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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 also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.
In November 1998, The Mennello Museum of American Art was established to preserve, exhibit and interpret the permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. The museum also offers the public special exhibitions, publications and programs celebrating other 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, 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 that is called "The Mayor." Numerous sculptures can be found in the surrounding Old Florida landscape and walking paths, which merge into the larger Orlando Urban Trail for over 4000 acres of enjoyment of art and nature.