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Art Legends of Orange County

Presented by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at Orange County Administration Center, Orlando FL

Art Legends of Orange County

Nine organizations have joined forces to highlight the distinguished artists and patrons who helped build Central Florida’s vibrant cultural landscape in a yearlong community-wide collaborative celebration. Art Legends of Orange County encompasses 15 exhibitions and events held throughout the 2015/2016 arts and cultural season (September 2015 – 2016). The exhibitions will display the work of 20 artists and patrons who made significant contributions to our visual arts community during the pivotal time period of 1932 – 1982.

Although visual art had been explored prior to that time period, it was during these 50 years that talented artists and art leaders built a solid foundation for our visual arts community. Their influence not only helped shape the local art community but some of Orange County’s local Art Legends significantly influenced modern American Art.

Art Legends of Orange County is a truly collaborative initiative. Leaders from area museums and galleries met for more than a year to develop a list of influential figures in Central Florida’s art history and decide the best site to host each Legend’s work. Institutions are opening their vaults and lending pieces to one another in this unprecedented initiative.

In addition to the 13 exhibitions of featured artists, two community-wide public panels will be held to honor the contributions made by Orange County Art Legends.  Both events will be free to the public.

Living Artist and Art Leader Panel
October 15, 2013; 5:30 p.m.; City of Orlando Council Chambers

Gone But Not Forgotten – Deceased Artist and Art Leader Panel
January 15, 2016; 5:30 p.m.; Art & History Museums – Maitland

The current exhibition schedule:
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden: The Art of Hal McIntosh
Featuring: Hal McIntosh
August 18 – November 29, 2015

Orange County Art in the Chambers: Judy Albertson and Louise Peterson
Featuring: Judy Albertson and Louise Peterson all year through the work of the artists they represented including, Grady Kimsey and Steve Lotz in three exhibitions.
September 2015 – September 2016

City of Orlando Terrace Gallery: Title tba
Featuring:  Maury Hurt, Judy Albertson, Mary Curtis Bok, Texann Ivy, Bill Jenkins, Hugh F. and Jeanette McKean, Louise Peterson, Albin Polasek, André Smith, Grady Kimsey, Doris Leeper, Steve Lotz and Hal McIntosh.
October 15, 2015 – January 8, 2016

UCF Art Gallery: Art Legends of Orange County: The Next Generation
Featuring:  Featuring the work of Orange County Art Legends, Steve Lotz, Doris Leeper and Bill Orr, and students who were inspired by them.
September 5 – October 13, 2015

Art & History Museums – Maitland: Smith, Hurt, Orr and Bok – The Grand Experiment
Featuring: André Smith, Maury Hurt, Bill Orr & Mary Curtis Bok
January 15 – February 28, 2016

Cornell Fine Arts Museum: Doris Leeper: Hard Edges
Featuring: Doris Leeper
January 16 – April 3, 2016

Crealdé – Various locations and Titles
Crealdé – Art Legends of Orange County: The Inspired Paintings of Crealdé Founder Bill Jenkins
Crealdé School of Art – Art Legends of Orange County: The Right of Passage: A Collection of work by Grady Kimsey from 1940s to the Present
Hannibal Square Heritage Center – Art Legends of Orange County: Progressions – Work by Former Students of Grady Kimsey

February 5 – April 2, 2016 (run dates for all Crealdé exhibitions)

Orange County Regional History Center – Art Legends of Orange County: Albin Polasek (art display) and Art Legends of Orange County (historical exhibition)
Featuring: Albin Polasek, Texann Ivy and Hugh F. and Jeanette G McKean; plus a historical exhibit on all of the Orange County Art Legends featured, plus Ralph Bagley, Walter Gaudnek, Hari Klotz and David Reese.
March 5 – May 29, 2016

Orlando Museum of Art – Orange County Art Legends: Paintings by Steve Lotz
Featuring: Steve Lotz
March 11 – June 5, 2016

Downtown Arts District at the City Arts Factory – Orange County Art Legends: Friendship
Featuring: Johann Eyfells and Robin VanArsdol (RV)
December 17, 2015 – January 15, 2016 

Additional information on all the Art Legends of Orange County and the upcoming exhibitions will be made available at (estimated launch July 2015). Currently, additional information can be found by visiting each host site.


Admission for each exhibition is determined by host organization. Please contact each host website for specific times and hours.

Contact: Contact host organizations directly.

Email: Contact host organizations directly.


Additional time info:

Admission for each exhibition is determined by host organization. Please contact each host website for specific times and hours.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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201 South Rosalind Street, Orlando, FL 32801

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