Antiques and Art Around Florida — 2013-2014
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A Groundbreaking Future For The Museum Of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach

The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach was the proud host of the official groundbreaking of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art this April. The event was attended by Volusia County and City of Daytona Beach officials, Museum Trustees and staff from BOMAR Construction and architecture firm RLF as well as Museum staff and media.

Following speeches by Museum of Arts & Sciences Executive Director, Andrew Sandall; Cici and Hyatt Brown; and former Daytona Beach Mayor, Glenn Ritchey, the crowd was ushered the short distance from the MOAS main entrance to the site of the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, on the Museum’s property along Nova Road, via two Votran lowemission busses, for the official event. The group of shovel-bearers, including Cici and Hyatt Brown, City and County officials and Museum representatives launched the construction project which has garnered much attention since ground clearing began at the site this past January.

The innovative Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will be the new 26,000 square foot home for the Brown’s extensive collection of more than 2,600 Florida oil and watercolor paintings to be donated to MOAS over the next several years.In addition to a large, permanent gallery including a mezzanine, which will showcase the collections’ signature pieces, the new Museum will include six smaller, changing galleries, ranging from 900 to 2,000 square feet, conference and education rooms, a café with outdoor seating and a gift shop.Conference rooms and meeting and event spaces will be available to the public on a rental basis. The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art (shown above in an artist’s rendering) is currently slated to open in 2015.

Hyatt Brown stated, “Cici and I are very pleased to institutionalize our Florida painting collection by gifting to the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The groundbreaking of this building is the culmination of countless hours of work and planning by the Museum Trustees; Andrew Sandall, Museum Executive Director and staff; City and County elected officials and staff plus the professional efforts of our architects, engineers and general contractors. Upon completion and opening, this structure will house a pictorial history of old and new Florida and will be available for the pleasure of all people now and in the future.”

Andrew Sandall, the Museum’s Executive Director noted, “This is an exciting period of growth for the Museum and we are looking forward to sharing the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art with our community as well as welcoming state, national and international visitors to experience this important collection that is so significant to Florida’s history.”

Works from the Brown’s unprecedented collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Florida art, dating from the 19th century, have been featured in the successful Reflections and Reflections II exhibitions, which are organized and toured by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL, where each made its debut.

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, from the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown features masterworks by well-known American artists, some with international reputations, who painted in Florida. Artists include William Aiken Walker, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic Remington, Herman Herzog, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Walt Kuhn and Jane Peterson. Subject matter includes famous landmarks and structures, such as the buildings of St. Augustine and Key West; historical portraits of native Floridians; and location-specific landscapes, including elements of weather, light, water and land.

Reflections II: Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000, from the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown is the most comprehensive and prestigious collection of Florida watercolors, featuring artists such as John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Doris Lee, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Jane Peterson, Ogden Minton Pleissner, Anthony Thieme, Laura Woodward and Andrew Wyeth

The exhibition presents a broad survey of watercolors of Florida in all styles by the most significant artists working in Florida.

Both exhibitions are accompanied by books (of the same names) by Gary R. Libby.

Reflections II, Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000, from the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown, received the Bronze award in the Visual Arts category of the 7th Annual Florida Book Awards. The award winning book is available at both the MOAS Gift Shop and where it may be purchased as a set with the first book in the series, Reflections, Paintings of Florida 1865-1965.

In the coming months, capsule exhibits will be featured at the Museum of Arts & Sciences to highlight some of the significant works to be on exhibit in the new Museum.

For additional information
contact: Museum of Arts & Sciences
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach 32114
(386) 255-0285