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Tampa Museum of Art

601 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL

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Statement of Purpose

The Tampa Museum of Art is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of knowledge and appreciation of the fine arts through exhibition and educational programs encouraging the development of fine arts for the broadest possible audience.

The Tampa Museum of Art's primary purpose is to collect, preserve, display and interpret works of art reflecting art forms of regional, national and international importance for the public on a regularly scheduled basis.

Highlights & Collections

One of the Southeast's finest museums, there are changing exhibitions that range from contemporary to classic, and a renowned permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. Complementing these exhibitions are a wide range of classes, lectures, lunchtime seminars and walking tours. The Guilders Museum Store offers unique gifts, books, jewelry & children's items.

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Exhibits & Special Events

River Myths: A Multimedia Gallery Installation by Therman Statom
January 17- April 7, 2002
Special Exhibitions and Focus Galleries

Various materials including oil painted plate glass, aluminum, and ceramics will be combined and constructed to create an experiential environment that explores the artist’s African- and Native American ancestry, a heritage that likewise reflects the Tampa Bay region and it populace. Statom was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and his African-American and Seminole Indian roots are the primary inspirational sources behind this installation which will appeal to audiences on multiple levels. Statom worked with Dale Chihuly, a glass master featured in the exhibition Craft is a Verb, while studying at Rhode Island School of Design and Pilchuck Glass School in the 1970s. He has taken the glass medium further by incorporating other materials along side it and by creating large-scale installations.

Organized by the Tampa Museum of Art

American Art in the Age of Anxiety
January 20 – March 31, 2002
Center Gallery

Considered the first American art movement of worldwide significance, Abstract Expressionism began in the late 1940s and became a dominant trend in Western art during the 1950s. Its energy and originality helped New York replace Paris as the world capital of contemporary art.  Wide stylistic differences exist among the Abstract Expressionists, ranging from those who emphasized the physical action involved in creating art to others who explored the emotional and spiritual effects of color, while similarities include the reliance on automatism, intuition, and chance, a preference for working on a huge scale, and the glorification of the act of creating.  The exhibition will focus on both Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works on paper and is being organized by the Tampa Museum of Art as part of the American Music Festival 2002, a multi-media arts and humanities festival collaboratively planned by the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, University of South Florida, Tampa Theatre, and the Tampa Museum of Art.

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Support for this exhibition is provided locally by Northern Trust Bank


Next Generation: Gasparilla Juried High School Art Showcase
January 27 – March 3, 2002
Bank of America Gallery

The Museum’s annual exhibition to recognize Hillsborough County’s secondary art students and their teachers opens on January 27, and will be on view through the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in early March.  This year’s show features works of art representing a broad range of media and creative endeavors from area high schools.  Awards are granted for best of show, first, second and third places.  In addition, three awards of merit will be given.

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Young at Art
March 10- April 7, 2002
Bank of America Gallery

In celebration of March as national Youth Art Month, the Tampa Museum of Art proudly showcases artwork created by students in grades K-8 from Hillsborough County’s public and private schools. Each art specialist is invited to submit a piece that best represents his or her art program. Over 150 works in a variety of media will be featured, including group and class projects.

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My Reality:
Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation
April 21 - June 23, 2002
Special Exhibitions, Focus, and Bank of America Galleries

Japanese animation (anime), which has attained almost cult status among young people globally during the past several decades, is increasingly breaking into mainstream. This exhibition investigates the effect that this form of pop culture has had on today’s art in Japan and other Asian countries and in the West. Presenting works by artists from these different regions, the exhibition explores how Western and Eastern artists have influenced one another through their shared interest in the culture of anime.

Anime is a complex subject, and this exhibition comments on its multiplicity.
While anime has its origins in American animation, it is equally connected to Japanese art history, particularly the technique of wood-block printing. The exhibition features sci-fi concepts including futuristic technology, cyborgs and other humanoid robotics, aliens and fantastical creatures, and post-apocalyptic landscapes. It also plumbs social and economic themes such as gender roles, consumerism, and pop culture. Much anime has a futuristic flavor because it affirms technology as a positive force in contemporary society. Anime initially became popular through comic books and film, later expanding to include phenomena such as Pokemon and similar animated series.

