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The Art & Architecture Tour and 4 Feat for Restoration: Donors Find Unique Ways to Give Back to the Museum




The Cummer Museum is blessed to have so many passionate advocates in our community, including donors, volunteers, and members. This quarter, we are highlighting the great work of longtime supporters who fit into all three categories: Kenyon Merritt and the team at Richard Skinner & Associates. As volunteer fundraisers, both found inspired ways to combine their passion for the Museum with their outside interests in a way that amplified their institutional impact.

Architect Richard Skinner discussing the architectural features of one of the private homes on the Art & Architecture tour

Architect Richard Skinner, Pattie Houlihan, and the rest of his team have been generously volunteering their time and talent to organize the Art & Architecture tour each year since 2009, but 2018 was a record year for the event, raising more than $50,000 for the Museum’s mission-based programming! Featuring a personally guided tour by Richard, with commentary on art by Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator Holly Keris, the February event invited attendees to visit three beautiful homes in Riverside, Avondale, and Ortega to explore the intersection of architecture, art, and nature.

“Pattie and I have enjoyed our association with the Cummer and support it in every way we can,” Richard said. “The Art and Architecture Tour has engaged patrons and artisans from all over Jacksonville and the beaches, and we are pleased that it has also been an effective fundraiser for the Museum.”

A special thank you to all of the sponsors for this event and the Clarkson and Stein families for generously opening their homes for the tour.

Kristen Zimmerman (left) and Kenyon Merritt (right) following the 2018 Gate River Run

After learning about the destruction of the Museum’s historic gardens during Hurricane Irma, Kenyon Merritt wanted to do something to help support the reconstruction. She decided to run the 2018 Gate River Run, along with Cummer Museum staff member Kristen Zimmerman. Kenyon started a campaign, 4 Feat for Restoration, and asked her friends, family, and colleagues to donate to the Museum in support of her race … and was she ever successful! On March 10, both Kenyon and Kristen crossed the finish line with smiling faces and Kenyon ultimately raised more than $8,000 for garden restoration.

“Post-Irma photos of our devastated gardens [at the Cummer Museum] were nearly unbelievable; the destruction was astonishing,” said Kenyon. “I felt compelled to do something. Running and fundraising intersect in my Venn diagram, ‘my happy place.’ My good friend and Cummer Museum Registrar Kristen Zimmerman and I vowed to train and race the Gate River Run in exchange for contributions supporting garden restoration.”

If you have an idea for something you would like to do to raise money for the Museum’s mission, we would love to hear from you! Guidelines and information on how to submit proposals can be found below.

Third-Party Fundraisers Policy

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Camp Cummer 2018



Spring Break has passed and summer is quickly approaching, which means it is time to start looking at summer activities for the kids! The Cummer Museum has been teaching summer camp for nearly 20 years. In addition to developing artistic skills, learning about art and art history, and making creative projects, summer art camps help children problem solve, gain confidence, appreciate different perspectives, and communicate effectively. Art camps provide an accepting and creative environment for children to take risks, develop, explore, and share their imaginations. Students are able to interact with fellow campers who are interested in art but may have different ideas or perspectives. They may create different pieces of art based on the same instructions, which demonstrate that different does not mean wrong. This encourages children to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas with more than just their words in their own creative way.

The Cummer Museum Education staff creates dynamic lesson plans and art projects based on the Museum’s permanent collection, gardens, and special exhibitions that will stimulate your children’s creativity and imagination. Campers, inspired by time in the galleries with artistic objects from ancient Greek pottery to contemporary paintings, the historical gardens, and the interactive area, complete an array of creative art projects of different media including drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

Give your kids the gift of a summer filled with art, learning, and imagination at Camp Cummer. The Museum offers six weeks of camp in June or July. Students entering grades 1 through 6 can sign up for one or two weeks. Middle School Camp is also available the week of July 30 for students entering grades 6 through 9. For further information or to register for Camp, please visit

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#5WomenArtists – Anna Hyatt Huntington: ‘Diana of the Hunt’




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Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) was an American sculptress born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From an early age, Huntington was encouraged by her father to develop and hone her artistic talents. She was mostly self-taught, with the exception of doing a brief study in Boston and at the Art Students League in New York. When she was 24 years old, Huntington held her first solo exhibition, where she was praised for her powerful and classical style. She went on to have a successful career, exhibiting her work regularly, and winning numerous awards and commissions.

