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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Their Time at the Museum: 3rd Graders See Themselves as Art

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Carri Gallager, Mary Cavaioli and Michelle Moore

"The educational success of our children depends on creating a society that is both literate and imaginative, both skilled and creative." Mary L. Cavaioli, M.S. NBCT K-12 Curriculum, Arts Integration Specialist, Palm Beach County School District.

For this Education Morning the third graders of Hammock Pointe Elementary explored portraiture from the Museum’s Permanent Collection; focusing on works that provide a direct curriculum connection which support the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Students were encouraged to discuss artwork based on how it evokes or displays emotion. For example, “Samantha” by Alex Katz is an abstracted print with bright colors and limited detail. A few students cited the lack of detail but noted how the colors made them feel happy. An open dialogue prepared the students to create their own self portrait downstairs in the auditorium.

After the tour students drew their self-portrait while looking in a mirror. The outcome revealed how different the eyes of every student are; an exercise in drawing suddenly became a window to how each student views themself. A link between art and the world around them was forged with the students’ self-reflection. The studio component offered an experience in communication, visualization, and sensitivity to the self and others.

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Hammock Pointe Elementary students

I talked to the teachers of Hammock Pointe Elementary and was inspired by how essential creative expression is in their classrooms. Teacher Carri Gallager posits “It [art] creates a kinesthetic connection between subjects (like reading and science).  Art is connectivity that aids the children in expressing their relationship to school subjects.” Hammock Pointe is an inclusive school; children on the special needs spectrum are integrated with their peers in the classroom. For teachers like Gallager, art is a form of self-expression that allows each participant to communicate their own unique view of the world. “For many of them, that is their gift; to recreate visually what they study, what they read.”

Education Mornings facilitates the integration of art into the curriculum and demonstrates the enhancement art gleans for educational success. Because of art, students are engaged with their own blossoming cognizance. Any way we spin it, art is important. It’s crucial. It balances, develops, enriches, and strengthens every mind. The museum provides Education Mornings to fortify the confidence of each participant and gently guide learning minds to embrace the power of creativity. Because Art definitely Matters.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Their Time at the Museum: 2nd Graders Give Thanks

Kids artEducation Mornings at the Boca Museum of Art yet again demonstrates that art really does matter. After a group tour of the galleries for a class of 2nd Graders from Hammock Pointe Elementary School, the young artists decided to thank the museum by sending in their interpretive drawings of art found around the museum galleries. They also attached a note of appreciation for the tour and signed it "Your friend".

As part of our Artmatters Campaign, we would like to celebrate the Education Programs hosted at the Museum by posting their thoughtful cards below(Click on the students artwork). And for a bit of trivia, we have also attached the artwork interpreted by the 2nd graders.

Student A Student B Student C Student D
Kids art Kids art Kids art Kids art


Student E
Student F
Student G
Student H
Kids art Kids art Kids art Kids art

See if you can determine which artwork mattered to the students! Win free admission to the Museum for a day!

Simply Like our Facebook page "Boca Museum of Art" and leave a comment pairing up each interpretive drawing with its inspiration done by Hammock Pointe Elementary students after a tour of the Museum. Offer good through November, 30th, 2013.

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Dan Christensen(American, born Cozaad, NE, 1942-2007),Holiday in Blue,1993, Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 97 inches, PC2002.259. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Block Roy Lichtenstein(American, born New York, 1923-1997), Red Lamp, 1992, Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, Edition # 161/250, 21 1/2 x 24 inches, PC1993.295. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steinman Ugo Rondinone(Swiss, 1964),SUNRISE east may, 2005, Cast bronze, silver car paint, concrete plinth, 78 3/4 x 51 1/8 x 59 inches, Courtesy of the Collection of Francis and Rosa Feeney Rabarama(Italian, born Rome, 1969), Labirintite, 2000, Painted bronze, 5 7/8 x 9 x 6 feet, Courtesy of the Vecchiato Art Galleries, Padua, Italy Dorothy Gillespie(American, born Roanoke, VA, 1920-2012), Celestial Presence, 2007, Polychrome painted and shaped cut aluminum, 25 x 20 x 12 feet, PC2007.20. Gift of the Dorothy Gillespie Foundation, Inc. Alex Katz(American, born in Brooklyn, New York, 1927), Samantha, 1987, Silkscreen, 66 1/4 x 28 3/4inches, PC1993.272. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steinman
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Top 10 Ways to Protect Outdoor Sculpture from Hurricanes

