Appleton Museum of Art
of Florida State University and
Central Florida Community College
The Horse in Fine Art
October 5 through November 2, 1997
The Horse in Fine Art, the first nationally touring exhibition organized by the American Academy
of Equine Art, makes its debut at The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala on October 5, and runs
through November 2, 1997.
The horse has been the subject of man's artistic endeavors since prehistoric times. Of the
hundreds of paintings dating from the Ice Age that have been discovered in caves in France and
Spain, nearly one third are of horses. "Whether it is the awesomeness of its power and speed, the
gracefulness of its lines, or the mystery of its association with man (at once submissive and free
spirited), the horse has aroused the fiercest emotions and the most splendid artistic responses."
writes John Fairly in the introduction to his book, The Art of the Horse.
Watercolor, 26 x 39 inches
The thirty-five painters and twenty-one sculptors whose work is included in the
exhibition, The Horse in Fine Art, are the most renowned and talented artists working in this
genre today. They have represented the horse in diverse surroundings and activities such as
racing, fox hunting, show jumping, polo, and dressage and have used a variety of media
including oil, watercolor, pencil, bronze, and steel to capture their subjects.
Among the painters are Anthony Alonso, internationally known for painting
thoroughbreds and their owners and for recording life at the track; Andre Pater, a leading painter
of top Arabian horses (see below); Jean Bowman, the first American to show at Ackermann Gallery in
London, the oldest sporting gallery in the world (Bowman is co-founder of the American
Academy of Equine Art); Neil Cawthorne, one of the most popular racehorse portraitists in
England; and Sam Savitt, the official artist of the U.S. Equestrian Team. The others are: Christine
Cancelli, Malcolm Coward, James Crow, Susan Dorazio, Amy Gessner-Larson (see above), Valerie Hinz,
Peter Howell, Graham Isom, Henry Koehler, John Leone, Booth Malone, Kim McGinness,
Richard McLean, Joan Middleton, Roy Miller, Lanford Monroe, Fay Moore, Terry Kelly
Moyers, Barbara Oelke, Sandra Oppegard, Werner Rentsch, R. S. Riddick, Alister Simpson, Oleg
Stavrowsky, Joseph Sulkowski, Else Tuckerman, Lynn Wade, Rosemary Sarah Welch, Larry
Wheeler, and Suzi Zimmerer.
Sculptors in the exhibition include: Gwen Reardon who has sculpted such legendary horses as
Seattle Slew, Alysheba, and Secretariat and who received the commission for Thoroughbred Park
in Lexington, Kentucky (This tribute to the Thoroughbred industry consists of thirteen powerful
bronze sculptures, the jewel of which is a life-size seven horse race in which each horse is ridden
by a famous jockey.) and Jan Woods, best known for her expressive bronzes of hunters, jumpers,
and thoroughbred race horses. She is the creator of the annual Horse of the Year Awards for the
National Grand Prix League. Other sculptors include Glencairn Bowlby, Bunny Connell, James
Dye, Francis Eustis, Edward Fraughton, Anne Frey, Kathleen Friedenberg, Elizabeth Guarisco,
Shelley Hunter, Catherine Irving (see above), Peggy Kauffman, Alexa King, Cammie Lundeen, Phyllida
Meacham, Marilyn Newmark, Judy Nordquist, Lisa Ferry, Robert Spinazzola, and Cindy Wolf.
oil on canvas, 29 x 55 inches
Many of these artists are members of the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA).
Founded in 1980 by a group of distinguished painters and sculptors famed individually for their
work on equine subjects, and modeled after the Royal Academy in London, the AAEA seeks to
establish a standard of excellence in the field of equine art and to broaden public recognition of
American equine painting and sculpture through educational programs and exhibitions. The
AAEA organizes two annual exhibitions--an invitational exhibition in the spring, and a juried
exhibition in the fall. Both these exhibitions are looked upon by collectors and dealers as a
source for the best in contemporary equine art as they feature artists from all parts of the United
States as well as several other countries. The AAEA also offers a series of drawing, painting and
sculpting workshops in the fall and summer at the Kentucky Horse Park. Beginning in 1998, winter
workshops will also be held at The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala.
That this exhibition will debut in Ocala is only fitting as Ocala/Marion County has been
the home of Florida's horse industry since the 1930s. More than 40 breeds are represented on
the approximately 1,200 horse farms that dot the rolling hills of Marion County. The equine
population is now estimated at close to 20,000. Thoroughbreds dominate--Ocala is one of only
four major thoroughbred centers in the world, on a par with Lexington, Kentucky, Newmarket,
England, and Chantilly, France--but World-champion Quarter horses, Paso Finos, Appaloosas,
Morgans, and Arabians also call Marion County home. The area's horse industry received much
attention this spring when two Florida-breds, Silver Charm and Captain Bodgit, took high
honors in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Platinum sponsors of the exhibit at The Appleton Museum of Art are: Florida
Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and North America Livestock, Inc., the equine
division of Great American Insurance Co.
The Horse in Fine Art will travel next to The Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio,
the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and will finish its
tour in April/May 1998 at The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park
in Lexington, Kentucky.
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