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Indie-Folkfest Volunteer Information

« Indie-Folkfest 2020

Indie Folkfest 2019 will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Interested in being a volunteer at Indie-Folkfest?

Do you have a passion for the festival atmosphere, teamwork, hospitality, organization, food, music, and art? We are looking for dedicated individuals who can help us with welcoming visitors, running arts projects, parking guidance, and vendor care.

  1.  Complete the Volunteer Application
  2. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance from Katherine Page-Navarro by January 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact Katherine Page-Navarro
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •  katherine.page@cityoforlando.net

Indie-Folkfest Sponsor Information

« Indie-Folkfest 2020

Indie Folkfest 2020 will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Presented as a gift to the community, admission is free to Indie-Folkfest thanks to the generous support of local individuals and businesses. You can help support the 2020 festival by becoming a sponsor! Your sponsorship not only keeps Indie-Folkfest free for all, but also supports Mennello Museum family-friendly educational programs.

Interested in sponsoring Indie-Folkfest?

  1.  Download the Sponsorship Packet. 
  2.  Review the options.
  3.  Contact Kim Robinson at kim.robinson@cityoforlando.net or 407.246.3294 by December 31, 2019.
  4. Secure your sponsorship through our online Payment Portal.

Questions? Contact Kim Robinson
407.246.3294  •  kim.robinson@cityoforlando.net

Indie-Folkfest Artist Information

« Indie-Folkfest 2020

Indie Folkfest 2020 will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Interested in being an artist at Indie-Folkfest?

  1.  Complete the Artist Application.
  2. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance from Katherine Page-Navarro by November 30, 2019.
  3. After acceptance, Pay the Artist Fee through our online Payment Portal by December 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact Katherine Page-Navarro
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •  katherine.page@cityoforlando.net

Indie-Folkfest 2019 Artists & Artisans

« Indie-Folkfest 2019

Flynn Dobb’s Curated Booth
This local artist booth consists of unique young talent represented in the Orlando area, including 2019 Indie-Folkfest Featured Artist Peterson Guerrier. Stop by and meet the group, see how they work and even take a piece home!


Capture the Earth Photography
Nature and animals are Josh’s  preferred subject matter, but he also photographs people, places and things that are intriguing and interesting.


Kayla Oceana
Inspired by my understanding of our oceans and the travels I’ve experienced, I work to shed light on the idea of creative, sustainable living.  I am a conservation educator here to share creativity, insight and ideas for how you can live a more sustainable, yet beautiful life.


Copper plate Etching Printmaking Fine Artist Chelsea Smith grew up living between Casselberry, Florida and staying summers in Nottingham, England and Derry, Northern Ireland. She is a Fine Arts Graduate of the University of Central Florida. She leverages renaissance era techniques and materials within neoclassical art to produce original fine art.

Anayansi Jones
My work is fueled by my current state of mind or emotions and I often use representational images that have been distorted. There is no right or wrong way of representing emotions, however, I find myself-drawn to the human figure and nature. A distortion of reality either through color, line, or abstraction of representation can be seen in majority of my artworks. I am acutely interested in the essence of an object as shown through my abstract ceramics. However, with my paintings I’m interested in the ever-changing landscape and the abstraction of how nature makes me feel. My work is about the moment. It’s spontaneous and often reflects the process of how it came to be as if it was it’s own being.


Bet’s Bars
Soap art: Natural, vegan, handcrafted, cold process soap with intricate designs. I also make sugar scrubs, body butter, bug spray, bath fizz, and lip balm.


Carla Poma Jewelry
Jewelry for the confident woman who loves to shine. Handcrafted using high-quality gemstones, silver, gold fill and brass.


Gidget
Gidget is dedicated to providing a memorable experience while offering eclectic, fun and novelty items. Mobile boutique carrying an assortment of jewelry, art, apparel and accessories from indie brands and makers from the US.


Sonas
My creations are inspired by Mother Earth, and aim to expose her magic to the lives of others. My art incorporates moss/lichen into coasters, jewelry, and wall décor, handsewn water bottle carriers, plant hangers, macrame mirrors, crystal jewelry, and terrariums featruing hand collected moss/plants.


UnchARTed Art Designs
In 2016, “Purposely Creative” was founded by Yesenia S. Buisson. It became an escape for her art and a platform to simply share something she loved. Soon after, her sister, Jasmine Ramirez joined her to expand in creating a platform to share their God given talents. In 2018, they joined forces in a joint venture and thus was created “unchARTed”. The art enthusiast sisters who had only dreamed of creating a platform and community/network for sharing their passion, have now expanded and tapped into uncharted territory. They were even featured in 1340 Art Magazine, an international art platform reaching hundreds of thousands of art lovers and collectors. Now, they have expanded their vision and are taking up the Orlando art community by storm. They continue to grow artistically and bring new techniques and eclectic styles of art to the Central Florida art scene.


Tony Garan
Central Florida Outsider Artist working in acrylics, sculpture, spray paint and colored pencils presenting a collection of 16” x 20” small works and drawings along with several paintings on canvas, glass, and wood.  Garan will also have drawer portraits, which consist of found, upcycled objects to look like faces in drawers.


All of Lure Paper Goods‘ cards, journals and posters are designed by us and printed by hand in our studio. We aim to say the things you want to say in a fresh way. Our cards are personal. They’re extensions of our personalities and interests. They may be inspired by a love of all things vintage. They may make you laugh. They may raise an eyebrow.

John Baker
Specializing in Black and White Photography with the option of Custom Framing

Jon Napoles
A self-described Southern Fauve, Jon Napoles paints vivid themes of Southern Revelry on reclaimed window panes. His media also include acrylic on panel.

Creative extraordinaire Dawn Schreiner is set to debut her Star Valentines at the Indie-Folkfest! We are convinced this thoughtful illustrator, visual storyteller and folk artist never sleeps, judging by her incredible energy and output, including daily posts of timely illustrations on her Facebook page.

Life’s Palette crafts living succulents and air plants artfully into new homes of found wood and shells!

Annette King
Annette King creates art-to-wear dresses, jackets, handbags, and onesies made from vintage handkerchiefs and lace!



Lady Lion Creations
Handmade flower crowns for all occasions: weddings, birthdays, festivals, celebrations. Because life is better with flowers in your hair…


Kathy Ivers
Kathy is a folk and jazz singer since the age of seven and has been painting her whole life. She wants to show the world what she feels through her art.


Just Okay Things & Leviathan Artworks
Just Okay and Leviathan Artworks offer originally designed and hand-printed shirts and other accessories like pins and stickers. They have handmade art prints made with traditional methods such as woodcut and copper etching. Their goal is to provide people with unique t-shirts that make them feel good when they are wearing them and inevitably complemented in them!


Kicking Cones
Katrina Constantine is a comic artist and illustrator from Orlando. Specializing in digital art, Constantine began teaching herself to illustrate digitally in 2001 and launched her own blog, Kicking Cones, in 2010. Constantine constructs witty and touching illustrations infused with meaning in short comics featuring her dogs, famous penguins and a cast of light-hearted, personified flora and fauna.


Gypset
All of our jewelry is completely created by us. We take pride in coming up with beautiful, balanced pieces that reflect our journey, the places we’ve been and the things we love. There are always new pieces being added and original creations being revamped– grab something that speaks to you!


Questions? Contact Katherine Navarro
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •  kpagemennello@gmail.com

Indie Folkfest 2019 Vendors

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The Courtesy
The Courtesy is all about experience.
Our handcrafted cocktails are made from spirits and ingredients of only the highest caliber. The wine and craft beer selection are sure to bring variance and pleasure to every palate.


Maxine’s on Shine
Orlando’s true neighborhood restaurant located just east of Lake Eola in the heart of the Colonial town area, surrounded by homes. The warm and intimate atmosphere reminds you of entering a friend’s home. The friendly and focused service ensures a comfortable connection. Owner-operators, Kirt & Maxine Earhart are your hosts.


