Photograph by Jon Glaser Photograph by Jon Glaser

Cornell Museum has a New Name, New Direction and New Attitude!

The Cornell Museum, which was the first cultural venue at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, opened its doors to the public in 1990. Since then, an eclectic mix of art, craft, history and pop culture exhibits have been featured. The common denominator, however, has always been art.

Over the summer, the Museum tried out a new approach with From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art. The exhibit was created in house with the help of five national artists, which expanded to 20 very quickly as word got out in the art community and referrals poured in. The result was a blockbuster, drawing a new audience of local and out of town visitors, and the response to the art itself has opened new doors for the Museum.

As Delray Beach Center for the Arts launches its 25th Anniversary Season, the Cornell Museum is also launching a new focus on art in an effort to continue reaching new audiences. Formerly called the Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, the name has now been shortened to Cornell Museum of Art. “We’re moving in an exciting new direction, where the focus is contemporary art that is thought-provoking, inspiring, fun, edgy, and generates social interaction,” said Joe Gillie, President/CEO of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. “Our museum curator, Melanie Johanson is working with our Assistant Artistic Director, Matthew Farmer on new ideas that will shape our direction.”

Museum hours will remain Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed Monday and major holidays).   Admission remains $5, with Center for the Arts members and children under 6 receiving free admission.

Fall 2014 Special Events:

October 16, 2014 – Wine with Will -- Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Tickets $15. Available at or at the door. Meet figurative artist/sculptor, WILL KURTZ who will give an art talk about his inspiration and creative process. Admission includes wine, light bites and access to the current art exhibits: From the Borough to the Beach: Brooklyn-Based Art, Florida Watercolor Society and Haunted! A Pop-Up Exhibit.

November 1, 2014 – Haunted! A Pop-Up Gala -- Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Tickets $75. Advance purchase at or by calling 561-243-7922, ext. 304. This fundraising party will be nothing short of haunting!   The Center’s resident ghost may even be in attendance along with surprise guests. Open bar, light bites, live music and edgy art works for sale by special guest artists, Liz Parrish, Yosiell Lorenzo and Brent Nolasco. Dress is creative black tie, with masks and hats encouraged.

2014-15 Exhibitions:

September 4-November 16, 2014 – Florida Watercolor Society 43rd Annual Exhibition -- This juried exhibition coincides with Florida Watercolor’s annual convention and includes 100 outstanding works created by top Florida artists. These artists take the medium of watercolor to the highest levels, with subject matter from classic, to contemporary, to whimsical.

September 4-November 16, 2014 – From the Borough to the Beach: Brooklyn-Based Art -- The Cornell Museum has dedicated an entire gallery to the works of three exciting Brooklyn-based artists. Will Kurtz is a figurative artist and sculptor, who creates life size paper sculptures of people and animals. Jennifer Lilya is a well-known fashion illustrator, who has worked with several fashion designers, magazines, and ad agencies. Mike Cockrill is a renowned painter, many of whose works balance the sacred and irreverent. The exhibit is a celebration of contemporary artwork as well as the time honored and long-standing relationship between New York City and South Florida.

October 1-November 1 – Haunted! A Pop-Up Exhibit -- This haunting exhibition features works by national artists, Liz Parrish, Yosiell Lorenzo and Brent Nolasco. The exhibit culminates with a Pop-Up Gala on November 1st, 8-11 p.m.

November 28, 2014-March 8, 2015 – Language Art -- Art that explores emotional, social and other themes through the use of text in the image provides another dimension for interpretation and conversation. This exhibit features the unique works of national artists, Trey Speegle, Jack King, Matthew Rose, Alec monopoly and William Halliday.

December 16, 2014-April 19, 2015 – En Plein Air -- Plein Air refers to the art of painting outdoors, and this exhibit will feature paintings of Delray Beach and other Palm Beach County locations. Organized by well-known Plein Air artist and School of Creative Arts instructor, Ralph Papa, the exhibit includes works by several Palm Beach artists and will focus not only on the completed paintings, but will cover the background, locations and process involved in creating them.

March 24-July 5, 2015 – Bling: Art that Shines -- Crystals, mirrors and other shiny elements are the common threads for this exciting exhibition, which will be anchored by South Florida artist, Jonathan Stein, who works in mixed media, including Swarovski crystals.


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