Gasparilla Fringe Festival at Tampa Museum of Art

March 27, 2015

Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing present Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival, a multi-disciplinary performing arts festival, on Friday, March 27th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tampa Museum of Art (120 Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa)—and even more performers have been added to the original lineup.

Back for its second year, Gasp! will be a smorgasbord of music, dance, theater, improv, video, and more, presented live by both emerging and accomplished artists. The performances will take place in and around the Museum on Friday, March 27th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gasp! was created in 2014 to highlight Tampa’s March-long celebration of the arts and takes its inspiration from fringe festivals—the edgy, innovative, multi-disciplinary performance fests popular throughout the globe, from Edinburgh to Orlando.

Creative Loafing and the Tampa Museum of Art hosted an open call for performers and selected a lineup of exciting artists from across the Tampa Bay area, including:

  • Karleigh Chase: “Memoirs of a Painted Woman”Gasp_1-4V-v2
  • Stageworks Theatre’s Teen Creatives Group
  • Jesse Thelonious Vance
  • Impulse Pole Dance
  • Improv Marathon hosted by Post-Dinner Conversation
  • The Scott & Patti Show
  • Avant-Guardian: “The Artist”
  • MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit)
  • Jeanne M. Adams: “Tales Untold”
  • UNRB featuring the ukulele stylings of Noel Rochford
  • Autumn Widdoes
  • Sparky!
  • Bayfolk featuring Hector Mayoral & Paul Gianotti
  • Collective Soles Dance Company
  • Legendary Carnival Showman, Ward Hall
  • Heard 'Em Say Youth Arts Collective: Norman Rockwell Ekphrastic
  • Improbable Athenaeum
  • Daniel Funk, The Human Blockhead
  • Moving Current Dance Collective
  • and more!

"Last year's inaugural Gasp! was a blast," says CL Editor-in-Chief David Warner. "So much was happening all at once—improvised dance, dazzling one-woman shows, poets, comics, jazz, sideshow acts and more. It was like an issue of CL come to life, and we're excited to mix it up again. We love being the last Gasp! of Gasparilla month."

General admission tickets to Gasp! are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Specialty drinks and an exclusive menu will be available for purchase by Sono Café and Mise en Place. VIP admission is $65 in advance and $75 at the door; VIP includes complimentary bites and drinks by Sono Café and Mise en Place and a private VIP area. The Museum's current exhibition, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell will be open for all Gasp! attendees the night of the festival. For more information on Gasp! and to purchase tickets and RSVP, visit Please use the following hashtag for any social mentions: #gasptampa

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Lecture: The Art and Life of Norman Rockwell

April 14, 2015

Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is one of the nation's leading specialists on Norman Rockwell. She will share her expertise on the life and works of the famed illustrator.

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Under the Tuscan Soil: Reuniting Greek Vases with Etruscan Tombs

April 16, 2015

Join us for our Antiquities Lecture: Under the Tuscan Soil: Reuniting Greek Vases with Etruscan Tombs presented by Professor Sheramy Bundrick, on Thursday, April 16, at 7pm

This talk will discuss some of the Athenian vases found in Etruscan tombs at Foiano della Chiana in Tuscany in 1879, with a focus on their shapes and imagery and how these were appropriate within a mortuary setting.  Specifically, the funerary customs of nearby Chiusi prove essential to understanding why these vases were chosen for deposition and what their meaning may have been.  More than reflecting any particular “hellenization” in this region of Etruria, the primary value of Athenian vases for their Foiano owners lay in their integration into local material culture and their manipulation to suit traditional practice and belief. antiquties

This red-figured column krater now at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore will be identified in this talk as coming from one of the Foiano tombs, where it was used as a cinerary urn.