Ten 10 Brewing
Situated in the MIlls50 District, Ten 10 Brewering is not just another Brewery! Great Beer, good food and friends are just the beginning.  Ten 10 Brewing believes that in order for beer to taste well, it needs to be made with pure, clean ingredients.


Olde Hearth Bread Co.
Olde Hearth Bread Company, Orlando’s original artisan bakery, serves the area’s finest hotels, restaurants and caterers with natural, fresh-baked breads and rustic breakfast pastries.


The Thirsty Topher
Intimate beer and wine bar in the heart of Ivanhoe Village.


Dawg Swim
Swimming lessons & exercise for dogs. Pet CPR and First Aid classes.


Tapa Toro
Tapa Toro combines contemporary, Spanish cuisine with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere – bringing a fresh dining experience to International Drive.


Hanson’s Shoe Repair


Rob’s Concessions
Quality Kettle Corn and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!


Sugarbuzz Dezert Company
Awards: 2013 Curbie Award for the favorite vendor at the Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market and 2014 Winner Taste of College Park (Best Dessert)


Woof! Orlando
 Bryce Olds and Michelle Cipriano, avid dog lovers who use passion, experience and love for pets to cater to the all types of dogs in the Greater Orlando area, College Park, Maitland and Winter Park. This grooming, daycare and boarding facility is our pride and joy. Come see us here in the heart of College Park at 3529 Edgewater Drive. Woof! Orlando is on a mission to create a fun, unique and hip atmosphere for the distinguished dogs of Orlando.



Absofruitly

Acai bowls, pitaya bowls, and smoothies. Absofruitly, prides themselves on utilizing locally sourced, organic products to provide you with high quality, healthy treats!


Feel free to bring your own picnic baskets and coolers to the festival, but we’ll also have foodie-friendly picnic fare, craft cocktails and beer for sale, too.

Mennello Museum Announces Book Release and Final Week Celebration for the Exhibition: Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman

Orlando, FL — December 11, 2018

Please join collector Dr. Robert B. Feldman and Executive Director & Curator of Shifting Gaze, Shannon Fitzgerald, for a wine reception on January 12, 2019, celebrating the release of a 98-page, full-color publication that includes an essay by Shannon Fitzgerald & Katherine Navarro, interview with Dr. Feldman, artists’ plates and bios.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton St.

Special Catalog Price for All Attending: $35.00 (regularly $40.00)
Catalog Price for Mennello Museum Members: $32.00

 


 

Join us for the last week of the extraordinary exhibition, Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, featuring the renowned artists:

Nina Chanel Abney | Farley Aguilar | Radcliffe Bailey | Yoan Capote | Nathaniel Donnett | Mark Thomas Gibson | Luis Gispert | Clotilde Jiménez | Jennie C. Jones | Samuel Levi Jones | Titus Kaphar | Nate Lewis | Kyle Meyer | Lavar Munroe | Toyin Ojih Odutola | Ebony G. Patterson | Lamar Peterson | Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz | Paul Henry Ramirez | Jamel Shabazz | Vaughn Spann | Shawn Theodore | Mickalene Thomas | Hank Willis Thomas | Carlos Vega | Lynette Yiadom-Boakye | Nate Young

Dr. Feldman shares: “The artists in Shifting Gaze are powerfully breaking boundaries in the conversation about identity and culture in America—especially through the lens of seeing the body and that body having agency.  I am inspired by their work and vision and honored to support them as critical artists at the forefront of important dialogues in our culture.”

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldmanopened October 19, 2018, and continues through January 13, 2019.

The exhibition presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The artists have all drawn upon art history, American history, and popular culture to create powerful works that, independently and collectively, present a broad range of concepts about identity, beauty, belonging, and religion, as well as work with deep gravitas around poignant issues of race, sexuality, violence, displacement, vulnerability, erasure, and visibility.

The Shifting Gaze, who is looking at who engages perception, seeing and objectification while Reconstruction represents a rebuild, new articulation, and possibly new constructs via a new voice – from the past and projected into a resonant now. The power of this collection, conceptually, formally, across contexts, sensibilities, and interests is the result of the extraordinary vision and passionate quest of the Winter Park collector Dr. Feldman who shares with us an unparalleled visual intellect fueled by his knowledge, curiosity, humanity, and keen eye.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


About the Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through January 13, 2019:
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska presents the rare opportunity to see works by one of the most popular modern folk-art painters

Orlando, FL — November 14, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska. This exhibition will be on view at the Mennello Museum­ from January 25 through May 12, 2019.

This exhibition presents the rare opportunity to experience the notable paintings of Lawrence Lebduska, one of the most popular modern folk-art painters of 1930s America. Lebduska’s dreamlands and invented gardens teem extraordinarily with life and optimism in a nostalgic, uncorrupted style that captured the admiration of the American public. These intrinsically painted Edens propelled the artist and his work to celebrity among galleries, collectors, and museums during the rise of the avant-garde movement taking hold of the art world in New York and abroad.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum Executive Director, states, “I am delighted to be sharing the wonderful world of Lawrence Lebduska with our audiences. Especially in a time of conflict, Lebduska takes us away to magical spaces full of respite and folly, harmony and nature.  This exhibition revisits Lebduska’s remarkable place in art history, at a time when ‘self-taught’ was not even considered a term in the art market, and in that way, the artist’s work was radical—how exciting is that?”

Lebduska earned his first solo show in 1936 at the Contemporary Gallery in New York City nearly selling out his works, a show thought to have ignited Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s passion for collecting folk art. Lebduska was also included in the famed 1938 exhibition Masters of Popular Painting shown at the Museum of Modern Art, which included his piece Bohemian Kitchen(1936, oil on board. Collection of Carl and Marian Mullis), showing once more to the public for this exhibition.

Lebduska was an outsider artist who navigated the intensifying New York art scene without the academic training and institutional tenure of his contemporaries. Born in Baltimore in 1894, Lebduska was raised in East Germany and trained as a stained-glass artist in Bohemia. He harnessed his skills as an artisan, translating these methods of formal expression through lively color fields to create the characteristic scenes and figures of his paintings. Lebduska’s creations reveal a smart and personal reaction to the art world during the 1930s – 1960s, exploring themes of life as an artist, art movements, and the allure exotic animals.

Lebduska’s dreamscapes favor peaceful visions of a world abundant with flowers and a menagerie of exotic animals, though some allude to lower points of the World Wars and the Great Depression. He is most often compared to the “wild beast,” French Fauve, Henri Rousseau. Like Rousseau, Lebduska did not confine his work and depictions to places he had ventured. Rather, Lebduska pulled inspiration from the mysterious lands shown in the magazines of his patrons, the veracity of foreign animals of the zoo, and the ideal spaces where he wished to spend his life.

The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska is curated by Katherine Navarro, Marilyn L. Mennello Associate Curator of Education. The Mennello Museum is thrilled to present paintings from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Fenimore Museum, Gallerie St. Etienne, as well as those from our permanent collection, and the private collections of Michael A. Mennello, Anne Cochran Grey, PhD, Mary L. Demetree, Josh Feldstein, and Carl and Marian Mullis. Lebduska’s work can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among others.

A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays by Mehna Herders-Reach and curator Katherine Navarro.

 


 

Please save the date for the opening reception of  The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska

Opening Reception
Friday, January 25, 2019

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members  |  $10 for Guests

 


 

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:
Hi-res images:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/unhj18iv5fj4mje/AACpYlokwr1ghrdnBtzgUOeia?dl=0

Images:

Lawrence Lebduska, Self Portrait, Asleep with Creatures, 1943, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Museum Purchase, N0012.2000. Photo by Richard Walker.

Lawrence Lebduska, Landscape with Horses, 1934. Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art.

Lawrence Lebduska, Antelopes Drinking, 1947. Collection of Michael A. Mennello.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


About the Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through January 13, 2019:

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release.

