june, 2022

11jun1:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedGallery Talk with Gary Monroe1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Event Details

Join collector and folk art scholar, Gary Monroe for a Gallery Talk through our latest exhibition An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art, organized by Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Monroe comes to us with the exciting and fascinating tales of building his collection:

”When I made these journeys across Florida to seek out and connect with these outlier artists, it was before the internet and it was quite laborious,” says Monroe. During his decade-long quest across the state, Monroe personally met nearly all of these artists one by one and became part of their lives. At the time this required a major personal commitment: he had to earn their trust to be allowed into their reclusive worlds. “It was an adventure,” adds Monroe. “Especially since there were no cell phones or GPS. Just good old road maps and phone booths.”

Saturday, June 11 , 2022 | 1:00 p.m.

Free with Membership or Regular Admission

An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Collection of Florida Outsider Art

Photographer Gary Monroe spent over a decade in search of Florida’s renegade Outsider artists amassing an expansive collection, which includes the over 80 objects by 44 self-taught artists in this exhibition. Against the odds, these artists obsessively painted or sculpted with an urgency to escape the conflict and struggle of daily life. Florida’s Outsider Artists are sure to leave viewers spellbound with their most authentic expressions.

About Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is a Florida photographer and author. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Monroe has photographed people and culture in numerous countries and throughout Florida, including the endings of the old-world Jewry that once characterized Miami’s South Beach, with extensive travels throughout Haiti, tourists on their “rite of passage” at Disney World, and corporate effects on the landscape. In addition, Mr. Monroe has written ten books about Florida art, including the seminal book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, which explore uncharted cultural territories and constitute a meaningful part of our social history.


(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Mennello Museum

900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32832