Discover Artistic and Architectural Inspiration in Maitland
The Maitland Art Center was founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect, André Smith (1880-1959). This tradition continues at the Maitland Art Center today, with gallery exhibitions, art programming, and a strong curriculum of art instruction in an intimate atmosphere. Visit this historic, aesthetic gem set in the middle of busy Central Florida. The Art Center is one of the few surviving examples of “Mayan Revival” or fantasy architecture in the Southeast. On September 30, 2014, the Maitland Art Center became the first National Historic Landmark in the four counties of Central Florida and one of only 44 located in Florida.
January 16 – February 22, 2015
Influenced by the writings of psychologist Sigmund Freud, the Surrealists held firm beliefs that creativity came from deep within a person’s subconscious. This exhibition pairs A&H founder André Smith with one of the most prolific Surrealists of the twentieth century, Salvador Dalí. Two unique exhibits focusing on works that push the boundaries of the mysterious and irrational.
Art and the Subconscious: Salvador Dalí & André Smith, pairs A&H founder, André Smith’s pieces with Salvador Dalí. The Salvador Dalí artwork on loan from the Dalí Museum and the André Smith pieces are part of the A&H’s permanent collection. Art and the Subconscious: Salvador Dalí & André Smith is sponsored by Duke Energy.
Life of Salvador Dalí – with Dalí Museum Assistant Curator, Dirk Armstrong
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2 pm
Join Assistant Curator of the Dalí Museum, Dirk Armstrong, for a talk celebrating the life and art of Salavdor Dalí. After the talk, visit the A&H’s Maitland Art Center to view the Cosmos series of prints now on display in the galleries and further discuss this innovative artist.
Dirk Armstrong is Assistant Curator at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg where he has worked full time since 1991. He was co-curator for the Dalí Centennial: An American Collection exhibition in 2004, and has curated exhibits that have traveled to the Smithsonian and the Florida Governor’s Mansion. In 2010, Armstrong was responsible for coordinating the movement and installation of the museum’s collection to its new building.
Maitland Art Center Ghost Tours
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8 pm
Take a behind-the-scenes paranormal tour of the A&H’s Maitland Art Center. Experience the rich history of the Research Studio, which served as an artist’s colony from 1938-1958, and recently was designated a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the founder and various artists who lived and worked here while investigating paranormal activity with provided equipment.
Visitors and various artists claim to have witnessed different abnormal encounters, including apparitions that resemble founder, Jules André Smith. It is said that André Smith has been seen wandering around the area or sitting peacefully in different rooms of the center.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to spend an out of the ordinary evening at the A&H, purchase your tickets HERE and join the tour.
The two-hour tour is led and equipment provided by American Ghost Tour and Adventures.