The Cornell Fine Arts Museum Announces Free Admission in 2013


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January 3, 2013






Winter Park, Fla. (January 3, 2013) -- As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College will offer free admission during 2013.


CFAM was endowed in 1978 by George W. and Harriet D. Cornell.  It is the only art museum with an encyclopedic art collection in the greater Orlando area. 


“We are so thrilled to be able to offer free admission to our guests,” said Director Ena Heller.  “We feel that CFAM is such a hidden gem in our community, and we hope to encourage new visitors and old friends alike to share in the great exhibits we have planned for this year.”


The first exhibit of 2013, Collecting for the Cornell, will run from January 19 to May 12.  The exhibit will focus on how the CFAM collection came into being and grew through the decades due largely to the generosity of individuals and families who parted with their treasures because they understood the value of art being available in a public collection, and particularly in a teaching museum on a college campus. 


“These individuals’ stories create the museum’s history,” said Heller.  “As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our museum, we honor those who made the collection of the Cornell what it is today.”


A few such individuals include:

Samuel H. Kress, who over the years gave almost 3,000 works of European art to 96 museums, universities, and other institutions throughout America.  It was the Kress foundation that provided the museum with one of its most prized possessions, Madonna and Child Enthroned by Cosimo Rosselli.  The 2001 exhibit featuring this painting, Cosimo Rosselli: Painter of the Sistine Chapel, remains the museum’s most successful exhibition to date.


George H. Sullivan, the son of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, had a lifelong passion for education and philanthropy.  A gift in 1947 led to the building of the Sullivan House on campus; at one point, this building acted as a temporary museum of sorts.  Sullivan later gave artwork and decorative objects from his personal collection to the College, because he had great interest that the presence of art on campuses aids in students’ learning. 


John C. Myers, Sr., son of Ohio pump manufacturers, over the years provided CFAM with the majority of its remarkable Old Masters collection.  By the 1940’s, Myers’ collection was one of the largest in Ohio, and he generously opened his house to students and faculty of the college in his hometown, Ashland College, so they could study and admire the paintings and hear him talk about the works and artists who made him.  His passion for the teaching value of art was upheld by the next generation, who after his death gave many of the paintings to a number of institutions of higher learning, among them Ashland and Rollins.


Samuel B. Lawrence and his wife Marion had been winter residents of Florida since the 1940s.  Upon their move to Orlando fulltime in 1959, he began Budget Rent-A-Car with a friend, and the business flourished.  A lifelong priority for the Lawrences was supporting education, and their relationship with Rollins was long and fruitful.  Both of their daughters and future sons-in-law attended the College, and their generosity made many a project at Rollins possible. 


“For all of these generous individuals in our museum’s history, art was essential, teaching was a necessity, and generosity was a way of life,” said Heller. “We are excited to be able to celebrate CFAM’s rich and eclectic collection and the people who made it possible.”




The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Our encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare 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. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit


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