March events at The Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando, FL — March 9, 2017

We are excited to announce a few upcoming events at The Mennello Museum of American Art this month.

Sunday, March 12  • 12 – 2:30 p.m.

Have a Rockwellian Good Time! Create your very own Saturday Evening Post cover just like Norman Rockwell, a great inspiration to Bo Bartlett and his compositions, subject matter, and American realism. And, join us for family-friendly docent touring throughout the day! The galleries will remain open until 4 p.m.

A monthly documentary film screening series

Join us at the museum each month for a featured documentary and opportunity to network with individuals in the community.
Admission: $5 for Guests, Free for Members

More movies to be added:

Alice Neel
Wednesday, March 15 • 6 p.m.
(2007) 81 min. Portrait painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a self-described collector of souls who recorded her sitters on canvas through six decades of the 20th century, among them Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, Allen Ginsberg and Annie Sprinkle. Neel always sought the “authentic”, moving from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem just as the Village was gaining reputation in the art scene. She sacrificed almost everything for her art, delving so far into the psyches of her sitters she would almost lose herself. Yet Neel was also a dedicated mother, raising two sons in the bohemian world she inhabited.
Filmmaker Andrew Neel, Alice Neel’s grandson, puts together the pieces of the painter’s life using intimate one-on-one interviews with Neel’s surviving family and personal archival video. The documentary explores the artist’s tumultuous biography and the legacy of Alice Neel’s determination to paint her era.

Upcoming films:

Snow Hill
Wednesday, April 19 • 6 p.m.
(1995) 60 min. Snow Hill is the authorized documentary film of a lifetime about one of the greatest painters the world has ever known. A self portait of Andrew Wyeth, narrated by Stacy Keach and directed by long-time friend and mentee, Bo Bartlett. Bartlett incorporates Wyeth’s great works of art alongside family photographs, home movies, personal letters, never-before-seen footage of Mr. Wyeth and the first interview ever granted by famed model, Helga Testorf. This tremendously moving program lends a treasured and unforgettable insight into Andrew Wyeth’s very private world through his relationship with Bo Bartlett.
Wednesday, May 3 • 6 p.m.
(2013) 75 min. Artists Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby set off to make a film about seeing. They travel the country, stumbling upon art sites, characters and luminaries. But then the unexpected happens, sending their adventure into unforeseen territory, and the clear becomes unclear. The visible world, a strain to see. A moving meditation, SEE delivers the beauty of America through the eyes of two artists, determined to see art in the everyday. The movie invites us to open our eyes anew and see the beauty and wonder in the world around us.

March 22  • 6 p.m.

Have you seen the incredible large-scale outdoor sculptures at our museum? Meet the artist behind them!

Join us for an artist talk with Alice Aycock on March 22. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne while Alice speaks about her influences and highlights of her work in sculpture and drawing over her career from the early 1970s to present.

Alice Aycock’s incredible large-scale sculptures are currently on view in our Marilyn L. Mennello sculpture garden as part of our Grounds for Exhibitions series. Stop by the museum today to see Aycock’s Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes.

Members: $5
Guests: $10

Starting in June!

The Mennello Museum of American Art is hosting summer camp in June, and we invite students to explore art and be artful inside and outside of our museum! Our Summer Camp programs are led by professional artists who, in concert with educators, design and implement their own curriculum of exciting and unique art projects inspired by the exhibitions.

An Artful Summer: Camp at the Museum is open to elementary, middle and high school students looking to be inspired by our professional teaching artists to make unique, one-of-a-kind art projects that will ultimately be displayed right here at the museum on the final day of camp!

Summer Camp registration will begin soon. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Please check for more details, or follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

Sessions Dates Time Grades
Session 1 June 6 – 9, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1st – 2nd
June 13 – 16, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 3rd – 5th
Session 2 June 20 – 23 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 6th – 8th
June 27 – 30, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 9th – 12th


The Mennello Museum is now hiring two Professional Teaching Artists  to teach two sessions of our June “An Artful Summer: Camp at the Museum” summer camp programs. Apply today to lead Elementary, Middle and High School students on an exploration of art inside and outside of The Mennello Museum.
Create your own curriculum, in guidance with our educator, to inspire your students to make unique, one-of-a-kind art projects that will culminate in a student art display on the final day of camp inside the museum!

Please submit your (1) cover letter, (2) application, (3) session date preference, and (4) a curriculum proposal to Katherine Navarro at by March 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Download the application.

On view now through May 7

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to present the solo exhibition BO BARTLETT: AMERICAN ARTIST.  The exhibition presents large-scale oil paintings that are figurative, psychologically imbued, beautifully rendered, and wonderfully sublime by one of the most significant Realist painters of his generation.

BO BARTLETT: AMERICAN ARTIST is organized by The Mennello Museum of American Art and curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando.  It is organized concurrently with The Orlando Museum of Art’s presentation of the exhibition The Wyeths and American Artist in Maine: Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum.  This occasion provides the opportunity to follow a distinctive American art history, an artistic legacy and trajectory that continues, and one that is so compelling in Bartlett’s astonishing oeuvre.  This connective examination yields the rare opportunity to position a contemporary artists’ work in the context of his predecessors and peers working in the long-standing tradition of American realism.  Bo Bartlett keeps realism relevant and narrative enthralling in contemporary art discourse.

More information:


20% off admission for members and visitors

For a limited time only, members of The Mennello Museum of American Art or Orlando Museum of Art can enjoy 20% off admission to both museums in celebration of Bo Bartlett: American Artist and The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine: Selections from the Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Become a member today and support two extraordinary museums while being immersed in the inspiration Maine has offered American artists.

Visitors to the Orlando Museum of Art can save their receipt dated 1/27/17 or later, and receive 20% off admission to The Mennello Museum of American Art. The Mennello Museum of American Art will also offer 20% off admission to those visiting the Orlando Museum of Art with a receipt dated 1/27/17 or later. Members from both museums can also receive the discount by showing their membership cards.

Exclusions apply, discounts are valid 1/27/17 to 4/23/17. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not accepted for special events or public programs. Applies to Adult, Senior or Student admission tickets. 

Questions? Please call: 407.246.4278


The Mennello Museum of American Art, established in November 1998, is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. This intimate cultural gem located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, is just minutes from downtown Orlando, and is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Among the Mennello Museum’s many treasures is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), which was generously donated from the collection of Michael A. Mennello and Marilyn Logsdon Mennello.

On view now through May 7, BO BARTLETT: AMERICAN ARTIST. This exhibition presents large-scale oil paintings that are figurative, psychologically imbued, beautifully rendered, and wonderfully sublime by one of the most significant American Realist painters of his generation.

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


The Mennello Museum of American Art is 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.



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Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando