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Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Rollins College’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum is one of America's finest college art museums. The permanent collection is comprised of works of art and objects from antiquity to the twenty first century. The galleries are dedicated to educating, enriching and engaging the visual arts with exhibitions of the highest quality. Originally conceived exhibitions are interspersed with the permanent collection on a revolving basis.

Permanent Collection

The richly diverse art collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College boasts more than 6,000 works, one of the largest and most distinguished collections in Florida. It is also the oldest in the state, the first paintings having been given to Rollins more than a century ago.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1937 donated several Italian Renaissance paintings, including Madonna and Child Enthroned c.1475-80 by Cosimo Rosselli, an important Renaissance artist. In 1941, Winter Park resident and Rollins trustee Jeannette Morse Genius, an art patron and artist in her own right (married to Dr. Hugh McKean, president of Rollins 1951-69), donated the funds to erect the Morse Gallery of Art. Its collection of American and European art was soon the focus of many benefactors. In 1950, George H. Sullivan, a Winter Park resident, donated a Louis Sonntag painting; other Sullivan gifts works by Francesco de Mura and others followed in 1952 and 1959.

During the 1960s, the collection was vastly enriched by Jack and June Myers, alumni from Jacksonville, whose gifts form the backbone of the Old Masters collection. In 1966, the McKeans' superb collection of Tiffany glass began a ten-year-long exhibition at the Morse Gallery.

In 1976, George, Rollins class of 1935, and Harriet Cornell contributed more than one million dollars to construct a fine arts complex. The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Center opened in 1978, and the renovated and enlarged Morse Gallery of Art became the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

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The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is proud to be the originating institution to present this outstanding Florida collection of leading modernist and contemporary African American photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr. began collecting art in 1983 after seeing the work of Robert Blackburn at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In a little over 20 years, an impressive collection of works by Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, William H. Johnson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Bob Thompson, Fred Wilson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Renee Cox, among many other notable artists, has been amassed. Exhibition catalogue with essay by Franklin Sirmans. Rollins College and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum appreciates the generous support of TIAA-CREF Financial Services!


$5 for Adults. There is no charge for CFAM Members, or Rollins College Faculty, Staff, and all Students with current ID.

Opening hours

Tuesday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 to 5 p.m.

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The Cornell Fine Arts Museum invites teachers in primary and secondary schools in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties, as well as instructors in community colleges and universities, to take part in its award-winning educational programs.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops are held throughout the school year. Workshops are multi-disciplinary, featuring art and one other discipline, such as literature, theater, or music. Other workshops feature media and techniques taught by Rollins College art faculty, local artists and teachers. Workshop participants earn Teacher In-Service points.

Collegiate Programs

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum serves Rollins College students and faculty as an informal, extended classroom for interdisciplinary study. The permanent collection also serves Rollins and other area college and university students as a major cultural resource for the writing of papers on specific artworks. The Museum has special evening hours every month for collegiate tours and lectures.

Rollins College faculty participate in the Cornell Museum's public symposia, as well as special lectures and programs, such as live radio broadcasts and presentations of music.

For more information

Contact Education Coordinator Rebecca J. Savill, at or at 407-646-1536.