Red-Figure Column Krater (Mixing Vessel), Greek, Attic, attributed to the Naples Painter, ca. 440 BC

Ceramic, 15.4 x 13.9 in. Baltimore, Walters Art Museum 48.67

About the Speaker: Sheramy Bundrick is an associate professor of art history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she has been teaching since 2001. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in art history at Emory University, specializing in ancient Greek art, and she has held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. Most recently, she was a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome during the 2013-14 academic year. She is the author of the 2005 book Music and Image in Classical Athens and numerous scholarly articles on ancient Greek vases and other topics, as well as the 2009 novel Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh.

This lecture will take place in the Dickey Family Lecture Hall at the Tampa Museum of Art. Admission is free for students and Museum members, thanks to generous support from the Antiquities Circle. Others may attend with paid Museum admission. Please note that the galleries will close at 7pm, when the lecture begins; please come early if you wish to visit the galleries.

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Lecture: Norman Rockwell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1934-1968

April 21, 2015

This lecture will trace the evolution of Norman Rockwell's representations of African-Americans and the struggle for civil rights. Of particular interest are the January 1964 Look magazine illustration, "The Problem We All Live With"; the 1965 painting "Murder in Mississippi"; and the May 1967 Look magazine illustration, "New Kids in the Neighborhood." These works mark the start of a new era for Rockwell where he chose to depict socially conscious – and sometimes controversial – issues of his time. This lecture will be given by Raymond Arsenault, author, professor, and specialist in the civil rights history of the American South.

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Lecture: Ruby Bridges: Her Story

April 28, 2015

problem1 copyHear civil rights icon Ruby Bridges share her remarkable story that inspired both the nation and Norman Rockwell. On November 14, 1960, a six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges made history. Flanked by armed federal marshals, she braved angry mobs of people and did the unthinkable in New Orleans at the time... she was the first African-American child to integrate one of the area’s all-white schools. Three years later, Norman Rockwell painted her story in The Problem We All Live With, a work that would become an iconic piece of American art.

A book signing with Bridges will follow the lecture.

Presented by Wells Fargo

Ticket options:
$10 - Member price (PROMO Code required for discount, contact or 813.421.8371)
$25 - Lecture and Museum admission (includes American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell)
$15 - Lecture only

**This lecture requires advance ticket purchase and is anticipated to sell-out quickly.**

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Pride & Passion 2015

May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Event tickets include:
Hors d'oeuvres from Anise Global Gastrobar, Bamboozle Cafe, Justhai, Timpano Italian Chophouse

Desserts by Piquant Epicure & Cuisine

Signature Tito's Vodka & Tanduay Asian Rum Cocktails

Surprise Entertainment

Private Gallery Access includes the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

One-year Museum membership

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Pride & Passion 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

May 16, 2015

Sponsorship Opportunities

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Pride & Passion began with a small group of friends from Tampa’s LGBT community coming together to promote interest in the Tampa Museum of Art. Since its modest beginnings, Pride & Passion has become the Museum’s best attended event, generating more than 2,000 Museum memberships and raising more than $375,000. Proceeds help bring unique modern and contemporary art exhibitions to Tampa and support the Museum’s rich educational programs for curious learners of all ages.

Your support directly funds: 
Free K-12 tours for all Hillsborough County public school classrooms - Connecting students with art
Art Space – Hands-on art experiences for disadvantaged youth
Art Spot – Drop in art projects every Saturday
Family Days - Free admission days with special events and programs

Partnership in this celebration affirms a commitment to diversity in our community and to a vibrant culture of visual arts. Available levels range from $500 to $10,000 and include early admission with specialty cocktails, food and entertainment, recognition on our event website, signage and more, and admission to the private sponsor party, among other benefits.

