Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

A Traveling Version of the Exhibit
Organized by oconnorartLLC
For information contact: Mallory O’Connor, Exhibition Curator

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States—the 500th anniversary of the time that began when Juan Ponce de León and his crew walked ashore on Florida’s east coast and named it La Florida. To celebrate the Quincentennial of the arrival Ponce de León and the beginning of the European settlement of the region, the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosted The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art, an art exhibit organized by oconnorartLLC, curated by Mallory O’Connor and jointly hosted by the Thomas Center Galleries and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The joint exhibitions were on display from March through June in Gainesville. The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.

“Thank you Mallory for lending us your exhibit.  Everyone enjoyed it immensely and it was fun to see people talking about the exhibit.  Everyone saw something different in this exhibit.”

-Stephanie Haimes

Library Director

W.T. Bland Public Library

Now you can bring the traveling version of this landmark exhibition to your community. The traveling version of the exhibition can easily be hosted by smaller venues such as libraries, art centers/museums, schools or other facilities with limited exhibition space. The traveling exhibit will be available beginning October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

There is no fee for the exhibit. Host venues are required to pay shipping costs and to have insurance coverage during the exhibition period.

The online exhibit will be featured at the Alachua County Library District from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 and at the Fort Lauderdale Library District March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth Traveling Exhibition Specifications

  • The traveling exhibit consists of 44 plastic panels.
  • 33 20” x 25” high-resolution photographs of individual art works by outstanding Florida artists included the Quest exhibition (with panels}
  • 11 16” x 21” text pa
  • 1 15” x 44” title p
  • DVD of promotional materials and the Family Guide to the Exhibit

The panels are ready to install and can be hung individually or grouped to suit the requirements of the host venue’s wall space. They can be hung on walls, hung from molding or attached to walls using Velcro.

There is no rental fee for this exhibition. The organizers request that host venues pay shipping costs of approximately $250.00 and maintain insurance on the exhibit during the exhibition period and in transit. The show is packed in one 28” x 28” x 16” box for easy handling and can be shipped by UPS or Fed X or by courier.

Each host venue will receive a DVD of promotional materials. We also have a “Family Guide” to the exhibit available on disk that you can download and print.

For an exhibition preview and instructions on how to book the show go to and click on Quest for the Fountain of Youth or contact Mallory O’Connor at

How to book this show:

Available dates: October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015


  • August 1 – September 30, 2014
  • October 1 – November 30, 2014
  • January 5– February 25, 2015 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters
  • March 1 –  April 30, 2015 at Fort Lauderdale Public Library
  • Additional dates in 2015 may be available. Contact Mallory if you are interested in booking at a later date.

Please email the following information to

Name of organization
Choice of dates
Contact person
Phone number
Email address
Delivery address
Business hours
I understand that there is NO FEE for this exhibit, however I agree to pay for shipping the exhibit and to provide insurance coverage in the amount of $3,000. while the exhibit is on display and during transit.

We will contact you to confirm dates and delivery time.
Thank you for your interest in Quest for the Fountain of Youth.