Cummer Amelia is pleased to announce it will host the very popular and well-attended lecture series, An Afternoon of Art, on the first Tuesdays of January, February and March, 2 to 3 p.m., at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. This three-part series will be presented by Dr. Debra Murphy, Professor of Art History at the University of North Florida. She has been the inaugural chair of the Department of Art and Design since 2004 and has been recognized for outstanding teaching by UNF, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and the Southeastern College Art Conference. She has also been recognized by the university for her founding of the department’s Italy program, which has just celebrated its 10th year. Dr. Murphy has long been a member of the Cummer Museum and has written a book on its early director, Joseph Jeffers Dodge. She has also written on the Cummer Museum’s Holy Family attributed to Giorgio Vasari.

January 7 Masterpieces of Art from the Tumultuous Nineteenth Century: From Rococo to Neoclassicism
February 4 Masterpieces of Art from the Tumultuous Nineteenth Century: Romanticism, Realism and the Beginnings of Modern Art
March 3 Masterpieces of Art from the Tumultuous Nineteenth Century: Impressionism and the French Academy

Lectures are free of charge to members of Cummer Amelia. There will be a charge of $10 per lecture or $25 for the series of three for non-members. Registration is required at For further information or to register, please contact Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007. Cummer Amelia is one of two Affinity Groups of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville. More than 100 Nassau County residents who are interested in the visual arts support the Museum through social and educational programs. The group offers Museum members unique opportunities to become more involved in the Museum’s mission on a local level.

Annual membership in Cummer Amelia is $25, in addition to annual Museum membership. Cummer Amelia’s signature project is raising money to fund tours of the Cummer Museum for Nassau County students at each grade level. The group has funded fun and educational tours of the Museum’s permanent collection, gardens, and special exhibitions for thousands of students over the years, offering transportation, Museum admission and art supplies at no charge.

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