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Museum of Fine Arts Walmsley Gallery

Published August 26, 2015
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A watercolor from the Tanzania exhibition curated by Frances Griffith. In this painting a young resident of the Kondoa region interprets a rock-art motif with a contemporary focus.

Kate Kaplan assembles sherds from a huge fragmented storage jar (dolio) excavated at Cetamura under the direction of Dr. Nancy de Grummond.

The Walmsley Gallery: In 2002, the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, in recognition of the splendid donation of artworks by Bill and his beloved wife Dorothy, named a Gallery in his honor. Art Professor Bill Walmsley collected historical prints over the course of his career. Although we know Professor Walmsley as a much-honored printmaker, he actually began as a painter only to re-invent his career in 1962 when he founded the print studio at Florida State University; he retired from the University in 1989 as an Emeritus Professor.

The Walmsley Gallery perfectly lends itself to exhibitions that are small in square footage but big in concept. In September, Frances J. Griffith (MS Art Therapy) curated an art-based ethnographical exhibition that reveals the thoughts of the Kondoa community of Tanzania about the rock-art they live around and its value as a heritage site. The Curator states: “Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey brought global awareness to historic rock paintings in Kondoa, Tanzania. Fascination with this vanishing rock art has attracted visitors to the sites from around the world, and tourism will grow with the completion of a paved road through Kondoa. As Westerners, we know the opinions of tourists and researchers about the rock art through academic journals and social media, but the opinions of Kondoa village residents—who live their lives around these historic paintings—are not widely known by Westerners or other Tanzanians.”

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Kate Kaplan’s reconstruction drawing of the exterior profile of the dolio from Cetamura.

In October the Walmsley Gallery presents a celebration of International Archaeology Day (October 17) with an exhibition curated by Professor Nancy de Grummond of the Classics Department. Dr. de Grummond’s project brings 3-D technology into the Museum in order to replicate in contemporary material the ancient forms of pottery from the Cetamura excavation sites in Italy. The Etruscan well, the sanctuary and the artisan zone of Cetamura del Chianti yielded up sherds and objects that are making the transition from broken fragments (remaining in Italy) to extrapolated field drawings of the whole profiles of the vessels to 3-D printing by the Facility for Arts Research. With an exciting new inflection for an installation, all these re-created objects have been selected to be the focus of museum “touch tours” with Braille labeling and programming for the general public and for audiences with visual impairment.


Upcoming Events

Exhibition: The 30th Tallahassee International

Please join us on Friday, August 28th from 5:00-8:00pm for the opening reception of the “Tallahassee International.” This exhibition will run from August 24th through October 4th. MoFA Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sat & Sun 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information; visit the Museum of Fine Arts website
Exhibition: TANZANIA – Life Around Rock Art

This exhibition, curated by Frances J. Griffith, will run from August through October 11th. MoFA Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sat & Sun 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information; visit the Museum of Fine Arts website
Opening Reception: Fredrick Whitman Glasier – Circus Photographs

Photographs on loan from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Please join us on Friday, October 16th from 6:00-8:00pm for the opening reception of “Fredrick Whitman Glasier – Circus Photographs.” This exhibition will run from October 16th through November 22nd. MoFA Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sat & Sun 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public!