Friday, January 28, 2022

Engulfed Exhibit on Display

The Engulfed exhibit created this fall by Marco Island Academy (MIA) art students will remain on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until February 1, 2019.

The exhibition features an expansive mural collage, created out of seven panels, which expresses the Gulf of Mexico comprised of painted, drawn, and photographed images.

Modeled on the work of Robert Rauschenberg, this collage has multiple types of images—from very abstract to photo replications, some flat and some in shallow relief. After February 1st, the exhibition is seeking a new location to remain on display.

“Last spring, I was contacted by Marco Island Historical Museum Manager Jennifer Perry, and she was interested in having our students create a display for their large gallery. She said that she was extremely impressed with the small mural that Ariel Johnson and Cassie Sullivan had created for last year’s Robert McConville interactive photo presentation. Once the fall semester began, supplies were ordered with a contribution from the museum and we were on our way. This project, the designs and “look” of the mural were basically Cassie Sullivan’s ideas, however, she could not have created this project without the amazing talents of her classmates,” remarked Rob Eder, MIA art teacher.

Engulfed exhibit on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum. | Photos by Jodi Pree

“We, the students of Marco Island Academy, created this collage/mural to celebrate the Gulf and everything it’s given us. We thought there was no better way to do this than to create a giant mural truly capturing the many aspects of the Gulf. Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, an internationally acclaimed Florida artist, famous for his murals and collages, we wanted to capture the wonders of the Gulf, from its diversity in living beings to its vibrancy and liveliness. We wanted to show the Gulf how we see it; we wanted to depict its beauty and the fun it’s brought into our lives,” explained Cassandra Scalia, MIA student, Class of 2020.

“Robert Rauschenberg, our inspiration, once said, ‘There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting.’ We strive to convey this. We strive to convey that the Gulf is our life; it’s so incredibly important. We rely on it. For this reason, we are truly engulfed,” continued Scalia.

For those interested in providing the Engulfed mural a new home, contact Rob Eder at For more information regarding upcoming exhibits and events, visit

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