Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1984 C-type print on Fuji
Crystal Archive paper 20 x 24 in. The Alfond Collection of
Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara (R1968) and
Theodore (R1968) Alfond Cornell Fine Arts Museum 2013.34.093
@Steve McCurry. Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery”
Owned by Rollins College, one of the country's most lauded liberal arts colleges, The Alfond Inn's public spaces display The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, a 100-plus piece collection of contemporary art that was assembled and donated to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College by alumni Barbara and Ted Alfond. The Alfonds are avid and knowledgeable art collectors, and Barbara Alfond serves on the board of trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The couple amassed the artwork with the assistance of independent Boston-based curator Abigail Ross Goodman.
Works by contemporary artists and photographers such as Tracey Emin, Joseph Kosuth, Steve McCurry and Maya Lin are part of The Alfond Collection, which includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and alternative visual forms. It is a museum collection of 21st century contemporary artworks by both established and emerging artists, works that are eye-opening, challenging and sometimes provocative. A number of pieces in the collection are text-based, paying homage to the importance of language, literacy and global diversity. The Alfond Collection is part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, which has one of the oldest and most distinguished fine arts collections in Florida.
Guided tours of the collection, never before on view publicly, are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by a Concierge trained by Barbara Alfond and Dr. Ena Heller, the Bruce A. Beal director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. The tour is free, but reservations are requested. For more information, call (407) 998-8090.
The Alfond Inn's deep connection to the arts begins with the culturally rich community of Winter Park, settled in the 19th century by some of America's most visionary art collectors and philanthropists, and has long been one of the leading cultural and artistic hubs in Florida.