The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is one of the finest college art museums in the Southeast. Accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1981, the Cornell houses a collection of more than 6,000 objects. It is the oldest collection in Florida with the first paintings having been given to Rollins College more than a century ago. With important holdings in European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, the collection ranges from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to many fine examples of 20th century art.
The Cornell Museum has organized a number of powerful exhibitions in the past several years, including Treasures of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and The Independents: The Ashcan School & Their Circle, Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, Beyond the Veil: African American Artists & Their Art at Centuryâ€™s End, and Degas to Delaunay: Masterworks from the Robert and Maurine Rothschild Family Collection.
In 2001, for the first time in 500 years, Cosimo Rosselli (1439-1507), painter of the Sistine Chapel and noted Renaissance master, was honored with his own exhibition at the Cornell Museum. The historic show featured close to 40 works from more than 20 museums and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Titled Cosimo Rosselli: Painter of the Sistine Chapel, the exhibition was supported by art scholars, curators, and museum directors internationally.
The Cornell also hosts traveling exhibitions and other programs, including public lectures, gallery talks, concerts, films, and workshops for teachers and children.