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.


Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen
January 24, 2020 - May 10, 2020
The Highwaymen are a group of African American artists celebrated for their distinctive paintings of Florida’s natural environment. Working in and around the Fort Pierce area beginning in the 1950s, these self-taught artists depicted the state’s scenic coastline and wild backcountry, often in dazzling combinations of color and tone. Brilliant tropical sunsets, windblown palms, towering sunlit clouds, and blooming poinciana trees are among the many subjects that have become iconic images of Florida in part because of the paintings that the Highwaymen created. In the state’s postwar boom years their paintings found an enthusiastic audience among a growing population of new residents and visitors. Unrecognized by the region’s art establishment of galleries and museums, the Highwaymen by necessity catered directly to their patrons, selling their paintings door-to-door along such thoroughfares as Route 1. It was from this practice that the name “Highwaymen” was later coined. Presenting exhibition sponsor Walker & Company, Inc.

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Highwaymen Art
April 4, 2020, 1 - 3 p.m.
Learn about the legacy of the Highwaymen and their contributions to Florida’s rich cultural history during this special conversation with Doretha Hair, artist Alfred Hair’s widow; Al Black, first-generation artist; Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society; and Lance Walker, Jr., Highwaymen art collector. The panel will be moderated Gary Monroe, guest curator and author of The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters.​ This event is also free and will be held in the SunTrust Auditorium (limited seating).

Louis Dewis: An Artist's Life in France, Pt. 2
November 27, 2019 - May 3, 2020
Inspired by such French masters of landscape painting as Corot, Monet, and Cézanne, Louis Dewis (1872-1946) painted scenes of cities, villages, and the countryside throughout France. Working primarily from 1916 until his death in 1946, Dewis was regarded by critics of his time as one of his country’s most distinguished landscape painters, contributing to a revival of traditional landscape painting in France during the years between the world wars. This revival, which included such renowned artists as André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, and André Dunoyer de Segonzac, sought to assert nature as a preeminent subject for modern art in France.
Louis Dewis: An Artist’s Life in France is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art with loans generously provided by Mr. Brad Face from his extensive collection of the artist’s work.

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