SHARK, an exhibition at the Museum of Art ? Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University takes visitors on a journey through over 70 artists’ perspectives on these fascinating creatures from predator to victim to pop culture icon. The exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Art and curated by acclaimed marine artist and author, Richard Ellis. It is being presented in association with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center.

On view now through Jan. 6, 2013, the multi-media exhibition features drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and videos by artists from all over the world.

“Sharks have long fascinated man; some ancient societies even revered them as gods. In my art, I pay homage to their graceful beauty,” said Ellis. “This exhibition delves into a variety of issues in an examination of the human impact on sharks. It explores the shark as a predator and its portrayal in culture, the importance of shark conservation, the biology of the myriad of shark species, and the thrill of shark encounters.”

“SHARK is a stunning and timely exhibition about how the shark has entered the public imagination and how artists, over the decades, have portrayed one of the most fascinating, vulnerable, and misunderstood marine animals on the planet,” said Irvin Lippman, executive director of the Museum of Art.


The exhibition opens with John Singleton Copley’s painting Watson and the Shark (ca. 1778) the first depiction that firmly established the shark as a man-eater. Copley’s fascination is shared by contemporary artists such as Robert Longo, José Bedia, Kcho and Damien Hirst, all of whom are featured in the exhibition. SHARK also includes well-known marine artists Guy Harvey and Kent Ullberg, as well as noted photographers Chris Fallows, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Daniel Botelho, David Doubilet, and Rodney Fox. Among the most dramatic installations are the watercolors of 400 shark species by British wildlife illustrator Marc Dando.

One gallery is devoted to Jaws, the 1975 Steven Spielberg film. Original storyboards, illustrations, posters and memorabilia are included to underscore the impact this film had on the human consciousness. Ellis has carefully selected the 160 works in this exhibition to show the multiple portraits of the shark – from predator to prey – to help us better understand this magnificent fish, which is now listed among the most vulnerable of all marine creatures.

Visitors can engage with the exhibition before stepping into the Museum by downloading the SHARK mobile integration onto smartphones and tablets. This family-friendly program offers gaming, shark facts, shark tracking and a family resource guide. It can be downloaded via a mobile bar code or a link on our website Furthering the interactive experience are installations throughout the exhibition of education stations that answer questions about the habits of sharks and the need for conservation.

Admission to SHARK includes general admission to the Museum. Adult admission is $10, seniors and military is $7, children ages 6-17 is $5, children 5 and under and Museum members are admitted free. The SHARK exhibition audio guide is $4 per person. Schools and children’s group admission is $8 and adult group admission is $10. Group admission rates include audio guides.