The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on antiquities and modern and contemporary art. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media.
The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions that bring the world’s finest visual arts to the region. For example, in 2012 the Tampa Museum of Art was the only U.S. venue for the international exhibition The Man, the Image & the World. Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective. Additionally, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa.
Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge.
Mission and Vision
The Tampa Museum of Art will gather, study, discuss, and present the finest visual arts for a curious public. Our vision is to create an environment for exploring new ideas and innovative experiences.
In 1979, the new art museum opened in downtown Tampa on a riverfront site behind the convention center. In December 2007, the Museum relocated to an interim facility in West Tampa to prepare for construction of a new museum facility in downtown Tampa. Construction began in April 2008 and the new Museum opened on February 6, 2010. Demolition of the former museum building was completed in early 2008.
In 1989, the Museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and also was designated as a Major Cultural Institution by the State of Florida. It received re-accreditation from AAM in the spring of 2000. The Museum and its current executive director are members of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). The Museum has updated policies that are in line with industry standards.
2015 Museum Board of Trustees
Debra Williams McDaniel, Chair Mark Anderson Ray Ifert
Jeff Tucker, Vice Chair
Allison C. Adams, Vice Chair
Dr. Stephen Dickey, Treasurer
Edward M. Waller, Secretary
Peter Hepner, Immediate Past Chair
Seth D. Pevnick, Acting Director
Board of Trustees
Patricia R. Carter
Cornelia G. Corbett
Tweed Cline Eckhard
Leigh K. Fletcher*
Carol A. Gaynor*
Cathy G. Grant
William A. Krusen, III
Robert E. Lewis
Allison Beard Luzier
Lincoln J. Tamayo*
Debra Williams McDaniel, Chair