USA/South: Ocala, FL
Appleton Museum of Art
In 1987, Florida businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder Arthur I. Appleton witnessed the opening of his namesake museum, a gift to the city of Ocala originally conceived to display Appleton’s extensive art collection. The museum’s permanent collection includes some 18,000 European, American, Asian, African and pre-Columbian artworks and artifacts. Constructed of Italian travertine marble, the 81,610-square-foot museum features 30,000 square feet of gallery space, as well as a 250-seat auditorium, an art library, studio/classroom space and a courtyard café that can accommodate up to 150 people for receptions and special events. Since 2004, governance of the museum has been handled by the College of Central Florida and the CF Foundation.