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An Irresistible Urge to Create

The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [May 10, 2022] — AN IRRESISTIBLE URGE TO CREATE: THE MONROE FAMILY COLLECTION OF FLORIDA OUTSIDER ART is the most comprehensive exhibition of Florida Outsider Art brought together for the first time into one travelling exhibition. The passion for Outsider Art runs deep in Florida, where self-taught artists have forged an indelible mark of special attention on the creative landscape of the state. The most comprehensive exhibition of its kind, organized by Boca Raton Museum of Art and traveled to Tampa Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum’s presentation is the final stop through October 16, 2022.  This is the first time the three museums have presented this definitive group of artists with an exhibition of this size and scope. Against the odds, many of these artists created obsessively to escape from their worlds that were often full of deep conflict and personal struggles

“This exhibition brings to the forefront the importance, really the essentiality, of visual creation as a means of candid expression – open and available to everyone to use no matter their background or supplies,” says Katherine Page, Curator of Art and Education, Mennello Museum of American Art. She continues, “The curatorial selection and essays by Kathy Goncharov (Senior Curator, Boca Raton Museum of Art:) and Joanna Robatham (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tampa Museum of Art), respectively, celebrates artists whose work and life experiences offer viewers an intimate look into amazing expressions of spirituality, environment, and private reality.”

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum of American Art states:

The Monroe Collection of Florida Outsider Art reflects a deep connection to the origins of our museum with our pursuit, preservation, scholarship, and stewardship of the work of Florida Folk artist Earl Cunningham and the many folk artists and self-taught artists in our collection. We are proud to present the narrative of wonder, perseverance, and creativity located from a distinctly Florida perspective of some of its most vulnerable, yet immensely creative figures. The lineage that unfolds in the Monroe Family collection urges the viewer a compassionate consideration.

Starting in the early 1990s, the photographer Gary Monroe drove throughout the state of Florida for more than ten years ― from Key West to Jacksonville to Pensacola ― on a mission to find what he calls “Florida’s renegade artists.” Thirty years later, after collecting, protecting, and archiving more than 1,000 works by outsider artists, the result is an exhibition that leaves viewers spellbound. Monroe amassed an expansive collection, which includes the over 80 objects by 44 self-taught artists whose work is on display, many for the first time, in this exhibition. Against the odds, these artists obsessively painted or sculpted with an urgency to escape the conflict and struggle of daily life.

” When I made these journeys across Florida to seek out and connect with these outlier artists, it was before the internet and it was quite laborious,” says Monroe. During his decade-long quest across the state, Monroe personally met nearly all these artists one by one and became part of their lives. At the time this required a major personal commitment: he had to earn their trust to be allowed into their reclusive worlds. “It was an adventure,” adds Monroe. “Especially since there were no cell phones or GPS. Just good old road maps and phone booths.” Monroe’s odyssey culminated in 2003, when his book Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida’s Self-Taught Artists was published by the University Press of Florida. “This new project opens a welcome window into another world. The world of wonders that lies outside the artistic establishment, this confounds our understanding of contemporary art, in a good way” says Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Outliers, boundary- crossers, pilgrims, exiles, An Irresistible Urge to Create presents 86 works, many never seen before, by 44 Florida artists including: Purvis Young, George Voronovsky, Aurelia “Mama” Johnson, Frank Ritchie, Ruby “Miss Ruby” Williams, Gene Beecher, Kathy d’Adesky, Brian Dowdall, Floryan (Florian) Ludwig, Reva Freedman, Ozzie Lee “OL” Samuels, Sybil Gibson, Joey Smollon, Polly Bernard, Milton Ellis, Janice Kennedy, John Gerdes, Susanne Blankemeier, Morgan Steele, Alyne Harris, and Ed Ott. “For these artists, making art was as essential as breathing,” says Irvin Lippman. “Their artistic freedom was a pure, sincere and intimate means of communication.”

The artists in this exhibition were not interested in monetary gain or acclaim, they just wanted to create. “People who admire the independent spirit that unites these artists are awed by their sense of urgency. Their art is genuine. They let it flow from deep within their interior selves, they did not promote their work,” says Monroe.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully Illustrated catalogue with foreword by Irvin M. Lippman, Director of Boca Raton Museum of Art and Michael A. Tomor, PhD., Director of Tampa Museum of Art, and includes a special commissioned poem entitled Florida Primitives by Campbell McGrath, and essays by Joanna Robotham and Gary Monroe.

