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Appleton Receives National Arts Endowment for Metamorphosis Project

June 27, 2013

ButterflyNational Endowment for the Arts has announced that the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is one of 150 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.

The Appleton will receive a $10,000 grant to support “Metamorphosis,” an exhibit of found object sculptures by Michelle Stitzlein. The exhibit will be on display March 1 through July 6.

In late February, Stitzlein will spend two days creating a bottlecap mural, which will be on permanent display at the Appleton, with students from North Marion Middle School. She will also participate in the museum’s First Saturday event March 1 from 1-3 p.m., where families will be able to create bottle cap magnets.

Stitzlein, of Baltimore, Ohio, creates found object art and sculpture from recycled materials. Her assemblages of mostly discarded materials propel the viewer to reassess that which is often overlooked. Combining an artistic boldness with the premise that recycled materials have the capacity to metamorphose into larger objects of great beauty, Stitzlein’s series of more than 14 moths and lichen range in size from 3-11 feet. The pieces are cobbled together in the most pristine way from old piano keys, tin cans, license plates and bicycle tires, among other things.

She has written two books, “Bottle Cap, Little Bottle Cap” and “Cool Caps,” outlining projects for children, families and schools. Her work has been shown in art and craft museums nationally, and she has visited more than 50 elementary schools and organizations as an artist-in-residence.

The NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grants support projects that extend the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

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