With one of the oldest and most distinguished collections in Florida, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum can boast of more than 5,000 objects from antiquity to the contemporary. The broad and eclectic holdings of the museum—including the only Old Masters collection in the greater Orlando area—include over 500 paintings, from the 14th through the 20th centuries, and over 1600 works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs), as well objects, artifacts, and archaeological fragments from world cultures which reflect Rollins College’s commitment to educating students for global citizenship.
CFAM continues to build its collection strategically, through gift and purchase. Notable acquisitions in recent years include works by a range of acclaimed artists, from Gilbert Stuart and Elizabeth Catlett to Francesco Solimena and Felrath Hines. In 2013 a new chapter – the art of the 21st century – was added to CFAM’s holdings through the vision and generosity of Barbara and Ted Alfond '68. The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College includes almost 300 works in various media by established and emerging international artists. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, like most if not all of its peer institutions, can only display a fraction of its holdings at any given time.