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We Dream a World: The Highwaymen

We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen

July 10 to September 26, 2021

Mary Ann Carroll Painting

Royal Poinciana on the Indian River, Mary Ann Carroll
Courtesy of Asselstine Collection

Photo Courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

These African American artists were entrepreneurial landscape artists in segregated Florida beginning in the 1950s. Mostly self-taught, these artists were shut out of museums and art galleries due to living in the segregated south. Instead of settling for traditional labor jobs in the agricultural industry, however, they forged ahead and found success selling their works to consumers along Florida’s Atlantic coast. This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition.

Curated by Radiah Lovette Harper, the Florida Highwaymen exhibit will explore the artists’ use of native botanical imagery to achieve economic success within the confines of a still segregated Florida. Harper is a museum professional with more than 30 years of experience. Prior to launching her Arts and Museum Management consulting fi rm, Harper served in leadership roles at several organizations such as Vice Director of Education and Program Development at the Brooklyn Museum, NY and as Assistant Professor at the Teachers College of Columbia University. Committed to racial equity and justice, Harper supports dialogue and collaboration to promote action for becoming truly inclusive and accessible.

Preview the Images in the Exhibition
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Rough Surf Crashing Ashore Harold Newton

Rough Surf Crashing Ashore, Harold Newton

Courtesy of Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Flory Kahn in memory of Wolf and Tybe Kahn
© Harold Newton

 Photo Courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Palm on the River

Palm on the River, Harold Newton

Oil on Upson board
Courtesy of Roger Lightle             

Photo Courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Hibiscus Harold Newton

Hibiscus, Harold Newton                

Oil on Upson board
Courtesy of Roger Lightle

Photo Courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Isabel Becker

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Co-Presented By

the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition
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