The Mennello Museum of American Art



900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone 407.246.4278

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Members are always admitted free!

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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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The Mennello Museum of American Art is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.

The Mennello Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the City of Orlando.


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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 Indie-Folkfest at the Mennello Museum held the second weekend in February and the Kids Fringe Festival the last two weekends in May.




Mary White "Sweet Potatoes"
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. An accompanying iPad installation will allow visitors to listen to audio recordings collected by Whyte that share stories behind her work. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, S.C., where her husband, Smith Coleman, makes gilded and hand-carved frames. Pictured: "Sweet Potatoes," 2012, watercolor on paper, 29 x 40 ½ inches

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 2015 Exhibition Series celebrates "Storytellers of the South: Voices of Women."
June 26  Sept. 27, 2015

Standing Strong in the Spirit: A Selection of Folk Art by Southern Women

Drawing from public and personal collections, this exhibit starts from a historical perspective, with pieces by master folk artists such as Nellie Mae Rowe and Clementine Hunter. A fresh perspective is added by new artists coming from a folk tradition, including Lucy Hunnicutt and Laurie Popp, among others. Come see a variety of artistic media, from traditional painting and sculpture to textiles and found-object sculpture. This exhibition teams three curators: Jeanine Taylor of Jeanine Taylor Folk Art gallery in Sanford; Frank Holt, executive director of the Mennello Museum; and Genevieve Bernard, Curator of Education for the Mennello Museum.

Read the feature in the Orlando Sentinel by Matt Palm, June 24, 2015.

June 26  Sept. 27, 2015

Baskets and Boxes: The Ceramic World of Sang Roberson

Sang 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.

Read the feature in the Orlando Sentinel by Matt Palm, June 24, 2015.

The 2015 "Storytellers of the South: Voices of Women" 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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