Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 - United States



Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is an educational institution whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community support for the arts, and the Museum’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region.

Since its inception, the Museum’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective, the Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to developing first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.


August 4, 2018 - October 28, 2018
The Orlando Museum of Art is delighted to present "Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J Muth." This exhibition is a retrospective featuring original art from the 2006 Caldecott honoree Jon J. Muth whose watercolor art has been called "quietly life-changing" by The New York Times. He is the author and artist of The Three Questions and the bestselling picture book "Zen Shorts," as well as a Gold Medal winner from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations in "Come On, Rain!" This exhibition will feature Muth's works done in watercolor along with his work in gouache, pastel and ink. His art is heart-warming and each of the books takes the reader on a spiritual journey. The pieces in this exhibition have been grouped into three sections: "Tales from around the World," "Poems to Learn by Heart" (includes two of the books he collaborated with Caroline Kennedy), and "Adventures of Stillwater and Koo" (includes all the Zen books).

September 14, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Chicago-based artist Nick Cave produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that they speak to issues surrounding identity and social justice, specifically race, gun violence and civic responsibility. His trademark human-shaped sculptures—called soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—began as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than twenty-five years ago. As an African American man, Cave felt particularly vulnerable after the incident so he formed a type of armor that protected him from profiling by concealing race, gender, and class.


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