First Gallery Showing of Very Large R Middleton Abstract Paintings
October - December, 2017
Jacksonville International Airport Haskell Gallery
Main Terminal, Before Security

Contact Rob | Receptions: Oct 23 & Nov 17

From October until the end of 2017, The Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission [jiaarts.org] will fill the airport with abstract art, including several paintings by R Middleton measuring 6 feet or larger that have never been shown side by side. Middleton's works will join those of fellow painter Cynthia Walburn [walburnfineart.com] and installation artist Stephanie Cafcules [stephaniecafcules.com] in the Haskell Gallery, located on the upper level before security.

Rob Middleton is pleased to be able to show the largest paintings he has completed to date in a location accessible to a significant audience that will include holiday travelers. And he is doubly excited to be showing in a gallery named for arts patron Preston Haskell, who holds Middleton paintings in his collection. [In Haskell & Me, Rob reflects on the significant influence Preston Haskell's abstract expressionist collection has had on his own artistic development.]

Two public receptions will be held during the exhibition. On Monday, October 23, from 5 to 7:30, the Jacksonville International Airport will celebrate 50 years with a reception to launch its new aviation history museum. During this reception, Rob Middleton and the other artists will be available in the Haskell Gallery to discuss their work. On Friday, November 17, from 5:30 to 8, Stephanie Cafcules, Rob Middleton, and Cynthia Walburn host a reception inside the gallery. Entrance to Short Term Parking is located across from the Terminal on the Arrivals Level. Bring tickets inside for validation.

The airport show comes at the end of a busy summer for Middleton, in which he achieved the long-held goal of increasing his studio space. Still located within The Art Center Cooperative (229 North Hogan Street in downtown Jacksonville), R Middleton Studio now includes separate zones for works in progress, and for the storage and display of completed paintings. He welcomes visitors every Art Walk, and at other times by appointment.

Middleton began abstract painting while majoring in psychology at Princeton University. He was drawn to both disciplines for the same reason, to try to comprehend and survive his own mental illness. Ultimately painting won! Art instruction covered a gamut of still lifes, figures, landscapes, but Middleton favored the abstract style as an effective release for his creativity and emotion.

Contact Rob directly at 904.234.5789 or rob@robmiddleton.info. For more information see RobMiddleton.info or Facebook.com/RMiddleton.art or Instagram.com/RMiddleton.art. This press release resides online with a hi-res image, at http://www.robmiddleton.info/pr/airport.html.

Oct 24 — 50th Anniversary Party On Monday, October 23, from 5 to 7:30, the Jacksonville International Airport will celebrate 50 years with a reception to launch its new aviation history museum. During this reception, Rob Middleton and the other artists will be available in the Haskell Gallery to discuss their work.

Nov 17 — Haskell Gallery Artists' Reception On Friday, November 17, from 5:30 to 8, Stephanie Cafcules, Rob Middleton, and Cynthia Walburn host a reception inside the Haskell Gallery.

R Middleton May 11 to June 3, 2015 Acrylic, oil, graphite on canvas (approx. 72 x 72 inches)

R Middleton
May 11 to June 3, 2015
Acrylic, oil, graphite on canvas (approx. 72 x 72 inches)