All Florida artists are primitives, so feral in their soil, so lush, endemic and elemental . . . All Florida artists are outsiders, outliers, highwaymen, boundary-crossers, pilgrims, exiles . . .,” and ends with: “art is an urge as irresistible as Florida.  – Campbell McGrath

A Brief History of Outsider Art

The interest in what is frequently called Outsider Art began in the early 20th-century with psychiatrists who studied artists who were institutionalized. In 1922, the book Artistry of the Mentally Ill became influential to the Surrealists. Later, in 1948, Jean Dubuffet and others founded the Compagnie de l’Art Brut, a collection of what they called “raw art” – art made outside the traditions of fine art. According to Kathleen Goncharov, the Senior Curator of the Boca Raton Museum of Art: “This interest has recently increased exponentially, as more mainstream institutions celebrate these kinds of artists. ‘Outsider’ artists are now most definitely ‘In.’ Many controversial terms have been bandied about to describe them, such as self-taught (in addition to ‘outsider’), but no truly definitive name yet. I suggest we call all creative works that are arresting, intriguing, and interesting conceptually, as simply ‘art’ and leave it at that. Jean Dubuffet said it best when he declared that art’s best moments are when it forgets what its own name is,” says Goncharov. “Artists create – that’s what they do.”

About Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is a Florida photographer and author. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Monroe has photographed people and culture in numerous countries and throughout Florida, including the endings of the old-world Jewry that once characterized Miami’s South Beach, with extensive travels throughout Haiti, tourists on their “rite of passage” at Disney World, and corporate effects on the landscape. In addition, Mr. Monroe has written ten books about Florida art, including the seminal book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, which explore uncharted cultural territories and constitute a meaningful part of our social history.

Mennello Museum of American Art also has in its permanent collection the work of Purvis Young, Aurelia “Mama” Johnson, Eddy Mumma, Ruby “Miss Ruby” Williams, Brian Dowdall, and John Gerders.

An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art images

Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Orange County Government provides additional funding 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, and Visit Orlando. The exhibition is funded in part by the generous donors to the Frank Holt Fund, Strengthen Orlando and the City of Orlando.

Mennello Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the City of Orlando.

Opening Reception

Friday, June 10, 2022

Members Only Preview | 5:30 – 6:30pm

Public Reception | 6:30 – 8:00pm

Free for Members

$12 for Future Members

Purchase Tickets at bit.ly/urge2create

Gallery Talk with Gary Monroe

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 1pm

Free for Members or with Paid Admission

Join Mennello Museum of American Art for a Virtual Lecture with Dr. Katherine Jentleson, Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art from the High Museum on July 22

Please join the Mennello Museum of American Art in welcoming Dr. Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone curator of folk and self-taught art from the High Museum of Art (High) in Atlanta, GA, for a virtual lecture highlighting the significant contributions of self-taught artists on the 20th Century American Modern Art World on Thursday, July 22 at 6 p.m. ET.

Purchase tickets here to garner intriguing insights from a foremost expert of 20th Century Folk Art and then delve deeper into discussion during the Q&A session that follows the virtual lecture with Dr. Jentleson. The virtual lecture is $10 for future museum members and free for current museum members.

In 2015, Dr. Jentleson, joined the High Museum of Art as the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art. Prior to becoming a curator, Dr. Jentleson worked as an arts journalist in New York. Through her editorial assignments and experiences at galleries and museums, she discovered her passion for autodidactic artists and their historical legacy in the United States. She began her graduate studies in art history at Duke University in 2010, where she focused her research on how self-educated artists first “crashed the gates” of the mainstream art world after World War I. She published the study as a peer-reviewed monograph titled Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America (University of California Press, 2020) and adapted it into a 2021 exhibition at the High.

A multi-award-winning curator, Dr. Jentleson is the recipient of fellowships from Duke University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art, and the Dedalus Foundation. She has contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the American Folk Art Museum, the Ackland Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Prospect New Orleans. Since joining the High, she has overseen numerous exhibitions, including most recently Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads (2019) and Paa Joe: Gates of No Return (2020). Under her leadership, the museum’s collection has grown significantly since adding more than 500 objects, including significant acquisitions of work by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, the Gee’s Bend quilters, and Henry Church. Many of these debuted in the newly-expanded folk and self-taught art collection, which opened to the public as part of the museum’s 2018 reinstallation.

For more information about the virtual lecture with Dr. Jentleson, visit here.

The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Orange County Government provides additional funding 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, and Visit Orlando. The exhibition is funded in part by the generous donors to the Frank Holt Fund, Strengthen Orlando and the City of Orlando.

The PDF version of this release is available here.

