Synchronica :: Framing Time Exhibition to Open at the Thomas Center


The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center are pleased to announce the opening of Synchronica :: Framing Time, which will run Friday, June 28, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. A public reception for the exhibition will take place June 28 from 7–9 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville. The word ‘synchronic’ refers to a thing as it exists in a moment in time.

Synchronica :: Framing Time, is an exhibition of 150 photo portraits made of and by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21. Taken together, they capture a moment in time and place – Gainesville in 2019. The 150 images paint a picture of our community of young people as they stand at the verge of becoming the teachers, leaders, parents and change-makers of our city and world. The photographs are both powerful and intimate – allowing viewers to connect to what is universal through images that are very personal.


A year in the making, the exhibition is part of Gainesville150!, the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 incorporation of the City of Gainesville. The 150 exhibited photos were selected from a total of over 1100 powerful images submitted. A jury of four evaluated the images on artistic merit, originality, candor, and singularity. Created to be exhibited and then later archived as a time capsule of here and now, the collection of images is a voice from the present leaving a message for unknown viewers in the future. Each photo has identifying information on the reverse, so that subsequent generations can find their forbearers among the images in this marker in time.


Images from the exhibition are available online at:


The Synchronica project is directed by Anne E. Gilroy, Curator of the Galleries of the Historic Thomas Center, and Russell Etling, Cultural Affair Manager for the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Additional project collaborators include representatives from Alachua County Public Schools, the University of Florida Harn Museum of Art and Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department.


Synchronica :: Framing Time is funded in part through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition is also sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust, Gainesville Fire Rescue, The Doris Bardon Endowment and the Arts Association of Alachua County. 11 Awards of Merit were underwritten by Mike Hastings, Realtor with Dawn Realty.


The Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed for observed holidays. For additional gallery information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit