ArtCalusa: Reflections on Representation opens with a VIP reception on Friday, November 1 at the City Pier Building in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Co-curated by Theresa Schober and Barbara A. Hill, the exhibition visually interprets the life and experiences of Florida's indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa Indians, through their contact with early European explorers. Exhibiting artists include Lucas Century, Merald Clark, Charles Dauray, Christopher Kreider, David J. Meo, Theodore Morris, Dean Quigley, Hermann Trappman, and Jackson Walker.
The pre-opening festivities include a panel discussion on visual arts, archaeology and history – how imagery of the past is developed and the effect of representations on promoting a deeper understanding of culture. The panelists include Jerald Milanich, former State Archaeologist Ryan Wheeler, local archaeologists Theresa Schober and Steven Koski, and American Indian literature scholar Gretchen Bataille as well as ArtCalusa artists Merald Clark, David J. Meo, Ted Morris, Dean Quigley, and Hermann Trappman. Together, these Art Meets Archaeology panelists will engage the audience in exploring how representations of science and art coincide and conflict in our appreciation of Florida history.
Art Meets Archaeology will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. It is free and open to the public as part of a two-year Making History Memorable partnership between Lee Trust and the Florida Humanities Council. Space is limited and reservations will be required. Register at: MakingHistoryMemorable@gmail.com.
Valet parking will be available for $8.