Contemporary Expressions

(January 21, 2022 – May 30, 2022)

PRESS RELEASE

Mennello Museum of American Art Presents Contemporary Expressions:

Prints from Flying Horse Editions (1996 – 2021)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [January 21, 2021] – Mennello Museum of American Art announces Contemporary Expressions: Prints from Flying Horse Editions (1996 – 2021). Curated by the City of Orlando’s Public Art Collection, the exhibit holds the largest and most complete assemblage of works published by Flying Horse Editions, which is on view at Mennello Museum now through May 30, 2022.

“We’re fortunate to have Flying Horse Editions, a world-class printing program at the University of Central Florida, our community’s renowned research institution,” said Mennello Museum Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald. “Flying Horse Editions has attracted some of the most prominent artists working today in the role of visiting artists who have had the opportunity to create limited-edition master prints with exceptional printmakers in a state-of-the-art facility. Following the trajectory of the artists and their output from Flying Horse Editions is a visual narrative and a testament to the immense talent we have coming to Orlando.”

Contemporary Expressions: Prints from Flying Horse Editions (1996 – 2021) presents a survey of limited-edition prints, artist books, and printed objects from over 60 internationally-renowned artists electrifying the art world today. Artists including Diana Al-Hadid, Odili Donald Odita, Will Cotton, David Humphrey, Chakaia Booker, James Sienna, Luis Gispert, Inka Essenhigh, Jiha Moon, and Mark Thomas Gibson are on view, engaging patrons with a dialogue about perception and understanding.

“The sustaining spirit of Flying Horse Editions is a collective endeavor,” said Theo Lotz, executive director, Flying Horse. “One of our first collaborators—and certainly one of the longest partnerships—has been with the City of Orlando’s Public Art collection. We’re thrilled that Mennello Museum is showcasing these works together and presenting such an in-depth survey of the various artists who have worked here over the past 30 years.”

For over three decades, esteemed painters, sculptors, and multimedia artists have worked in fellowship with Flying Horse Editions’ Master Printmakers at the University of Central Florida. This partnership encourages artists to experiment with methods and skillfully translate their distinct practices in painting, photography, and sculpture into the arena of printmaking.

Many of the artists presented here approach their creative practices conceptually and methodologically, as a means of researching, solving, expressing, and effectively visualizing increasingly complex theories and stylistic ideas across time and disciplines. They have drawn upon personal experience, art history, advances in science, and popular culture to create works that unify formal art theory with current understandings in fields including anthropology, biology, math, philosophy, physics, and psychology. Broadly, the themes explored by the artists fall into reobserving and reimagining of traditional subject matter and the emotional content imbued in still lifes, landscape, and the figure.

“The work from FHE presented in this exhibition challenges perceptions of language, identity, preservation, and adaptation in both real and hypothetical worlds,” said Katherine Page, curator of art and education, Mennello Museum. “I am especially interested in artistic production, as its contextualizing framework runs parallel to the scientific method that combines the decades-long history of science, printmaking, and modern and postmodern

“The work from FHE presented in this exhibition challenges perceptions of language, identity, preservation, and adaptation in both real and hypothetical worlds,” said Katherine Page, curator of art and education, Mennello Museum. “I am especially interested in artistic production, as its contextualizing framework runs parallel to the scientific method that combines the decades-long history of science, printmaking, and modern and postmodern art developments. The artists here are researchers, observers, experimenters, and publishers. As publishers, they share their exciting results—renderings of creation, communication, and conceptualization with a public beyond traditional, specialized academic fields.”

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

Additional support for Contemporary Expressions: Prints from Flying Horse Editions (1996 -2021) is provided by Public Art, City of Orlando.

Please send any image requests to Emily.McVeigh@CityofOrlando.net

Image Credits:

JIha Moon, Genie 1, 2019. Lithograph with screenprint on Arches Platine. City of Orlando Public Art Collection. © JIha Moon

Odili Donald Odita, Flower, 2020. Woodcut on Hahnemühle Copperplate. City of Orlando Public Art Collection. © Odili Donald Odita

Chie Fueki, Anahita, 2013. Woodcut and silkscreen on Somerset velvet with hand dyed Thai mulberry paper, chine collé, glitter, and foaming ink. Edition: 3/40. City of Orlando Public Art Collection. © Chie Fueki

Luis Gispert, Untitled, 2015. Woodcut and silkscreen with 22K gold-leaf and Swarovski Crystals on Lettra paper. Edition: 31/31. City of Orlando Public Art Collection. © Luis Gispert

MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART FOUNDER MICHAEL A. MENNELLO PASSES AWAY

The City of Orlando, the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, Mennello Museum Board of Trustees, and museum staff are deeply saddened to share that Michael A. Mennello passed away on December 18 due to COVID-19-related illness.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer expressed, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of Orlando’s greatest supporters of the arts and generous philanthropists, Michael A. Mennello. Orlando would not be the cultural city it is today without Michael’s influence, enthusiasm and investment in the arts.  He has left a lasting legacy with his devotion and passion for generations to come and made our community a more diverse and creative place to live.”

