Mennello Museum of American Art

About

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 temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

History

The Mennello Museum of American Art was established in November 1998 to preserve, exhibit and interpret the permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. The museum also offers special exhibitions, publications and programs celebrating 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 and 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 called “The Mayor.” Numerous sculptures can be found in the surrounding Old Florida landscape along with walking paths, which merge into the larger Orlando Urban Trail with over 4000 acres of art and nature.

Exhibitions

For 22 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.

About

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 temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

History

The Mennello Museum of American Art was established in November 1998 to preserve, exhibit and interpret the permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. The museum also offers special exhibitions, publications and programs celebrating 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 and 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 called “The Mayor.” Numerous sculptures can be found in the surrounding Old Florida landscape along with walking paths, which merge into the larger Orlando Urban Trail with over 4000 acres of art and nature.

Exhibitions

For 22 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.

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