Fall 2011

On display October 22, 2011 - January 3, 2012

The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot

This exhibition showcases two of artist Heyd Fontenot's main avenues of investigation:  the genre of portraiture and the nude figure.  In his quirky likenesses, Fontenot emphasizes the expressive features of his subjects.  Absurdly large heads, visual puns with erotic innuendoes, and the occasional goat foreground Fontenot's highly intentional sense of playfulness in his work.  Within this deeply thoughtful and extended investigation into late twentieth-century ideas around human beauty, Fontenot portrays his sitters as they are in real life, with curves, shortcomings, freckles, and most of all, personality.  Washington Post art critic Michael O'Sullivan states that "[Fontenot] has real talent.  His portrait busts are among the best works in the show.  You feel you know his subjects, though you've never met them."  " Fontenot’s elegant, distinctive style of caricatured bobbleheads with doe eyes sprouting from scaled-down, black-outlined bodies easily cancels out the shock of the nude—everyone is just too cute to be scandalous," states the recent Christopher Howard review in ArtForum.com.

The artist lives in Dallas and is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. 

     Yellow Panorama detail   Ten Portraits Ten Books           

Heyd Fontenot (b. 1964, American)
Yellow Panorama (detail), 2007
Oil on canvas
75 x 22 in.

Heyd Fontenot (b. 1964, American)
Ten Portraits/Ten Books, 2008-2010
Mixed media installation
Dimensions vary

  • Public Lecture
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011
    6:00 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum
    Heyd Fontenot will speak on his career to date.


 On display October 22, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Synchronicity:  Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2011

The 2011 edition of the Studio Faculty Biennial will feature new or recent work by five artists:  Joshua Almond, Rose Casterline, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons.

Read more about the faculty show on Rollins R-Net.

josh almond sculpture

Joshua Almond (b. 1972, American)
the life you have to take with you, 2077/2011
Sanded plywood
465 x 96 x 10 in.
Collection of the artist

Roe Goldenfields
Dawn Roe
Goldfield Study, Fryerstown (Leaves and Web), 2011
Archival Pigment Prints
22 in. x 28 in. (Diptych)
Courtesy of the artist

Casterline Hula Hoops no. 6   Casterline Hula Hoop no. 5

Rose Thome Casterline
Hula Hoop Series no. 6, 2011
Mixed media on linen
19 x 19 in.

Rose Thome Casterline
Hula Hoop Series no. 5, 2011
Mixed media on linen
19 x 19 in.

rachel simmons art

Rachel Simmons (American, b. 1975)
Future Bear, Past Imperfect
Part One:  Faith's Arrow
, 2011
Digital print on paper
Screen print and colored pencil on paper mounted on board
99½ x 20 in.

hargrove art

Dana Hargrove (b. 1975, Scottish)
Façade #8 Miami South Beach, 2010
Acrylic on panel
36 x 36 in.
Collection of the artist






Kim Russo:  Family

Head of the fine arts department at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Kim Russo has exhibited her work internationally, receiving residency fellowships from the Lenz Foundation, Caldera, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Her work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, LA).  Russo's drawings usually address contemporary social concerns in off-beat imagery culled from the internet and combined into technically brilliant watercolor renderings (sometimes on a grand scale).  For this project, Russo is developing a body of images that represents twenty-first century non-traditional families at life size, employing the techniques of drawing and watercolor.

Click here to read a review of this exhibition by Ringling College of Art and Design student, Tracey Keenan.

   Kim Russo Family

Kim Russo, (b. 1964, American)
Family (Kitchen), 2011
Watercolor and graphite 23 in. x 28-1/2 in.

  • Public Lecture
    Saturday, October 22, 2011
    12:00 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum
    Kim Russo will speak on her career to date.


A Room of One's Own:  Women Artists from the Permanent Collection

Timed to coincide with a major conference on Feminism (sponsored by the Winter Park Institute and featuring Gloria Steinem as a keynote speaker), this exhibition will feature approximately two dozen outstanding works of art from the permanent collection.  With the acquisition of an early painting by Lavinia Fontana in the 1930s, Rollins set an important precedent for collecting art by women--long before the National Museum of Women in the Arts was even founded--and this proud tradition continues to the present day.  The show will provide an overview of the important art historical contributions women have made, featuring paintings by Grandma Moses and Jennie Augusta Brownscombe; prints by Georgia O'Keeffe, Faith Ringgold and Nancy Graves; and sculpture by Anna H. Huntington.

Graves   Ringgold

Nancy Graves (1939-1995)
Time Shapes the Stalactite, 1991
Aquatint, drypoint, and screenprint on paper
51½ x 52½ in.
Art©Nancy Graves Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Faith Ringgold
Tar Beach 2, 1993
#10/10, woodcut
12 x 11 in.
Faith Ringgold©1993
Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

  • Public Lecture
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    6:00 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum

    Dr. Jacqueline Francis, Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, is an African-American art historian who is a leading expert on American art of the twentieth century.  She will give a public lecture at the museum on the subject of "difference" (within the context of the exhibitions on art by women and by LGBTQ artists on view) in American art and culture.
    The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Contested Object:  Ninomiya Kinjiro and Rollins College's Cultural Property Controversy

This exhibition is the result of a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Scholarship awarded in 2009 to Cory Baden (Anthropology, 2012) and Dr. Susan Libby, Professor of Art History at Rollins, for work on the history of the events surrounding the acquisition and repatriation to Okinawa of the college's Ninomiya Kinjiro statue.  This enlightening project aims to situate the events surrounding the 1995 return of the sculpture within the context of contemporary cultural property issues.  The statue will be displayed in the museum alongside relevant didactic materials and archival documents.


Ninomaya Kinjiro, Philosopher
Bronze replica
Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

  • Cultural Property Panel Discussion
    October 26, 2011
    6:00 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum

    Contested Object will be the focus of a panel discussion concerning cultural property issues.  Participants include Dr. Rita Bornstein, Rollins College President Emerita; Dr. Margaret McLaren, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Robert Vander Poppen, Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archeology and Archeology Program Coordinator; and Dr. Jonathan R. Walz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archeology.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Susan Libby, associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair and Cory Baden (Anthropology, 2012).

  • Public Lecture
    Monday, November 7, 2011
    6:00 p.m.
    Cornell Fine Arts Museum

    Who Owns Art?  Nazi-era Provenance Research in the 21st Century
    Dr. Roger Ward, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Curator of Collections at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami will recount a few of the more harrowing tales of survival with respect to works later acquired by Ralph and Elizabeth Norton, and illuminate some of the complex, even inextricable dilemmas faced by those who seek the truth, more than sixty-five years after the fall of the Nazi Regime.