Exhibitions

ON VIEW NOV 3-DEC 10, 2022/EXHIBITION

Campbell Cawood Collection

In anticipation of a surefire highlight of our holiday season, we present selections from the fabulous art collection of Campbell Cawood, the longtime philanthropist and friend of Key West, who died in 2022. The mark of a true collector, Campbell’s home was filled with art in every corner of every room.

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A painting of bamboo trees, a butterfly, a gecko and leaves on a white backgroumd

ON VIEW JUN 1-JUL 27, 2023/EXHIBITION

Mango Madness Summer Members’ Show

Once upon a time The Studios had the most glorious mango tree on the island. We shared baskets of its golden bounty with our neighbors across the island and chased interlopers out of our yard who’d been drawn by the tree’s sweetness. Every summer we remember its fruit with an exhibition open to all of our members, who are invited to present a work that captures some of what the mango means to us.

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Painting of a close up view of a root system from a banyan tree.

ON VIEW MAY 4-25, 2023/EXHIBITION

As Above So Below, Fiona Morehouse

While in residency at The Studios, Morehouse became enamored with the Kapok trees dotting the island, leading to further study of the lives of trees. The resulting imagery explores resonance, receptivity and entanglement through the language of landscape.

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ON VIEW MAY 4-25, 2023/EXHIBITION

Anatomy of Place, Vera Vasek

Vasek responds to the shifting sea levels around Key West in sculptural form through casting in plaster, burlap and bamboo. She’s expanded her creative process to include movement drawings, freestanding abstract sculpture and installation.

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ON VIEW APR 6-27, 2023/EXHIBITION

United in Diversity, Horace O’Bryant Students

Teachers Katie Holtkamp and Jennifer Franke gave their students an assignment to depict the diversity of their own school. Young artists, K-8, responded with works that are joyful and insightful.

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ON VIEW APR 6-27, 2023/EXHIBITION

St. Croix Carnival, David Berg

Artist David Berg has been surrounded by carnival traditions his entire life: first as child soaking up the annual Christmas-season festival, then training to be a Moko Jumbie – one of the carnival’s dramatic, athletic high-stilt walkers – and finally as a photographer and historian, documenting the Moko Jumbies and other festival traditions. 

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ON VIEW APR 6-27, 2023/EXHIBITION

Mythical Creatures and Folklore of the Keys, Leif and Loren Ilvedson

Twin brothers Leif and Loren, collectively the Ivedson Brothers, create works celebrating the natural and imagined oddities that lurk in mangrove tunnels and in the backyards of conch cottages. The fantastical creatures and scenes they create are influenced by the nature, history and mythology of the Florida Keys.

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ON VIEW FEB 2-23, 2023/EXHIBITION

Living Traditions, School of Mario Sanchez

With his distinctive low-relief paintings on wood depicting old Key West scenes, folk artist Mario Sanchez is not only one of Florida’s cultural treasures, he also passed down a tradition that lives on today. 

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ON VIEW MAY 4-25, 2023/EXHIBITION

Finding Inspiration in Isolation, MARC

The pandemic was an isolating experience for most, but people with disabilities were acutely affected. Works created by people with disabilities during the pandemic illuminate the realities of that experience and the resiliency of those creating them.

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ON VIEW MAR 2-30, 2023/EXHIBITION

House Quilts, Michael Ross

After returning to his childhood home in Mississippi several years ago, Michael Ross began a series of handmade fabric quilts that take the shape of houses, which hang and suspend from the ceiling. Each of these hanging quilted houses is designed with cords that can be cinched to transform them into capes or cloaks that can drape over the body. As an installation, they serve as a powerful metaphor for how we alter, affect and influence the places that we call home, just as they do to us, and for how we travel through the world carrying our homes on our shoulders.

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