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 Museum of the Arts 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.facebookIcon

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2015 Schedule

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee (September 24, 2015 – March 15, 2016)

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The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League’s Village Where Are Lives, is proud to present the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee Photography Exhibit & Speaker Series featuring expedition photographs by acclaimed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. that will be on display at MoTA from Sept. 24, 2015 – March 15, 2016.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, VISITFLORIDA and the Highlands County Tourism Development Council (TDC).   
The Florida Wildlife Corridor exhibit is inspired by the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, which was completed by Ward and helped raise awareness about connecting and protecting corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for Florida’s diverse wildlife.  The photographs, props and videos featured in the exhibit give viewers a virtual expedition to experience some of Florida’s most fantastic wildlife and native habitats. Starting in the Everglades, attendees 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 themselves 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.
2015-2016 Exhibit Schedule of Events include:
    Sept. 24: Exhibit Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m.
    Oct. 15: Carlton Ward, Jr. Presentation, 6 p.m.
    Jan. 22: Steve Noll – Florida Environmental History, 6 p.m. – Presentation will take place at MoTA
    Feb. 5: Bob Stone – Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, 6 p.m.
    Feb. 19: Panel Discussion – Florida Cattlemen’s Role as Environmental Stewards, 6 p.m.
About Carlton Ward, Jr.
Carlton Ward Jr. is a conservation photographer from Tampa, Florida. His passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history have grounded his perspective. He sees natural environments and cultural legacies as the earth’s greatest yet most threatened resources. For his first book, The Edge of Africa, Ward spent eight months in the tropical rain forests of Gabon with the Smithsonian Institution documenting the region’s unseen and undiscovered biological diversity.  The photographs were exhibited in Gabon, London and at a United Nations reception in New York. His work documenting endangered desert elephants in Mali was on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and comprised a chapter in the National Geographic book, Great Migrations
Ward is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and founded the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC), a non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating and protecting Florida’s natural and cultural heritage through art. While completing a Master’s degree in Ecology, he wrote Conservation Photography, the first thesis on the emerging field. His 2009 Book, Florida Cowboys, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards and for that work Popular Photography Magazine featured him as one of three photographers working to save vanishing America. 
Ward’s photographs are featured in magazines including AudubonSmithsonianGeoNature Conservancy and National Wildlife. His books, matted prints and Florida Wildlife Corridor maps will be available for sale at the Highlands Art League during the exhibit.


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 – Kristin Handley
2nd VP – Ginger Adelstone
Secretary – Nancy Palmer
Treasurer – Jeri Wohl


Cathy Albritton, Ric Blum, Marie Boley, Marcia Davis, Dawn Dell, Rachel Lovett, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbien, & Julia Mercer

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.