Museum of Florida Art

The Museum of Florida Art has a visual arts history that goes back over 60 years. It was originally founded in DeLand by a group of community leaders in April of 1951 with an opening bank account balance of only $13. At the time it was located in the old LL Jacobs Building on Woodland Boulevard and operated as DeLand’s Children’s Museum. Dorothy Johnson was hired as the organization’s first director in 1956 and two years later the facility moved to 126 South Florida Avenue. In 1964 the museum moved again to the old DeLand Library location on East New York Avenue. It was at this time that the organization decided to expand the focus from primarily youth-oriented programming to a broader visual arts center concept which would serve the entire community. In 1965 this not-for-profit corporation changed its name to the DeLand Museum in order to reflect this expanded role. In 1983 the name was upgraded to the DeLand Museum of Art.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: illustration, paintings, Photography and printmaking

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