Artist Talk with Margaret Ross Tolbert

7:00PM, Tuesday, September 27th

DuPont Ball Library, Room 25L

AQUIFERiousis a multimedia exhibition curated by painter Margaret Tolbert and based on her award-winning book of the same title.
The exhibition is intended to immerse visitors in the rare beauty of Florida’s 100,000 square-mile aquifer that feeds into more than 1,000 springs, and provide Tolbert’s followers with a more behind-the-scenes view of all of the artists and scientists who inspired and taught her along the way.
Along with her large-scale paintings, which include the 33-foot-long work “Springs for Hiram,” the exhibit will feature underwater photography by Jill Heinerth, Mark Long and Tom Morris, and springs maps by Eric Hutcheson.

A Talk About Collaboration: Vaselina Springs and the Arkie DeLeons

Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson

7:00PM, Tuesday, October 4th

Hand Art Center Seminar Room


Vaselina Springs and The Arkie DeLeons is a DIY work of art built from a number of different components. It is expandable. Gary Bolding is the primary content provider and image-maker, but much of the work is made collaboratively. The Arkie DeLeons are a band that made a rock soap opera concept album about Vaselina Springs (vay-sah-LEE-nah, population 25,104), a south Arkansas oil town. This first presentation of Vaselina Springs and The Arkie DeLeons includes a 9-foot oil painting, an installation piece, and 10 songs arranged, recorded and produced by Ed Nicholson.



Smithsonian Day

12PM – 4PM, September 24th

Hand Art Center

Karen Chadwick will walk visitors through how the Floridian aquifer works using an interactive demonstration. Using current examples, she will also talk about the processes that affect the aquifer, the importance of limiting or eliminating pollution sources, and the importance of water conservation.

As a Florida native, Karen Chadwick spent a great deal of her childhood exploring and enjoying the woods and waterways of her home state. Following a decision to peruse the arts, she received a BFA for sculpture and painting from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 1988. Since that time, Karen has worked with environmental education centers and museums to fabricate exhibits, which provide interpretation, illustration and display structures for various fields of study. The subject fields include paleontology, archaeology, geology, and hydrogeology and historical events. Project dimensions range from an articulated Mammoth skeleton and a life size section of a sinkhole to small-scale dioramas.

Karen works with experts in the field to convey accurate information provided by state agencies. For example: Three dimensional, interactive aquifer exhibits which depict regionally specific dynamics require input from the Florida Geological Survey, Water Management Districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. A cross section of a particular regions geologic structure is sculpted in detail. This exhibit conveys to the public the hydrologic cycle and the relationships of the affects of rain, stormwater runoff, withdrawals via wells, sinkholes, karst conduits, springs and the salt water interface. The public can interact with the exhibit by pushing buttons to illuminate the various features highlighted in the display. The goal of this type of exhibit is to help the public gain an understanding of how the hydrologic cycle functions above and below ground.

  Expanding on her enjoyment as an avid boater, Karen obtained her OUPV license and started her North Star Charter service. Heritage tours are her specialty. While plying the rivers and lakes and spring runs of north central Florida, Karen describes many of the paleontological, archaeological and historical events that took place along the shorelines to her interested passengers.

Stetson Values Day Dream Garden

10AM – 4PM, September 20th

Hand Art Center

Dream Garden is a site-specific project by new media artist Matt Roberts, poet Terri Witek, and software developer Michael Branton to gather, graft and nurture Stetson’s dreams.   Each time a campus citizen texts a 7-word dream (a poetic form to move private experience into public space), that dream automatically joins others both in an Augmented Reality “garden” at the center of campus– Holler Fountain– and online at Anyone can visit this changing community dream garden by:

  1.    Entering the physical space and using the free AR app Layar on a smart phone or tablet
  2.    Visiting the project website

The artists launched this work with a brief onsite performance and demonstration in the Hand Art Center. A postcard with instructions will ensure that visitors can continue to contribute their dreams long after Values Day.

Dream Garden will show how some community resources– like citizens’ dreams translated into 7-word poems– can inhabit and expand a space without wounding it, colonizing it or wasting natural resources.  As a political space, it’s urban renewal and greening without displacement.  As a philosophical space it suggests that dreaming together may change a city and even a country.  As a community garden it suggests that our dreams aren’t wasted—they are growable, transplantable, and in the space of the project, both virtual and real.

FIELD TRIP to Volusia Blue Springs State Park

10AM, September 8th

Blue Springs State Park

The Hand Art Center and the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience present a field trip to Volusia County’s Blue Springs with Tom Morris and Mark Long, contributors of AQUIFERious. There will be a short presentation prior to going to the Springs at 10am in the Hand Art Center Seminar room. Immediately after, attendees will go to Blue Springs and meet in front of the historic Thursby house in Blue Springs State Park.

Panel Discussion with AQUIFERious Contributors


7:00PM, Thursday, September 8th

Sage Hall Room 257

Panel Contributors:

Margaret Ross Tolbert: Curator, Artist

Tom Morris: Biologist, Extreme Cave Diver, Explorer, Photographer

Mark Long: Photographer

Eric Hutcheson: Extreme Cave Diver, Cave Cartographer, Artist

Faculty Expert:

Dr. Kirsten Work: Professor of Biology, Stetson University

Panel Moderator:

Dinah Pulver: Environment Writer for The News-Journal

With Panel Introduction by:

Clay Henderson: Executive Director of The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience

Curator Talk with Dr. Roberta Favis

Oscar Bluemner’s Architecture

7:00PM, Tuesday, September 13th

DuPont Ball Library Room 25L

Dr. Roberta Smith Favis is curator of the current exhibition “Oscar Bluemner’s Architecture.” The works in the exhibition come from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection, bequeathed by the artist’s daughter to Stetson University in 1997.

Favis’s lecture will examine the significance of architecture in the work of American Modernist Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938). Bluemner 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 exhibition explores the ways in which architectural practice informed his painting as well as his use of buildings as a key component of his personal pictorial language.

Lecture: American Painting and The Florida School of Art – Selections From Private Collections

6:00PM, Thursday, June 23rd

Gallery walk-through with guest curator Gary R. Libby

Hand Art Center

Mr. Libby, a former Stetson trustee and assistant professor in art history, English and the humanities, is curating an exhibition at the gallery now bearing his name. The exhibition, “American Painting and the Florida School of Art – Selections from Private Collections,” contains 40 works dating from approximately 1825 to 1925, including pieces by renowned landscape artist George Inness, Ash Can School realist painter Robert Henri, Highwaymen painter Harold Newton and others.


Lecture: Risquée: Orientalist Fashion in France

7:00PM, Tuesday, October 20th

Dr. Ekaterina Kudryavtseva, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor of Art History Risquée

Library 25L

Dr. Kudryavtseva is Assistant Professor of Art History, Stetson University, and specializes in the art of the twentieth century.

Lecture: Oscar Bluemner and the East

7:00PM,  Tuesday, September 29th

Dr. Adeline Julia Guy from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris

Library 25L

Dr. Guy is Registrar at the London gallery White Cube, and an expert on the art of Oscar Bluemner.

Image: Mishima, Ink and color on paper, Utagawa Hiroshige

Lecture: Japonisme: Modernism, Japanese Prints, and Oscar Bluemner

7:00PM, Tuesday,  September 8th

Dr. Roberta Smith Favis, Curator

Library 25L

Dr. Favis is Professor Emerita of Art History, Stetson University, and has served as Curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection since 2000.

Lecture: The Drifters Project

6PM, Friday, August 21st 

Artist, Pam Longobardi

Hand Art Center

Artist Pam Longobardi, originator of the DRIFTERS Project and exhibition, provides a visual statement in her work about the engine of global consumption and the vast amounts of plastic objects and their impact on the world’s most remote places and its creatures. In 2006, she began collecting and utilizing “mountainous piles” of plastic debris the ocean was depositing on the remote shores of Hawaii. Longobardi’s work is framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation.

Gerard F. Nadeau, Assistant Professor of Architecture from Drury University Lecture: Art of Space

7:00 pm, Tuesday, June16th

Hand Art Center

Gerard Nadeau, AIA, LEED AP, an artist/architect who leads a participatory design and installation process called Art of Space. Gerard has organized several “space as event” art installations where he invites members of the university and municipal communities to engage in all stages of the concept development, design, construction, and public events of spatial sculptures. The public is invited to learn more about this exciting process on the 16th and join us later in the week to help with concept, design and construction! (June 17-27th)

Dr. Roberta Smith Favis Lecture: Oscar Bluemner’s Europe- Paris to the Mediterranean

7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 28th

Instructional Media Center Room L25
duPont-Ball Library


Healing Art Workshops with Marguerite Perret & Bruce Scherting

12:00PM, Tuesday, September 16th

Hand Art Center Seminar Room

Artists Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting, co-creators of “The Waiting Room,” will work with students at hands-on activity stations to create therapeutic works of art relating to breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression and domestic abuse.

Artist Lecture: Marguerite Perret & Bruce Scherting
Values Day! 

6:00PM, Tuesday, September 16th 

Hand Art Center Seminar Room

 Marguerite Perret

Associate professor of art and design at Washburn University in Topeka, is a multi-media installation artist who explores issue-based, interdisciplinary connections between art, science and medicine through institutional and professional collaborations. She has exhibited widely with a number of invitational and solo projects, and has been commissioned to create large-scale, site-specific temporary public artworks.

Bruce Scherting

The Director of Exhibits and Design at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute’s Natural History Museum where he develops educational displays that document and explore life on earth, past and present. Scherting has worked collaboratively with Marguerite Perret to develop issue based art installations for more than 15 years.

 The Waiting Room: Lost and Found 

A national dialog that examines women’s health issues, healthcare broadly and access, through aesthetic, scientific, cultural, political, economic and literary lenses. As a conceptual framework for this exploration, the medical waiting room provides a psychologically rich context. This is the place where people wait to interface with the medical system, where patients are processed before testing, diagnosis, consultation or treatment begins.


Artist Talk with Lexa Walsh, Community Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

6:30PM, Thursday, November 21st

Instructional Media Center Room L25
duPont-Ball Library

Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially-engaged artist based in Oakland, Calif. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited and toured internationally. She works as anthropologist, archivist, collaborator, experience maker, explorer, facilitator and participant, engaging in hospitable democracy. The essence of her work is situated in performance and direct engagement. She does interactive public art projects, which bring together members of the public to share in conversation, cheer, song, play, dance and food.

Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), she makes site-specific projects that investigate elevating everyday activities into tools for community and relationship building.

While serving as the Community Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, she is creating an alternative “Senior Club,” with a series of activities involving meals, recipes, songs, games, art making and workshops, that lend themselves to storytelling.  She will record and present these stories and oral histories, via a community cookbook, audio and visual documentation.


Roberta Favis Curators Talk

7:30PM, Wednesday, October 5th

Instructional Media Center Room 25L
duPont-Ball Library

Roberta Favis is curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection of works by Oscar Bluemner. She will be discussing the fall exhibition of newly conserved Oscar Bluemner works on exhibition at the Hand Art Center.