The Mennello Museum of American Art



900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone 407.246.4278

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Closed Mondays

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Closed major holidays



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Tucked away on the shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, the Mennello Museum of American Art is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. The intimate museum uses its gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including originally curated and traveling shows.

The treasure of the Mennello Museum is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught or "primitive" artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), generously donated from the collection of Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello. This collection of Cunninghams is the largest in existence, and a rotating selection of paintings remains on display. Owned and operated by the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum of American Art opened its doors in 1998.

A lakeside sculpture garden is another attraction and is the site of the annual Orlando Folk Festival, held the second weekend in February. When visiting, you may be welcomed by Red, the museum's resident greeting feline. He has found his way to hearts of patrons and staff alike.

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Jan. 23 –  June 7, 2015

Dale Kennington

Real Lives: Observations and Reflections by Dale Kennington

Kennington is a contemporary painter working in the style of New American Realism. Her imagery is often of anonymous, passive individuals engaged in simple activities of everyday life in which anyone may recognize themselves. Kennington’s work is included in numerous public and private collections and she was recognized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with the Governor’s Arts Award in 2009 and by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel as one of Alabama’s Master Artists. Curated by Lee A. Grey, PhD. Pictured: Dale Kennington, "The Birthday Party," 1995, oil on canvas, 44 x 86 inches. Courtesy of Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama.

June 26  Sept. 27, 2015

Folk Art by Southern Women

Curated by Jeanine Taylor of Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery and Genevieve Bernard, Curator of Education, this exhibit will feature pieces from the Mennello Museum's permanent collection, going back to the museum's original mission of featuring American self-taught or folk artists. The exhibit will include a variety of artistic mediums from traditional painting and sculpture to textiles and found-object sculpture. The museum will partner with Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery in Sanford to supplement is own collection.

June 26  Sept. 27, 2015

The Ceramic World of Sang Roberson

Roberson’s work is greatly influenced by her love of nature and organic forms. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta surrounded by natural beauty and her goal is to re-create the simple, serene shapes of nature in her terracotta art. Roberson has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe and South America. She is recipient of an NEA fellowship. The Mennello will work directly with Roberson to acquire the pieces to be featured in this exhibit.

Oct. 16, 2015  Jan. 3, 2016

Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, S.C., Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, university and museum collections and have been featured in a variety of national and international publications and on CBS Sunday Morning. The Mennello will include a series of iPad installations throughout the gallery to allow visitors to listen to audio recordings of stories collected by Whyte that share stories behind her work. In cooperation with Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, S.C.

Go to our UPCOMING EVENTS page for a calendar of special events.

Every second Tuesday - 6:00 pm

Join Executive Director Frank Holt for a gallery walk.
Call 407.246.4278 for reservations
General Admission required.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
6-9 pm

A Pie, Pickin', and Art Auction Event.

The 10th Annual Orlando Folk Festival
February 11th and 12th, 2012
10 am to 5 pm
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The Orlando Folk Fest and The Mennello Museum of American Art are proud to be a part of Artsfest:

Our 15th Anniversary Season celebrates "The Art of the American West."
October 3 – January 4, 2015

Martin Hennings

The Taos Society of Artists

The Taos Society of Artists was first group of American artists to establish an art colony in the American West. They were inspired by the natural beauty and culture of the Taos Valley. Curated by Executive Director Frank Holt, the exhibit will feature the works of Oscar Berninghaus, Walter Ufer, Victor Higgins, Ernest Blumenschein, Herbert Dunton, Bert Phillips, Joseph Henry Sharp and Martin Hennings. Pictured: E. Martin Hennings (American, 1886-1956), "Untitled (Riding Through the Sage and Cedar)," no date, oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Miriam S. Hurford, 1984 (1984.148)

George Catlin’s American Buffalo

George Catlin

In his travels west during the 1830s, American artist George Catlin captured on canvas the significance of the buffalo to the life and culture of the Plains Indians. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Pictured: George Catlin, "Crow Lodge of Twenty-five Buffalo Skins," 1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art
Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

"The Art of the American West" exhibitions are sponsored by the City of Orlando and the Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art with funding from Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

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