Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Historical Artist Clark to Speak

Merald Clark transfers a sketch. Submitted Photo

Merald Clark transfers a sketch. Submitted Photo


Merald Clark, one of Florida’s leading historical artists, will speak about his specialized expertise at Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 PM.

The Europeans first encountered the Calusa when there were no cameras, cell phones, or “eye in the sky” to record life events for Florida’s indigenous peoples. Thanks to historical artists like Merald Clark, long-lost civilizations, like the Calusa, are brought to life, through artwork.

Clark is well known for his works of art depicting the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa. His lecture will focus on the process he uses to visually interpret a past life when little is definitively known except for clues unearthed by dedicated archaeologists and other scientists. He also will explore the mystery surrounding the artifacts recovered at Key Marco during the Frank Cushing expedition in 1896.

For over 40 years, Clark has worked as a trained anthropologist, artist, scientific illustrator, living history interpreter and educator. For the last nine years, he has worked as an environmental educator and interpreter of Florida history for the Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville.

This lecture is free to members of the Historical Society; $5 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. For more information, call the Marco Island Historical Society at 239-389-6447 or visit

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