The brand new Tampa Museum of Art opened recently, boasting 66,000 square feet overlooking the Hillsborough River. The museum, a multi-million dollar endeavor championed by Mayor Pam Iorio, is part of a larger effort to transform the riverfront into a central hub for the arts. The museum joins the renovated Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Glazer Children’s Museum (to be unveiled later in the year).
There are several exhibits currently on display:

  • A Celebration of Henri Matisse: Master of Line and Light – February 6th through April 18th
  • Taking Shape: Works from the Bank of America Collection – February 6th through August 1st
  • The Hidden City: Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation – February 6th through December 5th
  • Life Captured: Garry Winogrand’s Women are Beautiful – February 6th through July 18th
  • From Life to Death in the Ancient World: Selections from the Permanent Collection – February 6th through January 30th, 2011

In addition to its unique exhibits, the Tampa Museum of Art offers a wide range of educational programs in which both children and adults can participate.

Iorio has said that the museum is an investment in the city’s future as well as a gift to the community and other city leaders have said the museum will revive the downtown area.

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