During hurricane season in Florida, many collectors are wondering, “how do I protect outdoor art from harm?” The (up to) 150 mph winds, the torrents of saltwater, and the flying debris create a perilous environment for beloved artwork investments.  To protect outdoor art from rust and more, check out this list of top 10 ways to protect outdoor sculpture from hurricanes:

  • coat metal sculpture with oil or wax twice a year to protect against saltwater;
  • replace metal sculpture’s internal support pins with stainless steel pins to protect against corrosion;
  • wrap sculptures in waterproof material to protect from flying debris;
  • secure heavy sculptures with a harness and wind-rated strap (available at a hardware store);
  • tip over and then wrap and harness tall vertical sculptures that do not have strong bases;
  • move stone and ceramic sculptures away from hard surfaces like cement or flagstones – they can break if toppled over by wind;
  • reinforce the casings around electrical units if the sculpture uses electricity;
  • maintain a file that includes all the pertinent information on your artwork in a waterproof container – photos, artist name, title, dimensions, medium, year created, receipt or invoice from purchase, and insurance information;
  • keep a list of important phone numbers for after a storm – insurance company, appraiser, restorer, conservator, art storage facility and art transport company; and
  • if at all possible, transport outdoor sculpture to an art storage facility.

Each sculpture is different and the best way to address hurricane preparedness for outdoor artwork is to confer with your independent insurance provider. Keep safe!


Posted by: Kelli Bodle, Assistant Curator @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Friday, July 5, 2013
5 Boca Museum Artworks on Flickr

We at the Boca Museum are certainly fans of the recent boom in photography. We have an Instagram page and upload images to Twitter, not to mention Facebook and Pinterest. In fact, we have expanded our photography policy to allow cellphone photos in our second-floor permanent collection galleries.

There are a few drawbacks to the avalanche of photos though, one of them being the credit lines that accompany images. When we print up any materials that feature an image, we always include a certain set of information about the piece. Of course, not every visitor to the museum has the time to be studiously copying down an artist’s name, the title of an artwork, the medium used, and so on.

To that end, we’d like to spotlight five of the artworks that appear often on social media, specifically Flickr, and fill in some blanks on who made what, when, and why. If you would like to learn more about an artwork you have seen or photographed at the museum, leave a comment below and we will tell you all about it!

Space Station by Julio Larraz
Space Station by Julio Larraz
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr Creative Commons

Space Station by Julio Larraz


Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1944. He created this sculpture out of painted bronze and it stands a whopping 17 ½ feet high. It is placed in the courtyard near our front door and was purchased by the Boca Museum with funding provided by anonymous donors and the Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Foundation.

A lot of people see this and immediately think “teacups” because of the cups’ small size and the shape of the pot on the top. This is actually a stack of coffee cups with a coffee pot balanced precariously on top.

Larraz is addressing the historically unbalanced politics of Latin America, specifically, the coffee business. Using metaphor, he implies that all the little coffee cups – the workers – hold up the big pot – the owner – on coffee plantations and in coffee business.

Power is imbalanced and at any point, the cups could cause the pot to come crashing down.



Hoy es Hoy [Today is Today]
by Javier Marin
Hoy es Hoy [Today is Today] by Javier Marin
Credit dancriss/Flickr Creative Commons

Hoy es Hoy [Today is Today] by Javier Marin



Javier Marin was born in Mexico in 1962. He created this magnificent sculpture in 2002 out of bronze, like Larraz, but he left it unpainted. This is another very large piece, it is almost 13 feet high, 8 feet in width, and 10 feet deep. It sits on the side of the museum that faces US-1 and was purchased by the Boca Museum with funds from our Collectors Forum group in addition to the Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Foundation.

This sculpture does not depict just one woman’s face. Instead, it is a combination of multiple races: Mexican, Native American, and Asian.







Labirintite by Rabrama
Labirintite by Rabrama
Credit HeatherV.Howell/ Flickr Creative Commons

Labirintite by Rabarama


The Boca Museum doesn’t actually own Labirintite, it is on loan from Vecchiato Art Galleries in Padua, Italy. We’ve been lucky to have it since 2001. Rabarama is an Italian artist who was born in 1969 and she made this sculpture out of painted bronze. Paint doesn’t fare too well outdoors here in Boca because of the salt air. Because of that, we have had to sand and repaint this piece once already and are about to do it again. The first time, Rabarama visited the museum from Italy and did it herself!

