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Giving Tuesday




The Mennello Museum has joined the GivingTuesday movement, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Giving Tuesday is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is a day to give back to your community, schools, and nonprofits, after participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday.



Will you help us reach our goal and raise $2,500 to support educational art programs

$2,500 can provide 1,038 Title 1 school children
with a complimentary bus ride to
the Mennello Museum! 


This #GivingTuesday you can support the Mennello Museum in many ways!



On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the Mennello Museum will participate in the #GivingTuesday movement and offer donation-based admission during our operating hours. The amount you pay is up to you. Please be as generous as you can. 

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Donations to our #GivingTuesday campaign provide critical funding that brings quality and educational art programs to all in Central Florida by maintaining our museum’s broad accessibility and by reaching underserved populations from youth through adulthood. Your support helps us deliver valuable experiences to our community while creating a platform for creativity and learning.

Learn more about our exhibitions and educational art programs.

You don’t have to wait until November 28, donate today!


January 19, 2018 – March 11, 2018

GRACE HARTIGAN 1960-1965, THE PERRY COLLECTION presents a rare selection of paintings and collages that represent Hartigan’s noted Abstract Expressionist style as it evolved in the early 1960s towards new levels of abstraction and representation.  Long overlooked, Hartigan was a key innovator among the painters of the New York School.

Hartigan’s reputation as an important contemporary artist increased throughout the 1950s: she was the only woman represented in the much heralded MoMA’s 1956 show Twelve Americans that included Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, and Seymour Lipton; and her work was an integral part of MoMA’s New American Painting exhibition that toured eight countries in Europe in 1958 and 1959 and included Jackson Pollock, William de Kooning, Mark Rothko,  Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, Clifford Still, and other leading Abstract Expressionist painters.

Hartigan is likewise noted for her influence on three generations, during her more than 40 years, of graduate students as director of Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Hoffberger School of Painting, Baltimore.

The variety of paintings in this exhibition range from 1960 – 1965, and they are assembled by Hartigan’s Washington D.C. dealer, the late Beatrice Perry.  They are characteristic of Hartigan’s style at the time, a style of vivid color and texture painted on a large scale.

Similar works of this period are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.  The selection also demonstrates the shift in mood and thought as Hartigan transitioned from her studio and work life in New York to Baltimore, Maryland where she lived, painted, and thought until her death in 2008.

GRACE HARTIGAN 1960-1965, THE PERRY COLLECTION is organized by The Mennello Museum of American Art and guest-curated by Michael Klein, independent curator and art historian based in New York.

LEFT: Grace Hartigan, Reisterstown Mall, 1965, oil on canvas, 80 x 102 inches.  Collection of Hart Perry.
RIGHT: Grace Hartigan, Untitled, 1961, mixed media on paper, 22 x 28 1/4 inches. Collection of Hart Perry.


September 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018

In partnership with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, the Mennello Museum is proud to present TIME AND THOUGHT: ART OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM. This exhibition, on view at the Mennello Museum from September 19, 2017 through January 7, 2018, is drawn from the Permanent Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and organized by its Curator, Amy Galpin, Ph.D.

The history of art of the United States is rich and varied. Often seen in comparison to their European counterparts, American artists demonstrated ingenuity as they sought to display power and identity through portraiture, revel in the beauty of their natural surroundings through landscapes, and comment on conflicted and troubling histories in the spaces in between. The artists who are represented in this exhibition serve as key conduits for which time—and specifically American history—is marked.

Moreover, this presentation not only focuses on the technical skill of the artists included but how these individual works represented prevailing concepts and trends during the time in which they were created. The list of artists in this exhibition includes Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, John Kensett, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, and Ed Ruscha.

In this exhibition, we are asked to think about time, place, and environment with a literary quote:

“Time and Thought were my surveyors, They laid their courses well.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Song of Nature”


Upcoming Events

Please join The Mennello Museum of American Art in celebration of the opening of TIME AND THOUGHT: ART OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM.

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Mennello Museum Board of Trustees together with Executive Director, Shannon Fitzgerald, invite you to the opening reception.

Preview & Opening Reception
Monday, September 25

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Visitor tickets:

First Friday Tour with Exhibition Curator, Dr. Amy Galpin
October 6  |  11 – 11:45 am
Join Dr. Amy Galpin for a whirlwind presentation on concept and art in American history.

