Boca Raton Museum of Art

The cultural heart of Boca Raton.

Jeff Whyman: Out of Nature

Wed, Oct 07, 2020 – Sun, Jan 03, 2021

Jeff Whyman ceramics are inspired by nature including the shells he collects. His vessels, teapots, and plates retain a semblance of function but are really sculptures. His spouts are twisted, his vases sage and tilt, and his plates are rife with lumpy accretions. Whyman acknowledges the influence of the renowned ceramicist Peter Voulkos who elevated the medium of clay to fine art, and with whom he worked for ten years at his Berkeley, California studio.

Unlike Voulkos who added and subtracted elements of his pieces over time, Whyman creates his works all in one moment while the clay is still wet. He uses the wheel to throw his vessels and spontaneously adds materials as sea glass, Chinese crystals, mineral oxides, metal nails, and wood ash to make forms that call to mind rock formations and what one might find on the ocean floor.

Whyman lives and works in Delray Beach, and this is one of a continuing series of exhibitions of work by artists in the area.


Trine Lise Nedreaas: The Entertainers

Wed, Oct 07, 2020 – Sun, Jan 03, 2021

Norwegian artist Trine Lise Nedreaas is fascinated with the vast and strange variety of human endeavors, both weird and beautiful. The videos in this solo exhibition include clowns, a contortionist, a sword swallower, a hula-hoop champion, a ventriloquist dummy, a maestro of smoke-filled bubbles, and an elderly woman singing Frank Sinatra’s I Did it My Way off-key. She is an admirer of enthusiasts who go to extremes to make their mark.


An Irresistible Urge to Create: Florida Outsider Art from the Monroe Family Collection 

Tue, Jan 26, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021

During the last several decades, the work of the Outsider artists has come to the forefront of our thinking about the nature of art as their paintings and sculptures have made their way into fine art museums hanging alongside new and time-tested paintings and sculptures.

Gary Monroe’s collecting Outsider art was not intentional. “Things just came my way,” he says. “The artists were all interesting.  I became curious about the work, which was all so invigorating because of the makers’ freedom of expression and, of course, the visual resolve they found to express themselves. These works questioned assumptions of what art is, or what art can be. While they provoked, they delighted. Further, the artists possessed little, if any, concern with public acclaim, museum exhibitions, or the sales of their creations. Needless to say, they did not have artist’s reps or resumes. “

One thing led to another, and nearly a thousand pieces of art had been accumulated.  From the Monroe Family Collection, 86 works have been selected for this exhibition which will be accompanied with a publication that includes an essay by Gary Monroe, a discussion by Senior Curator Kathy Goncharov about the changing nomenclature of self-taught and folk artists, and a specially commissioned poem by Campbell McGrath about artists’ urge to create.


Paul Gervais: Faces and Forms

Tue, Jan 26, 2021 – Sun, Apr 25, 2021

Gervais groups small-scale portraits of family, friends, and himself with his paintings of simple humble objects. These sequences of painting combinations make poetic connections between intimate faces and abstract forms.


Glasstress Boca Raton II

Tue, Jan 26, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021


This exhibition of new projects by over 30 international artists who have created works in glass in collaboration with the master glass artisans at Berengo Studio on the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon. This is a sequel to the acclaimed 2016 Glasstress exhibition at Boca Raton Museum of Art and includes new artists and major new works created since that time.




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Museum photo by Robin Hill