Past Exhibitions at Highlands Museum of the Arts

Broad Spectrum by Nathan Beard

 Exit music is played at the end of a performance or movie while the audience is departing, signaling both the end of the imaginary world they were privy to and their sobering reemergence into daily life. Nathan was drawn to this as a metaphor for transition and the complicated feelings that the “end” conjures.

Nathan was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in 2001 and then worked in galleries and as an Art Consultant in Denver, CO for seven years. He grew up on a dairy farm in western New York. Prior to his university studies, Nathan lived in Egypt for one year as an exchange student and, upon his return, worked as a cowboy in Wyoming for two years. Nathan maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, FL where he lives with his wife and daughter. His work is represented by ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing (St. Petersburg, FL).

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Exhibit & Speaker Streeeries

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Captured: Downtown Sebring Photography Competition

Increased Hue smallThe Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League (HAL), held its second annual  photography competition and exhibition, held from July 10 – September 10, 2015.

This year’s theme was “Captured: Downtown Sebring” as MoTA partnered with the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to feature the unique images that are only found in Downtown Sebring.  The competition was open to local and regional photographers of all ages.  This year’s competition was expanded to include a special youth category for photographers under the age of 18.

Competition winners were announced at the Opening Reception on July 10.  Cash awards totaling $500 were presented.

Best in Show:            “Downtown Clock by Pam Jessiman
Downtown Living:  “Zooooooom!!” by Cindy Rose
I Heart Downtown: “Sunset Pier” by Matthew Baker
Hidden Gem:             “Tuna Sandwiches” by Cynthia Morrison


Reflections by Luke Andrews

April 1 – June 30, 2015

Award winning artist and photographer, Luke Andrews, graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a Luke ANdrews Untitled-Figure-2luke andrews Italy-2c-41Bachelors Degree in Media Arts.  He began a modeling and acting career while studying art in college. Upon graduation, Luke moved to New York after signing with Boss Model Management, NYC. After working in NYC for several months, Luke was sent to Milan, Italy for fashion week after signing with Flash Model Management, Milano. Luke continued living in Milan and began painting vibrant cityscapes and landscapes of Italy while working as a model. Within a couple of years, Luke found gallery representation for his paintings in Milan and around Europe. Meanwhile, Luke was shifting his focus from being in front of the camera to working behind the camera, photographing other aspiring models for their portfolios.

Luke continued his passions for both painting and photography and moved back to the U.S. after spending nine years painting Luke AndrewsUntitled-Figure-1and shooting in Italy. Now Luke divides his time between studios in Central Florida and Savannah, Georgia.luke andrews TOSCANA

A regular exhibitor in art galleries in Italy and throughout Europe, Luke has had his paintings exhibited in the Orlando Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall and the Orlando Museum of Art, among other U.S. venues. Best known for his vibrant cityscapes, figures and sculpted canvases, Luke’s medium of choice is acrylic paint on canvas.

Luke’s unique international experience in the fashion and commercial industries has given him an artistic eye for photographing new and emerging talent of all ages.


Ringling College of Art +Design Exhibit

October 3-March 20, 2015
The purpose of this exhibition is to give a broad understanding of the range and variety of contemporary Fine Art practice across a spectrum of current media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital imagery and projection. Work by these artists, who serve on the Faculty of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design, has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. MOTA is thrilled to partner with Ringling and host this exhibit.

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Florida Citrus Labels & Crate Expectations

To celebrate Florida’s rich citrus heritage and to increase exposure of Central Florida residents and visitors to the arts, the citrus ex1Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) hosted two citrus exhibits through July 31 – Citrus Labels & Crate Expectations.

The two indoor exhibits from the Museum of Florida History included:

Citrus Labels – A collection of 24 citrus labels that represent the thousands used in Florida between the late 1800s and the 1960s.

Crate Expectations: An Exhibit of Florida Citrus Crate Labels – Between the late 1800s and the 1960s, colorful labels decorated the ends of wooden crates that transported Florida citrus produce to northern markets. (photos)

Sponsored by: S.Y Hartt & Son, Inc., James & Jeri Wohl, Sen. Denise Grimsley, Hicks Oil Company, Bagwell Lumber, Citra Harvesting, Inc., Cruiser & Christy Crews, Wheeler Farms, Inc. and Chicane’s Restaurant.

Support provided by: Highlands County TDC, National Endowment of the Arts, the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Museum of Florida History



RECENT WORK Exhibit Dedicated to MoTA Director Debbie Kendrick

From November 2013-February 2014, Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) featured “RECENT WORK” by Artist Hector hector6Nieblas. For more than three decades contemporary artist Nieblas (born 1955, Havana, Cuba) has experimented with Abstraction and Figurative work.  This current exhibit includes more than 40 works in the 2-story museum, including paintings, art objects, sculpture and installations completed from 2009-2013.

Nieblas dedicated this show to the memory of Debbie Kendrick, Director of MoTA from 2008 to 2013.