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Mennello Museum’s Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Winter Park collector Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection

Orlando, FL — September 6, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman. This exhibition will be on view at the Mennello Museum­ from October 19, 2018, through January 13, 2019.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The artists gathered in the exhibition have all drawn upon art history, American history, and popular culture to create powerful works that, independently and collectively, present a broad range of concepts about identity, beauty, belonging, and religion, as well as work with deep gravitas around poignant issues of race, sexuality, violence, displacement, vulnerability, erasure, and visibility.

Shifting Gaze curator and Mennello Museum Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald states: “The work by 25 internationally regarded artists selected for this exhibition resonates in timely considerations into race and identity, and most poignantly, the Shifting Gaze that is occurring in our global society right now with artists at the fore in challenging perceptions about the way we may or may not look at the ‘other.’ The power behind these images—all referencing the body or its absence—in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, proposes a new visual language as an alternate to constructs about the black and brown body, the male and female gaze thereby reconstructing multiple narratives.”

The title is evocative and an emblematic reference to art history and the critical social agency of our current times. Through various media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage, the Black and Hispanic body (physical and metaphoric) is implied or materializes with subtlety in some instances, beautifully unfolds in others, and in a few, is direct, dramatic, and heartbreaking.  The symbolic framework of the Shifting Gaze and Reconstruction helps generate a larger dialogue between the works on view and the specificities of a diverse African & Hispanic Diaspora in our current physical, social, and political landscape, as revealed through each artist’s personal experience and distinctive aesthetics.

The Shifting Gaze — who is looking at who — engages perception, seeing and objectification while Reconstruction represents a rebuild, new articulation, and possibly new constructs via a new voice – from the past and projected into a resonant now.  The power of this collection, conceptually, formally, across contexts, sensibilities, and interests is the result of the extraordinary vision and passionate quest of the Winter Park collector Dr. Feldman who shares with us an unparalleled visual intellect fueled by his knowledge, curiosity, humanity, and keen eye.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art features works from the following artists:

Nina Chanel Abney
Farley Aguilar
Radcliffe Bailey
Yoan Capote
Nathaniel Donnett
Mark Thomas Gibson
Luis Gispert
Clotilde Jiménez
Jennie C. Jones
Samuel Levi Jones
Kyle Meyer
Lavar Munroe
Toyin Ojih Odutola
Ebony G. Patterson
Lamar Peterson
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
Paul Henry Ramirez
Jamel Shabazz
Vaughn Spann
Shawn Theodore
Mickalene Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas
Carlos Vega
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Nate Young

“The artists in Shifting Gaze are powerfully breaking boundaries in the conversation about identity and culture in America—especially through the lens of seeing the body and that body having agency,” says Dr. Feldman. “I am inspired by their work and vision and honored to support them as critical artists at the forefront of important dialogues in our culture.”

A full-color exhibition catalog will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition and includes an essay by Shannon Fitzgerald and an interview with Dr. Feldman by Katherine Navarro, Associate Curator of Education, Mennello Museum of American Art.  A book release and signing will be announced.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art is curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum of American Art.

 


 

Please save the date for the opening reception of Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

 Opening Reception
Friday, October 19, 2018

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members  |  $10 for Guests

 

Panel Discussion on the occasion of the exhibition
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art
Saturday, October 20
Orlando Museum of Art Auditorium
11:30 am – 1 pm

Mennello Museum Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald will moderate a panel discussion with artists and gallerists from the exhibition: Radcliffe Bailey, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Mark Thomas Gibson, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Vaughn Spann and Carlos Vega.

 


 

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:
Hi-res images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yuyrxvyxe0j83um/AAD1NXy_-L83AGl89aB7TnPOa?dl=0

Images:

Nina Chanel Abney, #33,2018, © Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman.

