From the Collection: Artists of Hillsborough County
On view through August 2018 • Made in Florida Gallery
Following the success of the Artists of Pinellas County exhibition, the museum proudly presents a companion show, Artists of Hillsborough County. Tampa, the principal city of Hillsborough County, largely advances visual arts through its centers of higher education, including the University of Tampa and the nationally known Graphicstudio program at the University of South Florida. These institutions attract leading artists as educators, produce successful students who find their own artistic expression and foster exploration of technical and aesthetic skills in contemporary art.
Rattner’s Contemporaries in Paris
December 6 – June 17, 2018 • RATTNER PERMANENT GALLERY
Paris was considered the hub of creative expression in the 1920s and 1930s, and Abraham Rattner was in the middle of it all. Well-known artists influenced Rattner’s burgeoning style and worked alongside him. This exhibit showcases how the Parisian artists of the time influenced Rattner’s works, as well as art history as a whole, featuring works by Paul Signac, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, and Abraham Rattner.
Internal Landscapes: The Mysterious World of Steven Kenny
January 21 – April 15, 2018 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
Focusing on the beauty and mystery of the natural world, Steven Kenny’s paintings illuminate the bonds between humans and nature through a surrealist context. Allowing the subconscious to emerge, the surreal and symbolic juxtapositions of man versus nature become strangely harmonious as we venture into the human psyche in Internal Landscapes: The Mysterious World of Steven Kenny. Featuring nearly forty exquisite paintings by renowned surrealist painter, Steven Kenny, this exhibition highlights the artist’s love of mysticism and craftsmanship.
Let’s Get Surreal: Works on Paper from the Collection
January 21 – April 15, 2018 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
Featuring works from the permanent collection, Let’s Get Surreal explores the surrealist movement through printmaking by artists such as Salvador Dali, Stanley William Hayter and contemporary artists.
Habits & Habitats Series: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Abraham Rattner
October 8, 2017 – April 15, 2018 • CENTER GALLERY
A glimpse into the inner workings of Rattner’s studio offers insight into his process through an immersive installation of his original furniture and never-before-seen drawings, journals, and photographs from his archives.
Fall into Greatness: Contemporary Prints from the Jim and Martha Sweeny Collection
October 8, 2017 – December 30, 2017 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
Since establishing the Lothar and Mildred Uhl Works on Paper Gallery, LRMA’s collection of contemporary prints has grown exponentially. Marking LRMA’s fifteen-year anniversary, we unveil a recent acquisition of fourteen fine art prints from Jim and Martha Sweeny, who were long-time friends of Lothar Uhl and fellow print collectors. This donation includes a cross-section of major contemporary printmakers including Louisa Chase, Donald Sultan, Brad Davis, Terry Winters, Hung Liu, Howardena Pindell and Thornton Dial.
Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years
October 8 – December 30, 2017 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years will be the second part of the series commemorating the museum’s anniversary with themed exhibitions that highlights major collectors, favorite works, new acquisitions, rarely seen works, and honors beloved donors. We will also collaborate with renowned local artists featured in the collection. Featured will be some of the greats like Pablo Picasso, Christopher Still, and Leonard Baskin.
Paradise Found: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years
June 4 – September 24, 2017 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art turned 15 this year and to celebrate, we are showcasing the best of the collection, new acquisitions, honoring collectors and artists, and digging into the vault to unearth never-before-seen works. This two-part series will begin with summer-themed exhibitions that pay tribute to our beautiful area in Paradise Found. The celebration continues October through December with Fall into Greatness, including themed exhibitions, activities and an installation of Rattner’s studio.
Habits & Habitats Series: Working in Paradise & Postcards from the Edge with Allen Leepa
June 4 – September 24, 2017 • CENTER GALLERY
Working in Paradise offers a unique glimpse into the life of Allen Leepa through an installation of his art studio, vibrant paintings and sketches inspired by summer hues, and his adventures around the world. Through postcards sent to Abe Rattner and Esther Gentle’s Paris apartment in the 1960s, Leepa shares in his own words various tales of his summer travels while working on paintings and sketches abroad. The postcards shed light on Leepa’s artistic process, as well as his devotion to Esther and Abe.
