The Orlando Museum of Art has a permanent collection of art from around the world, spanning ancient to present time. Highlights from the African Art Collection include an intricately beaded woman’s apron from Cameroon, Asafo flags from Ghana, and a beaded woman’s headdress from the Democratic Republic of Congo, all from the early 20th century. The Art of the Ancient America’s Collection includes over 900 pieces form over 35 different cultures.
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The works include ceremonial pieces, pottery, jewelry, gold, silver and textiles. Highlights include a stone-carved Zapotec urn from between 300-600 CE in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a Wari ceramic vase from between 800-1000 CE in Lima, Peru. The American Art collection spans colonial times through 1945 and includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Several examples of Hudson River School landscapes from the early 1900’s, as well as early American portraits are found in the collection. American Realist and Modernist paintings are highlights of the 20th century art, as well as works in the Post-War Abstraction genre. Standouts include watercolors by John Singer Sargent, an oil portrait by Childe Hassam, and landscape by Johann Herman Carmiencke. The museum’s Contemporary Art Collection spans 1945 to the present and is the strongest collection, having been most actively grown over the past 30 years. Robert Rauschenberg, Nick Cave, Jane Hammond and James Casebere are all represented among others. The collection includes a large grouping of prints from the 1960’s to the present, as well as the Contemporary American Graphics Collection, which was established in 1975 with a gift from the National Endowment for the Arts.
History: The non-profit Orlando Museum of Art was founded in 1924. As Florida’s leading cultural institution, it strives to curate a collection and programming which inspires and positively effects people’s lives, in addition to leaving a legacy for generations of Floridians to come. Pieces from the permanent collection have been donated, or acquired through purchase. The largest collection, the contemporary art collection, continues to grow thanks to membership and interest from the public. The museum’s Council of 101 manages a trust to fund acquisitions of prints, while the Art Acquisition Trust, formed in 1985 manages the ongoing purchases of other contemporary works. In 2012, the museum implemented the “Forward to 100” strategic plan which will guide its mission as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2024.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Educational program for adults include docent-guided tours, gallery talks, and lectures. Hands-on programs include workshops, Art Night Out and Studio One. Off-site, the museum runs outreach lectures, summer art tours, and travel programs. Family programming includes family-friendly tours, hands-on workshops and art adventures, family days, and birthday parties. Children’s programming spans age-appropriate tours for kids and teens, to hands-on workshop and art encounters activities. Summer art camps are offered for children in first through eights grade, as well as a full curriculum of educational programming for school groups, scout groups, teachers and other educators. First Thursdays at the museum is known as Florida’s original art party. Live music and a cash bar entertain guests browsing the exhibits. The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday party, now in it’s 32nd year. The holiday festival raises funds for the Council of 101. The Antiques Vintage and Garden show is a weekend festival held each spring since 1983. Vendors sell and appraise antiques among other activities.
Past and Future Exhibits: Exhibits at the museum include works from the permanent collection, as well as visiting works. The Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is an annual exhibit that features the 10 most exciting and progressive artists currently working in the state of Florida. Recent exhibits included the J. Hyde Crawford And Anthony Tortora Collection. Considered the single most important collection the museum has received in its history, the work was previously in the collection of J Hyde Crawford, a renowned designer and illustrator who attended Parsons School of Design, and was born in Jacksonville, Florida. The J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Collection includes works by prominent American artists who rose to fame after World War II. Abstract expressionists and color field painters in the collection include Helen Frankenthaler, Kenzo Okada and Friedel Dzubas. The collection also includes figurative painting by Richard Diebenkorn, and work by two French academic painters, Jean-Leon Gerome and Rosa Bonheur. Past exhibits have included “The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine,” a collection of 19th century realist paintings from the Farnsworth Art Museum. “Women of Vision” was an exhibit of over 100 photographs taken by 11 female National Geographic photographers on assignment.
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