Walter Ketcham, Vice President of the Friends Board of Directors, shared, “We lost a true icon in our community. The Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art will continue our effort in supporting the museum in a way that both Marilyn and Michael Mennello would be proud of.”

Commissioner Robert F. Stuart expressed his condolences to the Mennello family and Michael’s many friends stating, “We are saddened by the passing of Michael Mennello and will continue to honor Michael and Marilyn’s appreciation of art and their love of this community.”

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, shared, “As we mourn the untimely loss of our Founder, Michael A. Mennello, we remain committed to sharing his and Marilyn’s love of art through the stewardship of their outstanding American Art collection and the many gifts they generously gave to our community. Michael envisioned a bright future for the museum and we have important work to continue in honoring that legacy.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy and honor Michael’s memory donate to the Friends of the Mennello Museum’s “Building Our Future” campaign. Contributions may be sent to Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, Florida 32832 or online at www.mennellomuseum.org/building-our-future/.

Mennello Museum of American Art Officially Reopens June 2.

The Mennello Museum of American Art plans Phase One reopening of the museum beginning June 2, 2020 with new safety provisions and limited capacity in place. We are excited to welcome you back to a safe place for you to be inspired through art and culture. During this new Phase One period, we are pleased to allow access to our wonderful exhibitions and collection of art once again.

We ask for your patience as we open with new safety protocols. Guidelines allow only 25% capacity access, and we will require masks for all visitors for your safety and ours. We have a new online booking option, so you will be able to schedule your visit in advance. There will be no group tours, workshops, or events in the first stage of reopening. Some programs, such as virtual tours and other events, will continue to be offered online-only at mennellomuseum.org. We have taken enhanced health and safety measures, and request guests follow all posted instructions while visiting the museum. First Friday Tours, Free Family Day, and Bank of America’s Museums on Us program are cancelled for June. Our Yoga in the Sculpture Garden on June 28 will take place with additional social distancing for stretching.

We are excited to reopen our building as a place for learning, inspiration, reflection, and comfort, but do so with cautious optimism.  All current exhibitions that had opened before the museum closed on March 17 will be extended. We are tremendously appreciative of the enthusiastic cooperation of the artists and collectors who have worked so diligently with us to make our schedule adjustments possible.

New dates for current and upcoming exhibitions —

Construct: Our Orlando featuring local artists Don Remix and Lemmon Press originally scheduled to open May 28 will open October 2, 2020 and close January 10, 2021.

American Artists in the Southwest: Prints from the Melanson Holt Collection originally scheduled to open September 25, 2020 will now open January 22, 2021 and run through April 25, 2021.

Our Collection and Earl Cunningham exhibition galleries are open.

Our Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden is open every day and is a beautiful spot to enjoy wellness and respite on Lake Formosa while experience the work by renowned artists Alice Aycock and Albert Paley and more!

We look forward to welcoming members, friends, visitors and new audiences to the museum. Enjoy your visit and we thank you for your kindness.


COVID-19 Warning

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, and Staff. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the museum.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting the Mennello Museum of American Art you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Help keep each other healthy. Thank you.


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.

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

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City of Orlando leadership has officially made the decision to temporary close the Mennello Museum of American Art to the public beginning March 19, through May 1 (subject to change).

This decision was made in an effort to remain cautious regarding our members, visitors, docents and team, and the Orlando community as a whole.  All events and programs through May 1 will be postponed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice and guidance from government and health officials.

Please revisit this page of our website or social media channels for the latest updates.  If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact us at 407.246.4278 or mennello.museum@cityoforlando.net.

Thank you for your patience and support.  We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when we reopen.”

Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to begin its 2020 season with an enticing solo exhibition, MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK — a delightful exploration into the recent work of highly esteemed Miami-based artist and eco-feminist, Mira Lehr.

Orlando, FL — November 2019

Mira Lehr’s entire career as an artist has focused on the natural world and our relationship with our surroundings.  Her residence in Miami, with a studio nestled right on the water, has unmistakably navigated her work toward the waterways and open ocean that form a unique and integral part of a life in Florida.