East Meets West: New Japanese Traditions
Keisuke Teshima, One Stroke Dragon Painting & Tokuma Takebe, Wood Sculpture
January 15 – August 27, 2017 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
Keisuke Teshima was born in 1975 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is one of only four artists in the world to master the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique. He trained in traditional Buddhist art techniques in 2003 and began studying the “One-Stroke Dragon” style in 2011, while working as a craftsman restoring Buddhist altars. Honing his skills through daily devotion at the Buddhist monastery in Nikko, Japan, he studied with three masters of the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique. He has exhibited worldwide, with solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan and with much recent success has relocated to Kyoto, Japan, where he has opened his own gallery.
ENDANGERED LANDSCAPES: AMERICA’S NATIONAL LANDS IN TRANSITION
February 19 – May 14, 2017 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, Endangered Landscapes weaves together elements of art, education, environment and ecology through lush photographs of America’s national lands.
A veteran master landscape photographer with Native American heritage, Rick Braveheart has been the recipient of eleven artist-in-residence programs from the National Park Service. Through these programs, Braveheart is able to totally immerse himself into the natural landscape for weeks at time in order to capture vivid, lasting impressions of our disappearing lands and raise awareness about the environment before they become distant memories.
AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs
February 19 – May 14, 2017 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs is a multi-media art experience in the truest sense. Based on Margaret Ross Tolbert’s award-winning book AQUIFERious, the exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert’s dramatic, large-scale springs paintings and eloquent poetry with contributing artists’ and scientists’ photographs, videos, cartography and writings. Featured will be the underwater photography by Jill Heinerth, Mark Long, and Tom Morris, who have experienced the springs first hand as cave divers with landmark accomplishments in spring explorations. Also featured are maps of the springs by artist and cave diver Eric Hutcheson, along with Georgia Shemitz, showing the complex passages of the aquifer.
Miniature Art Society of Florida Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 15 – February 5, 2017 • NORTH & SOUTH GALLERIES
Approximately 800 works of art will be shown, including the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. Entries from around the world and across the country provide a wonderful diversity of subject matter and framing techniques.
SPC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2016
October 2, 2016 – December 30, 2016 • NORTH & SOUTH GALLERIES
Sponsored by Blick Art Materials
With support from Florida Hospital North Pinellas and City of Tarpon Springs, Partners in Art
Additional support from Dr. David & Maria Edmonds and Dr. Jonathan Steele
The museum showcases on a two-year cycle current artwork created by St. Petersburg College’s visual arts faculty. This varied show is an opportunity for SPC students to learn more about the different disciplines within the art department of the college, as well as the artistic achievements of their instructors outside the classroom.
Satirical Opera: Abraham Rattner, The Beggar’s Opera and Jack Levine, The Threepenny Opera
October 2, 2016 – December 30, 2016 • CENTRAL GALLERIES, WORKS ON PAPER
This exhibition presents Rattner’s print portfolio, The Beggar's Opera, alongside his contemporary Jack Levine’s portfolio, The Threepenny Opera. The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera written in 1728 by John Gay. A ballad opera is a musical play that includes elements of formal opera, but employs satire to denounce politics, poverty and injustice. For example, The Beggar's Opera focuses on the theme of corruption at all levels of society. The Threepenny Opera is an adaptation of The Beggar's Opera written by Bertolt Brecht in 1928.
Made of Clay: The Art of Ceramics
On view through December 31, 2016 • Fine Art Craft Gallery
Clay from the earth represents some of the earliest artifacts made by man. Advancements in pottery, including hand-building techniques, the use of the potter’s wheel, firing clay objects in a kiln, and special glazing techniques have turned ceramics into both an art and science.
50 Years of Watercolors by Abraham Rattner (2nd installation)
On view through December 2016 • Rattner / Gentle Galleries
This year, LRMA is pleased to focus on watercolors painted by Rattner over his long career. 50 Years of Watercolors by Abraham Rattner explores watercolor as an essential expression for Rattner, from en plein air sketches of bathers on the beach to preliminary studies for larger works to large watercolors created for an exhibition. Rattner was never without art-making materials, and his watercolors have an immediacy and a luminosity of color that convey a compelling record of time and place.
School’s Out: The Art of Youth Culture
June 5 – September 2016 • Works on Paper Gallery
The museum's work on paper gallery features local and regional artists who work outside the academic aesthetics of printmaking and artmaking. Their work draws inspiration from skateboard art, album covers, comics, gig posters, pinball, and art found in other parts of youth culture. Featured artists include Sean Starwars, Daniel Morgan, The Crafty Hag (Coralette Damme) and Jujmo (Cheryl Weber).
Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball
June 5 – Sept. 18, 2016 • Central Gallery
The Museum is teaming up with the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs to present this exhibition on the history of pinball, through the artists who helped define the game. The display will cover the early history from the prohibition period (1930s-1960s) through to the arcade era (1970s-1990s), weaving together historical narrative with key individuals who defined the game’s aesthetics. For the duration of the exhibition, the museum will feature playable pinball machines in the Interactive Gallery, on loan from the Replay Amusement Museum.
Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection
May 29 – Sept. 18, 2016 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
This exhibition introduces audiences to the breadth of sculptural work in the museum’s permanent collection. From modernist works by Henry Moore, Victor Vasarely, Vladimir Yoffe, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle to contemporary works by Richard Beckman, Jack King, Charles Parkhill and Lin Emery, the collection demonstrates a wide variety of styles and media.
Steve Corrado: Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 • On the Terrace
For the fourth year, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has offered a regional sculptor the opportunity to place a large-scale sculpture on our outdoor terrace during the fall and winter months. Past sculptors in the series have included David Smalley, Dominique Labauvie and Janos Enyedi. This year, Tarpon Springs artist Steve Corrado is installing two 4’x4’ fabricated and painted metal works that replicate a set of thrown dice. Entitled, Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes, Corrado’s sculpture is made of powder-coated steel with a special paint for the recessed dots.
Prints by Leonard Baskin
December 1, 2015 – May 2016 • Works on Paper Gallery
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has perhaps the largest holdings of prints by the well-known American sculptor, printmaker, publisher and educator, Leonard Baskin. The survey of his graphic work includes a variety of subject matter and interests of the artist.
Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center
February 21 – May 15, 2016 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Tony & Patti Leisner
This travelling exhibition of 37 works featuring noted self-taught artists from the Southeastern United States has been organized from the permanent collection of the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, Florida. The artists include Thornton Dial, Sr., Mose Tolliver, Ruby C. Williams, Mary Proctor and Purvis Young and 16 other artists who work in a variety of media from painting to sculpture and assemblage. The exhibition has a strong educational focus and includes a catalog and teacher’s guide.
Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center is organized by the Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, Florida. This exhibition was made possible in part by Dr. Lou and Mrs. Calynne Hill, Dr. Jim and Mrs. Betty Ann Rodgers, and the Gadsden Arts Endowment Trust, Inc.
Florida Inspired 2016-2017
February 21 – May 15, 2016 • Gulf Coast Gallery
Florida Inspired 2016-2017 is the inaugural museum event of Inspired Artist Studios at PARC, Inc. This exhibition features new work by emerging artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the PARC program, St. Petersburg, Florida. It invites audiences to participate in a visual dialogue with their own visual statement inspired by the artists’ work. Art courtesy of PARC, Inc.
Ralph Wickiser: A Retrospective
November 15, 2015 – February 7, 2016
Ralph L. Wickiser (1910-1998) was an influential American painter and educator whose paintings explore abstraction, representational art and ultimately a unique synthesis of these styles. As an art educator, Wickiser served as chairman of the art departments at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Allen Leepa: Masterworks of Abstract Dialogue
November 15, 2015 – February 7, 2016
As a complement to the Ralph Wickiser exhibition, LRMA is pleased to present an exhibition of seven large masterwork paintings by Allen Leepa (American, 1919-2009) selected from the collection of the SPC Foundation, Inc. Like Wickiser, Leepa was an educator and art author, who taught at Michigan State University for 35 years. In the Midwest, Leepa was recognized as a regional abstract expressionist, but exhibited in national shows because of his New York connections.
Watercolors from the Collection
On view through November 2015 • Works on Paper Gallery
In recognition of the Florida Watercolor Society annual exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art this fall, the museum will showcase the variety of watercolors in its collection. Works include a survey of watercolors from the late 19th century to contemporary.
Florida Watercolor Society: 44th Annual Exhibition
September 6 – November 1, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to host the 44th annual exhibition of the Florida Watercolor Society, one of the largest and best organized of the watercolor societies in the United States. This is the third time LRMA has presented the FWS annual show, first in 2005, then in 2010. The exhibition is part of their annual convention, which this year will be held at the Marriott Hotel in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg.
