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New Fall Collection at the Rollins Museum of Art Exhibitions touch on themes from empathy to culture

Photo by Alexander Knobloch

The Rollins Museum of Art recently acquired a new fall collection, which includes multiple exhibitions that touch on various themes.

One exhibition, located at the front of the museum, follows the school’s Common Read theme, which this year is empathy and compassion. This exhibition is titled “Art Encounters.”

Another exhibition called “Modernisms” is from the Grey Art Gallery at New York University and embraces art from three different non-western countries: Iran, Turkey, and India. These pieces incorporate both modern and traditional artistic elements from the corresponding countries.

A third exhibition is “What’s New? Recent Acquisitions,” which showcases the work obtained by the museum within the last couple of years. The exhibition includes six American paintings from the Andersen Collection in Orlando this year.

Finally, there is an exhibition by local artist Barbara Sorensen titled “Billows.” This consists of a metal sculpture that stretches across the ceiling and wall.

The process of acquiring new pieces is ongoing, and the Collections Committee meets four times a year to approve the pieces. The committee accepts art based on a set of criteria.

“When we bring exhibitions from other places, such as the case with the “Modernisms” exhibition, we always think about how that dialogues with our own collection and also how it supplements our own collection,” said Dr. Ena Heller, director of the museum.

“We also always try to bring things that are not easily accessible in Central Florida, but that enlarge and expand the dialogue about the history of art and how art impacts contemporary conversations,” Heller added.

Those interested in learning more about these exhibitions can check out the scheduled programming to find events such as docent-led tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., in addition to an artist talk with Barbara Sorensen on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

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