Current Exhibitions

Recent Acquisitions
(May 24–August 31, 2014)

This exhibition presents new gifts and museum purchases added to the permanent collection at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum of Rollins College during the last two years.  With an emphasis on American photography and contemporary art, works by Margaret Bourke-White, Andy Warhol, Matthew Brandt, and Felraih Hines will be featured.  In particular, two recent acquisitions by the Los Angeles-based artist Ramiro Gomez will be highlighted. In his dynamic drawings, Gomez deals with issues such as labor and commercialism. In recent years, the museum has experienced tremendous growth of its permanent collection, and this exhibition serves as a testament to this groundbreaking expansion.

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Ramiro Gomez
Hilario and Hector Waiting for their Check, 2013
Acrylic on magazine
11 x 8 1/2  in. framed
Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Ramiro Gomez
Portrait of an Affluent Family, 2013
Acrylic on magazine
11 x 8 1/2 inches framed
Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles                                                                                         

Allure of Ancient Rome:  Old Master Prints and Drawings from the Permanent Collection
(May 24–August 31, 2014)

Showcasing a selection of prints, drawings, and an illustrated book from the Cornell’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights the cultural and artistic significance of Roman antiquities in Europe since the Renaissance. The theme of the exhibition sheds light on the crucial role played by printed images in the dissemination of knowledge about Roman antiquities and coincides with the long-term loan of a Roman sarcophagus to the Cornell. The selected works, dating between 1540 and 1750, represent Roman stories, sculpted artifacts, or buildings. While some of the works were shown in recent years, others have rarely been displayed. 

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Stefano della Bella (Itallian, 1610–1664) 
The Medici Vase, 1656
Etching, 12 x 10 3/4 in.
Purchased by the Wally Findlay Acquisition Fund

Unknown Bolognese Artist
The Rape of the Sabines, 17th c.
Drawing, 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. 
Purchased by the Cornell Anniversary Acquisiton Fund


2014 Rollins Faculty Exhibition
March 22–August 31, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Rollins Faculty Exhibition showcases exciting new or recent work by Rollins College faculty artists Joshua Almond, Rose Casterline, Julian Chambliss, Dana Hargrove, Lee Lines, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons. 


Dawn Roe
No (One) Was With Her When She Died (Dust), 2012/13
2-Channel HD Video
Dimensions vary
Courtesy of the artist 


Joshua Almond
Call the Darkness, 2011
Basswood, 72 x 22 x 18 in.
Courtesy of the artist


Rachel Simmons
Julian Chambliss
Future Bear (detail), 2010–2013
Series of 12 screen prints with colored pencil on paper mounted on wooden boxes on digital print, dimensions vary 
Courtesy of the artists


Dana Hargrove
Right to Roam C, 2013 
Acrylic on MDF relief panel
52 x 11 x 6 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Conversations:  Selections from the Permanent Collection

Conversations: Selections from the Permanent Collection, aims to inspire dialogues about works of art created during disparate time periods and among various cultures. To draw new relationships, the collection’s favorites are brought together under four broad thematic categories: Religion Redefined, Gesture and Pose, A Sense of Place, and History and Myth. The four groupings outlined here suggest some universal themes that have persisted throughout the history of art.

Religion Redefined includes traditional religious imagery as well as more contemporary art that relies upon and questions conventional religious symbols and concepts. For centuries religious art has been commissioned for shrines, tombs, churches, and domestic spaces in diverse societies. The persistent effects of religion are reflected in twentieth-century art, too.

The section of Gesture and Pose presents historical portraiture and demonstrates how the movement of an arm or the positioning of a figural form can have dramatic consequences for a given composition and its interpretation.

A Sense of Place examines the fundamental ways in which various sites have inspired generations of artists. Both urban and rural environments are represented here and singular works offer opportunities to look at the roles of foreign locales and famous locations as catalysts for creative production.

Lastly, History and Myth implies that these two broad categories are inherently intertwined and the specific works on display are expressions of that fact.

While these sections help to map the permanent collection, they are fluid, and certain works could find a home in multiple categories.


Jonas Lie (American, 1890–1940)
Dusk on Lower Broadway, c. 1910
Oil on canvas
37 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.
Gift of the family of James B. Thomas