Scratch a great collection of art and you will find a grand mélange of situation, opportunity, passion, and competition to rival any soap opera, with plot lines to intrigue and personalities to love, hate, loathe, or admire. Royals and the royally rich may get the most attention but none of it would have happened without businessmen and women. In Russia you find them all.
After a long wait, and during one of the most challenging years in our history, downtown Jacksonville saw the completion, installation, and illumination of the highly anticipated and iconic mixed-media sculpture “Emergence.”
Thirty years ago, in 1990, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida saw the fruits of their fundraising efforts blossom into its first Art Ventures grants.
The exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and Our Contemporary Moment” takes flight from this unprecedented series and expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, as well as pollination as a metaphor for the interplay between art and science, the relationships among artists, and the connections across centuries, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first.
So much has been written about the history of St. Augustine and its native peoples; Spanish, French, and English explorers and settlers; entrepreneurs; pirates; and pioneers. The history of the arts and the people who have lived here and painted here is also noteworthy.
Many people enjoy shopping in museum stores because of the unique items they know they can find. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone. Most importantly, however, museum stores perform integral and multifaceted work for their institutions—from earning income and extending mission-related programs, to visitor engagement and educational outreach through store products, programs, and experiences.