A “high water mark” indicates a literal measurement for the highest point the water level reaches in a given area at a particular time.  However, alternate meanings of the term suggest maximum value in various other sectors of life.  It seems fitting, then, that this phrase should be applied to the work of an artist whose career spans five decades, building ever forward toward a well-earned new heights.  Lehr’s recent work has been lauded by critics for the meaningful and contemplative commentary she offers on a timely and contentious subject — the state of our natural world.

Guest Curator, Ginger Gregg Duggan, states —

“Mira’s sense of wonder and faith in humanity’s ability to rise to the occasion with solutions, guides both her life and work.  It is precisely this character trait that inspired the theme of this exhibition, High Water Mark.”  She continues,“The experience of standing in the gallery, surrounded on all sides by the expansive panel painting, Siren’s Song, is not unlike visiting an aquarium viewing area, with windows granting vistas of mysterious underwater life.”

MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK is tailored to the Mennello Museum’s galleries and will feature four distinct installations in each of the main gallery spaces.  Visitors will be greeted by a site-specific installation of Lehr’s haunting, lighted sculptural cages, which will dance along the right side of the entry hall, opposite a newly ignited painting, Magenta and Green Mangroves.  Once in the reception area, viewers will find an environment comprised of multiple mangrove sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, growing into the space, thus forming a fully immersive experience for visitors to walk in, and among.  Another focal point will be a seven-foot-wide suspended glass sculptural installation titled Below the Surface — a commentary on jellyfish and their role in our environment.  Along the perimeter walls Lehr’s large-scale panel painting, Siren’s Song, will be further enriching the space.  Within the Mennello’s intimate front gallery, viewers can discover another immersive experience, where they will be surrounded by bare, suspended light bulbs reflecting the mirrored, coral wall sculptures as if underwater.  Titled, Below Mixing Currents, this installation serves as a tribute to the diminishing coral reefs that play such a vital role in the Earth’s overall health and balance.

In her new essay on Lehr’s work, which can be found in the special publication accompanying this exhibition, Curator, Duggan writes:

“This atmospheric condition of the underwater experience carries with it a vulnerability that can understandably be either intimidating or inspiring. Without being open to the unknown, one may never reap the rewards of a new adventure or experience. Considering Lehr through this particular lens reinforces her fearless and enthusiastic approach to both life and art.”

Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, states —

“We are honored to work with Mira Lehr as she enters the sixth decade of her career as a pioneering artist, whose radical artmaking and community building advanced the arts in Miami, starting in 1960, long before Miami had evolved into what it has become today.  Interested in the plight of women artists, and relocating from New York where she had worked with some of America’s most prominent artists such as Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, and Hans Hoffman, Lehr was shocked in Miami, yet dedicated her career to carving out a place where she could create the art she wanted, and garner the visibility she deserved.  I applaud Lehr’s legacy and celebrate her desire to share it with us and the Orlando community.”

Mira Lehr is an eco-feminist artist from Miami whose career spans five decades. Her nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Lehr’s processes include non-traditional media such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes, and welded steel.  She has affected a new generation of young artists, serving as a mentor and collaborator, teaching master classes with the National Young Arts Foundation, and has been an artist in residence at the Bascom Summer Programs.  Lehr’s solo and group exhibitions number over 300, and she is presently represented by Rosenbaum Contemporary in Boca Raton, FL.  A monograph about Lehr, Arc of Nature, was published by Hard Press Editions and Hudson Hills Press in the Spring of 2015.  In 2016, a major show was installed at Fairchild Gardens reflecting her love of nature and her interest in protecting the environment.  She went on to receive the Centennial Commission for a multimedia work at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. In 2018, Lehr was invited to mount a one-person exhibition of her work at the MOCA Museum in North Miami. This critically-acclaimed project once again reflected her interest in the environment. Her most recent solo exhibition Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden, at the Jewish Museum of Florida-Florida International University, Miami, on view from October 15, 2019 through February 3, 2020, is receiving critical national praise.


Please save the date for the opening reception of MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK.

The artist will be in attendance.

Opening Reception
Friday, January 24, 2020

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 pm

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members | $10 for Guests

Artist Talk & Curator Talk and Reception
Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 1 pm

First Friday Talk & Tour
Each First Friday fo the month | 11am


PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

Mira, Lehr, Invisible Cities (detail), 2018
Brass, burned and dyed Japanese paper, lights, and fabric. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Siren’s Song, 2017
Silver emulsion on panel, ignited gunpowder, burned and dyed Japanese paper, and acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Mixing Currents (detail),
Light bulbs, video projection with sound, and mirrored acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Mangrove Labyrinth (detail), 2018
Marine rope, steel, resin, burned Japanese paper, and latex paint. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Magenta and Green Mangroves, 2019
Burned and dyed Japanese paper, ink, ignited fuses, and gunpowder on canvas. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Creation, 2017
Silver emulsion on panel, ignited gunpowder, burned and dyed Japanese paper, and acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist

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 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

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

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

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions 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

Jeremy Kemp
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Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
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Mennello Museum of American Art to present new exhibit featuring recognized black and white photographer, and celebrated Orlando artist, John Baker.

