44th Annual International Miniature Art Society Exhibition
January 20 – February 10, 2019 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
The 44th Annual International Miniature Art Society Exhibition, presented by the Miniature Art Society of Florida, will exhibit approximately 600 exquisite miniature works of art from around the globe.
Rocky Bridges: Small but Mighty
January 13 – February 10, 2019 • FLORIDA HOSPITAL WALL
To complement the Miniature Art Show, we celebrate all things small with a pop-up exhibition of small-scale, mixed-media works and wearable art pins from the museum’s collection by Tarpon Springs artist Rocky Bridges.
Rocky Bridges, Untitled, c. 2000-2010, mixed-media, 9 1/4 x 6 in., gift of Cleta Clark, 2018.3.3.34.
David McKirdy: From the Collection
February 3 – May 19, 2019 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
A selection of mixed-media works on paper by Tampa artist David McKirdy complements UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means. McKirdy’s background in biology and scientific illustration fuels his inspiration to create abstract works made of elaborate dot patterns. Through painstaking processes, he experiments with a variety of materials to create these interactive works, which engage the viewer through optical illusion.
David McKirdy, Mirror, Mirror, 2014, mirror and mylar, 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in, gift of Cleta Clark, 2018.3.7.
UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means Featuring Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani and Rob Tarbell
February 24 – May 19, 2019 • NORTH, SOUTH AND CENTER GALLERIES
Three contemporary Florida artists use alternative processes to create unique work based on drawing and memory. Nathan Beard explores his family’s lineage through a labor-intensive process using tape to create undulating layers of painted patterns. Fiber artist Akiko Kotani creates drawings with silk thread, explores mark-making on glass, and crochets “melting walls” from plastic. Rob Tarbell harnesses the elusive medium of smoke to create ethereal portraits on paper and porcelain.