Cornell Announces Kress Interpretive Fellowship Award





Winter Park, Fla. (May 3, 2013) – The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College has been awarded an  Interpretive Fellowship at Art Museums from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.  The museum is one of only seven recipients nationwide given this honor, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection, both in New York City; the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Portland Art Museum.
 “We are enormously proud to have been chosen for this prestigious fellowship which gives us the opportunity to make strides on two of our top priorities: researching our permanent collection and mentoring future museum professionals,” said Ena Heller, the Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell.

Kress Interpretive Fellowships provide competitive grants in the amount of $30,000 to American art museums which sponsor supervised internships in art museum education.  The program is intended to encourage students to explore interpretive careers in art museums; to strengthen the profession of museum educator within the art museum community; to strengthen ties between museum educators and curators in the shared task of interpretive programming in art museums; and to expand the range of promising career options available to students of art history and related fields.  At the Cornell, the Kress Interpretive Fellow will conduct research and develop interpretive materials based upon the permanent collection, as well as develop an original exhibition concept. 
“The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is extremely pleased to have awarded an Interpretive Fellowship to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College for the upcoming year.  We firmly believe that the strength of the Museum’s collection - which contains two works from the nationally distributed Kress Collection - coupled with the experience and vision that recently appointed Director, Ena Heller, brings to the institution will ensure an excellent training opportunity for the Kress Interpretive Fellow, one which we hope will be equally beneficial for the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as it strengthens scholarship on the art in its permanent collection and aims to more fully engage audiences with these outstanding works,” stated Max Marmor, President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.


The mission at the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of its founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

The Kress Foundation serves the field of art history as practiced in American art museums and institutions of higher education, and in an array of research centers and libraries throughout the world. It further supports training and research in art conservation as well as the professional practice of art conservation.

The Foundation makes grants in defined program areas and offers professional development fellowships for historians of art and architecture, art conservators and historic preservation professionals, art museum curators and educators, and art librarians. It further develops program initiatives in these areas.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum with an encyclopedic art collection in the greater Orlando area. Its collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s public hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.  The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION to all in celebration of its 35th anniversary.  For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit

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