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The Inspiration of Florida Symposium



Written by Jennifer Corrente, Education Intern

November 15th from 1 to 6 PM, The Cummer Museum will be hosting a symposium. The symposium is entitled The Inspiration of Florida and will go along with the new exhibit, Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings. 

The exhibit, on display now through January 8th, features 42 beautiful paintings by Eugene Savage. His scenes are highly stylized and colorful and were inspired by his trip to the Everglades. They feature themes that show the contrasting elements between the Seminoles, environmentalists and the tourism community.

The lectures given during the symposium will answer questions about imagery and how it influences us, our cultures and our realities.

Admission is free to this event!

The schedule for the day is as follows:

1:00-1:30 PM – Holly Keris, a Cummer Museum Curator, will discuss The Art of Florida and provide and  introduction to the history behind Eugene Savage and his work.

1:30-2:15 PM  – Dr. Elizabeth Heuer, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Florida, will discuss Eugene Savages representation of the Seminole people and the landscape of Florida.

2:30-3:00 PM –  Holly Keris and Elizabeth Heuer will host a question and answer session regarding their lectures.

3:15-4:15 PM  – Dana Ste. Claire, Florida Historian and Author, will give a lecture entitled, “The Florida Cracker.”

4:30-6:00 PM – Dr. Andrew K. Frank, an associate Professor of History at Florida State University, and Willie Johns, a Seminole Tribe of Florida member and Tribal Historian, will provide a discussion on the history of the Seminole tribe in Florida.

For more information, please call Art Connections at (904) 355-0630.

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