november, 2017

8nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmMuseum Grand Opening Celebration7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Event Details

Here’s what’s new! The Cornell Art Museum has been undergoing exciting interior renovations all summer, and will re-open with a huge celebration!

We will celebrate our million dollar renovation with a special exhibition, “Looking Glass,” reflecting our dedication to the best and brightest in contemporary art!

Grand Opening Celebration, Wednesday, November 8th, 7-9 pm; $10 admission (free for Old School Square members).


Rob Steele, President and CEO of Old School Square, explains, “The Cornell Art Museum is undergoing dramatic interior renovations and will, in all-likelihood, erupt into the SoFlo art scene as a ‘not to miss’ destination asset.  Great care has been taken with this renovation project to assure that the timeless charm of this historic schoolhouse melds with the function of a unique art museum.  We are confident the result will speak volumes without words.”

The renovation has been made possible through the generous support of Mrs. Margaret Blume, who said, “I want to enhance the use of this historic school house for the display and enjoyment of art.  With the Cornell Museum, less is more.  It’s a little gem that is perfect for a short, but lovely, cultural experience in the heart of Delray Beach.”

The renovation will accomplish the following:

    • The front and rear entrances will be modified to create a more welcoming appearance and to allow more space for exhibit load-in and load-out.
    • Exhibit space will be maximized with movable walls to allow for more configurations within each gallery and to elevate the look of each exhibit.
    • Gallery lighting will be upgraded to meet current museum industry standards.
    • Sleek, new window coverings will be added in each gallery.
    • The two grand staircases and Dade County Pine floors will remain in place.
    • The Museum Store will be redesigned with new cabinetry and fixtures to better display the one-of-a-kind, original works created by local, regional and national artists.

New hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission will be $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); and free for Old School Square members, children under 12 and Veterans.  Delray Beach residents will receive free admission on Sundays.

The Cornell Art Museum strives to show nationally and internationally recognized, contemporary artists who create innovative and provocative works of art.  Inquisitive visitors enjoy intriguing pieces of artwork while discovering new artists and styles.  The Museum exposes the greater Delray Beach and South Florida communities to artwork that is culturally relevant and exciting, hoping to foster creativity and inspire imagination.  Museum shows typically begin with a theme and blossom into dynamic group exhibitions that excite visitors from all backgrounds.

The Cornell Art Museum “is as young and hip as a Wynwood [Miami] gallery…” — Delray Beach Magazine

While the Cornell Art Museum exhibitions typically focus on contemporary art, the Cornell Art Museum Permanent Collection has its own unique voice.  It speaks to the Museum’s associations with artists and generous patrons from around the world over its 26-year history.  Comprised of over 200 objects, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, historic artifacts and works on paper that date to the 18th century. Developed through donations from patrons and artist contributions, the collection holds the complete Bernet Collection of primitive folk paintings and artifacts among its prized acquisitions.

The renovation of the Museum’s interior creates additional gallery space for exhibitions as well the rotation of the collection for the enjoyment and education of the public.

November 9, 2017-February 25, 2018 – LOOKING GLASS
This group exhibition features artwork that incorporates reflection in the work, be it the reflection of the viewer or the space around the art piece.  This exhibition was chosen as the first show in our new space to showcase the museum like never before and reflect back to the community the museum’s mission.  The exhibition welcomes viewers to experience a sense of belonging and see themselves in the museum.  Art Selfies are encouraged!

March 30, 2018 – September 9, 2018 – FLORA
This group exhibition features contemporary artwork inspired by nature – flowers and plant life, from the blossom to the decay. The displays will include installations, artwork created from real flowers, depictions of flowers, and everything in between.

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