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 rotating exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a diverse range of disciplines and reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all.
Our vision is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its city 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.
In November 1998, The Mennello Museum of American Art was established to preserve, exhibit and interpret the permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. The museum also offers the public special exhibitions, publications and programs celebrating other traditional and contemporary American artists.
Owned and operated by the City of Orlando, the museum is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. Philip Phillips. It uses its multiple gallery spaces, four intimate rooms, to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including original and traveling shows.
The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden is always open to the public and is most recognized for the 350-year-plus sprawling live oak tree draped with Spanish moss that is called “The Mayor.” Numerous sculptures can be found in the surrounding Old Florida landscape and walking paths, which merge into the larger Orlando Urban Trail for over 4000 acres of enjoyment of art and nature.
For 19 years, The Mennello Museum of American Art has provided Orlando and Central Florida―residents and visitors alike― opportunities for all to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art located on beautiful Lake Formosa that further connects nature, art and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative experiences with art that nurtures across generations and demographics while also reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society with sensitivity and impact. We present our permanent collection alongside a series of rotating, temporary exhibitions indoors, and an outdoor exhibition series Grounds For Exhibitions annually in our Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden.
The Mennello Museum of American Art originates internally curated exhibitions that most recently includes: Bo Bartlett: American Artist (2017); Three American Sculptors: Alice Aycock, Deborah Butterfield and Barbara Sorensen (2016); Albert Paley: Forged Works (2016); Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us (2015); and Standing in the Spirit: Selections of Folk Art by Southern Women (2015).
The Mennello Museum is also a Smithsonian American Art Museum Affiliate and has presented outstanding and resonant exhibitions organized by The Smithsonian: Pop Art Prints (2016); George Catlin’s American Buffalo (2014); African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, (2013); and 1934: A New Deal for Artists (2011). Each of these exhibitions present important considerations into art and cultural at distinct moments in American history and reflect a range of artistic expression within both thematic group exhibitions alongside a singular vision in a solo presentation. The Mennello Museum of American Art is proud of its strong Affiliation with The Smithsonian and for the opportunity to share such diverse exhibitions and scholarship with our community.
As part of the City of Orlando’s Public Art program, The Mennello Museum draws from the City’s Permanent Collection, the largest public art collection in the state of Florida. The Public Art Collection includes Florida artists Michael Messersmith, Nancy Jay, Grady Kimsley and Barbara Sorensen. Public Art also includes a comprehensive collection of prints from the University of Central Florida’s Flying Horse Editions program along with a strong collection of Southern Folk Art.
Loch Haven Cultural Park
Tucked away on the shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Cultural Park, the Mennello Museum has undeniable charm. Part of the Orlando Urban Trail, the museum’s outside space offers walking paths, green space and generous views of the lake and surrounding nature.
The museum is within walking distance of the Florida Hospital Health Village SunRail station. Other notable arts and cultural organization located with Loch Haven Cultural Park are the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Orlando Science Center.