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MISSION STATEMENT The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Museum also seeks to enrich the public through special exhibitions, publications, and programs that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists. VISION STATEMENT The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its city 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.
The Mennello Museum of American Art, established in November 1998, is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. This cultural gem located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, minutes from downtown Orlando, is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Among the Mennello Museum’s many treasures is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), which was generously donated from the collection of Michael A. Mennello and Marilyn Logsdon Mennello. This collection of Cunninghams is the largest in existence, and a rotating selection of paintings remains on display.
The Mennello Museum uses its multiple gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including original as well as traveling shows. Because of its affiliation with the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum draws from the City of Orlando Permanent Collection, the largest public art collection in the state of Florida. The museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources.
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