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Art31 Returns for 31 days in March


Contact: Rae Ward, Director of Marketing
Art & History Museums - Maitland
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Thirty-One Days of Chihuly Glass, Latex Sculptures and More
Art31 at Art &History Museums – Maitland’s
ORLANDO, FL (January 25, 2016) – Art 31 is back for its third year as the most experimental and collaborative art festival in Florida. For 31 days in March, contemporary artists from across the U.S. create new works and engage the public in the creative process.
Art31 is a series of exhibits and art happenings that honors the Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) Maitland Art Center’s history as the Research Studio. In the spirit of experimentation and collaboration in modern art, the Research Studio welcomed luminaries such as Milton Avery and Ralston Crawford from 1937 – 1959. Artistic luminaries featured in Art31 2016 include Dale Chihuly, Jason Hackenwerth, Lorrie Fredette and Paige Smith. It will also showcase the local talent of Boy Kong, Dan L. Hess, and Marla E
The centerpiece of Art31, Material World: Glass, Rubber and Paper,explores organic forms in a diverse media created by contemporary artists from both coasts installed inside A&H’s Maitland Art Center galleries and throughout the National Historic Landmark campus. This exhibition, presented by Dorman Financial Management, runs March 4 – May 1, 2016 and features works by:
·         Dale Chihuly - Known internationally as a preeminent glass artist, Dale Chihuly’s work captures the imagination with their inspired, organic forms. Some Chihuly pieces are on loan from the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College in Florida.
·         Jason Hackenwerth – Hackenwerth’s latex balloon sculptures provide a vivid juxtaposition with Chihuly’s glass works. He is a past recipient of a Pollack-Krasner grant and has received acclaim throughout the international art world for his work at Art Basel and museums from New York to Edinburgh.
·         Lorrie Fredette - Hudson Valley-based artist Lorrie Fredette’s site-specific installations made from beeswax and muslin are inspired by current medical and environmental news stories, but the elegance and lightness of the installations belie the serious subject matter. Fredette has shown work throughout the country, including an installation last December at Art Basel Miami.
·         Paige Smith – Los Angeles artist Paige Smith is noted for her “Urban Geodes” made of paper and resin, which she installs in nooks of buildings and abandoned spaces across the U.S.  Art31 will be Smith’s first installation in the Southeastern U.S.
The exhibition opens with Culture Pop! from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., March 4, when the campus comes alive with activity. Event tickets are $5 per person and free for A&H Members. Regular museum hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; regular admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (55+) and students, free for A&H Members and children age 3 and under.
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With events scheduled throughout the month and in locations around Central Florida, it’s easier than ever to join the Art31 movement. See the attached Art31 Calendar for a detailed list of all events or visit
Art31 is produced by the Art & History Museums – Maitland and is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. The centerpiece exhibition of Art31, Material World: Glass, Rubber and Paper, featuring works by Dale Chihuly, Jason Hackenwerth, Lorrie Fredette and Paige Smith is presented by Dorman Financial Management and on display at the A&&H’s Maitland Art Center, March 4 – May 1, 2016. Culture Pop! is presented by Maitland Tire and occurs 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
Art & History Museums – Maitland recently became the first National Historic Landmark in Central Florida’s four counties. It engages the public by educating, collecting, preserving, interpreting, exhibiting and promoting art and history reflective of the American experience inspired by Maitland’s heritage and the legacy of André Smith’s Research Studio.
For more information, visit or contact 407.539.2181.

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