Built in 1937 as a quiet colony for artists to exercise creativity and collaboration, the Maitland Art Center is one of the Southeast’s only remaining examples of Mayan-revival, fantasy architecture.
America’s first official WWI artist, Andre Smith, originally created this research studio where he worked for 21 years alongside Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Curtis Bok and Annie Russell, among other artists and visionaries who found creative freedom here.
The tradition continues today with gallery exhibitions, art programming and a strong curriculum of art instruction in an intimate and inspiring atmosphere. This hidden gem just north of Orlando was recently recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
The Story in Images:
All photos courtesy of the Maitland Art Center