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Southwest Florida AIDS Memorial Quilts Presented by CAN Community Health

December 1 – 3, 2022

AIDS Memorial Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. It is considered the largest community arts project in the world. Under the stewardship of the National AIDS Memorial, it has surpassed 50,000 individually sewn panels with more than 110,000 names stitched into its 54 tons of fabric.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt’s founder, Cleve Jones, chose 3-by-6-foot memorial panels the size of a grave so people could visualize 111,000 bodies.

The selection of twenty quilts on exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1 is presented by CAN Community Health. The quilts on view were created for the Southwest Florida Community AIDS Quilt Project, which began in 1994 when several HIV+ men wanted to memorialize the friends and loved ones they had lost. Done in the same manner as The NAMES Project (the National AIDS Memorial Quilt), they started creating panels with the names of those in the Sarasota-Bradenton area who had succumbed to HIV/AIDS.

Learn more about the history of the AIDS Memorial Quilts now housed by CAN Community Health.

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Tampa Museum of Art Receives Botero Sculpture and $1 Million Gift from Jorge M. Perez

Fernando Botero (Colombian), Mujer Vestida, 1997, bronze, 126 x 62 x 62 inches.
Fernando Botero (Colombian), Mujer Vestida, 1997, bronze, 126 x 62 x 62 inches.

Tampa, FL (November 17, 2022) – The Tampa Museum of Art announced today that philanthropist and art collector Jorge M. Pérez bestowed a monumental sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero and a $1 million cash gift to the Museum.

“We’re beyond delighted to receive this remarkable opportunity to further the Tampa Museum of Art’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting artwork that represents the cultural tapestry of our Tampa Bay region,” said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “We share Mr. Pérez’s commitment to building better cities and a better Florida, and the gift of art and $1 million donation will help the Museum continue to build art education and exhibition programming that is accessible to all community members.”

The towering bronze sculpture titled Mujer Vestida (Dressed Woman) formed part of the corporate collection of Pérez’s real estate development company, Related Group, and was most recently on view at the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Botero’s Mujer Vestida is a significant gift to the Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection, not only because of its importance as a work by a modern master, but because it continues growing TMA’s sculpture collection which also includes notable works by Jaume Plensa and Patricia Cronin and Latin American artist collection, which includes works by Oswaldo Vigas, José Bedia Valdés, Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and Milhaud Vik Muñiz.

“Art is at the heart of any great city,” said Jorge M. Perez. “I’ve been fortunate to see the impact public art installations have on communities first hand, which is why we incorporate museum-quality art into every single one of our projects while also supporting local cultural organizations. This commitment stands true in Tampa Bay, especially as the Related team continues to deepen its involvement in the region. We look forward to working with the museum team to further enrich Tampa’s arts and culture ecosystem.”

Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, said, “we’re so thrilled that the Botero sculpture will have a permanent home in Tampa. We couldn’t be more grateful for this very generous gift.”

Perez’s $1 million gift accompanying the Botero donation supports new and growing exhibition and studio art programming at the Museum that results from its Centennial Renovation and Expansion. Last week, the Museum premiered the first of several brand-new exhibition galleries with the exhibition Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.

This week, the Museum opened its brand-new west lobby, Harrod Family Museum Store, and the entrance to its new first-floor gallery. Earlier this year, the Museum opened the new Vinik Family Education Center. With these improvements in place, the Museum anticipates quadrupling the number of students it serves per year, and the school tour program alone can grow from 6,000 to 24,000 students each year.  

Jorge M. Pérez

Jorge Pérez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Related Group, remains committed to building a better Florida, spearheading the state’s complex urban evolution for over 40 years. Starting out in Miami’s public housing market, Pérez’s passion for creating vibrant, urban communities has made him a trendsetter, often the first developer to enter undiscovered neighborhoods.

In addition to real estate development, Pérez is devoted to supporting arts and culture initiatives across the nation, as well as nurturing the artists and curators of the future. Thus, in 2019, Pérez established El Espacio 23, a 28,000-square-foot contemporary art space offering the general public, artists and curators access to a variety of exhibitions and residencies drawn from the world-renowned Jorge M. Pérez Contemporary Art Collection.

