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Posted January 13, 2020 | 7:30 AM

Celebrating 100 years of the Tampa Museum of Art

Special exhibit commemorates museum's centennial in 2020

The Tampa Museum of Art, which houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the Southeastern United States and has an innovative assortment of public programs, turns 100 years old in 2020. But the celebration has already started.

To help commemorate its history, the museum's curatorial team selected the best of the best from the institution's permanent collection. This special exhibition, The Making of A Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works is on view through March 15, 2020.

This photograph of Zito's Bakery by Berenice Abbott is part of the special exhibit, The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works, helping commemorate the 100th birthday of the Tampa Museum of Art.
This photograph of Zito's Bakery by Berenice Abbott is part of the special exhibit, The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works, helping commemorate the 100th birthday of the Tampa Museum of Art.

The Tampa Museum of Art's storied history began in 1920 as the Tampa Museum of Fine Arts before becoming the Tampa Art Institute three years later. Other reorganizations and mergers followed until 1986, when the institution became the Tampa Museum of Art.

From those humble beginnings, the Tampa Museum of Art - which is financially supported partially through grants by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners - has become a treasure not only in Hillsborough County but in the Tampa Bay region, where it is the largest institution devoted to the art of our time.

The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works features pieces representative of the institution's mission and collecting history. It includes eight main categories with a breadth of objects: Classical Antiquities, Prints and Photographs Related to Classical Antiquity, the C. Paul Jennewein Archive, Painting, Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Photography, Works on Paper, and New Media, Video, and Installation Art.

This Rockwell Kent painting of Skelpoonagh Bay, Donegal Ireland is also part of the special centennial exhibit.
This Rockwell Kent painting of Skelpoonagh Bay, Donegal Ireland is also part of the special centennial exhibit. The exhibit began Nov. 8 and continues through March 15, 2020.

Visitors can see 100 handpicked pieces from about 7,700 works, some of which have not been on display for years. The exhibit allows users to witness how the museum, which once was located on the University of Tampa campus, grew into a what it is today: a preeminent museum of art.

In addition, a history book, also entitled The Making of A Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works is in the works. The museum expects the book to be published in early 2020. The book launch and exhibition will be part of a larger centennial celebration for patrons and members.

 

Photos courtesy of the Scout Guide Tampa/St. Petersburg

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