Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rollins' Cornell Fine Arts Museum to change name this fall, move to larger space in Winter Park

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 4:05 PM

click to enlarge The new facility will be at the intersection of Interlachen and New England avenues. - RENDERING COURTESY OF ROLLINS MUSEUM OF ART
  • rendering courtesy of Rollins Museum of Art
  • The new facility will be at the intersection of Interlachen and New England avenues.

Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum is changing its name in September, as the first step toward moving the museum into a new home in downtown Winter Park. Once completed, the new Rollins Museum of Art will be located one block off Park Avenue, at the intersection of Interlachen and New England avenues across from the Alfond Inn, where part of Rollins’ contemporary art collection is already exhibited.

CFAM Director Dr. Ena Heller told Orlando Weekly that the new endeavor will give the museum a larger platform and more visibility.


The new facility, featuring larger galleries, an auditorium and a café, will also include an education center with programs for students K-12 and several study rooms for college students. These rooms will allow more students to have access to part of the museum's collection for class activities, seminars, and research, according to Heller.

Heller added that the expansion will make learning accessible for the public, something she said was necessary as the Cornell is the only academic art museum in the greater Orlando area.

"We serve not only the Rollins faculty and students but we also work increasingly with students from UCF and Valencia [College]," Heller said. "We want to establish the new museum as an important resource for the other colleges and universities in our area that do not have their own museum."

Winter Park spokeswoman Clarissa Howard said the new building will contribute to the city's vision of being a center of "culture and heritage" while gifting something invaluable to residents.

"Within 10 square miles we have over 17 nonprofit arts & culture organizations in our city limits," Howard said. “This new Rollins Museum of Art will add to our already diverse cultural amenities."

According to a press release announcing the move, the Cornell's visitor count has more than quadrupled over the last decade. The museum's new location is expected to aid this trend while keeping a close connection to Rollins.

“The Rollins Museum of Art can, and will, serve a wider and more diverse community, while at the same time emphasizing its unique characteristics as the only teaching museum in greater Orlando, embodying our college’s mission and values,” said Rollins College President Grant Cornwell in a press release. 

Visitors will be able to visit exhibitions at no cost all year long. More information on CFAM's summer events can be found on its website. The name change will go into effect immediately, so expect to hear about the Rollins Museum of Art’s fall season soon.

click to enlarge RENDERING COURTESY OF ROLLINS MUSEUM OF ART
  • rendering courtesy of Rollins Museum of Art

Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

Sept. 22, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation