Cultural Conversation: Boca Raton Museum of Art

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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
Florida’s longest-running juried art competition is heading to the Boca Raton Museum of Art this month and will feature works depicting flora, fauna, politics and psychosis.
The 65th All Florida Invitational opens July 16 at the museum and this year it will be curated by artists.
The exhibit showcases five distinguished Florida-based artists and 25 early-career Florida artists. It will run through Sept. 25.
This year, the exhibit invited the five established artists, Edouard Duval–Carriй of Miami, Elisabeth Condon of Tampa and Brooklyn, Christopher Harris of Orlando, Carol Prusa of Boca Raton and Sergio Vega of Gainesville. In turn, they were each asked to select five artists who they believe show great promise.
“The invitational format has strengthened this much-beloved exhibition,” said Marisa Pascucci, the Museum’s Curator of Collections, who worked on the project. “The All Florida Invitational is now much more inclusive of all of Florida – both geographically and artistically. And interestingly, more than half of the artists in the exhibition are female.”
The All Florida Invitational isn’t the only exhibit the museum has on display in July. For the first few days of the month, visitors can catch the end of two exhibits before they close.
Through July 3, Arnold Newman: Masterclass and Front Line Back Nine by Charles McGill be featured at the museum.
Newman’s exhibit displays portrait photographs from the 20th century. There are about 200 photos on display of celebrities including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso and other influential figures.
Museum spokeswoman Kelsey Jonhson said he took photos of people in their environment and photographed actors, politicians and famous people from 1930s through the 1980s.
McGill’s art features deconstructed golf bags as collages. Standing in the middle of the room with his collection is a life-size statue of McGill clad in golf gear. McGill is a golfer and uses his art to create a message of sport, race and equality.
About Boca Raton Museum of Art
Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, Store, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions. The Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM; on Thursdays from 10 AM until 8 PM; and on weekends from 12 PM until 5 PM. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, and otherwise $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with IDs and children under 12. Learn more at www.bocamuseum.org.
Support for this exhibition is generously provided by Jennifer & Marc Bell, Beatrice Cummings Mayer, and Christine & Peter Raimondi. Additional support is provided in part by the City of Boca Raton; the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.