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FSU Allies4Art Presents: “A Sense of Place, A Portrait of Mark Messersmith”

Published September 22, 2014

FSU Allies4Art a community support group for students and faculty of FSU Art and Art Education invites you to:

Scenes from a Cracker Ecology

Presenting the Film: A Sense of Place, A Portrait of Mark Messersmith 
Produced by Tom Anderson and Barry Fraser

Mark Messersmith

Southernaire 2, 2011, oil on canvas, 65×77, oil on canvas with carved wooden top parts and mixed media predellas boxes on bottom

About the Film: 

Tom Anderson and Barry Fraser have produced a film about environmental painter Mark Messersmith that follows his process of painting one of his 6’ by 6’ magic realist canvases, from the first stroke to the last, and including the construction of the sculptural enhancements of the painting. The supporting story line is framed in cutaways that explore Messersmith’s education and life history, and his university teaching, as well as documenting one of his major exhibitions. While Mark paints, he talks about his purposes, techniques, strategies, and influences. This 43-minute film is intended primarily as a teaching resource that is particularly useful for focusing on environmental sustainability and creativity through art and education and may also serve as an example of visual/video-based ethnography.

Special thanks to Allies4Art Committee Members Bonnie Davis, David Gilchrist, Joe Johnson, Meredith McKinney, Julie Walker and Andy Welch and to our event sponsor FSU Museum of Fine Arts


Thursday, November 6, 2014
Reception 6PM
Film Screening 7PM
An opportunity for discussion with Film Makers and Artist will follow the screening.

Hor d’Oeuvres, Wine, Beer and Dessert

FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 530 West Call Street
Parking available in garage adjacent to the museum


Jessica Comas at (850) 645-0701 or
$50 per person suggested donation, payable to FSU Foundation

For more information please read the Tallahassee Democrat feature article archived here.