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Maitland Art Center Chapel & Mayan Courtyard

 - Andre Smith
Sculpture (EXTERIOR)

Maitland Art Center

About the Artwork

The Chapel and Mayan Courtyard are a charming, free-to-the-public part of the 5 acre campus of the Maitland Art Center. Originally designed by MAC founder André Smith as a memorial to his mother, it is the perfect place for contemplation, and features the greatest concentration of Smith-designed imbedded sculpture anywhere at MAC. Designed and built by the artist to evoke the Mesoamerican art of the ancient Maya and Aztec cultures, the Chapel and Courtyard also contain colonial and Christian iconography. It is one of the most popular wedding and special celebration sites in the area.

About the Artist

Andre Smith
Andre Smith received his formal training in architecture at Cornell University. However his desire for art led him to the medium of etching. A gold medal at the San Francisco Exhibition of 1915 added to his success in this field.

Did you know?

The State of Florida's public art program purchased several sculptures that are in an accessible oasis in the middle of the Florida Turnpike near Turkey Lake Road, yet viewable as one passes.

Discover Art in Central Florida!

For those who have eyes to see, there are hundreds of works of art around them. This web site provides some information on many of those works of art that can be regularly viewed in Orange County by any member of the public without an admission fee. They are outside in public view, or located in an interior area that is normally open to the public.

Look around this web site and find something that interests you. Then go see it in person. The information you find here will add to the pleasure of exploring public art in Central Florida.

If, in your travels around Orange County, you come across some public art that is not listed here, please let us know so we can add it. If you are aware of additional information about art or artist that is included here, again, please let us know. Together we can make this an incredible resource for people seeking to spice up their life through exploring art.