Florida House on Capitol Hill Announces Celebration of Florida Artists
Florida House on Capitol Hill, Florida’s Embassy in Washington, D.C. that connects, celebrates and champions Florida to the world, has unveiled a new program to showcase outstanding Florida artists to its 10,000 annual visitors. On display now, rotating exhibits will feature a different Florida artist every few months, beginning with renowned fine art photographer Alan Maltz. Named the Official Fine Arts Photographer of Florida by VISIT FLORIDA, and the Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Maltz has been capturing dramatic and inspiring images of the Sunshine State for more than four decades. Coinciding with the start of the new Florida House art program, the Alan S. Maltz Gallery on Duval Street in Old Town Key West is marking its 20th anniversary this year (2019).
“This new initiative is consistent with our ongoing mission to celebrate and share the best of Florida with the world here in our nation’s capital, including some of our state’s most remarkable cultural and artistic treasures,” stated Diana Beckmann, executive director of Florida House. “It also fits perfectly with the artistic legacy of our founder, former first lady of Florida Rhea Chiles, whose own artwork can be seen here. We are proud to kick off the program with the celebrated photographer Alan Maltz and are excited to share his work with our visitors.”
The first exhibit, titled “Inaugural Inspiration,” features 11works of art printed on aluminum and canvas, with a compliment of framing designs. Maltz personally selected specific pieces representing the entire state, each region having a unique look and feel. The exhibit also includes three new releases, which have been unveiled for the first time at this showing, and four images from the artist’s “Old Florida” collection, released for his gallery’s 20th anniversary.
Throughout his extraordinary career, Maltz has worked closely with patrons from around the world and is recognized for his visionary approach to directing and managing art projects of any size and structure – from a solo piece in a client’s home to an entire airport or office complex.
“I am honored to be the first artist featured for this new initiative and take pleasure in creating a collection befitting Florida House’s purpose and personality,” said Maltz. “Having dedicated my life’s work to capturing the beauty and mystique of Florida, I am inspired to share my art with the diverse audience that visits Florida’s ‘embassy’ each year.”
The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Florida House is located on Capitol Hill at Number One Second Street NE, across from the Supreme Court.
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About Florida House on Capitol Hill
Opening its door on October 26, 1973, Florida House became the first, and remains the only, “State Embassy” in our nation’s capital. Its mission is to connect, celebrate and champion all things Florida to the world. Focusing on education, business, arts and culture and hospitality, Florida House hosts events and activities throughout the year for people on vacation or conducting business in the nation’s capital. Florida House is not owned by the State of Florida, but rather by the people of the state. Managed by Trustees representing a cross-section of business, cultural and philanthropic leaders from around the state, Florida House is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded solely through private donations.