Orlando, FL — October 2019

The Mennello Museum of American Art proudly presents, John Baker: Mind Wealth — the captivating photography of artist John Baker, whose work unveils a moment in time where light interacts gracefully among crowds or an individual within charming human-built spaces. Baker brilliantly captures the interplay of human interaction surrounded by highly contrasted shadow and bright light cast onto the smooth metals and the textured brick of city streets encountered during his travels.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from a photograph taken by the artist, which asks the viewer to confront philosophical ideas associated with idealism and youth or materiality and maturity in an art filled space that encourages the same attention to thought.  Inspired by the ephemeral and profound moods evoked in Edward Steichen’s early photography, the soft-focused documentation of urban life by Alfred Stieglitz, the architectural abstraction of Paul Strand, and the high contrast drama commanded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Baker’s photographs continue a long tradition of considering place and people through contemporary black and white photography.

Katherine Navarro, Curator of Art and Education states “On the occasion of our major exhibition with pioneering photographer Edward Steichen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share the photography of an outstanding local artist, John Baker, who has long admired the avant-garde work by photographers at the turn of the last century, and employs this creative exploration in his own work. Through his photography, Baker presents a wonderful consideration of the splendor of contemporary society with a modernist lens of location. Baker elegantly frames the world he sees, reminding us all to find the wonder in the lives we walk through every day.”

John Baker is a recognized black and white film photographer and multimedia artist living and working in Orlando. He teaches photography at the Crealdé School of Art, holds a gallery studio at FAVO, is an annual Indie-Folkfest artist at the Mennello Museum and, among other accolades, has won Best of Show at the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursdays.


Please save the date for the opening reception of JOHN BAKER: MIND WEALTH

Public Reception
Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Free for members | $5 for Guests

Tickets | bit.ly/johnbakermindwealth

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

John Baker (b. 1966, NY)
Mind Wealth Bruges, 2016, silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the Artist


John Baker (b. 1966, NY)
Bus Stop, 1998, silver gelatin print.
Courtesy of the Artist

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 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

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

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

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions 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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Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art Announce Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects as Visionary Design Team for Expansion

Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art are pleased to announce they have hired renowned architects Brooks + Scarpa & KMF Architects as the design team for the 40,000 square-foot museum expansion. In a special presentation, preliminary plans and a stunning architectural model were unveiled by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and museum director Shannon Fitzgerald at the museum’s White Canvas Party on Friday night, October 4.

Michael A. Mennello, the museum’s founder, is thrilled with the design planning and states:

My late wife, Marilyn, and I opened the museum in November 1998. We were avid art collectors who had a dream to create an intimate cultural gem. Never in a million years did I dream I would be alive to see our museum become a global destination for world-class American Art for all to enjoy.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer shares his support of the museum’s vision and expansion:

“World-class cities place enormous value on their museums and expect them to deliver art and culture that enriches lives. I believe that the Mennello Museum is one of Orlando’s most beautiful cultural assets for our residents. As it reaches more people in our community through family-friendly programs, compelling exhibitions, and timely events, I am happy that the museum has developed a road map for the future that includes an expansion with a design that can help define what an art museum can be in the 21st Century.”

Walter Ketcham, Chairman, Friends Board shares:

“For nearly 21 years, the Mennello Museum has enriched our community with thought-provoking exhibitions. The future looks bright as we are now poised to add 40,000 square feet of enrichment opportunities; world-class exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and multi-purpose event spaces. This planned addition will make the museum a world-class destination experience.”

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, states:

“Our plan is inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable.  With the open expansion, we will serve more in our community with a mission-driven building designed to seamlessly merge art, education, nature, dwell, respite, function, and form. We started with visionary ideas on how to make the museum more cohesive and increase public access and with Brooks + Scapa and KMF Architects’ brilliant partnership, the visionary has been put into action—a very exciting moment for us all!”

The museum will move forward cautiously to ensure all the private funds are raised to continue to work with such dynamic partners in dreaming the future together, and making it a reality. “The Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, along with the City Of Orlando, have mapped out a success story that is so powerful as we will become a cultural destination for both our local community and visitors,” states Jim Southall, Finance Chair, Friends Board.

