Maitland Art Center

Discover Artistic and Architectural Inspiration in Maitland 20141009_MAIT_1071

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 45 located in Florida.



Untold Stories

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Trent Tomengo, Josef Henschen. Courtesy of the Artist.

July 15 – September 4, 2016
A&H’s Maitland Art Center

Inspired Storytelling: Tomengo’s Maitland Project
A&H’s former Artist-in-Action Trent Tomengo presents ‘The Maitland Project’ a series of oil paintings inspired by photographs, artifacts and profiles of working-class residents of Maitland and its surroundings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tomengo was particularly inspired by Maitland’s history in relation to the neighboring Town of Eatonville after starting his residency as an A&H Artist-in-Action. This exhibition will feature twenty paintings of people who lived in this area in the late 1800s and early 1900s as representative of the working class that helped build cities and towns across the U.S.

Radcliffe Bailey, Between Two Worlds (detail), 2003

Radcliffe Bailey, Between Two Worlds (detail), 2003

The African American Narrative (Selected works from the Polk Museum of Art)
An exhibition recognizing noted contemporary African American artists from the permanent collection of the Polk Museum in Lakeland working in the narrative tradition addressing personal and historical themes. Artworks will include Faith Ringgold, Radcliffe Bailey, Howardena Pindell and Lorna Simpson. The Polk Museum of Art’s collection began in 1983 and has increased to include works by nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Artist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930) is recognized as one of America’s leading storytellers and is best known for her painted ‘story’ quilts in which she draws on African American folklore for inspiration. Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968) Atlanta based artist Radcliffe Bailey is known for art that incorporates objects and themes from his family’s history, memory and the American journey. Howardena Pindell (b.1943) often addresses themes of racism, feminism, slavery and violence through the use of unconventional materials and paint. Lorna Simpson (b. 1960) explores race, gender and African American identity through the use of multimedia – photography and video.




John Petrey || Derek Gores

Cleverness du Chat, Derek Gores

Cleverness du Chat, Derek Gores

MARKING 40 Years of the Rotary Arts Festival
October 28 – December 31, 2016

Art Under the Stars, the Rotary Club of Maitland Arts Festival has a prestigious 40-year history. It began four decades ago in the park surrounding Lake Lily in Maitland, and remains the only outdoor art festival in the state of Florida that spans from daytime to evening hours. Many local, regional and national artists have begun their careers exhibiting at this popular event. While recognizing the community’s pride in presenting such a prestigious festival, the A&H’s Maitland Art Center highlights two acclaimed artists who used Art Under the Stars as a springboard for current success.

Merida, John Petry

Merida, John Petry

Derek Gores (Gallery 1)
Collage artist Derek Gores is a recycler of everyday ephemera. Magazines, labels, newspapers and digital media combine to reflect his contrasting interest in the abstract aesthetics of figures and objects in space.

John Petrey (Gallery 2 and 3, and Exterior Display)
Chattanooga artist John Petrey is a sculptor working with metal, rubber, plastic and other industrial and everyday items. Petrey creates iconic dress sculptures that reference stories from history, pop culture and childhood experiences.



Contact Info
231 W. Packwood Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 407.539.2181
Fax: 888.316.5729
Office Hours
Tuesday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Closed Major Holidays
Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Closed Major Holidays
Seniors (55 & older): $2.00
Children (4-18 years): $2.00
Children (3 & under): FREE
Members: FREE
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