Fernando Botero and Mujer Vestida

The towering Mujer Vestida is one of Fernando Botero’s widely exhibited bronze sculptures. The masterpiece, gifted to the Tampa Museum of Art from the Related Group’s corporate collection, has been shown in major cities worldwide. An earlier version of this same piece was donated by Botero to the city of Medellín, Colombia on permanent view in the Plaza Botero. Despite its monumental scale, often associated only with commemorative statues, Botero has the innate ability to humanize his subjects rather than aggrandize them. As is the case with most of his sculptures, the figures are anonymous. Mujer Vestida is elegantly dressed and created in his signature witty and opulent style, meant to represent a specific type of woman rather than an individual.

Fernando Botero is one of the leading figures of art from Latin America and his distinctive style is instantly recognizable. His paintings, sculptures and drawings are exhibited and represented in museum collections throughout the world. Botero became interested in painting at an early age and began as an illustrator for Medellín’s local newspaper. He left Colombia for Europe in the 1950s and settled in New York in the 1960s where he experimented with gestural painting but instead chose to solidify what later became known as his signature, namely, smooth and inflated shapes and figures. His exaggerated compositions go beyond an aesthetic choice and can be political, ironic, and even humorous.

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Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection

November 11 through March 12, 2023

Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroonian, b. 1967) Road to Exile, 2018
Wooden boat, cloth bundles, glass bottles, and plastic containers
Jorge M. Pérez Collection

Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection looks at how artists explore conflicts and contradictions of contemporary society, as well as analyze historical events and reframes them within the present. An interest in the marginalized, the marginal and the margins (of society, of history) unites the works in the exhibition. Time for Change was first presented as the inaugural exhibition in December 2019 at El Espacio 23, a contemporary art space founded by collector and philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez. Featuring artists from across the globe, the exhibition highlights art—from painting and sculpture to video and works on paper—that address unrest through allegory, metaphor or veiled allusion.​ 

Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection was curated by José Roca for El Espacio 23.

Exhibition Sponsor: Gobioff Foundation

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Travels in Italy: a 19th-Century Journey through Photography

On view January 2023 through July 2023

Francis Frith (British, 1822–1898), "The Pantheon", from the album "Rome Photographed", ca. 1873. Albumen silver print. 6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. Publisher: William MacKenzie, Paternoster Row. London, Glasgow & Edinburg. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Knight Zewadski. 1989.109.057.f
Francis Frith (British, 1822-1898), The Pantheon, from the album Rome Photographed, ca. 1873. Albumen silver print. 6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. Publisher: William MacKenzie, Paternostor Row. London, Glasglow & Edinburg. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Knight Zewadski. 1989.109.057.f

Travel in the 19th century was difficult, expensive and time-consuming. Prior to the discovery of a way to record an image by photography in 1839, the majority of Americans had only stories and the possibility of access to drawings, paintings, and etchings to illustrate the wonders of exotic lands overseas. Early photographers quickly realized that there was a demand for images of foreign lands and famous antiquities.

Travels In Italy will feature vintage photographs from the TMA’s collection of some of Italy’s most popular cultural draws like The Pantheon in Rome, the canals of Venice, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as lesser known treasures such as the Piazza del Duomo in Milan and Genoa’s Interior Gallery of the Camposanta. Included will be some of the best-known names in 19th-century travel photography including Giorgio Sommer, Francis Frith, Robert Macpherson, and the Alinari studio.

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Chief Preparator, Art Preparator (Full-Time)

Now Hiring:  Museum – Chief Preparator, Art Preparator

Fulltime: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Rate:   $60,000 – $70,000.  Based on skills 

Locations: 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Benefits:

  • Paid Medical, Life, and Disability insurance
  • Ancillary benefits also available
  • 401K with company match 3%
  • Monthly stipend for parking fees
  • 2 weeks Paid Time Off
  • 12 Paid Holidays annually

Summary

The Chief Preparator will report directly to the Senior Registrar. They will be a vital member of the small but dynamic curatorial team, working closely with the Curator of Greek and Roman Art as well as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Chief Preparator will also supervise two Assistant Preparators in exhibition and collection-related work.

This role requires precise attention to detail, strong communication and analytical skills, as well as the abilities to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work collaboratively and diplomatically. The ideal candidate will work well both independently and as a member of a team.

The successful candidate will be a team leader with a demonstrated knowledge of and have practical experience utilizing best practices in art handling, exhibition design, matting and framing artwork, lighting, mount making, and exhibition furniture design and fabrication. Excellent communication, staff management, critical thinking, problem solving, and multitasking are essential skills necessary for this position.

