Permanent Collection

Picturing Land and Sea: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Dec. 20, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Featuring more than 20 paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection, Picturing Land and Sea explores how artists perceive and portray the natural world. Read more

The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

On view June 13 through September 6, 2015

John George Brown (British, active USA, 1831-1913), Pull for the Shore, n.d., Oil on canvas, 24 x 39 3/4 in., Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gifts from the Estate of Mrs. Stanley McCormick, Norman Hirschl and the American Federation of Arts to the Preston Morton Collection by exchange 1971.18
This selection of more than 50 paintings and eight sculptures highlights the maturation of a distinctly American idiom, one informed by international currents and engaged with capturing the fluxes of modern life. READ MORE

C. Paul Jennewein: Selections from the Permanent Collection

October 11, 2014 - May 31, 2015

C. Paul Jennewein (German/American, 1890-1978), Greek Dance, 1984 (cast from the original 1926 bronze), Gilded bronze, Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Brookgreen Gardens in honor of C. Paul Jennewein  1989.002
Active throughout the early to mid-20th century, sculptor C. Paul Jennewein created works that ranged from intimate small-scale bronze sculptures to major architectural project. Read more

Echoes of Antiquity: Revisiting and Reimagining the Ancient World

October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Peter Saari (American, b. 1951) Fragment of a Fluted Column, 1979 Casein and gouache on plaster on canvas on board 75 in. x W. 60 in. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Helen A. Lende  1997.003.001
From the rediscovery of ancient sites and artworks in the Renaissance until the present day, the world of classical antiquity lives on, continually fascinating and inspiring artists.

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

On view January 24, 2016, through May 15, 2016

Jaume Plensa. Soul of Words I and II, 2014. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015. Photo: Dean Dixon. © Jaume Plensa. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York
One of the world’s foremost living sculptors, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (b. 1955) has created large-scale artworks related to the human figure for public places around the globe. This exhibition, the artist’s largest to date in the United States, features numerous indoor as well as outdoor installations, engaging viewers even before they enter the Museum.

Modern & Contemporary Art

Chuck Close (American, born 1940) Self-portrait Composite Sixteen Parts, 1987 Dye diffusion Polaroid (black/white)
The Tampa Museum of Art has a long-standing tradition of collecting in the areas of modern and contemporary art, with a specific focus on photography since the 1980s. Read more.

Greek & Roman Antiquities

Black-Figure Eye Cup Greek, Attic (Chalcidizing), ca. 530-520 B.C. Ceramic Please note that our entire Permanent Collection is not always on view. To see what is currently on display in our galleries, click here.
The Tampa Museum of Art houses an important permanent collection of classical antiquities—well over 500 ancient artworks and artifacts spanning several millennia (ca. 3000 B.C.-A.D. 500).  We have a range of cultures and media, from marble Cycladic figurines of the Early Bronze Age to terracottas of the late Roman Empire. Read more