As the summer draws to a close, the MoFA calendar will embrace a Welcome Back event on August 29, although most of the month of August is given over to installing the first Fall exhibitions as well as planning for the Spring exhibitions. In Spring 2015, a collaborative exhibition on the human experience of WWII will premier: the exhibition artifacts, letters, cartoons, artworks and photographs will be taken from the WWII Institute at Florida State University and from the private collection of Patrick Rowe. Writing for the catalogue and the negotiation for objects began last year with grant proposals to cover aspects of the project: MoFA staff are currently editing and designing publication materials with guest curator Dr. Kurt Piehler, Director of the WWII Institute, and guest curator and collector Dr. Patrick Rowe.
Patrick M. Rowe graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1989 with his PhD in Art History. His area of research at that time was on Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology. From 1976 to 2002, he spent summers in Italy excavating at the Etrusco-Roman site of Cetamura. Since 1983, during the academic year he has taught art history at Pensacola State College, and from 1990 until 2010 he was a guest professor teaching in the Art Department at the University of West Florida. In 1998, he began taking a keen interest in eighteenth and early twentieth century printmaking. Dr. Rowe first began collecting original prints by Alphonse Mucha, Katsushika Hokusai, Honoré Daumier and Aubrey Beardsley. He then expanded his collection to include Bill Mauldin prints, drawings and paintings, as well as artifacts, posters and flags from both World Wars. MoFA was pleased to host two concurrent exhibitions of his collections in 2008: the book illustrations of Hokusai and an exhibition celebrating the two-hundredth birthday of Daumier. Patrick Rowe wrote both catalogue texts and his research was the basis for very successful outreach and onsite programs. It is a privilege to work with Dr. Rowe once again and to celebrate his generous gift of research and the sharing of his collections with MoFA.