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Recognizing Established Artists From Florida, the Nation and Beyond

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Formally opened in 1980, the mission of the Jenkins Gallery is to exhibit the work of noted and established Florida artists, as well as to introduce national and international artists to the Central Florida region. Each of the four to six annual exhibitions are professionally curated by the Curator of Exhibitions or a guest curator.
February 5 – April 2, 2016
Art Legends of Orange County: The Rite of Passage – A Collection of Work by Grady Kimsey from the 1940s to the Present

This retrospective exhibition is part of a 2016 collaboration titled Art Legends of Orange County, Florida that features a series of exhibitions at multiple museums honoring pre-Disney leaders in the arts from 1932 to 1982, including founders of arts organizations, influential arts educators, significant patrons and artists who have brought national or international attention to Central Florida.

Grady Kimsey is one of Central Florida’s most accomplished artists and most popular arts educators. He has enjoyed success as a sculptor, ceramicist and painter, with eight decades of life experiences to draw upon for inspiration. He received his B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1950 and his Master’s Degree in Education from Rollins College in Winter Park in 1969.

Kimsey retired after a 25-year career as a professor of art at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College of Florida), where he founded the Fine Arts Gallery in 1980 and literally inspired thousands of students, including some of Central Florida’s most recognized artists. His national exhibition record spans nearly six decades, and his work is in the collections of some of Florida’s top art museums and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida.   

The celebration of Kimsey’s influence will encompass exhibitions in all three Crealdé galleries. Kimsey’s most recent work and his older work dating to 1949 will be featured in the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery and the adjacent Showalter Hughes Community Gallery. Across town, at Crealdé’s Hannibal Square Heritage Center, additional work by Kimsey and current work by his former students titled Progressions: Work by Former Students of Grady Kimsey will demonstrate the spectrum of his mentorship and his impact on these accomplished artists, including Paula Peterson, Paula Pell, Henry Sinn, Randall Smith, Cheryl Smith, Kyle, Pam Coffman, Jay Spalding, Carlos Richmond, Melissa Kimsey-Hickman, Greg Freeman, Cindy Freeman, Marty Whipple and Lynn Warnicke.

Also featured at this time will be a selection of paintings by Crealdé founder Bill Jenkins titled Art Legends of Orange County: The Inspired Paintings of Crealdé Founder Bill Jenkins.

The opening event will begin with a 6–8 p.m. reception at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and will continue at Crealdé’s main campus from 7–9 p.m. Friday, February 5. Curator Barbara Tiffany will host a guided gallery tours on Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m. and Friday April 1 at 11 am-1 p.m.  Artists Talk, featured artists talk about their mentor Grady Kimsey, 2-4 pm Sunday, March 6, at Hannibal Square Heritage Center. (Hosted by the Crealdé Painting & Drawing Fellows and Photography Fellows)

April 15 – June 25, 2016
Tom Rankin: Sacred Landscapes of the South

For over 25 years, North Carolina photographer Tom Rankin has documented rural churches and their surrounding sacred landscape. The exhibition of large-scale, film-based, black-and-white photographs will show his artistic interpretation and studies of the ever-changing landscape during his repeated visits to the same locations.

Tom Rankin is the former director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, and current professor of the practice of art and documentary studies, and director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. A photographer, filmmaker and folklorist, Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture throughout his career. His photographs have been published widely in numerous magazines, journals and books, and he has exhibited throughout the country. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).

The weekend’s opening events will begin with a 7–9 p.m. reception at the Jenkins Gallery on Crealdé’s main campus with a brief gallery talk by Tom Rankin on Friday, April 15. The evening also serves as the opening reception for The Florida Painters Return to Crealdé. (Hosted by the Crealdé Ceramics & Sculpture Fellows and Photography Fellows.)

The following night, Saturday, April 16, our guest artist will present a formal lecture on his documentary photography of the American South in partnership with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at the Rollins College Bush Auditorium at 7 p.m.; preceded by a reception at Crealdé’s Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 5–6:30 p.m., where Rankin’s work also will be on exhibition.  



On left, “Mound Bayou, Mississippi” by Tom Rankin
On right, “Mt. Tinna Missionary Baptist Church, Scott, Mississippi” by Tom Rankin


July 8 – September 3, 2016:
35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The exhibition features some of the year’s best student work in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts; juried by Crealdé’s program managers. Opening reception coincides with the Annual Membership Meeting. The Membership Meeting & Awards Ceremony takes place from 7-8 p.m., followed by a reception until 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. (Hosted by the Crealdé faculty, staff and board members.)