The $20 million expansion includes:

  • 40,000 square-foot museum facility integrated around the current 12,000 square-foot museum building
  • Increase the number and quality of programs, opportunities, and amenities to better serve our growing audiences
  • Create a cultural destination on beautiful Lake Formosa designed to preserve and reimagine our green space, the intimacy of the Dr. Phillips Home, walking and bike paths, and sculpture garden
  • Welcoming and inclusive space for the highest caliber of exhibitions and programs to best attract audiences
  • Expand family-friendly and diverse art education programs to serve the community
  • Multi-purpose spaces for earned income; events, weddings, classrooms, and conference room
  • Ability to seat 250 and accommodate 400+ for standing indoor & outdoor events
  • Attract larger audience through new branded tourism efforts
  • Greater impact in the art and economic prosperity of the region

Lawrence Scarpa’s vision beautifully aligns with the museum’s goals:

“The Mennello Museum’s design is both futuristic and timeless.  The design mirrors the objective of the artwork inside: It tells a story and furthers the Museum’s mission to be a place of education, culture, and inspiration. More than just a building, it is a civic place for social interaction, bringing people closer to art, each other and to nature, providing an opportunity for new, immersive, art experiences. The building is organized as a series of highly engaging spaces where the Museum’s mission of using art to connect people to the world around them can unfold.”

Museum Expansion Architect Team

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers, and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with some of the most prestigious design awards, including the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award and the American Institute of Architects National Firm Award, Brooks + Scarpa is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture, and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.

KMF Architects has been active in Orlando for 20 years, bringing quality vision and implementation to a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects. A knowledge and passion for local history and infrastructure has led to a meaningful interaction with our community here in Orlando and has left a substantial impact in helping to inform its future. KMF features a diverse array of talent and experience, offering a personalized service unmatched in the industry. Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects have had a professional creative relationship for over a decade, leading to award-winning solutions on diverse program types. 

The Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects partnership provides a team that merges unparalleled design with localized service and expertise. The team is excited about the opportunity to establish a new sustainable icon for the City of Orlando and Orange County, creating a place that merges art, architecture, and people, telling the story of Orlando’s rich and diverse communities.

PRINCIPLES:

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Brooks + Scarpa

Eric Kleinsteuber, AIA – KMF Architects

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN      

The Friends Board now embarks on the silent phase of a capital campaign to fully fund the building expansion. The project will strengthen the Mennello Museum of American Art as one of Central Florida’s preeminent art, culture, and education institutions and enable us to advance how we celebrate the diversity of American Art and the Central Florida community.

To find out how you can be part of our future and support our capital campaign please contact Genean McKinnon at genean@mckinnonstrong.com, 407. 341. 0341 or Kim Strong at kim@mckinnonstrong.com, 407. 619. 1711.

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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 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

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

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

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions 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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Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (1), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (2), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (3), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (4), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (5), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (6), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (1), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (2), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (3), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (4), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (5), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (6), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (7), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (8), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (9), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (10), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, White Canvas Party, (from left to right – Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA (Brooks + Scarpa Architects), Shannon Fitzgerald (Director, Mennello Museum of American Art), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (City of Orlando), Eric Kleinsteuber, AIA (KMF Architects).  Courtesy: Jeremy Kemp, City of Orlando, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, White Canvas Party, Proposed Expansion Model (2), Courtesy: Matt Kaiser, City of Orlando, 2019

Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Museum of Art awarded grant through partnership with Art Bridges to create a first of its kind, dual exhibition featuring the works of Edward Steichen.

Orlando, FL — August 2019

EDWARD STEICHEN: IN EXALTATION OF FLOWERS presents paintings and photography from the collections of Art Bridges, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view from September 20th 2019 – January 12th, 2020 at the Mennello Museum of American Art in partnership with Orlando Museum of Art.  Opening reception will take place at both the Mennello Museum and OMA on Friday, September 20th starting at 5:30pm – shuttles will be provided between museums. 

Co-organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) with Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) and in partnership with Art Bridges, a pioneering new foundation dedicated to dramatically expanding access to American art across the country, this exhibit includes 20 photographs and a rare large-scale mural by groundbreaking, turn-of-the-last century artist Edward Steichen. Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers, and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black and white photography and seven stunningly grand, large-scale gold-leaf mural paintings filled with portraits of his friends (the creative icons) and their floral counterparts. The murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, had not been seen in over 100 years, until Art Bridges purchased them from MoMA, who was gifted the murals from the Meyer family, who commissioned them from Steichen in 1910.  Art Bridges supported their conservation at Dallas Art Museum where they were unveiled again in 2018.  

