Online presentations

Online presentations and student competition amplify Clyde Butcher’s exposure in Gadsden

Three online presentations accompany the “America the Beautiful” exhibition by Gadsden Arts to focus on the conservation aspect and introduce you to the artist: Sacred Waters by Victoria Machado, Florida Water Stories by Dr Steven Noll, and a meeting with Clyde Butcher.

Register for free presentations at, made possible by Florida Humanities.

On Wednesday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m., join researcher Victoria Machado on Zoom to explore the protection of Florida’s flowing landscapes. Learn about the motivations of conservationists who love and defend these bodies of water, understand issues with springs and the Everglades, and delve into the conversations that arise when Floridians view water as essential to their quality of life.

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., join Dr. Steven Noll via Zoom for Florida Water Stories. Professor Dr. Noll from the University of Florida will discuss the history of water in Florida and examine how this history shapes our future.

Finally, join Clyde Butcher for a virtual meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Come meet this renowned photographer and winner of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame for a discussion on his America the Beautiful series, and ask the artist questions you would like to answer.

Clyde Butcher, Oxbow Bend 63, 2006, Gelatin silver print AP1 / 3, 52 x 100 inches

Student photography competition inspired by the butcher’s exhibition

Also in conjunction with the America the Beautiful exhibition, Gadsden Arts is running a Student Photo Contest: Black and White Nature Photography for 10-19 Year Olds. Students are invited to create their own nature photography, celebrating the beauty of their own surroundings, inspired by Clyde Butcher’s monumental landscapes. Submissions are due March 1.

The judges for this photo competition will be famous Tallahassee photographers Jim Miller and Roger Raepple, and Gadsden director of arts education, Anissa Ford. The top winner in each of the 3 age groups will have their photo printed, framed and displayed at the museum, and will receive a family membership gift. All submissions will be visible in an online exhibit.

Activities and educational materials will be provided to teachers, families and students to accompany the competition, to encourage these young artists to explore important artistic concepts like contrast and composition, as well as to discover art and Boucher’s life. Participation is free and children 17 and under always have free admission to view the museum’s exhibits. For more information call 850-627-5023 or email [email protected]

Until April 3, come to Gadsden Arts to experience America the Beautiful: Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher, in the three galleries on the museum’s first floor.

Visit the exhibit to travel through the country’s pristine wilderness, state and national parks through Butcher’s monumental photographs. America the Beautiful is brought to you by Truileve, brought to you by FSU College of Medicine and May Nursery Inc., and sponsored by Talquin Electric and Russell Rainey DMD.

Gadsden Arts, 13 N. Madison St., in Quincy, is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face coverings are mandatory, social distancing and additional cleaning protocols are in place, and a maximum of 20 visitors are allowed into the museum at a time. Admission to the exhibit is free for members and children 17 and under, and $ 5 for non-member adults.

Information: or 850-875-4866.

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