Maitland Art Center
and designed in 1937 by the Architect and
Artist, Jules Andre Smith, this historic museum
was originally intended as an art colony for
Over the years the museum
has been home to many traveling exhibits as
well as significant permanent collections.
The museum still continues with resident
artists, associated with the
Artists-in-Action program and offers many
opportunities for community classes.
The architecture of all of the buildings on the
grounds are considered art in their own right.
Designed and partially carved by the center's
founder, the unique architecture features Mayan
and Aztec designs coinciding with beautiful
gardens and courtyards.
An ideal spot for weddings and
special events, the Maitland Art Center
(formerly The Research Studio) was recognized as
a historic site by the National Register of
Historic Places in 1982 and included in the
Historic American Buildings Survey. In an effort
to continue the legacy of its founder, André
Smith, the Maitland Art Center continues to host
professional artists in its studios. Presently,
three outstanding artists create artworks at the
Kyle has a studio on the grounds
and can be found making artwork there year
round. He is considered to be a contemporary
visual artist by most because of the unique way
he combines artistic styles of the past with new
ground breaking techniques of our time. To view
his art is truly breathtaking. A mixture of the
past and present that can rarely be found in
artworks of our time Barbara Tiffany also holds
a studio on the Maitland Art Center property.
Ms. Tiffany is a true artist in the classical
art sense. She paints the most amazing classical
realistic images of our time. She paints all
different subjects of matter, landscapes, floral
images, portraits, and much more.
The artists living and working inside of the
complex are nothing compared to the grounds
themselves. Jules Smith spent most of his
lifetime sculpting and forming the grounds into
a living piece of art. The architecture
scattered around is absolutely breathtaking to
all visitors and awe inspiring for all artists.
The Art Center is a treat for all lovers of art
and art history from the moment you step on to
the grounds. The Maitland Art Center is one of
the few places you can visit in Florida that
will take your breath away, not with the actual
viewing of the sites, but with the
professionally skilled rendition of the sites