500 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Dealers offer vintage Highwaymen paintings for sale on the Outdoor Mural Plaza (10:00
am – 4:00 pm)
Artists of Color Opening Reception (Members Free, Not-Yet Members $20); Lecture by
Roger Lightle, noted collector and guest curator of the exhibition (6:00-7:00 pm),
Reception and meet the artists (7:00-8:00 pm)
About the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery
With a recently added, multi-million dollar expansion, the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery
houses the nation’s largest public presentation of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter, A.E.
“Bean” Backus (1906-1990), and is home to the state’s only permanent multimedia exhibition on
the Florida Highwaymen.
With a career spanning more than 70 years, Backus was the first Florida-born artist to build his
professional renown by painting the landscape and scenes from daily life of his native state. He
was fortunate to have known great success during his lifetime, with paintings hanging in the
businesses and the private collections of many of Florida’s most prominent citizens. A renowned
humanitarian who abhorred the racist attitudes and segregation that engulfed the region,
Backus taught and mentored the group of entrepreneurial African American artists who became
known as the Florida Highwaymen. Their inspiring story is part of the A.E. Backus legacy.
In addition to preserving and perpetuating the artistic and humanitarian legacy of Backus, the
Museum organizes and hosts changing exhibitions from artists of national and international
acclaim. It was voted “Best Museum 2018” in Indian River Magazine’s annual “Best of the
Treasure Coast,” where it was described as “a fabulous place to visit.”
Regular Hours are: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 PM (closed
Monday-Tuesday). Admission is $5 per person; AARP, AAA, and Veterans with appropriate ID
receive a $2 discount. Students with school ID, children under 18, active duty military, and
current members are always free. During the regular season, the first Sunday of the month is
Free Admission Day.