Primary responsibilities will relate to both the permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Work with other members of curatorial staff to design exhibitions.
  • Work with other members of curatorial staff to safely install and deinstall artworks and other exhibition components.
  • Working from Microsoft Word documents, lay out, print, and install gallery texts.
  • Prepare artworks for display (including matting, framing, mounting, etc.).
  • Install and set up gallery lighting.
  • Check and maintain condition and lighting of artwork on display.
  • Design and fabricate exhibition furniture, casework, and mounts.
  • In collaboration with Senior Registrar, and while supervising Assistant Preparators, coordinate and oversee packing, shipping, receiving, and storage of artwork.
  • Plan and coordinate with non-curatorial staff (administration, education, and development) to ensure that all requirements (aesthetic, interpretive, accessibility, conservation, credit, security, etc.) are met.
  • Design and produce exhibition graphics to maintain consistency with Museum marketing materials.
  • Maintain and purchase supplies, hardware, tools, and other materials for framing, gallery lighting, and exhibition installation.
  • Local transport of art objects and related materials (using Museum truck).

Requirements:

  • BFA or BA in art history, museum studies, or other related field required, with some knowledge of classical, modern, and contemporary art.
  • Three years’ experience working in a museum handling and installing artwork, designing exhibitions, and building exhibition furniture.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp.
  • Flexibility to travel and/or work extended hours as needed.
  • Ability to stand and/or work on feet for long periods, lift and carry artworks and other materials weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Familiarity with woodshop and framing tools, photography, lighting, computer desktop publishing hardware and software; building construction and maintenance, mechanical maintenance and repair work.
  • Familiarity with museum industry standards and best practices as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
  • Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.
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“Time for Change” Opens as Tampa Museum of Art Debuts Newly Expanded Gallery Spaces

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) (American, b. 1976), The Palace of Quilombos, Gonalves 1793, 2015. Acrylic and ink on canvas. 72 x 84 inches. Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami.
Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) (American, b. 1976), The Palace of Quilombos, Gonalves 1793, 2015. Acrylic and ink on canvas. 72 x 84 inches. Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami.

Tampa, FL – The inaugural exhibition that opened Miami’s contemporary art space, El Espacio 23, will now also premiere the first of many newly expanded gallery spaces at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, on view November 10 through March 12, 2023, looks at how artists explore conflicts and contradictions of contemporary society, as well as analyzes historical events and reframes them within the present. An interest in the marginalized, the marginal and the margins (of society, of history) unites the works in the exhibition. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with philanthropist and collector Jorge M. Pérez and El Espacio 23 to bring this thought-provoking collection of significant contemporary works to Tampa Bay,” said Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. Tomor added, “Time for Change is a fitting start to a new era of expanded exhibition programming at the Museum. We’re eager to welcome the community into our new galleries and begin offering more year-round opportunities to experience and learn from works that reflect our region’s vibrant community.”

In 2021, the Tampa Museum of Art announced it was embarking on its $100 million Centennial Renovation and Expansion. The opening of Time for Change coincides with the completion of the ambitious renovation portion of the project to increase exhibition space and education facilities within the footprint of the existing building, which first opened in 2010 and was designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz.

The reimagining of the existing Museum spaces was led by New York-based WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. As a result of the renovation, the Museum opened the new Vinik Family Education Center in May of this year and increased its exhibition and collection space from 14,800 to more than 43,000 square feet. Time for Change is the first of several back-to-back exhibition openings in the brand-new galleries between now and February 2023.

Envisioned by Colombian curator José Roca, Founder and Director of FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá in collaboration with Pérez Collection stewards Patricia M. Hanna and Anelys Álvarez, Time for Change features 60 artworks by 57 artists from around the world. The exhibition highlights art—from painting and sculpture to video and works on paper—that addresses unrest through allegory, metaphor or veiled allusion.

Time for Change is structured around themes, or “nuclei,” which organically establish dialogue and correlations amongst the pieces, yet are not necessarily contained by an argument. The themes of the exhibition are grouped into six categories that examine a variety of voices.

