Mennello passed away on December 18 due to COVID-19-related illness, according to a release issued by the City of Orlando over the weekend.
Shannon Fitzgerald, the museum’ executive director, stated, “As we mourn the untimely loss of our founder, Michael A. Mennello, we remain committed to sharing his and Marilyn’s love of art through the stewardship of their outstanding American Art collection and the many gifts they generously gave to our community. Michael envisioned a bright future for the museum and we have important work to continue in honoring that legacy.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to donate to the Friends of the Mennello Museum’s “Building Our Future” campaign by clicking HERE.
The Mennello Museum of American Art is owned and operated by the City of Orlando and located on the shore of Lake Formosa in Ivanhoe Village at 900 E. Princeton Street [GMap].