Major Gift Expands Mennello Museum of American Art

"Coopers Lake, Woodstock," an oil on panel, was painted by George Wesley Bellows in 1924.  The work was one of a collection valued at more than $8.75 million, donated in 2018 by Michael A.  Mennello to the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando.  (Credit: Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 2018.  Gift of Michael A.  Mennello)
"Coopers Lake, Woodstock," an oil on panel, was painted by George Wesley Bellows in 1924. The work was one of a collection valued at more than $8.75 million, donated in 2018 by Michael A. Mennello to the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando. (Credit: Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 2018. Gift of Michael A. Mennello)
  • Detail: George Luks' "The Red Dress," an oil on canvas, circa 1918-20, is one of the works donated by Michael A.  Mennello to the Mennello Museum of Art.  (Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 2018.  Gift of Michael A.  Mennello.)

    Detail: George Luks' "The Red Dress," an oil on canvas, circa 1918-20, is one of the works donated by Michael A. Mennello to the Mennello Museum of Art. (Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 2018. Gift of Michael A. Mennello.)

A new donation of artwork — the biggest in the history of the Mennello Museum of American Art — will help spur growth in Orlando's downtown, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The over $8.75 million donation in art from museum co-founder Michael A. Mennello was announced Saturday. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer also says the city-owned museum will be expanded with a new building, with the current 12,000-sq. foot space showcasing Florida folk artist Earl Cunningham, complete with a resource room and other educational facilities.

“The Mennello Museum is now poised to begin an exciting, new trajectory where big, innovative ideas are embraced and a visionary expansion will yield boundless potential for its future,” Dyer said in a statement. “The opportunity before us cannot be squandered; it is imperative we focus on growth and keeping this jewel relevant for generations to come.”

The gift includes five sculptures and 14 paintings, including works by Deborah Butterfield, George Wesley Bellows and George Luks, plus 20 works from Mennello’s American Impressionist collection to be on permanent loan

More News Feed Headlines

Artist Marina Abramovic Gets Pummeled by Painting in Italy Attack

  • September 24, 2018 12:02

Performance artist Marina Abramovic was attacked at Italy's Palazzo Strozzi by a man wielding a ...

Read More

Screenshot of Yusaku Maezawa’s “Dear Moon” website.

Japanese Billionaire Art Collector Will Invite Artists With Him to the Moon on Elon Musk's Rocket

  • September 18, 2018 12:02

In a press conference on Monday, the identity of the first lunar tourist was unveiled as Japanese ...

Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Art Auction Raises $11 Million for Environmental Causes

  • September 16, 2018 23:23

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's annual art benefit auction was held Sept. 15 in Sonoma County, Calif. ...

Read More

Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S.  debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall.  Sean Scully, Landline Bend Triptych, 2017.  Oil on aluminum.  Three panels, each 85 × 75 in.  (215.9 × 190.5 cm).  Private collection.

Master of Color and Composition, Abstract Artist Sean Scully Spotlighted in Major Exhibitions

  • September 11, 2018 17:54

‘I have spent my life making the melancholic into something irresistible. Because the world has ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar