AVON PARK, Fla. – Jan. 11, 2017 – The Museum of Florida Art and Culture at South Florida State College will host a talk on the history of cattle ranching in Florida, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m., on the SFSC Highlands Campus.

Cattle rancher John Skipper.

Cattle rancher John Skipper.

Titled “Florida Ranching-Yesterday and Today,” the event will feature two ranchers, each giving their perspective on cattle ranching in Florida. The talk will be held in the SFSC MOFAC gallery.

John Skipper, a native Floridian whose family has raised cattle in Florida for seven generations, will offer a look at the origins and history of the oldest cattle industry in the United States. He has titled his talk, “Cattle Ranching from a Florida Cracker’s Perspective.”

“Hear why things are done a bit differently in the Sunshine State from a native whose family has ranched for almost 200 years in the area,” said Megan Stepe, SFSC MOFAC’s curator.

Stepe said the talk coincides with MOFAC’s current exhibition featuring art from Florida ranching duo Sean and Sharon Sexton. The husband and wife team have mounted an exhibition “The Art of Life: Works by Sean and Sharon Sexton” at MOFAC that opened in December. Sean Sexton will deliver a talk on the intersection of managing a ranch and an art studio devoted capturing life as a rancher.

“For rancher, landscape artist, and third-generation Floridian, Sean Sexton, the state’s landscape and history are interwoven with his art,” Stepe said. “His work not only features landscapes of Florida but also examines subjects such as, religion, mortality, and humans’ connection to nature.”

The talk is one of a series of MOFAC’s “ThirdThursday,” public discussions that shine a spotlight on current exhibitions and works from the museum’s collection.

SFSC MOFAC is located on the SFSC Highlands Campus.

For more information about MOFAC and its programs or to request a museum tour, contact Stepe at 863-784-7240, or email stepem@southflorida.edu. Visit the MOFAC website at mofac.org.