Clotilde Jiménez, Fruity Boys, 2016, mixed media on paper. Courtesy of the artist/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

Radcliffe Bailey, Zion Crossing, 2016 © Radcliffe Bailey. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Mickalene Thomas, I’m not the Woman You Think I am, 2010 © MickaleneThomas. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled IV (Khani + di Krew) from the “Disciplez” series, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery,Chicago.

 

Kyle Meyer, Unidentified 61, 2018 © Kyle Meyer. Courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery.

Vaughn Spann, Slip and Slide (McKinney Pool Palette),2018. Courtesy of the artist and Fredericks & Freiser, New York.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


About the Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through October 7, 2018:

Our Orlando: Making Sense of Our WorldandAmerican Youth: Our Future

The Collectors Passion: Paintings by Laurence A. Campbell

 

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Local Orlando Artist Exhibitions “Our Orlando” and “American Youth” Return For a Second Year at the Mennello Museum

Orlando, FL — July 19, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce two returning exhibitions, Our Orlando: Making Sense of our World and American Youth: Our Future. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Mennello Museum­ from August 24 through October 7.

Our Orlando: Making Sense of our World

Opening August 24, 2018, Our Orlando: Making Sense of our World will feature the work of four rising local artists: Sarah M. Bender, Peterson Guerrier, Boy Kong, and Kelly Joy Ladd.  These four artists conceptualize a multitude of relationships within our shared world – ranging from the personal and familiar to the mysterious and universal. In this exhibition, human experience is depicted, varied as it is in its accounts, through figuration and form, in two and three dimensions. The voices and visions of the artists presented here can be seen in a consideration of how we, as humans, relate to one another and our time on earth by reflecting upon their representations of individuality and imagination.

Executive Director, Shannon Fitzgerald, states, “It is rewarding to present our second iteration of Our Orlando and American Youth exhibitions in a celebration of the diverse talents and artistic richness found in our community, by professional artists and our teens.  Building on the success our inaugural local exhibitions in 2017, these exhibitions are smartly curated and provide access to creative ambitions, across media, reflecting what artists are thinking about today and their interest in what our future may yield.”

Bender uses humor and the figure to explore both personal and prevailing experiences of womanhood as an artist and mother in compositions that meld time. Guerrier realizes large-scale portraits that are at once penetrating but deny intimacy through mark making to cover. Kong creates contemporary mythologies that function to enliven our notion of seeing and storytelling. Ladd forms the imperceptible, making visible and tactile visions of introspection and our connection to the universe.

Sarah M. Bender
(b. Orlando, FL 1989)
Sarah M. Bender’s compositions reference specific people or are often autobiographical and employ art historical nods and themes, which demonstrate intersections of herself and her indifference towards needing to ask permission for societal acceptance of personal choices as a woman and mother. She often uses hens or chickens as stand-ins or masks as a commentary of concealment and stereotypes linked to women.

Bender graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 2010. Born and raised in the tourism capital of Florida, she gained both an appreciation for cultural diversity and a longing for a cultural identity removed of mouse ears. Bender works primarily in oils, but has begun to incorporate ceramic sculpture and mixed media into pieces.

There is a Rockwellian sense of nostalgia and sentimentality in my imagery, but surrealist elements create an unsettling feeling. I draw my inspiration from childhood memories and photographs, as well as pop culture and books.

—Sarah M. Bender

Peterson Guerrier
(b. Miami, FL 1983)
Peterson Guerrier paints in a powerful and ambitious style wherein the viewer is seemingly given primacy to the sitter. Yet through this image – its composition and details chosen and structured by Guerrier – the artist has denied revealing what he has seen, the soul and familiarity of a relationship that he holds close.

Guerrier grew up in Miami and attended Design and Architecture Senior High thereafter securing a Fine Arts degree from College of Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. He works in both painting and photography– interested primarily in extremes, juxtapositions, and duality. His approach to mark making is instinctual and creates figures through the transformation of layers of color and multiplying shapes. Guerrier’s layers employ strokes of bright colors, softer deposits of color, and drips, which may all combine and saturate the surface fusing into a whole. Drawing from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, for Guerrier, his brushstrokes create a description, a statement, which on its own is powerful, but when related to additional movements and statements, coincidentally build an image- “every physical description resolves itself into a number of statements, each of which refers to the space-time coincidence of two events A and B.”