One of her most significant works, Joan of Arc (1915), was the first public monument by a woman in New York City. Today, she is recognized as one of the finest American sculptors of the 20th century. Her work is displayed in public locations and museums throughout the country and around the world. Huntington’s biggest legacy remains Brookgreen Gardens. In 1923, Huntington married philanthropist and scholar Archer Milton Huntington. In 1930, they purchased Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and soon transformed the property into a public space for more than 300 sculptures. It became the first public sculpture garden in America. Today its permanent collection represents the best of American sculpture from the 19th century to the present.

Anna Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876 – 1973), ‘Diana of the Hunt’, 1922; recast 1960, bronze, Gift of Anna Hyatt Huntington, AG.1961.15.1

Diana of the Hunt was given to the Cummer Museum by Huntington in celebration of its opening in 1961. She is highly regarded for her depiction of human and animal anatomy, and Diana of the Hunt combines these two strengths. Perched atop a globe, Diana, Roman goddess of women and patroness of the hunt, shoots an arrow towards the moon as her hunting dog jumps in excitement. It has become an important element of the Museum’s beautiful and historic gardens.

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#5WomenArtists – Vardi Kahana: ‘The Grandchildren of Cousin Shmuel, Copenhagen, Denmark’




Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Vardi Kahana (b. 1959) is a photojournalist born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She grew up in an orthodox home with two brothers and parents who encouraged her talent for drawing from an early age. Kahana discovered her passion for photography during her first year of college. She soon started working as a photojournalist, capturing people’s expressions and stories. Kahana has often spoken about how she’s always “tried to portray the local Israeli society in an anthropological gaze.” In 2011, Kahana received the Sokolov award for outstanding achievement in journalism, the first photographer to receive this award for print journalism.

Vardi Kahana (Israeli, b. 1959), ‘The Grandchildren of Cousin Shmuel, Copenhagen, Denmark’, 2004, archival inkjet print, Gift from the Artist, AG.2014.6.1

The Grandchildren of Cousin Shmuel, Copenhagen, Denmark is part of Kahana’s most personal project, One Family. The series, which includes 60 photographs, is the result of Kahana documenting her family for more than 15 years. Tracing four generations in the years following the Holocaust, her work weaves a complex narrative of Jewish Israeli society from her parents and their siblings, all Holocaust survivors, to their great grandchildren. The Grandchildren was given to the Cummer Museum by the artist. This photograph shows the grandchildren of her cousin, Shmuel, living in Denmark. Together, the children have grandparents who are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, but they share a grandfather who was a survivor of the Holocaust. Kahana captures the three religions through these children on a trampoline as an image of hope.


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Kahana, Vardi. “One Family.” VARDI KAHANA,

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#5WomenArtists – Marie Laurencin: ‘Woman with a Guitar’




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Marie Laurencin was born in Paris in 1885. Her love for painting came early when, as a child, she would try to capture her cat’s features, which she felt had the face of a woman. Today, she is mostly known for images of women depicted in delicate pastel colors. She painted mythological creatures, dancers, and actresses in an intentionally “feminine” style instigated by her belief that male and female art was intrinsically different. Laurencin made her professional debut at the 1902 Salon des Indépendants.

Laurencin’s relationship with Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918), a French poet, is what made her an emerging household name in the Parisian cultural scene. Apollinaire invited her into his circle of friends and introduced her to Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), George Braque (1882 – 1963), André Derain (1880 – 1954), and Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). She became Apollinaire’s muse and he championed her work, constantly defending Laurencin from critics who called her superficial. In 1908, Laurencin’s painting Group of Artists, which included Picasso and his model Fernande Olivier together with Apollinaire and herself, garnered the respect she deserved. The painting (now at the Baltimore Museum of Art) was bought by famed writer and passionate art collector Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) for her Paris home gallery and became Laurencin’s first art sale. In addition to her paintings, Laurencin illustrated writings by Apollinaire and designed costumes and theatre sets, most notably for the Ballets Russes. She died in the French capital in 1956.

Marie Laurencin (French, 1885 – 1956), ‘Femme et Mandolin’ (‘Woman with a Guitar’), 1943, oil on canvas, 33 ¾ x 29 ⅜ in., Gift of Jack and Marcelle Bear in honor of John S. Bunker, AG.1995.2.1 © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Woman with a Guitar is a clear representation of her style. She loved to draw women in these dream-like tones of grey and blue. Here, the woman, dressed in a draped garment with a crown of leaves, can be interpreted as a modern muse.

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