June 26 – September 27, 2015
Standing Strong in the Spirit: A Selection of Folk Art by Southern Women
Drawing from public and personal collections, this exhibit starts from a historical perspective, with pieces by master folk artists such as Nellie Mae Rowe and Clementine Hunter. A fresh perspective is added by new artists coming from a folk tradition, including Lucy Hunnicutt and Laurie Popp, among others. Come see a variety of artistic media, from traditional painting and sculpture to textiles and found-object sculpture. This exhibition teams three curators: Jeanine Taylor of Jeanine Taylor Folk Art gallery in Sanford; Frank Holt, executive director of the Mennello Museum; and Genevieve Bernard, curator of education for the Mennello Museum. Pictured above: Bernice Sims, "Wash Day" and Laurie Popp, "Millie, Mollie & Moonbeam."
Baskets and Boxes: The Ceramic World of Sang Roberson
Sang Roberson’s work is greatly influenced by her love of nature and organic forms. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta surrounded by natural beauty and her goal is to re-create the simple, serene shapes of nature in her terracotta art. Roberson has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe and South America. She is recipient of an NEA fellowship. Pictured: Sang Roberson's handbuilt terracotta polkadot basket and red box.
The 2015 "Storytellers of the South: Voices of Women" series of exhibitions are sponsored by the City of Orlando and the Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art with funding from Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.