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Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) receives substantial gift of over 300 artworks

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) has received over 300 works by artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, and David Hockney from New York City collectors Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett.

Orlando Museum of Art  (OMA) receives substantial gift of over 300 artworks

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) has announced a major gift from Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett, longtime art patrons, social activists, and Manhattan residents.


The gift includes over 300 artworks from their extensive collection of downtown New York City and international artists from the past 50 years. This collection will enable the museum to share a diverse range of artistic perspectives with the community, researchers, educators, and students.


“We are elated to have received this truly wonderful gift from longtime advocates and dedicated supporters,” notes Cathryn Mattson, Executive Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. “The collection will allow our curatorial and education teams to showcase underrepresented voices and foster connections with diverse communities, as well as global artists.”


The Orlando Museum of Art has been a long-term steward of the Cottrell-Lovett Collection, having mounted two large-scale exhibitions: in 2004, Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector: The Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, and in 2016, The Conversation Continues:



Highlights from the James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett Collection, as well as incorporating works in the museum’s permanent collection exhibitions over the years. These thoughtful, unique, and innovative showcases benefit both the OMA community and the Orlando art scene at large.


Now, thanks to Dr. Cottrell and Mr. Lovett’s gift, the museum can build upon its strengths—a contemporary art collection featuring diverse voices—and expand its mission to stimulate creativity and intellectual curiosity by connecting people from all backgrounds and experiences with compelling art and new ideas.


Chief Curator Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon emphasizes the urgent need to confront homophobia and all discrimination in today’s world. She views this donation as “not only a pivotal moment for the OMA but also as a catalyst for broader societal change, permeating through the institution's cultural reach.”


Orlando Museum of Art  (OMA) receives substantial gift of over 300 artworks

Dr. Cottrell and Mr. Lovett remarked, “We could not be happier with our decision to make this significant gift to OMA and the wider Central Florida community. We are especially proud to create a lasting impact via the museum, which has long demonstrated a vested interest in sharing and supporting our commitment to disability activism, non-censorship, accessibility, and LGBTQ+ issues. We’ve long been deeply inspired by OMA’s vibrant outreach into underserved communities, creating educational programs for people of all ages.”


The donation of over 300 artworks by international, diverse artists from Dr. Cottrell and Mr. Lovett will significantly expand the OMA’s existing holdings, particularly with the addition of artworks by figures from the latter half of the twentieth century.


Notable artists represented in the collection include Donald Baechler, Miguel Barcelo, Barton Lidice Beneš, Kwame Brathwaite, Sophie Calle, Jean Cocteau, Noël Dolla, Roland Flexner, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Deborah Kass, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Mapplethorpe, Malcom Morley, and Dana Schutz.


The Cottrell-Lovett gift to OMA also complements their recent gift of 200 works to the prestigious New York University-affiliated Grey Art Museum. The coinciding gifts aim to create new ties and foster relationships between the OMA and The Grey by allowing the two institutions to share works and educational opportunities.



This summer, a small exhibition titled Variations & Iterations: Exploring Art Series in Gifts from the Dr. James Cottrell & Mr. Joseph Lovett Collection will focus on thematic series within the collection of works already on-site at OMA.


In the Spring of 2025, the Orlando Museum of Art will open its 101st year by presenting a major exhibition that will showcase a large portion of the Cottrell-Lovett gift. Additionally, the entire Cottrell-Lovett collection will be accessible on the museum's website within the next year. Finally, the gift also includes the named position of Chief Curator as Cottrell-Lovett Collection Chief Curator.


Orlando Museum of Art  (OMA) receives substantial gift of over 300 artworks

OMA is a cultural leader in Central Florida and beyond – engaging, teaching, and inspiring the community through arts experiences. For more information, please visit www.omart.org.


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