Foosaner Art Museum

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Foosaner Art Museum
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Foosaner Art Museum is located in Florida
Foosaner Art Museum
Location within Florida
Established March 14, 1978
Location 1463 Highland Avenue
Melbourne, Florida
Coordinates 28°07′53″N 80°37′38″W / 28.131281°N 80.627275°W / 28.131281; -80.627275
Type Art
Website Foosaner Art Museum

The Foosaner Art Museum, formerly the Brevard Art Museum, is located at 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. It houses works by international, national and local artists and rotates exhibits on a regular basis.[1]


The museum was established on March 14, 1978. In the summer of 2011, the museum was renamed Foosaner Art Museum and merged with the Florida Institute of Technology.[2] This occurred after receiving a $1 million gift from the Foosaner Foundation, in honor of Samuel J. Foosaner.[2] Foosaner was a promient New Jersey attorney who lived in Cocoa, Florida.[2]

Notable Exhibit: A Mysterious Clarity[edit]

From December 2008 to January 2009, a unique, collaborative exhibition called A Mysterious Clarity was hosted by the Foosaner Art Museum (then known as "Brevard").[3] It featured environmentally-focused works by three distinguished Florida State University Fine Arts faculty members: Ray Burggraf, Mark Messersmith, and Lillian Garcia-Roig. A Mysterious Clarity was a traveling exhibition, and the 2008-09 presentation at the Foosaner was the exhibition's 8th venue.[4]

"Jungle Arc" by Burggraf. Acrylic paint on wood. (1998)

The popularity of the exhibition, according to artist Garcia-Roig, was due to a surprising, complementary effect of the diverse works presented by the three artists. According to the Tampa Bay Times (2008), Garcia-Roig's work featured landscapes painted in forests, resulting in majestic, large-scale canvases. Burggraf's work created a modern, sculptural effect with acrylic on wood, and Messersmith's paintings were highly detailed images that combined reality and myth.[5]The Foosaner Museum's unique exhibition undoubtedly played a role in the ability of A Mysterious Clarity to inspire scholarly debate about the role of environmental art in society (as reviewed in Kang, J.'s 2010 dissertation).[6]


  1. ^ Florida Today. The Fact Book: Your Guide to Brevard County (Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today, February 28, 2004), p. 118.
  2. ^ a b c Brevard Business News. Florida Tech announces $1 million gift, renames Brevard Art Museum the Foosaner Art Museum (Melbourne, Florida: Brevard Business News, August 08, 2011), p. 15.
  3. ^ Melbourne Arts and Entertainment News, A Mysterious Clarity, Accessed March 2013, (
  4. ^ Ray Burggraf Studio, Official Website, (
  5. ^ Tampa Bay Times, Opposites Naturally Attract, LaRita Baker, 2008, Accessed March 2013, (
  6. ^ Kang, J., 2010 Dissertation, Florida State University, "How Four North Florida Artists Address Environmental Issues In Their Art with Implications for Art Education" (

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