2015 Sponsorship Packages

Forbidden City Sponsor - $10,000
12 VIP early admission tickets
Private seating at event
Six tickets to private sponsor party
Signage acknowledging your exclusive support
Prominent logo recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Partner level Museum membership
8 complimentary passes to the Museum
1 membership to give as gifts

Taj Mahal Sponsor - $7,500
10 VIP early admission tickets
Private seating at event
Four tickets to private sponsor party
Prominent logo recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Partner level Museum membership 8
complimentary passes to the Museum
1 membership to give as gifts

Great Wall Sponsor - $5,000
8 VIP early admission tickets
Private seating at event
Four tickets to private sponsor party
Prominent logo recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Advocate level Museum membership
8 complimentary passes to the Museum
1 membership to give as gifts

Shanghai Sponsor - $2,500
6 VIP early admission tickets
Private seating at event
Two tickets to private sponsor party
Logo recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Sustainer level Museum membership
6 complimentary passes to the Museum
1 membership to give as gifts

Pride Sponsor - $1,000
4 VIP early admission tickets
Two tickets to private sponsor party
Name recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Sustainer level Museum membership
4 complimentary passes to the Museum

Passion Sponsor - $500
2 VIP early admission tickets
Two tickets to private sponsor party
Name recognition at event, on Museum website, Facebook and more
Household level Museum membership
2 complimentary passes to the Museum

Pride & Passion is May 16, 2015 at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Sponsorship benefits apply to cash sponsors. In-kind partnerships are customized.

For more information, please contact Kate White at 813.421.8368 or

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Downtown Tampa Market

Every 3rd Sunday of the month visit the Downtown Tampa Market Located at the plaza just north of the Rivergate Building at 400 N. Ashley Drive (next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park), 10a-3p. Go local and support local farmers, producers and artisans.  Live music weekly. Get Info

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Art Spot

December 27, 2014–October 3, 2014

art spot logo sm1Every Saturday the Museum offers a free drop-in art program from 11a – 2p. Come and let your children explore their creativity by creating an art project. No registration required.

This week's Art Spot project is Color Collage.  The exhibition Renoir to Chagall inspires these torn paper collages which create color themed landscapes.

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Monday Meditation at the Museum

What is the best way to relax after a long day of work? Especially a long Monday at work?meditation

Join the Museum and Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center for a short after work meditation class.  This is a perfect way to step away from the loud, fast paced world and learn to reduce your stress for the rest of the week.  The classes consist of guided meditations, a talk and discussion.  They are suitable for everyone from beginners to those with more experience in meditation.  Each class is self-contained, although you are welcome to attend the whole course.  Come rejuvenate your mind by joining us at the Tampa Museum of Art.  The classes are held in the Museum's beautiful space and in nearby Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Mondays 5:30 to 7pm.  No Registration Required.  Cost per class is $10 per person.

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Drop In Docent Tours

Join us for weekly docent-led tours of our new Norman Rockwell exhibition, every Sunday at 1pm! No pre-registration or RSVP required – simply “drop in” for an informative tour.

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14th Congressional Student Art Exhibition

2015 Next Generation & 14th Congressional District High School Art Exhibition on view in the Saunders Gallery: April 12 - April 26Jairo Argueta_2_14th Congress_2014

This annual high school art exhibition features exemplary work created by high school students throughout Hillsborough County and the 14th Congressional District. Students compete for two top prizes, the Museum Choice Award and the Congressional Choice Award. The artwork selected for the Congressional Choice Award will represent the 14th Congressional District in the Congressional High School Art Competition, which hangs in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year. Additionally, the recipient of this award receives a prestigious scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Awards Ceremony in June 2015.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
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Hillsborough Art Education Association Members’ Show

Hillsborough Art Education Association (HAEA) Member Exhibition on view in the Golding Scher Classroom: April 12-April 26.

Hillsborough Art Education Association is a nonprofit member organization that supports and empowers art teachers to engage and enrich the lives of our community and the next generation through art.  Hillsborough Art Education Association supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, diverse public engagement, lifelong learning through art and the strengthening of community. It does so through advocacy, grants, exhibits, workshops and special events such as the annual art awards celebration.

Hillsborough Art Education Association members use the process of personal art making for research, experimentation and self-expression. It is important for art teachers to have a reflective conversation with many different types of art materials in order for them to help students understand the process of making art.

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