Coming Up at Foosaner Art Museum: Art of Conservation(ism) and Western Landscapes

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, will present The Art of Conservation(ism): Works from the Permanent Collection Aug. 10 – Oct. 13.

The exhibition explores the idea of conservation from dual vantage points: from artists who produce work addressing environmental issues to the care museums take of their collections.

The museum holds a significant number of prints by Earl H. Reed (American, 1863-1931) and photographs by Clyde Butcher (American, b. 1942). Reed dedicated himself to the protection and preservation of the sand dunes of Northern Indiana through words and images. Butcher’s deep appreciation for the Florida Everglades has inspired him to work for the restoration and preservation of the environment. The museum carries on the conservation mission with a commitment to preserving and caring for the artwork in our collection, safekeeping these and many other unique resources for future generations.

The next exhibition, Oct. 18-Jan. 19, is Theodore Waddell: Far West.

Theodore Waddell’s Western landscapes merge his love of painting and the Montana and Idaho plains where he lives and works as a cattle rancher. His distinctly contemporary style walks the line between abstraction and realism. Lush, dense surfaces echo the color Waddell observes in his real life. He paints the great expanses of land and sky populated by the cattle and horses he reveres. Often there is no horizon, offering the viewer an immersion similar to standing in his vast, open space.

The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
General admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children and students with ID and free on Thursdays and always for Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with their ID. Call (321) 674-8916, or visit, for more information.

Image credits:

Clyde Butcher, Loxahatchee River 1, 1995. Silver print, 26 x 30 inches. Permanent collection of Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology.

Earl H. Reed,The Tryst,c. 1915. Etching, 10 x 8 inches. Permanent collection of Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology.

Theodore Waddell, Pass Creek Reds #2, 2005. Oil on canvas, 54×60 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

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