The second annual Mennello Museum Invitational will feature new work by artists in the Orlando community

Orlando, FL — December 20, 2017

Opening on January 19, 2018, the second annual Mennello Museum Invitational will again highlight new work by contemporary regional artists whose work enriches our community and our lives in Central Florida.  The Mennello Museum Invitational serves to support our local artists, provide visibility for their work and introduce them to new collectors while giving our community an amazing opportunity to build their collection of art.

This group exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Marilyn Gallery from January 19 through March 2, 2018. and will serve as a heart-filled embrace of our creative community.  The public opening will be celebrated on January 19, 2018, with an Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is a great opportunity to see some incredible local artwork right out of the studios.

All work in the Mennello Museum Invitational will also be featured and available for purchase at the Evening with Fabulous Friends Gala on March 3, 2018.  The artists have generously donated 50% of their proceeds to benefit the Mennello Museum.

The 2018 selected artists include Weronica Ankarörn, Stephen Bach, Susan Bach, Matthew Cornell, Genevieve DeMarco, Todd Fox, Peterson J. Guerrier, Saulius Jankauskas, Martha Lent, Anne Mayer, Jeffrey Morgan, Roland Rockwood, Andrew Spear, Lillian Verkins, and Vickie Wilson.

The Mennello Museum Invitational is curated by Paul T. Scarborough, Shannon Fitzgerald, and Katherine Navarro as an invitation to artists to present work in a group exhibition while supporting both the museum and the artists.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director states: “It is an exciting time to be an artist in Orlando, and this is one way we can support artists who live and work in our neighborhoods with visibility, peer collegiality, museum presentation, introductions to collectors, and hopefully, funds.” I thank each artist for contributing to our community, our museum and to the quality of life in Orlando.”



Please save the date for the opening reception of both The Mennello Museum Invitational and GRACE HARTIGAN 1960-1965, THE PERRY COLLECTION:

Preview & Opening Reception
Friday, January 19, 2018

Members-only Preview
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Public Opening Reception
Free for members | $10 for Guests
6:30 – 8:30 pm




Lillian Verkins, Five Palms, 2016, acrylic.

Vickie Wilson, Flower, 2017, acrylic on canvas.

Roland P. Rockwood, SOUBIROUS IV: The Imperial Prosecutor of Lourdes, 2017, acrylic, aluminum, reflective mylar, newsprint, pastel on wood panel with frame.

Andrew Spear, The Truth, 2017, acrylic and paint pen on canvas.



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 January 7, 2018, Time and Thought: Art of the United States from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

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


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