About

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new 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.

History

Prior to opening in 1979, the Tampa Bay Art Center (founded in 1923) and the Tampa Junior Museum (founded in 1958) served the community’s cultural needs. In 1964, the City of Tampa requested that the Arts Council of Tampa/Hillsborough County, in consultation with community arts organizations, develop a plan for a City art museum to be built with funding from a bond issue. The following year, the plan was approved and began to materialize under a newly created private/public partnership with the City of Tampa known as the Tampa Museum Federation. The Federation was the genesis of what is now the Tampa Museum of Art.

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.

The Tampa Museum of Art, Inc., a private IRS 501(c)(3) entity, owns the permanent collection. The City of Tampa owns the museum building and provides a grant for partial operational support. Through its Board of Trustees, the Museum is responsible for all operational policies and procedures, as well as for funding for the collection, exhibitions, education programs, and staffing.

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.

View our 2011 Collections Management Policy Board Approved

 

2014 Museum Board of Trustees

Officers

Debra Williams McDaniel, Chair
Jeff Tucker, Vice Chair
Allison C. Adams, Vice Chair
Dr. Stephen Dickey, Treasurer
Edward M. Waller, Secretary
Peter Hepner, Immediate Past Chair
Todd D. Smith,  Executive Director

Board of Trustees

Mark Anderson
Bill Blanchard
Carrie Brown
Peter Campo
Frank Cardinal
Patricia R. Carter
Cornelia G. Corbett
Santiago Corrada
Angela Ducos
Tweed Cline Eckhard
MaryEllen Elia
Julio Esquivel
Margo Eure
Tim Flaherty
Leigh K. Fletcher
Hal Flowers
Mary Devereaux Frankle
Carol A. Gaynor
Cathy G. Grant
Ray Ifert

 

Tyler Iller
Dr. Robert G. Isbell
R. Duane “D.J.” Johnson
William A. Krusen, III
Robert E. Lewis
Sonya Little
Allison Beard Luzier
Gary Peric
Mary B. Perry
Dan Rodriguez
Gary Sasso
Sharmila Seth
Robin Sharp
Rick Simonetti
Scott Stichter
Lincoln J. Tamayo
Penny Vinik
Sharon Wamble-King
John Watts
Pamela Wysocki

 

*Ex Officio

**Non-Board

***Designated Trustee