Visual Art

Oh, the things you’ll learn!

Dr. Seuss is called many things. An artist, an inspiration, a motivator, but a racist? This was never the narrative until recently. With his childlike rhymes and colorful art, it seems that Dr. Seuss, too, has a colorful past. Before his famous tales, Dr. Seuss was the chief editorial and political cartoonist for the New York newspaper, PM, from 1941 to 1943. There he drew over 400 editorial cartoons highlighting political history. In many of these drawings, Seuss depicted Japanese, Arabs, and Africans in offensive and exaggerated ways. Even though Dr. Seuss’s aesthetic is interpreted as unusual and funny, many …

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Artists and educators Lance Vickery and Jenny Hager inspire aspiring artist and the community in general with their prolific public art

Jay Mafela Part of what makes Jacksonville so great is all the kinds of art one can find just by walking around. Some of the most memorable examples are giant sculptures by Lance Vickery and Jenny Hager. They have over 80 pieces of art in places from the Cummer Museum to the Jacksonville Zoo to Downtown. The two work as art professors at the University of North Florida. Hager is a professor of sculpture, while Vickery is an assistant professor in the same program. In addition to art  courses, Hager teaches a business in art class where young artists learn …

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November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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Classic Beauty

Bursting with fantasy in glittering gowns, Jacksonville’s burlesque scene has made its post-pandemic comeback, leaving a trail of dropped jaws and feather boas. Sunny Parker went between the dressing room and the DJ booth as the crowd started trickling up to the second floor. A classic beauty in a satin robe with rhinestones peeking out from her chest, she was to host the launch of Shim Sham Burlesque, a new bimonthly cabaret show at the beaches. At 10 p.m. Parker cleared the center of the room. Ever so sexy and cool, she welcomed an eager audience and listed out the …

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Project Atrium at MOCA celebrates 10 years with special exhibition

And MOCA Jacksonville marks the occasion by going back to the drawing board. Literally. In 2010, artists Christina Foard and Dolf James conceived of Imagination Squared, an exhibition featuring works by local artists of all ages, walks of life and skill levels.The concept was a huge hit, attracting 5,000 visitors for its opening and inspiring the creation of Project Atrium, a 40-foot-tall gallery space showcasing site-specific and site-sensitive installations on the museum’s first floor. The idea to revisit Imagination Squared was sparked by MOCA Executive Director Caitlín Doherty and Senior Curator Ylva Rouse who wanted to engage the public in expressing …

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