One of the most extensive Florida-themed art collections ever assembled was given to the Harn Museum of Art in December 2020. The Florida Art Collection, Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers includes more than 1,200 works of art that capture Florida’s landscape, history and people, and scenes of daily life. Among the gifts are works by celebrated artists such as John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Martin Johnson Heade, and Thomas Moran.
Works by leading American painters in the late-19th and early-20th century, including Robert Henri, George Inness, George Luks, Gari Melchers, John Sloan, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir.
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.