Melvin & Burks Galleries


2016-2017 Gallery Schedule

The Essence Of Europe: Photographs From The 2016 Study Abroad Trip

September 2 – 16
During the month of May, Florida Southern students and faculty embarked on a study-abroad trip to Europe, traveling to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and England. Photographs, taken by students in advanced and beginning digital photography courses taught by Sam Romero, Eric Blackmore, and Sarah Brewington, document their travels and unique cultural encounters. The selected images were then edited, refined, and printed by the students for this fascinating exhibition.

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 2 at 7 PM

An Homage To Architecture: Richard Haas, Master Of Trompe L’Oeil

September 23 – November 4
Through the master strokes of Richard Haas, architecture and painting merge as one. Lauded as one of the great modern illusionistic artists and muralists of our day, Haas has taken buildings as his career-long theme and created a distinct niche in the art world, inspired by three-dimensional structures of the past and present, re-creating them mesmerizingly on the flat picture plane. Come enjoy an intriguing exhibition, where indeed your eyes may deceive you through the artist’s use of trompe l’oeil – visual illusion.

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 23 at 7 PM

All-Student Exhibition

November 11 – December 9
We invite you to join us for this annual exhibition showcasing the work of current Florida Southern art majors. With a reputation as one of the strongest centers of art study in the southeast, FSC’s Department of Art and Art History provides exceptional faculty instruction, inspiration, and guidance for its extraordinarily talented students, as demonstrated by the works displayed in this show. One of the highlights of the opening reception is the presentation of the prestigious Florida Art Award.

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 11 at 7 PM

Manifest Content: The Mysterious Art Of Steven Kenny

January 20 – February 24, 2017
For this opening spring exhibition, you are invited into the surreal worlds of Steven Kenny. In his paintings, human figures and elements of nature coexist in uncanny ways, creating symbolic juxtapositions that allude to our being an integral part of the external, natural world, while reflecting simultaneously upon the ongoing evolution and exploration of our internal emotional, intellectual, and psychological landscapes. Viewers will find their own personal meanings in Kenny’s beautifully mysterious pictures — and discover something new about themselves along the way.

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 20 at 7 PM

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

March 17 – 28, 2017
This exciting exhibition features the work of Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students, providing a glimpse into the creativity, resourcefulness, and professionalism brought by these gifted artists to the areas of print and digital media. As they share the culmination of their collegiate study, they will engage, challenge, and impress, affirming their reputation as a cohort ready for the professional world or for top graduate schools. Adding to the excitement of the opening reception is the announcement of the senior graphic design awards.

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 17 at 7 PM

Disruption and Conversation: Jerry N. Uelsmann, 50 Years in the Darkroom

March 31 – April 2, 2017
The Melvin Gallery at Florida Southern College will host its first “pop-up” show with this exhibition of 35 iconic photographs by the master of photomontage, Jerry Uelsmann. The show starts Friday, March 31 at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. to coincide with Founders’ Day weekend. This show is a quick “sneak preview” of the larger scale retrospective of Uelsmann’s work that is scheduled for the fall.

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 7 – 28, 2017
We are delighted to present this capstone senior studio art thesis exhibition in celebration of the skill, talent, and creativity of our senior art majors. Highly sought-after for top graduate programs throughout the country, these talented students share their summative collegiate works and well-articulated creative theses in a show where you will be both impressed and inspired by the creative freshness, purpose, and polish of their work. The opening reception will feature the highly anticipated presentation of the John R. Reuter Award.

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 7 at 7 PM

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

May 12 – June 9, 2017
In support of – and collaboration with – the Lakeland Art Guild, the Florida Southern College Department of Art and Art History has hosted the Annual Spring Exhibition for over thirty years. Presenting the work of the members of this collective, known regionally and nationally for their originality, skill, and finesse, the Melvin Art Gallery is pleased to feature this important community exhibition. Come join us at the opening reception where the announcement of the Guild’s annual awards will be made.

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 12 at 6 PM

The Melvin & Burks Galleries provide an opportunity to study both historical and contemporary artworks by nationally and internationally recognized artists and designers.

It is the mission of the gallery to provide a stimulating experience that will inspire students’ creativity in their own work.

Operated by FSC’s Department of Art and Art history, the Melvin & Burks Galleries brings truly outstanding exhibitions to Lakeland. Open to the general public, we encourage you to attend our openings and events.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM
(when the College is in session.)

There is no admission charge for Melvin & Burks Galleries events. For more information, call 863.680.4743.