With a gift of one million dollars the Brevard Art Museum recently changed its name to the Foosaner Art Museum. The museum, now affiliated with Florida Institute of Technology, remains at its location between Highland and Pineapple Avenues in the Eau Gallie section of Melbourne, Florida.
I recently visited the Foosaner Art Museum to see a current exhibit on David Macauley; "Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay". This exhibit, which runs to October 2, 2011, features Macaulay's paintings, water colors, ink drawings and book drafts of his many how things work books. Over 100 of his works of art are included in the exhibit. Additionally, there is a video documentary of the artist at the museum. The exhibition was curated by the Norman Rockwell Museum and is presented in a chronological order showing the creative process of such books as "Ship" (1993), "Cathedral" (1973) and "Mosque" (2008). A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, David Macaulay has a genius for presenting complicated building techniques to the lay public. On my recent trip to see this exhibit, a group of senior citizens from a local assisted living facility also viewed the artwork. From their oohs and aahs it seemed that they enjoyed the exhibit as much as I did.
The Foosaner Art Museum contains five galleries (7,500 square feet of exhibition area), offices, technical support areas, collection storage areas, restrooms and a gift shop. The permanent collection includes Modern and Contemporary Art, the Conill Mendoza Collection of American Industrial Design, Asian Art, Cultural Education and Women Artists.
Upcoming exhibits include "Treasures Revealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection" (Oct. 20, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) and "Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castelion" (Jan. 13, 2012 - Mar. 18, 2012).
The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida and is 0pen Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM For more information call the museum at (321) 242-0737.