Icons & Idols

A Photographer's Chronicle of the Arts

June 12, 2014 - July 11, 2014

Location: UCF Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 6-8pm

The University of Central Florida Art Gallery is extremely proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of legendary photographer Jack Mitchell

Celebrated works from 1960-1995 will be featured in this stunning exhibition of black and white photographs which depict memorable icons of American culture. According to American playwright, Edward Albee, “For thirty-five years, almost everyone who was anyone in the arts found themselves in Jack Mitchell’s photography studio in New York City.”

Icons & Idols is a summation of Mitchell’s finest work depicting the greatest actors, dancers, painters, composers, writers, choreographers, and musicians of his career. It has been said that Mitchell’s camera had the power to transport the viewer into the soul of his subjects. We are also fortunate enough to be able to share Mitchell’s own words in accompaniment of each photograph in the collection, providing the viewer with a behind-the-scenes, close-up, of some of the most iconic legends of our time.

After a forty-five year career, Mitchell moved back to his home town of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and according to the Daytona Beach News Journal who commemorated Mitchell after his passing in 2013, he then “served from 1993-2006 on an advisory Board for the Master Artist-in-Residence Program,” at the Atlantic Center of the Arts in New Smyrna, without whom this exhibition would not be possible.

The UCF art gallery invites you to step back in time with us in a fascinating review of history as seen through the lens of an icon in his own right, Jack Mitchell.

Credit: Icons and Idols is organized by Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and is sponsored, in part, by Darden Restaurants Foundation and Palm Bay Imports – Wines, Spirits & Beverages.