Executive Director of the Mennello Museum, Shannon Fitzgerald stated, “I am delighted that this innovative shared exhibition and partnership with collection-rich museums is creating a new standard for museum experimentation and shared resources, and that both our museums are part of this national dialogue moving the dial forward on how museums can truly come together – in this instance, a significant first in the cultural community that I hope will be part of a lasting model in national museum practice, with gratitude to Art Bridges for such leadership.”

This pioneering collaboration between MMAA and OMA is only made possible by Art Bridges’ visionary mission to make collections of American Art more accessible through the forging of collaborations and partnerships with collection-rich museums and our smaller museums in Orlando.  Speaking on the collective efforts needed to make this exhibition a reality, Director and CEO of OMA, Glen Gentele, said, “The opportunity for the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) to collaborate with the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) on co-organizing this important exhibition featuring the photography and painting of Edward Steichen, one of the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century, is extraordinary and would not be possible without the support of Art Bridges.”

The exhibition, Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers brings the multi-disciplinary art of Edward Steichen to our communities in Central Florida for the first time, through a tightly-focused consideration of his masterpiece painting, In Exaltation of Flowers (1910-13; Art Bridges Foundation) and related photographs from 1906-1923 handpicked for their close association with the murals. The seven-panel mural will be shown at OMA and twenty photographs from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be presented at the MMAA.  The two presentations together explore the important relationship between the artist’s painting and his early photography, and give an in-depth look at the world in which Steichen made his art.

The murals tell the story of philanthropists Agnes Ernst Meyer, Eugene Meyer, Jr. Charles Lang Freer (Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art), the mezzo soprano and dancer Mercedes de Cordoba, the artists Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett, and the dancer Isadora Duncan, along with their floral counterparts, inspired in part by the Symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1907 book The Intelligence of Flowers. The photographs feature the same friends along with multiple images of Steichen’s wife, his most beloved muse, Dana Steichen.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers shares multiple facets of Steichen’s early work as a photographer and painter while also sharing a symbolic narrative about his circle of friends in both intimate and grand iterations. The exhibition seeks to celebrate Steichen’s genius in both mediums.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers is co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum and Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator, Orlando Museum of Art.

This exhibition and education programs are made possible with the generous funding support of Art Bridges.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer echoed his support for the project, stating, “As a city, we are grateful for the continued support of Art Bridges, who has already provided the Mennello Museum of American Art with leadership that helped secure the valuable loans from three outstanding museums in our country; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the George Eastman Museum.  This partnership not only further distinguishes our museum, but also allows the various audiences of the Mennello and Orlando Museum of Art to further share in programming and engage more of our community in the vibrant arts and culture offerings of Orlando.”

This is a new program with a new foundation representing the first dual museum project for Art Bridges, that reflects a pioneering national model they are employing with collection-rich museums across the nation.

The leadership of MMAA and OMA have been working with Art Bridges leadership on this project for nearly two years – in a complex development and defining of the program, and it has only been possible because of a true sharing of resources and working across museums and departments.  The funding includes support for shipping, crating, museum loans fees, installation materials and labor, education, and marketing that otherwise would have been too cost prohibitive for either museum.

Art Bridges, is a nonprofit founded by Alice Walton in late 2017 and is dedicated to sharing outstanding works of American art. The murals are owned by Art Bridges which maintains a separate collection of art from the Walton-founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at the Mennello Museum of American Art is also generously supported by the City of Orlando and the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. 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.

Funding for the Orlando Museum of Art is generated through earned income, the Board of Trustees, OMA Ambassadors, Council of 101, Acquisition Trust, Friends of American Art, and contributions from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the City of Orlando, the Clive Foundation, A Friendsʼ Foundation Trust, Bank of America, the Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation, Rita and Jeffrey Adler Foundation, Walt Disney World Company, the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign, Williams Family Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, UCF Foundation, Advent Health, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, CNL Charitable Foundation, Hunter Vision, PNC Foundation, Sam Flax Art & Design Supplies, Sun Trust Foundation, and anonymous donors.


This will be a dual opening at both the Mennello Museum and OMA

– shuttle between museums will be provided.

Public Reception
Friday, September 20 | 5:30–8:30 pm

Free for members | $15 for Guests


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Gloria Swanson

Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924, Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Grace M. Mayer, 1989 (1989.1056). © 2019 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Art Resource

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 September 1, 2019:

Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

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 Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions 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