  1. Entangled Histories features works by Yinka Shonibare CBE, Doris Salcedo, Fernando Bryce, Walker Evans, Ai Weiwei, and Sandra Gamarra proposing essential questions: How do we remember as a society? Who is forgotten by history, and for what reasons? How is a traumatic event inscribed in the (social) body?
  2. Extraction and flows examines displacement of peoples, as well as the exploitative justifications behind forced expatriation and includes a monumental installations by Barthelemy Toguo along alongside works by David Goldblatt, Alfredo Jaar, Marisol, and Eduoard Duval Carrie, among others.
  3. Artivism: art in the social sphere includes works by Robert Longo, Camilo Restrepo, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Esterio Segura, Glenda Leon and many others, focuses on political unrest and public protest on the streets, an essential expression of democracy which has been diminished in our reduced public sphere. 
  4. State Terror includes two large scale pieces by Carlos Garaicoa and Alejandro Campins in addition to works by Ed Ruscha, Reynier Levya Novo, Umar Rashid, Gonzalo Fuenmayor alongside other artists, and signals how, in a world of real-time generalized surveillance, protest is countered with repression and violence.
  5. Spatial Politics reflects on social control through spatial segregation, examining modern architecture and its role in creating segregated communities—structures to house the “undesirable,” namely immigrants, people of other races, classes and nationalities and includes works by artists such as Teresa Burga, Rene Francisco Rodriguez, Mikhael Subotzky, Julian Opie, and Samuel Levi Jones.
  6. Emancipatory Calls summons viewers to reclaim the beauty of our differences, understanding that a more just society can only be built on respect for one’s right to be different. Highlights from this section include Rashid Johnson, Christopher Myers, Kara Walker, Firelei Baez and Ana Maria Devis.

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Visitor Experience Lead (Full-Time)

The Visitor Experience (VE) Lead plays a significant role in providing a memorable experience for all people who visit the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA). The VE Lead reports to the VE Team Manager and assists in supervising the front-of-house guest services department’s part-time VE Representatives and VE Volunteers. The VE Team works together to accomplish TMA’s goals where all guests receive a positive visitor experience and excellent customer service.

The Visitor Experience Team is a branch of TMA’s Marketing Division and works with the other departments to accomplish TMA’s objectives in safety & security, curatorial, development and education.

Responsibilities

Supervising the Visitor Experience Team

  • Supervising the Visitor Experience Team when the VE Team Manager is not present.
  • Provide support to VE Team Manager for interviewing and onboarding new team members.
  • Help with training and supervising new hires as they adjust to their new role.
  • Maintain a consistent workflow for the VE Team to perform and successfully complete daily routine tasks and interdepartmental assignments.
  • Help supervise VE Representatives data entry tasks and provide friendly quality check feedback.
  • Assist with onboarding, training and scheduling VE Volunteers to assist with visitor experience and community outreach tasks at the museum and at off-site locations.
  • Assist with intern recruitment, training and supervision.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, volunteers, supervisors, departmental representatives, and the public.

Welcome Desk and Customer Service

  • Greet visitors in a friendly, welcoming manner, answer questions about exhibitions and programs and provide visitor assistance throughout the museum.
  • Exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment in helping provide a positive visitor experience for all guests.
  • Tact and courtesy are expected in delivering customer service in person or via phone, email, social media, and online communications. 
  • Deescalate complex visitor complaints and maintain a direct communication with VE Team Manager with any incidents that occur.
  • When the VE Team Manager is not present, take the lead to address customer service concerns that escalate to management.
  • Work with part-time staff to respond to online inquiries in a timely and courteous fashion.
  • Answer phones, transfer phone calls, and respond to voicemail.
  • Work with VE Representatives to assist with mailings, data entry, and other administrative tasks as assigned.

Point of Sale Cashiering

  • Open and close the front desk, maintain a tidy workspace.
  • Process point of sale (POS) transactions, including daily admissions, membership purchases and renewals, donations, special event ticket sales, and education registration transactions.
  • Follow safe cash handling procedures and report any discrepancies to VE Manager.
  • Close and balance drawer at the end of the day, process end of day report.

Reports & Analytics

  • Generate monthly reports for tracking ticket sales, attendance, and zip codes for the Executive Director and other department managers.
  • Collect analytic data for online program interactions that count towards virtual museum participation.
  • Supply admissions reporting to other departments as needed.
  • Assist with TMA’s data gathering objectives by encouraging visitor survey participation, providing feedback on observed in-gallery behaviors and providing online analytics reports for special initiatives.
  • Help coordinate the use of new technologies to assist in visitor counting and information reports for museum recordkeeping.

Safety & Security

  • Ensure that all VE Team members follow documented safety practices to protect exhibits and property from theft, violence, or vandalism.
  • Patrol galleries and monitor floor staff.
  • Report to Security Team any irregular or suspicious activities.
  • Provide leadership to VE staff in a gallery setting.
  • Become the point of contact in the galleries.
  • Decisively respond to assigned calls for service, emergent situations, and critical incidents occurring during a shift in accordance with established training/standards.
  • Report and file complete and comprehensive gallery incident reports.
  • Actively participate in safety and security, curatorial and education training sessions for VE Team members.

