Spotlight on The Mennello Museum of Art

On the shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park, the Mennello Museum of American Art invites residents to celebrate the great artists of American history through an outdoor sculpture garden and its permanent collection of paintings by folk modernist Earl Cunningham. Additionally, the museum works to enrich the public through special exhibitions, publications and educational programs that celebrate a variety of other artists.

The museum’s current rotating exhibit, which opened in late January and runs through May 12, 2019, is called The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska. One of the most popular modern folk-art painters of 1930s America, Lebduska’s work is characterized by dreamlands complete with animals and gardens that invoke feelings of optimism in those viewing each piece of art.

“I am delighted to be sharing the wonderful world of Lawrence Lebduska with our audiences,” Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director for Mennello Museum, says. “Especially in a time of conflict, Lebduska takes us away to magical spaces full of respite and folly, harmony and nature. This exhibition revisits Lebduska’s remarkable place in art history, at a time when ‘self-taught’ was not even considered a term in the art market, and in that way, the artist’s work was radical. How exciting is that?”

The Menello Museum is owned and operated by the City of Orlando and provides visitors with diverse experiences through temporary exhibitions featuring various genres of American Art. The facility is also available to use as rental space for special events, including weddings, corporate meetings and conferences.


Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Monday and major holidays

Mennello Museum’s Monthly Events

First Friday Tour

Explore the latest exhibition with a tour led by the museum’s executive director, curator of education or a special guest. This free tour is offered with paid admission or a museum membership.

Museums on Us Weekend

On the first weekend of the month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission by presenting their debit or credit card, along with a valid photo ID, at the front desk.

Free Family Fun Day

On the second Sunday of the month, the museum presents a free miniature art project and docent touring from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and free access to the galleries until 4 p.m. for all guests.

Yoga in the Sculpture Garden

On the last Sunday of the month, certified instructors from Full Circle Yoga in Winter Park lead yoga practice for beginner and moderate levels. Bring your own mat and water, and enjoy a complimentary pass to the museum following practice.


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Written by Kaitlyn Fusco

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