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Lyonia Gallery
The Southeast Museum of Photography expands with a new exhibition space at the
Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, Florida

October 17, 2009 March 21, 2010
Image Copyright Lee Dunkel

“This landscape struggles to survive; in much the same way a person who is ill struggles to survive. I can see now that I was trying to capture this struggle." -Lee Dunkel

Lee Dunkel explores the landscape in a unique and compelling way. The eloquent black and white images of these details and forms in nature show the biological cycles of growth, decay and renewal in nature to form some of the most important and compelling photographs ever made of the Florida landscape. No other photographer has so consistently and successfully create photographs that draw out the uniquely expressive and poetic possibilities of Florida’s natural world.

About the Photographer
Lee Dunkel specializes in the Florida landscape. Her most well known series have been Shore Patterns, Spruce Creek, Clay Walls, the St Johns River Portfolio, and Florida Etudes. Her work is regularly featured in exhibitions throughout Florida and is held in many public and private collections, including the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. She has been the recipient of numerous artist awards and honors including the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Dunkel studied photography at Daytona State College and is an adjunct faculty member in the college’s photography department. She lives in Ormond Beach.

"This turned out to be a more difficult artistic journey than I had expected. Not until the very end did the distinctive vision of the project to come into focus."

About Florida Wetlands
Light pervades the black-and-white images in the newest portfolio by Lee Dunkel, picking out the tiniest twig in the smallest, or “mini” image, and illuminating a rain-drenched forest or murky pond’s mysterious depths in her radiant prints. “Florida Wetlands” offers a broad overview of a specific terrain, with all of its multifaceted implications and associations wide open to individual interpretation. As her eye has become infinitely more discerning, Dunkel has begun to strip away all momentary, peripheral qualities in a process that emphasizes the essential. 

These nature studies are undeniably spectacular; the state’s undeveloped sites and natural vistas are magnificent in their own right. Translated into a burnished black-and-white that defies color’s seductive wiles even as they suggest subdued splendor, her landscapes seem to occupy a rarified space: arrested glimpses of a vanishing wilderness. They are all the more vibrant because of their restraint.

Something different emerges in "Florida Wetlands"; the view now is both darker and more sanguine, expressed in the highly articulate, technically superb vocabulary Dunkel has made her own.  Here, in bold imagery and terms that are more baldly stated than in any of her previous landscapes or nature studies, the threat to natural Florida is crystallized, and made clear." -Laura Stewart.

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Image Copyright Lee Dunkel
The LYONIA GALLERY will present exhibitions and programs related to environmental, land-use, local history and regional culture in an exhibition space in Volusia County Government’s new LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.

The museum gallery occupies display space immediately adjacent to the environmental exhibits area of the Center. The LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours and days of the Lyonia Environmental Center.

Deltona Map LOCATION
The Deltona Regional Library, Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater are at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, Florida.

The Southeast Museum of Photography’s LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours of the Lyonia Environmental Center:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm


For all information about the LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER please call: (386) 789-7207 Main Office / (386) 257-6000 Daytona Beach / (386) 423-3300 New Smyrna Beach

Additional information is available by visiting the following websites:


The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

Click HERE for museum hours of operation

Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and assures equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and veteran status. For more details, read our Equal Opportunity Statement or contact: Lonnie Thompson, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.