Arts & Culture
Visual arts coverage, including news, think-pieces, profiles of local artists and previews of upcoming exhibits and performances happening in and around Jacksonville.
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April 11, 2022

Capturing the magic of Black motherhood despite the maternal mortality crisis

It’s one thing to know something. It’s an entirely different experience to be immersed in your knowledge, feel it with your heart, and see it reflected back at you. That is exactly how local curator, writer, wife and mother Shawanna Brooks wants you to feel when you experience her visual and literary art exhibition, Magic, Mirth, & Mortality: Musings on

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March 13, 2022

Public art in bloom — yes, even at the Duval Courthouse

The Duval County Courthouse is certainly a sight to behold. With its precast concrete and steel facade, the 800,000-square-foot, seven-story structure occupies two city blocks between Broad and Pearl streets in Downtown Jacksonville.  Since its completion in June of 2012, the courthouse has stuck out like a sore thumb, its massive scale and new-construction sheen offering a contrast to the

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January 26, 2022

Painter Richard Heipp forces us to see the world, and his art, anew

In Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, Julian Cadazio (a huckster of substantial means played by Adrien Brody) is trying to convince his rich uncle to back his latest scheme: investing in modern art.  Cadazio, while doing a stint in prison, has stumbled upon the work of Moses Rosenthaler, a hyper-macho, mentally ill and enormously talented artist played by

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December 16, 2021

How 4 Jacksonville artists made it to Miami Art Week

It’s just after 5 p.m. on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Artist and Professor Dustin Harewood dons a paint-splattered denim apron as he takes a seat atop a craft table inside his sprawling classroom at Florida State College of Jacksonville’s Kent Campus. Seated two tables over, fellow artist and FSCJ Professor Mark Creegan is using a fine-detail brush to apply finishing

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November 30, 2021

3 local photojournalists frame up the First Coast in ‘Last Coast’

The term First Coast is synonymous with Jacksonville and its four surrounding counties: Clay, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns. A product of a marketing campaign, the phrase was first introduced in the 1980s as Florida’s First Coast. Over the last five decades First Coast has been widely adopted by media outlets, business organizations and the general populace, owing largely to

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November 22, 2021

In ‘Age of Cognizance’ 3 Jacksonville artists explore their individual identities through collective consciousness

The Age of Cognizance, which opened this month, is the Yellow House’s first in-person exhibit in nearly two years. A group show of new works by Ricder Ricardo, Mimi Tran and Kirsten Williams, Age of Cognizance features each artist’s work in separate rooms. Tran’s lithographs and silkscreen prints on Vietnamese dresses occupy one bedroom, while Williams’ half-dozen or so paint-on-wood-block

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