Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida's Sacred Landscapes

Crystal River

Photo: Suzanne Williamson, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, 2009, photograph

October 8 from 5–7pm

Exhibition on View from October 8 – November 27, 2011

Suzanne Williamson & John Capouya

(Synovus & Hough Galleries)

This installation by photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya re-envisions the past with words and images inspired by their exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Using an array of materials and photo-reproduction processes, they create an environment that illuminates the multiple meanings of these monuments, built by our first peoples.


Ormond Mound

Suzanne Williamson, Shell Mound near Cedar Key, Levy County, FL 2010


Cedar Key

Suzanne Williamson, Sacred Lands, Anderson/Narvaez Mound, Pinellas County, FL 2010. Prehistoric shells cover the mound summit.


Pine Land

Suzanne Williamson, Along the Calusa Heritage Trail, Pineland, Lee County, FL 2011. A stand of gumbo limbo trees on the trail.


Ormond Mound

Suzanne Williamson, Ormond Mound, Volusia County, FL, 2007



Suzanne Williamson, Sacred Lands, Anderson/Narvaez Mound, Pinellas County, FL 2010. Prehistoric shells on the mound.



Suzanne Williamson

SUZANNE WILLIAMSON is a photographic artist living in Tampa and New York City. She has received several fellowships to the artist colonies MacDowell and Yaddo, and served on the Board of The MacDowell Colony. She has exhibited nationally, and her photographs are in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, among others.

Before moving to Tampa, she was the Photo Editor of ARTnews, the largest circulation art magazine in America. Williamson has also directed Ledel and Photograph galleries and worked for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Allan Chasanoff photography collections in New York City.

Williamson directed the Self-Employment for the Arts Conference at the University of Tampa in 2008 and serves on the Artist’s Advisory Committee for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Currently she is photographing ancient Native American mound sites throughout the state for The Florida Mounds Project.

More of her work can be seen at: &



John Capouya JOHN CAPOUYA is a professor of journalism and nonfiction writing at the University of Tampa. He was formerly an editor at Newsweek and SmartMoney magazines as well as the newspapers New York Newsday and The New York Times. His most recent book is Gorgeous George, a biography of the flamboyant wrestler and pop culture figure, published by HarperCollins in 2008.


Learn More with Suzanne Williamson:

Photography Field Trip: Sacred Lands
with Suzanne Williamson


Saturday, November 19
10 am – 4 pm

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Portfolio Review for Photographers
with Suzanne Williamson


Saturday, November 12
1 pm – 4 pm

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