Marketing & PR

  • Follow the Marketing Department’s guidelines for consistent messaging, branding and best practices when providing information and customer service to the public.
  • Periodically review and update main TMA pre-recorded phone greeting message.
  • Assist the Marketing Department to update the TMA website content relating to customer service information, including ticket prices, program updates, news updates, sponsorship information, and coordinating announcements.
  • Assist with data entry for e-newsletters and online visitor engagement reports.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Department to develop social media content about exhibitions and educational programs.
  • Create temporary event signage and wayfinding materials to address specific event needs.
  • Assist in distributing printed marketing materials to the public and to regional organizations as needed.

Development

  • Help promote admission discount programs, membership sales, donation requests, and special events ticket sales.
  • Work with VE Representatives and Volunteers to upsell museum memberships.
  • Help the Development Department collect member information for accurate data entry into a customer relationship management (CRM) database.
  • Assist with special events and supervise VE Team tasks assigned for after-hour events.
  • Complete donation requests for charitable events in a timely manner.
  • Submit visitor participation reports for hotels, banks, and other museum sponsors as needed.

Education

  • Learn information about the artwork on exhibition from the Education and Curatorial teams to answer questions from the public about the artwork on view and the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Assist with general orientation and check-in groups to the museum for their tours and school visits.
  • Proactively engage visitors in conversations and interactions in areas that include, but are not limited to, art, activities, exhibits, and interactive programming.

Requirements

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • Ability to stand and walk in the lobby and galleries is required to patrol and direct visitors for a minimum of 4 hours during each shift.
  • Ability to occasionally perform light lifting, twenty (20) pounds or less, of printed materials and office supplies.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear to speak to visitors, answer the phone, and give verbal instructions in the case of an emergency.
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle digital payments, paper currency, and office materials; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to follow documented museum and gallery evacuation procedures in case of a threat or disaster.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Humanities, Non-profit Management, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, Hospitality or Business major is preferred.
  • 2+ years prior customer service experience required, preferably in a leadership position.
  • 1 year prior point of sale (POS) experience required.
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, and holidays is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English is required, verbal and written proficiency in additional languages is preferred.
  • Posses a professional friendly, patient, and outgoing demeanor.
  • Must work enthusiastically, respectfully, and professionally with a diverse group of audiences and possess a passion for helping people discover and explore.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and adapt to a rapidly changing fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and provide training and support for others to work independently also.
  • Ability to provide feedback to staff. Ability to accept feedback and possess a growth mindset.
  • Excellent attention to detail for data entry and e-commerce tasks.
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and file editing on the cloud.
  • Experience using Shopify, Siriusware and other point of sale software preferred.
  • Experience using timesheet software, Volgistics, VicTouch or other volunteer management software preferred.
  • Experience using graphics or desktop publishing software such as Canva or Adobe products is preferred.

Additional Details

  • Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, subject to change.
  • Pay: $16.25/hr; 40 hours a week + $105 monthly parking stipend. Note: This is not a tipped position.
  • Benefits:
    • Paid time off plus 13 paid staff holidays
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • 401(k) with 3-4% employer matching contribution after 90 days.
    • Access to TMA’s wellness package
    • Life Insurance
    • Professional development
    • Access to museums across the country with TMA staff membership
  • Other duties may be assigned that are not listed in the above description and the TMA may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.
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Tampa Museum of Art Announces Acquisition of New Haitian Art Collection and Accompanying $1,000,000 Gift

Andre Pierre (Haitian, b. 1914), Erzulie, 1973. Oil on canvas. 37 x 26 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Andre Pierre (Haitian, b. 1914), Erzulie, 1973. Oil on canvas. 37 x 26 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.

TAMPA, Fla. (October 18, 2022) – The Tampa Museum of Art announced today that it has closed on a gift of 88 pieces of Haitian art and a $1 million gift in support of the collection.

The paintings, sculptures, and framed maps, along with the cash gift, were bequeathed to the Tampa Museum of Art by the Arthur R. Albrecht Revocable Trust. Albrecht was a devoted collector of Haitian art and was also active in philanthropy on behalf of the country.

“Florida is home to one of the largest Haitian diaspora communities in the world, and we are thrilled to make this distinctive collection available to our visitors,” said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director at the Tampa Museum of Art. “Mr. Albrecht built a superb collection surveying the rich cultural themes, landscapes, and communities on the island, and this exhibit will add to the increasingly global and dynamic exhibitions we have available for viewing.”

