Zerbe Zelebration

April 9th – 18th, 2021

(partners are expanding this timeline)

The Zerbe Zelebration will be presented by LeMoyne Arts Chain of Parks Art Festival as a City-wide FREE event to kick-off the festival, celebrating Expressionist Movement artist Karl Zerbe’s 50th retirement anniversary from FSU, a renowned artist and professor. LeMoyne Arts has the largest collection of Zerbe’s in the world (despite being in over 100 museums and galleries) and will feature 7 never-before-seen pieces for the Zelebration. 

This Zelebration will be a multimedia experience with emphasis on civil rights dialog and community participation. Guest speakers, educational content, visual displays, and civic engagement centered around Zerbe will inspire and strengthen our vibrant community in a fun and Covid-safe way.

Portrait by Jack Ice

Click HERE to read letters written to Karl Zerbe for his retirement, provided by his daughter, Maria Zerbe Norton 


Most of the people who remember Karl Zerbe are aging, so we think it’s important to capture their knowledge as well as reinvigorate public awareness of this historical figure who resided in Tallahassee for many years. There will be something for everyone; from those who already know and love Zerbe, people who are generally interested in art, history, nature, birds, and the humanities as well as those focused on civil rights and cultural conversions.

In-person and virtual exhibits featuring Karl Zerbe and other artists he inspired can be found at LeMoyne Arts, Council on Culture & Arts online gallery and Tallahassee International Artport Gallery, FSU Museum of Fine Art, TCC Hurst Gallery, FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. This citywide Zelebration will inspire and strengthen our vibrant community in a fun and Covid-safe way.

Come and enjoy all that the Zerbe Zelebration has to offer, and enjoy tasting the German-inspired custom brew created by Proof Brewing, in honor of Karl Zerbe’s German heritage. It will be served at the festival and at venues that carry Proof Beer.

LeMoyne Arts Gallery Exhibit, Zerbe Zelebration: Expression & Evolution 

WHEN: April 8 – May 8, Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 8, 5:00 – 7:30 PM & Saturday, April 10th, 11-12pm
​​​Free for LeMoyne Arts members, $5 for non-members.

WHERE: ​125 N. Gadsden Street Tallahassee, FL 32301​​

WHAT: LeMoyne Arts has the largest permanent collection of Karl Zerbe artwork in the world. This exhibit will showcase pieces from the permanent collection, 8 never before seen pieces, and will have original prints from the bird series for sale as well.


FAMU’s Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery

WHEN: April 9th – 18th, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 5pm and Saturdays, 12pm – 4pm
WHERE: Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery (Lower-level gallery). Located on the campus of Florida A&M University at 1630 Pinder Street.
Parking: Metered parking is available on Wahnish Way between Osceola and Gamble streets.
WHAT: The presentation of the three Zerbe works will be on view at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery.

COCA’s Artport Gallery

WHEN: Daily 8 am-11:30 pm, FREE and open to the public

WHERE: 3300 Capital Circle SW, Tallahassee International Airport (the first 30 minutes of parking is free)

WHAT: Karl Zerbe artwork & artwork from artists inspired by Zerbe

*To comply with current health and safety practices, all gallery goers must be masked while in the building and practice social distancing.

MOFA info coming soon…

Proof Brewing Co. will be creating a special German style Pilsner for the Zelebration!

More info coming soon….

TCC Hurst Gallery:

WHEN: April 14 – 16, from 12:30 to 4:30 & April 17, from 10:30 until 1:30.

WHERE: TCC Fine Arts Hurst Gallery — Enter the main entrance of the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Parking instructions:  Approach TCC on Appleyard.  About halfway between Tenn. and Pensacola, there is a flashing yellow caution light. Turn into the campus and the faculty parking lot is ahead on your left.  If you come on a weekday, press 002 and tell the operator that you are going to the gallery in FPAC. The gate will open for you. The gallery is in the building straight ahead. If you come on Saturday, the lot will be open.

WHAT: 1 large Zerbe “Philodendron.” + written information about the piece. Additionally, they will provide a free take-home kit for children to make a collage.  The kit will include instructions, 9 x 12 piece of foam core board, white glue, and a small paint set.

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce:

WHEN: April 9 – 18th, all hours

WHERE/ WHAT: The Chamber has a large collection of Zerbe’s on loan from LeMoyne Arts. They are in the photo gallery as well as being loaned to COCA’s Artport gallery.

More to Come!

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