Highlands Museum of the Arts

Highlands Museum of the Arts

Highlands Museum of the Arts

Alan Altvater Cultural Center
351 West Center Ave.
Sebring, FL 33870

The mission of Highlands MoTA is to enrich lives in our diverse community by fostering essential conversations and encouraging creativity through exhibitions and educational activities that explore various types of art in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

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Currently Exhibiting

Broad Spectrum

Artwork by Nathan Beard

On Display January 23- April 21, 2017
Opening Reception scheduled February 10th, 5-7 pm

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).

Click Here to read full Artist Statement on Nathan Beard and “Broad Spectrum”

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Captured: Downtown Sebring Photography Competition

July 10 – September 10, 2015

The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League (HAL), held its second annual buckeye_building by Cindy Rose 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

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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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Hector Nieblas Exhibition – January 2014




Chairman – Barb Hall
1st VP – Marcia Davis
2nd VP – Ginger Adelstone
Secretary – Nancy Palmer
Treasurer – Jeri Wohl


Ric Blum, Marie Boley, Julia Mercer, Patricia Bird, Liz Barber, & Tracy McCoy

Highlands County School Board Liaison

Jan Shoop

Highlands MOTA is located at the Allen C. Altvater Cultural Center, 351 West Center Ave., in Sebring, and is operated by the Highlands Art
League. The Artists’ Village also includes The Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop, featuring studio artists and members’ gallery; the
Visual Arts Center housing art classes for children and adults; and the Clovelly House that is undergoing final renovations and will house
visiting artists, as well as art business classes for high school students.