The Albrecht Collection includes artworks from Haiti’s most prominent painters, including Rigaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Prefete Duffaut, and Philome Obin. The paintings, rarely seen by the public until now, present an overview of the major developments in Haitian painting from the 1960s-80s. The holdings of the Albrecht Collection further augment the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection of Haitian art which includes one of the largest American museum collections of drapo vodou or Haitian vodou flags.

The $1 million gift accompanying the collection complements ongoing fundraising efforts by the Museum’s Centennial Campaign for Renovation and Expansion. The Museum recently completed renovations of the Vinik Family Education Center, growing the education space from 1,400 to 8,000 square feet, including four classrooms, a lobby, orientation spaces, and a secure entrance. With these improvements in place, the Museum anticipates quadrupling the number of students it serves per year, and the school tour program alone can grow from 6,000 to 24,000 students each year.  

In 2021, the Museum announced it was embarking on its $100 million+ Centennial Renovation and Expansion to expand the Museum’s gross area from 69,000 to 125,000 sq. ft. New galleries are scheduled to open beginning in November 2022, and the groundbreaking for the expansion portion of the project is expected to take place next year.  

Future programming at the Tampa Museum of Art for the Albrecht Collection includes a dedicated exhibition in spring 2024. The exhibition will provide a springboard for educational and scholarly opportunities, including collaborations with universities on Florida’s west coast and Miami, as well lectures and symposia with renowned artists and scholars of Haitian art and the Diaspora. A publication with today’s foremost Haitian artists and writers will accompany the exhibition and related programming.

Prefete Duffaut (Haitian, 1923-2012), Magician, c. mid. 1960s. Oil on Masonite. 46 x 24 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Prefete Duffaut (Haitian, 1923-2012), Magician, c. mid. 1960s. Oil on Masonite. 46 x 24 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986), Les Oiseaux, 1973. Oil on Masonite painting. 37 x 25 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust
Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986), Les Oiseaux, 1973. Oil on Masonite painting. 37 x 25 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust
Philome Obin (Haitian, 1892-1986), Revolutionary Leaders, late 1960s. Oil on Masonite. 16 x 20 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Philome Obin (Haitian, 1892-1986), Revolutionary Leaders, late 1960s. Oil on Masonite. 16 x 20 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Wilson Bigaud (Haitian, 1931-2010), Wedding Scene, 1973. Oil on Masonite. 24 x 24 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.
Wilson Bigaud (Haitian, 1931-2010), Wedding Scene, 1973. Oil on Masonite. 24 x 24 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.

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TMA Reopens on September 30 After Hurricane Ian

Tampa, FL (September 29, 2022) – Tampa and the Tampa Museum of Art were fortunate to be spared some of the worst effects of Hurricane Ian’s landfall in Florida. Unfortunately, other communities across the state were not so lucky. Our hearts go out to the individuals and communities who were impacted by the worst of the storm.

The Tampa Museum of Art will reopen and resume regular hours beginning Friday, September 30 at 10 am. We invite anyone who lost power in Tampa Bay to find some tranquility in our exhibition galleries and use our free Wi-Fi or recharge cell phones in the Museum’s Vinik Family Education Center.

Please continue following official communications from the City of Tampa or your local government regarding hurricane recovery efforts and the restoration of services and infrastructure.

General Hours and Information

For tickets and information, visit TampaMuseum.org or call (813) 274-8130. Located at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602, the Tampa Museum of Art is open seven days a week, Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Thursdays from 10 am – 8 pm.  

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Current Exhibitions

Prelude: An Introduction to the Permanent Collection

On View Now

Alma Thomas (American, 1891-1978), "New Galaxy", 1970. Acrylic on canvas. 54 1/4 x 54 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Douglas H. Teller in memory of Julian H. Singman, 1997.017.
Alma Thomas (American, 1891-1978), New Galaxy, 1970. Acrylic on canvas. 54 1/4 x 54 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Douglas H. Teller in memory of Julian H. Singman, 1997.017.

Prelude: An Introduction to the Permanent Collection presents the Tampa Museum of Art’s main collecting areas in ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The exhibition features artworks exploring themes of site, power, and the body in ancient vessels, tools, and jewelry, as well as sculptures, painting, and photography. Viewed together in dialogue with each other, the objects speak to shared experiences across time and place. An ongoing exhibition, Prelude includes both familiar works and recent additions to the permanent collection.