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Cute and Creepy @ FSU MoFA

Cute and Creepy - Sentimental by Kathie Olivas

Opening Friday, October 14, 7-9pm in the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Cute and Creepy features artworks inspired by the grotesque from the Pop Surreal (or New Contemporary) art scene. Viewers will be treated to works by "a stratum of painters and sculptors whose adept use of pictorial naturalism is the armature beneath convincing, yet subversive, visions of  reality," says MoFA director Allys Palladino-Craig. From lush paintings to intricate sculptures and drawings, Cute and Creepy offers work of both impressive technical skill and vibrant imagination.

"With the recent and publicly-celebrated exhibitions of Tim Burton at MOMA and Edward Gorey at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, now is the time to revel in the genre of the macabre. It's my desire to seduce new art lovers with this enchanting contemporary art that is so easy to adore," says Carrie Ann Baade, the exhibition's curator and FSU Assistant Professor of Painting. "This work is unique to this region. While pop surrealism is ubiquitous in LA, this is something that the southeast is thirsting for. I am aware of people who will be traveling from cities up to five hours away to see this exhibit... We have been contacted by magazines as far away as Europe who want to feature the exhibition."

Nancy Hightower, author of the exhibition's catalog writes: “(The grotesque) is an operation, a process that occurs when one is caught in between a moment of humor and horror, or horror and beauty—held in perfect suspension so that neither overrides the other. We are left in a moment of paralysis, unsure of what to think, unable to look away.”

The head-turning artists featured in this exhibit include: Kris Kuksi, Kathie Olivas, Jessica Joslin, Kelly Boehmer, Timothy Cummings, Thomas Woodruff, Scott G. Brooks, Elizabeth McGrath, Marion Peck, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Chris Mars, Richard A. Kirk, Laurie Hogin, Judith Schaechter, Laurie Lipton, Lori Field, Chet Zar, Christian Rex van Minnen, Ray Caesar, Martin Wittfooth, Jessica Joslin, Mark Hosford, Kate Clark, Travis Louie 

Schedule of Events

Visiting Artist Lecture: Judith Schaechter, 249 FAB Thursday, October 13, 7pm

Opening Reception: Museum of Fine Arts Friday, October 14, 7-9pm

Gallery Walk: Nancy Hightower, MoFA November 2, 3pm

About the Curator

Carrie Ann Baade

Guest curator Carrie Ann Baade is an internationally exhibiting artist whose surreal oil paintings are rich with allegorical meta-narratives inspired by literature and art history. She has been awarded the Florida Division of Cultural affairs Individual Artist Fellowship, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for an Established Artist, and has been nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship. Exhibiting widely with the Pop Surrealists, she has had paintings featured in Metamorphosis, a survey of the top, contemporary visionary surrealists and her works will be included in the upcoming exhibit Suggestivism curated by Nathan Spoor at the Grand Central Art Center in California. Recent solo exhibitions include: the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and the Ningbo Art Museum in China. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.


Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
530 West Call Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306

Mon. – Fri., 9am – 4pm, Sat. & Sun., 1pm – 4pm
Allys Palladino-Craig, Director
Teri R. Yoo, Communications Officer

Cute & Creepy was organized by the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts in concert with Guest Curator Carrie Ann Baade, Art Department, College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance. Project Staff: Allys Palladino-Craig, Grantwriter / Editor; Jean Young, Registrar and Fiscal officer; Teri Yoo, Communications Officer; Viki D. Thompson Wylder, Educational Programming; Wayne Vonada, Chief Preparator; Dalia Grad, Editorial Assistant.

This program is sponsored in part by: The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Arts & Humanities Enhancement Program of Florida State University; the City of Tallahassee State Partners Initiative and the Leon County Cultural Development Program, both administered by the Council on Culture and Art.

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Banner: Marion Peck, Sleepwalk, 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Image Right: Kathie Olivas, Sentimental, 2009, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.