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Dashboard Dreams: The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road
On view through February 26, 2023
A.E. Backus Museum
Fort Pierce, Florida

This winter, the annual series of special exhibitions celebrating the unique art movement that traces its beginnings to our community continues with “Dashboard Dreams: The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road.”

The Florida Highwaymen were a loose collective of artists who learned landscape painting techniques but in the 1950s and 60s needed to develop a plan to reach the people that would buy their art. The movement started in Fort Pierce at a time in the racially segregated South when opportunities were limited for African Americans, yet the artists who later became known as “The Highwaymen” persevered and succeeded. This exhibition considers the iconic imagery and inspirational story of these celebrated artists in the context of the American auto industry of the era.

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[Image: Willie Daniels (1950-2021), Backwater Dreams, n.d. Oil on Upson board, 30 x 48 in. Collection of Roger Lightle.]