The piece is five feet high by nine feet long and six feet deep. Rabarama covers all of her sculptures in patterns like this: mazes, puzzle pieces, numbers, and letters. These refer to her interest in genetics and DNA, basically what makes us up as people. The labyrinth on this one refers not only to the genetics that make up our bodies but also to the journey that each person takes in his or her own life – the experiences that make us up  as people.


Celestial Presence
by Dorothy Gillespie
Celestial Presence by Dorothy Gillespie
Credit KaufmanRossin/ Flickr Creative Commons

Celestial Presence by Dorothy Gillespie




Sadly, Dorothy Gillespie passed away last year at the age of 92. She had a very long, full life as an artist though. For instance, she created this polychromed hanging sculpture out of shaped, cut aluminum in 2007, at the age of 87! It is 25 feet high, 20 feet long, and 12 feet deep.

It has been hanging at the museum for six years and every year we have to take it down for hurricane season as it hangs so closely to our windows. There are more than 350 “starbursts” hanging here! This gift from the Dorothy Gillespie Foundation transforms both the inside and the outside of the museum into an elaborate fantasy of explosive, multi-colored movement.






Music Power II by Arman
Music Power II by Arman
Credit walkoutofhermind/Flickr Creative Commons

Music Power II by Arman


French/American artist Arman was born in Nice, France and lived from 1928 to 2005. He uses only his first name in deference to Vincent Van Gogh, who only signed his first name on paintings. Influenced heavily by the Dada movement, Arman made “accumulations” of objects like the violoncellos seen here.

Sliced, smashed, or burned musical instruments were one of his most recognizable subjects since the 1960s. This piece was created in 2002. As an amateur cellist and son of an antiques dealer, Arman was surrounded by music from a very young age. He gifted this sculpture to the Boca Museum himself.

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Monday, July 1, 2013
Family-Friendly Fun at the Boca Museum

As it is in every museum, a main goal of the institution is to engage people, most importantly, children. From class field trips to contests, the Museum goes one step further with the family-friendly program rightfully named Creation Station.

Sine 2012, the Museum ran this program for families with busy weekday schedules. It offered a weekend bonding and learning opportunity for children and parents. This was the last Creation Station and I was glad to have been a part of it.

Families learned about visual arts in a relaxed and fun manner by first viewing specific works in museum and then making an artwork themselves in the spirit of that piece.  Activities included crafting a sculpture out of recycled objects, creating a collage, or solving a jigsaw puzzle. Each month Creation Station has a different activity/focus. Volunteers are on hand to assist families.

The artists in focus this time were Miriam Schapiro and James Rosenquist. Both of these artists have pieces, more specifically collages, that are part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Miriam Schapiro Heart in the Heartland Collage

Miriam Schapiro, (Canadian, 1923- ), Heart in the Heartlands, 1979, Fabric collage and acrylic paint on paper, 38 x 36 inches. Permanent Collection 2004.041. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Aber

James Rosenquist Time Magazine Collage

JAMES ROSENQUIST, (American,1933- ),Sketch for Automobile Cover, 1971, collage with magazine pages, tissue paper, tape, crayon and pencil on paper, 15 x 22 inches. Permanent Collection 1993.265. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steinman

Duane Hanson Security Guard
Duane Hanson (American, 1925 – 1996), Security Guard, 1990, autobody filler (fiberglass and polyester resin) polychromed in oil, mixed media with accessories, 72 x 32 x 15 inches. Loan, courtesy of Mrs. Wesla Hanson

This past Saturday I got to act as the volunteer that assisted families, I helped children soak everything in and create their own works of art.

When the first group came in, the girls were cautious of going any further because they had spotted the eerily life-like security guard resting down by the edge of the table: Duane Hanson’s Security Guard.

This went on with every group that entered the museum, including two girls dressed as little princesses, crowns and all. Even the adults were taken by surprise when they discovered he was a sculpture.

When it came time to create their collages many of the kids wanted to give the finished product to dad as a Father’s Day gift. The themes ranged from golf to the sea. The possibilities were endless! I was able to help the kids cut out shapes, and come up with decorating ideas. The parents even got involved; one mom even said “I miss doing this! It is so much fun!” Not only was it fun for them but it was fun for me as well, I loved being able to see the glowing faces of the kids as they proudly showed off their work once it was completed. This just goes to show that all you really need to have fun is some inspiration, and maybe a little glue.


Posted by: Shannon Smagala, Curatorial Intern @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
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