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 a picturesque shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, the elegantly appointed 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 and Black, the museum's resident greeting felines. Both have found their way to hearts of patrons and staff alike.





October 3 – January 4, 2015
The Taos Society of Artists

Taos was New Mexico's premier art colony and the first significant art colony in the American West. The first generation of artists who settled there were awed by the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and intrigued by the mix of Taos Pueblo Indian and Hispanic cultures. In 1915, six of them formed a group called The Taos Society of Artists whose purpose was to have strength in numbers to market their paintings in the East. The artists were Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Geer Phillips, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus and W. Herbert Dunton. Over the next dozen years, the organization added more members and became one of the best known and most colorful art colonies in America. Curated by Frank Holt, Executive Director, The Mennello Museum of American Art.

October 3 – January 4, 2015
George Catlin’s American Buffalo

American artist George Catlin journeyed west five times in the 1830s, traversing the Great Plains where he visited and painted more than 140 American Indian tribes. This exhibition presents 40 original Catlin paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection that show the crucial role of the buffalo in Plains Indian culture. Catlin was among the earliest artists of European descent to travel beyond the Mississippi River to record what he called the "manners and customs" of American Indians, painting scenes and portraits from life. His intention was to document these native cultures before, as he feared, they were irrevocably altered by settlement of the frontier and the mass migrations forced by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

"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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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."
Through September 14


Inspired by the monastic life, artist Trés Taylor's mixed-media installation has at its core a small chapel constructed from carved barnwood and adorned with folk iconography depicting William Guadalupe a "rascal monk" character created by the artist ­ rendered in gold leaf and house paint. Taylor's work is also featured at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery in Sanford.

Through September 14
Mingled Visions: Images From
“The North American Indian” by Edward S. Curtis

This selection of 40 original photogravures by ethnologist and photographer Edward S. Curtis provides an overview of his massive North American Indian portfolio; from the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa. Pictured: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952) Oasis in the Bad Lands, plate 80, 1905, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 18 3/8 x 22 1/2 inches. Collection of Dubuque Museum of Art. Gift of the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee.

Through September 14
Prehistoric/Historic Southwest Pottery

The prehistoric Pueblo (also called Anasazi) were farmers who inhabited the Four Corners area of the Southwest and constructed some of the area's most spectacular surviving architecture. They also produced ceramics, with their early pottery created as woven containers reinforced by clay linings and moldings. Ceramic painting began in the 8th century, and the distinctive black-on-white designs were produced through the 14th century. Many of these pots have dynamic surfaces and carry cultural messages relating to social, ethnic or linguistic identity, as shown in pieces of hand-formed pottery on loan from the Orlando Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as well as private collections, including the Collection of I.S.K. Reeves V and Sara W. Reeves.

Through September 14
Native American Art and Artifacts From the Collection of I.S.K. Reeves and Sara W. Reeves

On display among the photographs and pottery are historic headdresses, beadwork, masks and silver jewelry belonging to tribes native to regions ranging from the Southwest to the Pacific Northwest. They comes to us from local collectors I.S.K. Reeves and Sara W. Reeves, who have contributed to previous exhibitions at the Mennello Museum; most recently, their art and artifacts from the Seminole Tribe of Florida were exhibited in 2013 as part of the “Art of the Everglades” series.

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