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 the Highlands Art League is to encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts.

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2015 Schedule

Spring 2015 – April 1 – June 30

Exhibition by Luke Andrews

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.

Coming Soon!

CapturedThe Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League (HAL), is pleased to launch its second annual photography competition and exhibition, which will be held July 10 – September 10, 2015.

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

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


Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Photography Exhibit (September 24, 2015 – March 15, 2016)

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Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. and his colleagues completed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition that helped raise awareness about connecting and protecting corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for Florida’s diverse wildlife.  They traveled 1,000 miles in 100 days.  This photography exhibit is inspired by the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. The photographs provide a virtual expedition to experience some of Florida’s most fantastic wildlife and native habitats. Starting in the Everglades, you will paddle the mangrove coast and river of grass, traverse big cypress country, explore the Everglades headwaters, navigate the St. Johns River, trek through Ocala National Forests and springs and immerse yourself in Osceola National Forest, the Suwannee River and the Okefenokee Swamp. Each photograph was selected to be a window into an important place within the Corridor. The survival of these diverse landscapes and unique species of wildlife depends on our ability to keep them connected. As you enjoy the art, you’ll see about how these places are connected to each other and to us. Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.
A special presentation by Carlton Ward Jr. is scheduled for October 15, as well as a presentation on Florida Environmental History by Dr. Steve Noll on January 22.  Others are being scheduled.  Please check the HAL website or call the office (863) 385-6682 for details.
Photos by Carlton Ward, Jr.


Ringling College of Art +Design Exhibit.
October3-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 – Jordan Shannon
2nd VP – Kristin Handley
Secretary – Nancy Palmer
Treasurer – Jeri Wohl


Cathy Albritton, Marie Boley, Marcia Davis, Dawn Dell, Nancy Henry, Jim Leary, Julia Mercer & Anastasia Saunders

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.