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Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

November 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida’s landscape painters.

Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art. She is the author of This is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States (2023) and editor of the Routledge Companion to Art and Disability (2022).

This program is part of the Hastings Fall Festival featuring an interactive exhibit centered around two original Florida Highwaymen artists, R.L. Lewis and Curtis Arnett. Both artists will take center stage, enchanting attendees with live painting demonstrations and appearances from 10 am to 3 p.m. Dr. Watson’s presentation will be screened every hour alongside the demonstrations.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Hastings Main Street. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

November 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am -
November 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Keri Watson, Associate Professor of Art History
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Event Contact:

Jena Dennis
(904) 806-4274

Event Venue:

Historic Stanton Ford Building
301 N. Main Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
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