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Appleton Features African American Art

Have you ever visited The Appleton Museum? If not, you are in for a treat! Experience one of Central Florida’s best kept secrets. Outside and inside, this museum is guaranteed to please all ages with plenty to see and do. For a short, informative video of the history, see video below.

The College of Central Florida Appleton Museum of Art will exhibit Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art, through March 28. Celebrating the passion of a couple that spent more than 35 years as devoted connoisseurs building a collection of vivid artworks that are both resonant and remarkably personal, it presents 62 selected works.

The couples’ extensive collection also includes works by Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas, and Charles White. They focus on gathering and preserving a
range of artistic approaches to the Black image in order to console the psyche and contribute to a more authentic articulation of the self.

Location: 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

Click for Video of Appleton Museum History