See all of our upcoming events.

This Exhibition is drawn from the Permanent Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and organized by its Curator, Amy Galpin, Ph.D.

William Chase (1849-1916)
Young Woman with Red Flowers, 1904, Oil on canvas, 24 in x 17 ¾ in Gift of Gertrude Lundberg Richards, Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1967.19.

Free Family Funday

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Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday!

Join us at the museum for free admission, a free miniature fine art project and free docent touring.  Each Free Family Funday has a different theme based on the current exhibition in the museum.

Miniature fine art project and docent touring is available 12-2:30 p.m.  The museum galleries stay open until 4:30 p.m. for all guests.

Sunday, November 12

Traveling through Portraiture
Explore portraiture and construct your identity through silhouettes! Place yourself in the spaces where you want to visit and see. Traditionally, silhouettes were made as side-view portraits cut from black card. They were a popular form of portraiture in the mid-18th century as they were an inexpensive yet effective alternative to miniature or oil painted portraits!


December 10 — 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
January 14 — 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Movies at The Mennello: A Monthly Documentary Film Screening Series

Our monthly film screening series will continue to bring you interesting documentaries and thoughtful films by artists. Don’t have time to enjoy the museum during normal business hours? Come in early and experience the exhibits at your own pace before settling in for popcorn, drinks and a movie.
Extended hours: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Film: 6 p.m.

Admission: $5 for Guests, Free for Members
Space is limited to the first 45 guests, buy a ticket online today and reserve your spot!

Please note: Guest passes, 2-for-1 passes, reciprocal memberships, or any other special offers are not valid for special events at The Mennello Museum. Orlando Museum of Art Memberships are not transferable for entrance or special events at The Mennello Museum. 

Art in the 21st Century, Kara Walker Stories

Friday, October 13 • Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; Movie starts at 6 p.m.
The artists profiled in Stories tell tales—autobiographical, fictional, satirical, or fantastical—through architecture, literature, mythology, fairytales, and history. These artists provoke us to think about our own stories, the characters and caricatures, the morals and messages that define our real and imagined lives. Filmed on location in São Paolo, Brazil; New York, New York; Saratoga Springs, New York; [foundry], New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Seoul, South Korea; Seattle Washington; Houston, Texas; and Dallas, Texas.


November 17
December 15

Alice Aycock: Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes

Grounds for Exhibitions − Inaugural Outdoor Exhibitions Series
September 2016 through September 2018

The Mennello Museum inaugurates Grounds for Exhibitions with two large-scale works by American sculptor Alice Aycock installed in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden. The beautiful works, Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes were originally part of series of seven sculptures in Aycock’s significant outdoor exhibition on Park Avenue in Manhattan entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Grounds for Exhibition features year-long large-scale sculpture exhibitions by nationally renowned American artists who otherwise would not be shared with Orlando audiences.

Shannon Fitzgerald states: “It is thrilling to inaugurate this outdoor exhibition program with such beautiful work by Alice Aycock, one of America’s most recognized and respected sculptors of her generation. I think visitors will delight in experiencing the stunning sculptures nestled in our lakeside landscape that challenges perspective, materiality, whimsy, and nature—in all its power and fragility.  She continues: “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to contemplate the vital role art has and the impact it can have when shared in the Public realm.”


The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston

June 23 – September 3.


The Mennello Museum is pleased to present programs and events in conjunction with The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston. Learn more.

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The Mennello Museum of American Art presents the transcendental work of William Eggleston. Please join us for the opening reception on June 23, 2017. Learn more.

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston is guest curated by American novelist, Megan Abbott, and includes 36 color and black-and-white photographs from the University of Mississippi Museum’s remarkable permanent collection, including some photos never before exhibited.

William Eggleston, a renowned American photographer, is acclaimed for elevating color photography and transforming ordinary scenes into fine art. Through the eye of Eggleston, nothing is ordinary, despite his photographs’ apparent depiction of ordinary things and ordinary people doing ordinary things.  Eggleston once said, “I am at war with the obvious,” a phrase curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art thought apt enough to use as the title for a 2013 exhibition of his photographs from their permanent collection

A Memphis native, Eggleston acquired his first camera in 1957 at age 18. During his time studying art at Ole Miss, his interest in photography grew. He soon began to experiment with color negative film. Today, Eggleston is a world-renowned innovator of color photography, transforming ordinary scenes into fine art.