Beauty is only the beginning of a conversation.

—Peterson Guerrier

Boy Kong
(b. Orlando, FL 1993)
Boy Kong is interested in creating stories — a new folklore of unbelievable lions and tigers described as though they have just been discovered, reported, and then depicted only as delighted and tense storytelling can convey. His works on paper, canvas, and wood all twist with energy where neon or pastel colors serve to enliven or sustain, respectively, that strength and awe. Animals take on human traits and supplementary eyes, symbols that create myth and metaphor.

Kong is a self-taught painter, illustrator, muralist, and collage artist. Inspired by a mixture of Ukiyo-e, Surrealism, Graffiti art, and animal folklore, Kong’s visual style connects elements of these styles with a mastery of color and rhythmic application. In a short time his body of work has become immediately identifiable throughout the media he works in without succumbing to a singular aesthetic. Kong divides his time between Orlando and NYC.

Color, lines, movement and impact. Those are the main points that itch my mind and beat me up when I think about (my inspiration).

—Boy Kong

Kelly Joy Ladd
(b. Tallahassee, FL 1977)
Kelly Joy Ladd responds to themes of light and darkness, cycles that are intended to be introspective and celestial at the same moment. In her assemblages of torn or cut paper on canvas, the artist takes a therapeutic approach to the repetitiveness of her process. Perfect circles are bent or cut to form texture and tone within the works that build up from the canvas. Her intention is to leave viewers awe inspired by the potential of self and the universe.

Ladd is a self-taught artist who grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Liberal Studies degree with a focus in astronomy and creative writing. While she has never been formally trained in the arts, throughout her life, Ladd has always painted or created art on her own terms as well as through creative ventures performing at Disney or writing and editing with Hardrock.com, Garden Design, Florida Travel + Life, and Parenting magazines. When her husband became ill and severely allergic to paints and various chemicals, Ladd had to channel her practice in a new direction. Choosing paper, Ladd now rips, cuts, and folds paper into visions of her meditations, connecting these internal pieces to the great wonders of the astronomical universe through name and form.

Color excites me, but I also honor the sleek simplicity of black and white. Even more, I’m enthusiastic about texture and dimension…I love the playful, unexpected and dimensional element that textured paper brings to canvas.

—Kelly Joy Ladd

It is our honor to bring these artists to the Mennello Museum, not only to highlight their work, but to consider their voices in the wider art of contemporary America. Each presents a passionate view of the world and creates images meant to inspire thought and discussion.

 

American Youth: Our Future

American Youth: Our Future is an exhibition to support and foster the creativity of Orlando’s talented teen artists. In this exhibition’s second year, the Mennello Museum of American Art will hold a juried art show for which a Call for Art was open to all Orange and Seminole County high school students as part of our increasingly expansive, diverse, and inclusive exhibition program.  American Youth: Our Future aspires to empower rising artists and give them a space to engage in conversations through their art with our community. This year’s artists chosen to be included in the exhibition are Manuel Delgado Ordaz, Miller Georgoudiou, Zoe McDonagh-English, Maria McKenna, Paula Meja, Shannon Song, and Valentyna Willard.

OUR ORLANDO and AMERICAN YOUTH are curated by Katherine Navarro, Marilyn L. Mennello Associate Curator of Education and is organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art.


Please save the date for the opening reception of Our Orlando: Making Sense of our World and American Youth: Our Future:

Opening Reception
Friday, August 24, 2018

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Reception
6:30–8:30 pm

American Youth Winners Announcement
6:30 pm

Free for members | $10 for Guests
Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/ourorlando2018

 

Our Orlando Artists Panel

Saturday, September 15
1 – 2 pm

Curator Katherine Navarro will moderate a panel discussion with the artists from  OUR ORLANDO as they consider issues of space, outlets for exhibition, and the traditional/non-traditional roles of artists in our society. Join Sarah M. Bender, Peterson Guerrier, Boy Kong and Kelly Joy Ladd as they discuss what it’s like to live, work, and get paid as artists in Orlando.


PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:
Hi-res images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d0limlw4txul6cd/AADOhXiNOshRsSwWZCmhOtSPa?dl=0

Images:

  

Kelly Joy Ladd, Gravitational Waves, 2018, acid-free paper on canvas, Private Collection

 

Peterson Guerrier, Ignoring the Obvious, 2018, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist

 

Boy Kong, A Prayer, 2017, acrylic, oil and horse hair on wood. Courtesy of the artist and Gitler &_____ gallery

  

Sarah M Bender, Guerilla Hen, 2014, oil on canvas, courtesy of artist


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


About the Museum

The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through August 12, 2018, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

The Mennello Museum hosts a Summer Celebration for the dogs as part of the Museum’s Pet Membership Program

Orlando, FL — July 12, 2018

Grab your pups and meet us for a SUMMER CELEBRATION in the Mennello Museum’s Sculpture Garden! Summer Block Paw-ty presented by Pig Floyds Urban Barbakoa will be held on July 27, 2018, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the museum’s lakeside sculpture garden (900 E. Princeton St.).

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director states, “The Pet Membership program is part of our mission to reach multiple audiences and provide several access points to art, culture, and nature. Our sculpture garden on Lake Formosa is a welcoming place for the community to gather together with their pets, enjoy local food and beverage, and immerse themselves in the museum experience.”

Sip on summer beverages like spiked lemonade and orange creamsicles while the doggos indulge in a pup cup from Jeremiah’s Italian IceMercantile Coffee Co. will be here serving up complimentary sparkling Arnold Palmers exclusively for our Pet Members, along with other refreshing beverages for sale. And of course, our friends at Pig Floyds will be dishing up some tasty complimentary bites for everyone as well!

We’ll also have paw print art projects and a photo booth area with props for you and your pups. And our friends from Franklin’s Friends will be joining us with The Pixel Fund who will have adoptable dogs!

FREE drinks and admission for Mennello Museum Pet Members!
Sign up today » mennellomuseum.org/pet

Admission per person:
Pet Members: FREE (includes unlimited free drinks)
Non-Pet Member: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (drink tickets sold at the door)
Purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/PAWTY2018

Learn more about the Mennello Museum’s Pet Membership program at www.mennellomuseum.org/pet.

Interested in partnering with us? Contact Annelizabeth Atie at aatiemennellomuseum@gmail.com or 407.246.4278 ext.4860.

 


 

IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8itp2xf8p9fknfe/AADZU4Yya7NIZqTvthobtvTva?dl=0

 


ABOUT PET MEMBERSHIP

The Mennello Museum of American Art is raising awareness for our Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden, and offering your pet (dog, cat, bird) the unique opportunity to become a Mennello Museum Pet Member! Enjoy the art (including many pet-themed sculptures) in our lakeside Sculpture Garden, and attend events with other pets and pet parents who share the same interest in supporting American Art and the Mennello Museum’s educational initiatives.

The Mennello Museum has some fantastic pet events planned in our Sculpture Garden including Yappy Hour, Howl’ O Woof at the Mennello, Brunch with your Pup and many more in the works!

Our membership program gives you and your pet special access to benefits that are unique to the Central Florida community:

  • One year of FREE admission to pet-friendly events at the Mennello Museum
  • 10% discount to many local pet businesses. Visit our website to see all participating businesses (www.mennellomuseum.org/pet)
  • Your best friend’s photo featured on our website
  • Free dog bag dispenser from Popular Pup
  • One year free subscription to The New Barker the first 75 Pet Members

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

  • Four-Legged Friend — $25

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES
Pet Members enjoy a 10% discount to local pet businesses. See all of our participating businesses at https://www.mennellomuseum.org/participating-businesses/


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices. 

On view now through August 12, 2018: Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

View all of our upcoming events.

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

                        

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113