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Featured Exhibition – Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors



J.D. Fergusson, The Spotter Scarf, Anne Estelle Rice, c. 1908, oil on board, collection of Bob and Isabelle Davis

J.D. Fergusson, The Spotter Scarf, Anne Estelle Rice, c. 1908, oil on board, collection of Bob and Isabelle Davis

Nearly thirty local collectors were invited to shape this exhibition’s content, sharing some of their most prized possessions with the community.  Each collector has selected the pieces that best illustrate their passion for collecting. Although the works in the exhibition span continents and centuries, each has a unique story and broader message about the role art can play in our lives.  Many collectors use action words like “love,” “excite,” “energize,” and “fun” when describing pieces in their collections, and many speak of their excitement learning about new cultures and places.  Each of these stories is told throughout the exhibition, and images by Jacksonville photographer Ingrid Damiani capture many collectors in their personal spaces.

No matter what their reasons for collecting, all of these individuals have generously shared their art with The Cummer, in the hope that it will evoke a personal and uplifting experience from everyone who sees it.

The Cummer thanks all the collectors for graciously sharing their treasures with the community during this exhibition. Their generosity helps illuminate the quality and diversity of art in Jacksonville, and the important role the arts play in the health of our community.

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