The exhibition is organized by the University of Mississippi Museum, who owes its vast collection of Eggleston photographs to the generosity of Dr. William R. Ferris, scholar, author and founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi who personally donated his collection to Ole Miss. Ferris, a photographer and longtime friend of Eggleston, describes him as “the greatest living color photographer.”  “He is the Picasso or Faulkner of what he does.” Ferris continues, “This exhibit allows everyone to know his work, which is part of the legacy of Ole Miss.”  Michael Glover, art critic for the British newspaper The Independent, agrees. His review of the 2013 opening of the permanent Eggleston installation at the Tate Modern was headlined, “Genius in colour: Why William Eggleston is the world’s greatest photographer.”

Greatest or not, art critics agree that Eggleston’s work has shaped art photography since 1976, when the Museum of Modern Art presented the now famous exhibition William Eggleston’s Guide, its first-ever solo exhibition of color photography.  Since that watershed exhibit, Eggleston’s work has influenced art photography and even filmmaking. Film directors citing his influence include John Huston, Gus Van Sant, Joel and Ethan Cohen and David Lynch.

It was Lynch who brought Eggleston to the attention of the exhibition’s guest curator, American novelist Megan Abbott, University of Mississippi’s 2013-2014 John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence and an Edgar Award-winner.  Abbott has drawn her own inspiration from his photos for many of her novels. She helped choose the pieces for the exhibit, which capture scenes from more than two decades.  “To me, his photographs evoke entire worlds, not worlds we merely see, but worlds we feel, smell, touch,” she said. “When you look long enough at his photographs, like the gorgeous, lonely blue parking lot chosen as one of the exhibit’s central images, you get lost in it. You’re in another place.”  Acclaimed photographer, first cousin and Eggleston protégé Maude Schulyer Clay served as consulting adviser for the exhibit. In 2015, German photo book publisher Steidl produced a collection of Clay’s portraits titled Mississippi History. Steidl discovered her photographs while working with Eggleston on the multi-volume set Chrome (2011) and Los Alamos Revisited (2012).

Eggleston’s published books and portfolios, include Los Alamos (actually completed in 1974, before the publication of the Guide) the massive Election Eve (1976; a portfolio of photographs taken around Plains, Georgia before that year’s presidential election); The Morals of Vision (1978); Flowers (1978); Wedgwood Blue (1979); Seven (1979); Troubled Waters (1980); and The Louisiana Project (1980). William Eggleston’s Graceland (1984) is a series of commissioned photographs of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, depicting the singer’s home as an airless, windowless tomb in custom-made bad taste. Other series include The Democratic Forest (1989), Faulkner’s Mississippi (1990), and Ancient and Modern (1992).  In 2016, The Democratic Forest was presented in a solo exhibition at David Zwiner, New York with a new publication.

Of his 2013 Metropolitan Museum exhibition, At War with the Obvious, New York Times critic Ken Johnson writes “But photographs like Mr. Eggleston’s are not like movie images, which come in linear sequences, establishing explanatory narratives around scenes that would be mysterious, were they viewed in isolation.  There is no before and after here, so the photographs remain provocatively enigmatic, which accounts for much of their poetic resonance.  His pictures tease the mind, eliciting associations and possible meanings that swirl around them like bugs around a light bulb.”

In 2016, The New York Times Style Magazine featured Eggleston on the cover of the “Greats” edition, photographed by famed contemporary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.  Writer Augusten Burroughs wrote “A visit with the American Master of color photography reveals him to be every bit as brilliant, confounding and heartbreakingly soulful as the pictures he makes.”

A clear spring rises somewhere on the home place, for the human strain begins there for Mr. Eggleston, and we see it in what follows: it turns into a river that runs through, or underneath, every place succeeding it.  Whatever is done to block it or stop its flow, it surfaces again.  Pure human nature proves itself in likely or unlikely places.

—Eudora Welty

William Eggleston, born in 1939 currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston is organized by the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses with exhibition support provided by the Friends of the Museum. Additional support by Dr. William R. Ferris and the Eggleston Artistic Trust.

Art credit:
William Eggleston, Untitled, 1973, color photograph.
Collection of the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses, gift of Dr. William R. Ferris.