Tampa Museum of Art

To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present 100 important American paintings from The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 1921 as America’s first museum of modern art, the Phillips Collection is world renowned for its exceptional collection of modern American and European masterpieces. For this exhibition, curators selected works from the 1850s through 1960s that showcase the full breadth of its American art, featuring those exceptional artists who were able to find their own voices and create work that was deeply personal and expressed with fresh vision, yet connected to the great traditions of the past and the present.

Geniuses of American painting in the exhibition include Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Rockwell Kent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko.

The Phillips Collection is a rich assembly of independent-minded American artists, most of whom were alive and actively exhibiting when their work entered the museum’s collection. Many of the artists included in the exhibition became acquaintances and good friends with the museum’s founder, Duncan Phillips (1886-1966), who often acquired their work in large numbers.

An early and articulate proponent of America’s national heritage as “a fusion of various sensitivities, a unification of differences,” Phillips was far ahead of his time in seeing diversity as a positive influence on American art and part of its inherent internationalism.


Elementary School

Middle School

High School

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.

-Georgia O’Keeffe


To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection, organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., makes its final stop at the Tampa Museum of Art after international stops in Madrid, Tokyo and Rovereto, Italy, and most recently in Nashville and Fort Worth.  The exhibition returns home to The Phillips Collection for a special presentation in 2014.

To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection is presented in Tampa by:
Additional support for To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection has been provided by the Frankle Family Foundation and these organizations:


The following individuals and organizations have assisted bringing this exhibition to Tampa by participating in our “Sponsor a Masterpiece” campaign:
Allison and Robby Adams, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Suzette and Monroe Berkman, The Board of Trustees of the Tampa Museum of Art, Pat and Calvin Carter, Janis Guzzle Chapman, Maureen and Doug Cohn, Cornelia and Dick Corbett, Nancy and Harry de Waart, Tweed and Rick Eckhard, Margo and Hilliard Eure, Celia and Jim Ferman, The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, William Stamps Farish Fund, The Friends of the Tampa Museum of Art, Mimi and Bob Graham, Grand Events, Frances Heller, Debbie and Peter Hepner, The Ifert Family, Susan and Robert Isbell, R. Duane Johnson, Helen Kerr, Allison and Tom Luzier, Debra Williams McDaniel and Gary McDaniel, Carol and Frank Morsani, Dean Hamric and Burton Mulford, Mary and Richard Perry, Pride and Passion 2012, Demi Rahall, Angie and Dan Rodriguez, Sharmila  and Vivek Seth, Robin Sharp, Todd Smith and Ben Hood, Ellen and Don Stichter, Sarah and Scott Stichter, Fell and Barbara Stubbs, Lavinia and Tom Touchton, Tucker/Hall, Cynthia (Al) and John Van Voris, Jean and Roger Vaughn, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Laura and Ed Waller, Pamela Wysocki, Debbie and Randy Zomermaand.