The works on view range from Paul McCarthy’s cartoon characters to Micha Klein’s glossy images inspired by club culture; and from Takashi Murakami’s sculpture, which uses anime directly, to Momoyo Torimitsu’s enormous balloon rabbits, which satirize anime’s exaggeratedly cute images.

My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation originated at the Des Moines Art Center, curated by Jeff Fleming, senior curator, and Susan Lubowsky Talbott, director. The traveling exhibition is organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center was made possible by support from the Jacqueline and Myron Blank Exhibition Fund of the Des Moines Art Center, The Bright Foundation, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. Additional funding for the traveling exhibition was provided by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Paintings from the Permanent Collection
June 9 – September 22, 2002
Center Gallery

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Support for this exhibition is provided locally by Northern Trust Bank

underCURRENT/overVIEW 6
July 7- September 29, 2002
Special Exhibitions and Focus Galleries

The Museum continues its commitment to raising public awareness of the creative excellence of Florida's west coast artists with its sixth annual exhibition, underCURRENT/overVIEW 6. Selected from slide submissions and studio visits, this exhibition explores significant directions in contemporary art as seen through the work of artists who live and work in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee or Sarasota County. Multiple pieces by each artist are displayed so that viewers can explore an artist’s work in depth, thus fostering a critical examination of each individual’s achievement in relation to other artists working in the area. 

Organized by the Tampa Museum of Art


Highlights of the Permanent Collection [TENTATIVE]
October 13, 2001 - January 12, 2003
Special Exhibitions and Focus Gallery
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Magna Graecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily
February 2 – April 20, 2003
Special Exhibitions and Focus Gallery

This major exhibition will only be on view in two cities in the United States—Cleveland and Tampa. Filled with objects leaving Italy for the first time, American audiences will have a vivid picture of the art and culture of the Greeks who colonized southern Italy and Sicily beginning in the 8th century B.C.

The exhibition includes masterworks of Greek vase painting and sculpture in terracotta, stone, and bronze. Visitors will see large stone architectural reliefs and exquisite, smaller-scale objects crafted from materials ranging from terracotta to gold.

Organized by the Tampa Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Classical World
The Classical World is an installation of Greek and Roman antiquities drawn from the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, in addition to loans from other institutions and private individuals. Recognized as the finest collection of its kind in the southeastern United States, the Classical World surveys the material culture of the Mediterranean area from the Neolithic period to the Roman Imperial period.

With over 400 objects on display, the exhibition illustrates the types of artwork characteristic of ancient Greece and Rome: painted pottery; sculpture in marble, bronze, and terra cotta; personal ornaments of bronze and gold; struck silver and gold coins; and a variety of ancient glass vessels as well as other items that illuminate interesting aspects of daily life. These works of art offer valuable insights into the societies that produced them. They vividly depict a complex mosaic of beliefs and lifestyles, spanning thousands of years and forming the foundations of Western civilization.

Sculpture and More from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition contains a broad selection of sculpture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all drawn from the Museum's permanent collection.
Figurative works by artists such as Hiram Powers, Charlotte Dunwiddie and Frederick William MacMonnies complement modern and contemporary works by Jacques Lipchitz, John Heric, Donald Saff, and Conrad Marca-Relli. The largest part of this exhibition focuses on sculpture created by C. Paul Jennewein, a major American sculptor of the mid-twentieth century.

The Museum's exterior courtyard, facing Ashley Street and downtown Tampa, provides an outdoor display area for works on long-term loan and includes monumental works by Beverly Pepper, Michael Steiner, and Lyman Kipp.

The permanent collection also contains a growing collection of glass objects including a work by contemporary studio glass artist, Toots Zynsky and photographs by Sandy Skoglund, William Wegman, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Among the many paintings and prints are works by James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg and Ralph Goings.

Changing exhibitions featuring selected works from the permanent collection are on view throughout the year.


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