AVON PARK, Fla. – Jan. 25, 2018 – The South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art and Culture (SFSC MOFAC) recently received a gift of artwork from Charles Reynolds, honoring his late wife Anne Reynolds. The donation included three paintings and three sculptures valued at approximately $9,000.

“Anne Reynolds had not only been a major supporter of archaeological efforts in Highlands County, she played a significant role in the development of MOFAC,” said Megan Stepe, MOFAC curator.

Stepe went on to commend Reynolds for inspiring the curators, SFSC students, volunteers, and patrons at MOFAC. “Her time, energy, and wisdom helped shape the artistic and archaeological character of the museum. These works are esteemed additions to MOFAC’s permanent collection and will be a cherished reminder of her influence.”

Plans are to display the paintings and sculptures in the historical/archaeological section of MOFAC in the near future. The six pieces of art Charles Reynolds gifted to MOFAC are:

High Counselor, oil painting, by Theodore Morris

Sacred Owl, oil painting, by Theodore Morris

Timucuan War Leader, oil painting, by Theodore Morris

The Archer, bronze sculpture, by Bradley Cooley

Fragment Series, wood sculpture, by Rick Crawford

10,000 BC, bronze sculpture, by Bradley Cooley

“Anne’s art collection reflected her love of Florida, Florida history, and Florida artists,” said Mollie Doctrow, former MOFAC curator, who had worked closely with Reynolds over the years. “Anne felt a special connection and affinity for Native Americans and Native Americans in Florida. Her collection includes art depicting early Florida by top Florida artists. As an artist herself, Anne had a discerning eye. She bought beautiful pieces with which she also enjoyed living.”

According to Doctrow, Anne Reynolds respected and appreciated artists. “Through her collection, she supported artists and believed in the importance of their contribution to the community,” she said. “The recent donations to MOFAC from the Reynolds art collection add depth to the museum collection in the area of early Florida. The Morris paintings and Cooley sculptures will offer the public a richer interpretative and visual experience of early Florida.”

MOFAC is located in the east wing of the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The museum is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Patrons of the Wildstein Center may visit the museum one hour prior to matinee and evening performances.

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