May 21 2020
Jul 14 2020
Virtual Tour of CityArts Pompeii Takeover Receptio...

Virtual Tour of CityArts Pompeii Takeover Receptio...

Presented by Downtown Arts District at CityArts Orlando


The Downtown Arts District is going “all in” for a complete CityArts Pompeii Takeover! Opening on the 3rd Thursday in May, CityArts will feature six new exhibitions that incorporate the many themes relating to Pompeii. From pottery to illustrations, and sculpture to traditional painting, there is sure to be an “eruption” of art to see at CityArts.

The exhibits at CityArts run from May 21, 2020 – June 14, 2020.

CityArts is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


This project is supported by Orlando Science Center for the exhibition of Pompeii: The Immortal City, funded by OrangeCounty Government through the Arts and Cultural Affairs program. For more details, please visit

Featured exhibitions at CityArts include:

Downstairs Signature Gallery

Due dall\’Italia

This exhibition features the art of two Italian artists, Gianluca Folì and Consuelo Bellini.

Residing in two different Italian cities, Folì (Rome) and Bellini (Florence) relied on their unique talents to continue creating during country’s lockdown.

In the words of Folì:

La creatività trasforma una volta di più le idee, i pensieri, le visioni quotidiane di questo particolare periodo in qualcosa di visibile, tangibile e codificato.

Creativity once more transforms ideas, thoughts, everyday visions of this particular period into something visible, tangible and encoded.

Folì is an elegant and brilliant Italian illustrator. His illustrations are graphic tours de force between chromatic and formal poems, in a surreal balance. Each subject, from adult culture to children’s books, benefits from his sophisticated artistry and empathy. From his studio between the Castelli Romani vineyards, he collaborates with different clients around the world. He creates illustrations for editorial clients (newspapers, magazines, books), fashion, and advertising. * Curated by Kyle Eagle

Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Bellini is a multi-disciplinary artist. With a background in fine art and fashion, she is best known for her two unique art styles: Thread Fusion and Stained Spaces. Thread Fusion is a harmonious combination of wood, nails, paint, and thread to create ethereal and nature scenes that appear almost three dimensional. Continuous and flowing through the use of thousands of feet of thread and hundreds of nails, Thread Fusion effortlessly marries concepts of both hard and soft into one balanced state. Stained Spaces captures stained glass paint within a wire, linear framework making the color seem suspended in midair. Translucent and visible from both the front and back, Stained Spaces juxtaposes serene images of nature and Buddhism against a wire mesh netting creating an almost pixelated perspective.

Upstairs Signature Gallery

Pompeii Reimagined

This juried submission show features works of art created by 40+ artists. These artists found inspiration from classical art forms and incorporated their own unique contemporary spin.  Judges will select works of art that represent first, second, and third places. The winners will be awarded with prize money, courtesy of a grant fund provided by the Orlando Science Center and Orange County Government Department of Cultural Affairs.

Side Gallery

Human Eruption: an installation for Pompeii Reimagined

By Jamieson Thomas

In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The preservation of its ruins are unmatched throughout the world and provide an invaluable snapshot of everyday life in these Roman cities.

As I drove to New Smyrna Beach past the Samsula Landfill, I envisioned it as a human-made volcano filled with our waste and pipes running through it to releasing toxic methane fumes.

This volcano in our midst, is an ever-growing mound close to 20 feet high, high enough to see the seashore 10 miles away. Our massive hurricanes with rain and wind and menacing tornadoes bring obvious natural dangers that we can take precautions against but not control.  We humans are creating more devastating disasters, pandemics and pollution. Unlike natural disasters, they offer no warning, no rumbling, no wind, no seismic scream, they are silent, so we do not prepare for them.

This installation invites you to consider our volcano. If it erupted, what ruins would be left behind? What would the snapshot of our everyday life be?


Young Artists Gallery

Ancient Techniques: Pompeii Inspired

Artists in high school and college exhibit artwork inspired by ancient techniques from art history. Curated by Jean-Claude Rasch, this exhibition features 2D, low relief, and ceramics.

Spotlight Artist Gallery

ex ante // ex post

By Richard Munster

The selected works in this exhibition function as objects and images intended to highlight, document and elevate the residue of their transformation through fire, pressure & heat. The marks, colors, crevasses and cracks trace & tell, acting as a physical record of change through an extreme event. In the case of my work that event is the firing process: physically akin to the effects of an eruption but exercised with creative intention and care.

The title of this body of work, ex ante // ex post, translates from Latin as Before the Event

// After the Event. Much of the interest in the city of Pompeii is directly linked to its violent destruction at the hands of mount Vesuvius. As a result of this fascinating tragedy, history turned its eyes to the aftermath of the event and drew a vibrant image of the life, landscape and culture of both the island and its inhabitants at the time.

Redefine Gallery

Solo Exhibition by J. Joshua Garrick

Named as City of Orlando’s Ambassador to Greece by Mayor Buddy Dyer, Garrick is the first American artist to present a major exhibition inside the National Archeological Museum in Athens, home to Greece’s largest collection of priceless antiquities. A fine art photographer, he specializes in capturing antiquities from uncommon angles and featuring sometimes-overlooked details. Garrick also had the opportunity to photograph the Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, which was comprised of 250 pieces of art rescued from the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption. This exhibition, at CityArts, features a sampling of his Pompeii antiquities photography. Garrick invites viewers to enjoy these magical images, as they all tell their own individual stories.


The CityArts Pompeii Takeover is supported by Orlando Science Center for the exhibition of Pompeii: The Immortal City, funded by OrangeCounty Government through the Arts and Cultural Affairs program. For more details, please visit Pompeii: The Immortal City is unable to premiere on June 6 as planned due to delays from the impact of COVID-19. Orlando Science Center is dedicated to bringing this blockbuster exhibition to our community and is working with the exhibitor to secure a revised opening date.  We will share a new schedule once it is confirmed.

Admission Info

Only 15 guests are permitted into CityArts per time-of-entry provided.

Please refer to the CityArts Reopening Protocol here:

Phone: 4076487060


Dates & Times

2020/05/21 - 2020/07/14

Location Info

CityArts Orlando

39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Parking Info

Recommend parking in the Plaza parking garage. Take your ticket with you and CityArts staff can validate it to $4.

Accessibility Info