American Art Collection
The American Art Collection includes outstanding works of art from the Colonial period to 1945 and provides Museum visitors an opportunity to learn about the achievements of American artists throughout the nation’s history. The American Art Collection is on view throughout the year in on-going and temporary exhibitions, and it serves as one of the foundations for the Museum’s exceptional educational programming.
Among the paintings in the collection are early American portraiture, 19th century landscapes in the styles of the Hudson River School, American Barbizon and American Impressionism. Sculpture of the period is represented by marble and bronze figurative works. Early to mid-20th century works include American Realist, Modernist paintings as well as Post-War Abstraction. The American Art Collection has grown due to early and continued interest in American art by the Museum’s membership and the community at large. The Orlando Museum of Art’s Friends of American Art was formed in late 1993. These members fund the acquisition of American art created before 1945.
The Orlando Museum of Art is also grateful to the Martin Andersen–Gracia Andersen Foundation for the on-going loan of its American painting collection. This collection was established by philanthropist, Gracia Andersen, who was a long-time patron of the Orlando Museum of Art. It was her vision to have great examples of paintings by historically significant American artists on view at the Museum for its visitors to enjoy. To that end, she began her collection in 1989 which has since grown to include 22 paintings by such distinguished artists as Frank Benson, William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.