September 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017
Spinning Yarn: Storytelling through Southern Art

Opening Reception, Spinning Yarn: Storytelling Through Southern Art
Explore the power of visual storytelling with 40 works of art created by 20 contemporary, self-taught and traditional artists living and working in 10 Southern states. The two-venue exhibition is curated by Teresa Hollingsworth, Katy Malone and Kristin Congdon and is on display at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery and at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The evening begins with a 7-8:30 pm reception at the Jenkins Gallery, continuing from 8:30-10 pm at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center with live music.

Saturday, September 17
Sweetgrass Basketmaking Open House
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
10 am-6 pm – Open House & Basket Sale
10:30-11:30 am – Coffee and Conversation with Barbara McCormick and LaQuetta Smith
Born and raised in the sweetgrass corridor of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Spinning Yarn featured artist Barbara McCormick and her daughter LaQuetta Smith share the traditions of their time-honored craft in a morning program and afternoon workshop (details below) as well as offering their baskets for sale, with extended hours at the center. Free.

Storytelling Traditions of Sweetgrass Basketmaking Workshop
1:30-5:30 pm
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Learn the basics of sweetgrass basketmaking with Barbara McCormick and LaQuetta Smith. Open to adults and children ages 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Limited to 15 participants. Free.

This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

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On left, Annie Tolliver, "Portrait of My Father, Mose," ca. 1995. Paint on panel, 21 x 7 in. Courtesy of Kristin and David Congdon
On right, Lonnie Holley, “Do Not Write on This,” 2007, mixed media, 48 x42 x 14 inches, photograph by John Bentham

Celebrating the Art of Crealdé’s Community

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Established in 2000, the Showalter Hughes Community Gallery highlights four to five exhibitions annually, featuring work by students, faculty, emerging artists and outreach programs. There is seating for 80 guests.

February 5 – April 2, 2016
Art Legends of Orange County: The Rite of Passage – A Collection of Work by Grady Kimsey from the 1940s to the Present

See description under Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.

April 8 – July 16, 2016
The Florida Painters Return to Crealdé

The Florida Painters began with a Crealdé School of Art plein air workshop in 2008 held by artist and mentor Tom Sadler. The group had such a wonderful rapport, that they vowed to continue meeting to paint as often as possible. Support from one another has allowed each artist to grow into their own style, increase their skills, and enjoy laughter and camaraderie.

This exhibition by The Florida Painters spotlights a group of painters whose skill, creativity and diversity have grown tremendously. While their focus has continued to be painting the landscape en plein air, their subjects have expanded to include urban scenes, still lifes and the human figure. Their styles range from traditional impressionism to expressionism and from strict representation to near abstraction. Two members work in pastels. Members have won awards, taken part in paint-out events, and shown their work in galleries, museums and outdoor art festivals. 

The exhibition is curated by Barbara Tiffany, Curator of Exhibitions. The opening reception will be held from 7-9 pm Friday, April 15, at the same time as the Tom Rankin: Sacred Landscapes of the South opening reception.


On left, A Rural Scene” by Robert Ross
On right, “Campus Building” by Claudia Thomas


August 13 – 27, 2016
34th Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition

Since 1982, Crealdé has presented an annual exhibition featuring one work of art from each of the 300 Summer ArtCamp participants, ages 4 to 17. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. It is curated by Crealdé’s Summer ArtCamp faculty. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, August 13. (Hosted by the Summer ArtCamp staff and faculty.)


Artworks by Summer ArtCamp students


September 9 – October 29, 2016 
LIGHTSOURCE: Richard D. Colvin

The paintings in LIGHTSOURCE: Richard D. Colvin depict indoor and outdoor scenes taken from his life in Central Florida, mostly Lake County. The real subject in Colvin’s work, narrative content notwithstanding, is the action of light upon matter expressed in color, reflection and shadow. Colvin is the Executive Director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. His longtime influence in the Central Florida community includes 14 years as curator at Art & History Museums, Maitland and its predecessor, and more than 30 years of exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions. The opening reception is 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 16, at the Jenkins Gallery, held in conjunction with the opening reception for the Spinning Yarn exhibition. The opening reception is 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 16, at the Jenkins Gallery, held in conjunction with the opening reception for the Spinning Yarn exhibition.

November 11 – January 7, 2017
New Works from Crealdé’s Emerging Artist Program: Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture

Emerging artists from Crealdé’s Photography and Ceramics & Sculpture programs share their talent and demonstrate diverse techniques in work produced during their Fellowships. Since 1978, the Crealdé Fellowship Program has mentored hundreds of students through this work-study exchange, with many becoming professional exhibiting artists. This exhibition is curated by Barbara Tiffany, Curator of Exhibitions. Due to Veteran’s Day, the opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 18. (Hosted by Crealdé Painting & Drawing Fellows.)



On left, “Flagler Statue at Gate” by Holly Manus
On right, “Porcelain Mugs” by Gabriel Isaac


Exploring Heritage and Folklore through the Visual Arts and Humanities

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Established in 2007, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center hosts three to four annual exhibitions that explore local history, cultural preservation, the African-American experience and Southern folklore through educational and visual arts mediums including documentary photography, painting and textiles.

February 5, 2016 – April 2, 2016
Art Legends of Orange County: The Rite of Passage – A Collection of Work by Grady Kimsey from the 1940s to the Present

See description under Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.

April 15 – June 25, 2016
Tom Rankin: Sacred Landscapes of the South

See description under Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.

April 30, 2016
Seventh Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival
The festival celebrates the works of more than 25 artists, including members of the original Florida Highwaymen and the B-Side Artists collective. Music by the Porchdogs Cajun and Zydeco Band and Orisirisi African Folklore. A “Kid-folk” workshop culminates in a public parade. Food trucks. Free admission. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at Hannibal Square Heritage Center.

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The festival features original art by locals, music and free hands-on art workshops for participants of all ages.



July 12 – September 3, 2016
Phase VIII of The Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park

After more than a decade of collecting photographs and oral histories from west Winter Park residents and former residents, the Heritage Center will display its entire Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park, featuring a powerful new addition of images and stories from Hannibal Square that have never been seen before. Phase VII was shared by the Collins family, whose father was a lifelong avid amateur documentary photographer.

Crealdé’s nationally recognized Heritage Collection is a permanent museum-quality exhibition of over 125 framed archival pieces that capture the lives of Winter Park’s African-American community spanning the 20th century. As rapid gentrification continues to change the cultural landscape of Hannibal Square, the growing collection is an important tribute to one of Florida’s oldest African-American communities. The exhibition is curated by documentary photographer and Heritage Center founder Peter Schreyer with Hannibal Square Historians Fairolyn Livingston and Mary Daniels. A reception will be held from 6–8 p.m. Friday, July 22.


Photographs from Phase IV of the Heritage Collection: left, in this photograph from the 1940s, Ms. Sue Mons Thomas is posing in her military uniform down by the Winter Park railroad tracks. She was very proud to serve her country as a WAC, or army nurse. Right, this is a Rountree family portrait, circa 1950. The men standing left to right are Mr. Lonnie Rountree, his son Rudolph, and seated is little Juanita and her mother Claudia Mons Rountree. 

September 16, 2016 – January 16, 2017
Spinning Yarn: Storytelling through Southern Art

See description under Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.


Community-based Documentary Photography Projects
Shared with Florida Galleries and Museums


Since 1994 Crealdé School of Art has produced numerous award-winning documentary projects which have traveled to partnering organizations and governments throughout the state, such as 1998’s “The Last Harvest: A History and Tribute to the Life and Work of the Farmworkers on Lake Apopka,” shown above in 2014 at Winter Garden City Hall.

October 16, 2015 – February 28, 2016
100 Years of Hannibal Square: Historic and Contemporary Photographs of West Winter Park

Orange County Regional History Center exhibits a selection of the Heritage Center’s award-winning permanent collection spanning the 20th century as well as the contemporary professional environmental portraits captured by Peter Schreyer for The Sage Project: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories.

November 3, 2015 to January 21, 2016
St. Augustine at 450 visits the City of St. Augustine

Ten photographers captured the oldest city in the nation on the occasion of its 450th anniversary, exploring St. Augustine’s history, preservation efforts and place as a tourist destination, college town and home to a diverse population. Led by documentary photographers Peter Schreyer and Sherri Bunye, a master class produced the project from January to April 2015.

As an official program partner of “St Augustine Celebrates 450,” the exhibition visits the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building, which is open to the public from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.



Left, the St. Johns County Administration Building, St. Augustine, Florida
Right, “The Fort,” by Dennis James from St. Augustine at 450

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