercolor of purple mountains done by Oscar Bluemner

January 16 – May 1, 2015

Image: Abruzzi Mountains, 1922, Watercolor on paper, Oscar Bluemner


Oscar Bluemner’s America: New England Scenes

power lines

September 5 – December 5, 2014

Image: Power Lines, Watercolor on paper, Oscar Bluemner

The Waiting Room: Lost and Found


September 5 – October 15, 2014

Image: Float, Lambda platinum prints encased in acrylic, Multiple Artists

25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Erin McCollum2

November 7 – December 5, 2014

Image: Dissociative Appetites, Oil on canvas, Erin McCollum


Apprentice: Student Works From the Stetson University Permanent Collection

Trent Teeming

July 1 – August 13, 2014

Image: Self Portrit in Blue, Oil on panel, Trent Tomengo

2013-2014 Academic Year


Oscar Bluemner: Color Sketches (Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection)

untitled feb 5 1911

September 13 – December 2, 2013

Image: Untitled, Colored pencil on paper, Oscar Bluemner

24th Annual Juried Student Exhibition


November 8 – December 2, 2013

Image: Opus 16, Mixed media, Ashleigh Stuart


Unearthed: Senior Thesis Exhibition


March 22 – April 5, 2014

Image: Resurrection, Oil on canvas, Ashleigh Stuart

Oscar Bluemner: The Language of Trees

sketch for blue space

January 24 – May 5, 2014

Image: Sketch for Blue Space, Watercolors on paper, Oscar Bluemner

2012-2013 Academic Year


Oscar Bluemner’s America: Walking along a New Jersey Canal

sunset effect on rain

September 7 – December 5, 2012

Image: Sunset Effect on Rain, Oil on panel, Oscar Bluemner

Drawing from the Collection of Arthur Goldberg


September 7 – October 19, 2012

Image: Clock, pencil & graphite on canvas, Shimon Okshteyn

23rd Juried Student Art Exhibition

Troy Norton

November 9 – December 5, 2012

Image: Womanly, Clay and Glaze, Troy Norton


Oscar Bluemner’s Germany: Juxtaposing Jerichow


January 25 – April 29, 2013

Image: Jerichow, Ink and ink wash on paper, Oscar Bluemner

The Reflecting Pool Collected Work 1977-1980

Reflecting pool

January 25 – March 19, 2013

Image: The Reflecting Pool, Video, Bill Viola

Senior Thesis Exhibition (digital art)

A Part of the Machine

March 25 – April 5, 2013

Image: A Part of a Machine, Video, Dan Duvall

Senior Thesis Exhibition (studio art)


April 15 – April 26, 2013

Image: 3 Years Old, Digitally Manipulated Photo, Maura Martin

2011-2012 Academic Year


Oscar Bluemner in Black and White: Newly Conserved Works

Old Canal, Red and Green (Sayreville, NJ) 1914

September 9 – December 9, 2011

Image: Study for Old Canal, Red and Green, 1914, Charcoal on paper, Oscar Bluemner

Mark Messersmith: Florida, An Uneasy Allusion Exhibition

august night at the boat ramp

September 9 – October 24, 2011

Image: August Night at the Boat Ramp, Oil on canvas, Mark Messersmith

22nd Juried Student Art Exhibition

Dearest Darling

November 11 – December 9, 2011

Image: Dearest Darling, Ink on eggs, Abigail Lamp


Judith Page: The Politics of the Personal Exhibition

Bubbles and Beasts

January 27 – March 2, 2012

Image: Bubbles and Beasts, Mixed media, Judith Page

Uma Coisa Into Another: Terri Witek & Cyriaco Lopes

Uma Coisa Into Another

March 12 – March 30, 2012

Image: Exit Island, Poetry and other media, Terri Witek & Cyriaco Lopes

Concentrated Color: Watercolors by Oscar Bluemner

Littoral (Red Island)

January 27 – May 2, 2012

Image: Littoral (Red Island), Watercolor on paper, Oscar Bluemner

Rethink: Senior Thesis Exhibition


April 13 – May 2, 2012

Image: By My Hands, Mixed Media Sculpture, Brittany Mann

2010-2011 Academic Year


Oscar Bluemner: The Vermillionaire in Black and White

violet tones

August 27 – December 3, 2010

Image: Violet Tones, Charcoal on paper, Oscar Bluemner

Selections from Stetson University’s Ceramics Collection

Purple Tripod Teapot_ white earthenware barium glaze _ russ gustafson-hilton

August 27 – March 2011

Image: Purple Tripod Teapot, White earthenware barium glaze, Russ Gustafson

21st Stetson University Juried Student Art Exhibition


November 12 – December 3, 2010

Image: Modern Medussa, Mixed media, Carey G. Wilson


Selections from Stetson University’s Ceramics Collections

vessel_ shiiko alexander_underglaze white earthenware

August 27 – March, 2011

Image: Vessel, Underglaze white earthenware, Shiiko Alexander

Oscar Bluemner’s America: Picturing Patterson, N.J.


January 14 – April, 29 2011

Image: Jersey Silkmills, Watercolor & colored pencil on paper, Oscar Bluemner

Senior Thesis Exhibition


April 1 – 29, 2011

Image: Comfort in Numbers, Mixed media, Brandy Worlton

2009-2010 Academic Year


Gary Bolding: Itching & Scratching


September 11 – October 30, 2009

Image: Me and Andy, Oil on wood, Gary Bolding

Oscar Bluemner: The Making of an American Modernist

Gutenberg New Jersey_colored pencil

September 11 – December 3, 2009

Image: Gutenberg (New Jersey), Colored pencil, Oscar Bluemner

20th Juried Stetson University Student Art Exhibition


November 13 – December 3, 2009

Image: Deak Katarina, Oil on canvas, Sara Hagan


Selections for the Permanent Collection


January 15 – April 28, 2010

Image: Family Portrait, Acrylic on plastic, Richard Heipp

Oscar Bluemner: Art and Identity between the World Wars

Campus fire

January 15 – April 28, 2010

Image: Campus Fire, Watercolor and tempera on paper mounted on board, Oscar Bluemner

Senior Thesis Exhibition


March 26 – April 28, 2010

Image: Interiors, Mixed media, Hogan Birney