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Celebrate the roots of the Tampa Museum of Art

Plus, Carol Dameron’s retrospective in Clearwater round out the art highlights this week.
"Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
"Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
Published Feb. 12


The Tampa Museum of Art traces its roots back to the Tampa Museum of Fine Arts, which held its first exhibition on Nov. 22, 1920. To mark the milestone, the museum opened “The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works” in November. It shows that over the years, a consistently supportive arts community has contributed to the museum’s significant collection. Museum staff selected 100 works that best illustrate its breadth, which includes vast holdings of Greek and Roman antiquities and a strong amount of modern and contemporary works. The exhibition is laid out so some of those works intersect, and viewing it becomes an artistic treasure hunt. See Robert Mapplethorpe’s photograph from 1983 placed near ancient Egyptian objects. Find Theo Wujcik’s drawing of Yvonne Jaquette as a classical bust in the room with Greek antiquities. In other galleries, view works by art powerhouses Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera and Syd Solomon. Local art stars are represented, including Mernet Larsen, Bruce Marsh, James Rosenquist, William Pachner and more work by Wujcik. The selection of photography includes Aaron Siskind and Berenice Abbott. On view through March 15. $15, $7.50 seniors, military and Florida educators, $5 students, free for college students with ID, children 6 and younger and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday with pay-what-you-will admission after 4 p.m. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. fourth Fridays. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130.


St. Petersburg-based artist Carol Dameron has had a prolific career as a painter and shows no signs of stopping. Her robust retrospective exhibition at the Octagon Arts Center showcases her vivid imagination, artistic process and shifts in subject matter and style. She was formally trained in Amsterdam, where she not only learned vital painting techniques, but the city also became a muse that would pervade her works for years. Most of her characters wear Dutch clothing, and she made a wild series of drawings with UFOs hovering near ancient windmills. While she is painting in the style of the old masters, Dameron is also very influenced by Eastern cultures. She incorporates symbols to represent the duality of the seen and the unseen, or the male and the female, in her works. For example, the unseen woman in The Emperor’s Wife, pictured, is the bird. To further that notion, in her Dreaming Warrior series, Rubenesque women turn into birds, with wings and claws replacing their arms. Her command of color is so strong that she can make just two colors appear prismatic. In addition to her narrative scenes, there is a selection of her portraiture, still lifes and her latest works, inspired by Florida postcards. On display through Feb. 18. Free. 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday or by appointment. (727) 531-7704.

"The Emporer's Wife" is featured in the retrospective of Carol Dameron's work at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. [Courtesy of Carol Dameron]


  1. Yesterday• Visual Arts
    Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020.
  2. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex."
  3. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works."
  4. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29.
  5. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET.
  6. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
  7. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8.
  8. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020.
  9. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2.
  10. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25.
  11. Photographer Griff Davis captured the first meeting of Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. and their wives, Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King, on Independence Day in Accra, Ghana on March 7, 1957.
  12. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.