Lay of the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture

Dec. 11, 2018–Apr. 14, 2019
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Portrait of Norman Johns Oil on Canvas, Brad Phares

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is proud to announce a collaborative exhibition with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, a legacy five centuries in the making. Lay of the Land will focus on the art of the cowmen and women unique to Florida, who have historically been called “crackers” or “cowboys.” The objects and art on loan come from the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s vast network of members and their private collections. These Cattlemen families are rich in Florida history and include Seminole Native Americans and other minority groups who founded and helped settle early Florida.

The exhibit is open with paid admission:

Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Our partner and venue:

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
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  1. Daniel Rousseau

    My grandfather, Abel Augustus Rousseau, was born in Clearwater in 1878. In 1893, when he was fifteen, he worked as a cow-hunter for Dr. Lykes, hunting and herding cattle on the Kissimmee Prairie and driving them to Punta Rassa. He was just a teenager and he said the older cow-hunters would bully him. With his first wages he purchased a brand new Smith & Wesson .38 revolver and from then on everyone accepted him as one of the crowd. When I was twelve, he gave me his old rawhide cow whip. I wish I still had it. He and I used to ride for hours in the Loxahatchee Slough and he would tell me stories, and also complain, “Florida just isn’t like it was when I was a boy.”

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