Museum of Art at Nova Southeastern University

In 1958, the Junior League founded the Fort Lauderdale Art Center as a gathering place where the public could come to enjoy exhibitions and participate in art classes for children and adults. In November of that year, the Center opened its doors in a former hardware store at 625 East Las Olas (now the site of Johnny V’s restaurant) for its first exhibition,Florida West Coast Abstract Painting. The first director, Schubert E. Jonas, was an artist with a background in art education and thus the ambitions were set. Katherine Tinker’ McCauley served as the first volunteer Head of Education and first docent. The Hortt Competition, named for M. A. Hortt, who had bequeathed $5,000 to the Junior League to start the Art Center, was one the Center’s first major activities and one of the first regional art competitions in Florida.

Beaux Arts, the fundraising arm of the Museum, was established by the Junior League in 1959. Its major annual project was Promenade. This outdoor carnival of arts and crafts, presented in conjunction with the help of Las Olas merchants, was the Museum’s primary fundraising event over 40 years. A juried outdoor art show, the Las Olas Art Festival, was established in 1970 and continued under Beaux Arts and Friends until 1999.

In 1963, the Art Center amended its bylaws and incorporated as the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Inc.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: illustration, paintings, printmaking and sculptures

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