Coastal Florida: Prints by Hal Stowers
June 1 - August 31, 2015 • Works on Paper Gallery
Hall Stowers is a well-known artist and environmentalist in the state of Florida. He has used his art to draw attention to the fragility of our coastal areas to encourage preservation of these natural resources. This small exhibition in the Works on Paper gallery includes six loaned pieces from his 1975 Soliloquies to Disappearing Fragilities series and five large hand-tinted lithographs from 1984 of coastal areas around Florida, including the Everglades, the Keys, and Sanibel Island.
Henry and Abe: Finding America
May 23 - August 23, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
In 1939, controversial author Henry Miller and expressionist artist Abraham Rattner returned after being expatriates in France. They wanted to reconnect with America and in 1940 began a three month road trip throughout the eastern seaboard, Appalachian and southern regions of the United States. This exhibition of drawings, paintings, books, artifacts and didactic materials provides context for the great American road trip taken by two of America’s most interesting 20th century cultural figures.
Jewish Life: Prints from the Collection
March 1-May 31, 2015 • Works on Paper Gallery
Created by artists known for their depictions of Jewish customs and cultural identity, many of the 12 prints in this exhibition reflect nostalgia for times past. For Jews in the Diaspora (Jews outside of Israel), it is shared history, literature and custom as well as religious belief and practice that create a feeling of continuity and belonging.
Florida Artists Group 65th Annual Exhibition and Symposium
March 1-May 3, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
For the first time since 2009, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) will stage its annual exhibition and symposium at LRMA. Approximately 90 artists, representing the 10 regions in the state, will display their work and compete for juried awards in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and graphics.
40th Annual Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) Exhibition
January 18 – February 15, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to host this year the 40th anniversary exhibition of this perennial winter favorite in Florida. The show brings together more than 230 artists from 10 countries and 40 states to compete in a juried exhibition organized by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF).
Uncertain Landscape: Victoria Block and Alain Salesse
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
Canadian artists, Victoria Block and Alain Salesse explore their own personal landscapes through a variety of media. For Block, large impressionistic paintings, accompanied by drawings, ceramics and installations, create a visual interplay. For Salesse, sculpture and technology synthesize in large egg forms that explore tactile realities.
Disappearing Landscape: Janos Enyedi
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
Janos Enyedi (1947-2011) was a nationally known sculptor whose meticulous re-creations of factories and buildings in America’s rust belt bring a sense of dignity to these decaying structures. This exhibition includes a steel sculpture on the Terrace, large format digital photographs and industrial vignettes.
An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs
May 4 – August 31, 2014 • Changing Exhibition Galleries
An exhibition of landscape and religious paintings created by George Inness, Jr. (1853-1926) in Tarpon Springs during the first quarter of the 20th century. This show includes 10 large religious paintings transferred from the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs to the Museum and 7 secular paintings from the Brown Collection of Ormond Beach, as well as photographs, ephemera and other related materials from various lenders.
SPC Art Faculty Exhibition
March 2 – April 20, 2014 • North and South Galleries
This exhibition presents current art work created by the 5 full-time and 12 adjunct visual arts faculty of St. Petersburg College. The exhibition demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the arts faculty to nurturing art education while displaying the high standards of their own artistic development.
Dominique Labauvie: Four Sculptures for a Garden
December 8, 2013 – April 20, 2014 • Terrace and Lobby Galleries
Dominique Labauvie is a French-born, internationally known sculptor who currently lives in Tampa with his wife, Erika Greenberg Schneider, who owns and operates Bleu Acier, Inc., a print atelier. Labauvie works primarily in forged steel and creates large-scale sculptures, many of which are public art pieces located in Paris, Dijon, Draveil, Levry-Gargan, France, as well as at Vandenberg Airport in Tampa. This exhibition will include four sculptures dated from 1991 to 2013, plus a series of photogravure/woodcut prints.
Clyde Butcher: Preserving Eden
December 8, 2013 – February 16, 2014 • North and South Galleries
Clyde Butcher (American, b. 1943) is perhaps the most highly regarded photographer in the United States. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns refers to him as “a national treasure.” A Florida resident, Butcher is best known for his large-format, black and white landscapes of Florida’s wilderness areas. This exhibition of 40 photographs and contextual panels demonstrates Butcher’s commitment to save these fragile environments through awareness.
Tomás Marais: Artist in Exile
September 29 – November 24, 2013 • North and South Galleries
Tomás Marais (1931-2004) was a Cuban-born artist who trained at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana. He immigrated to Paris, France in the mid-1960s and exhibited with the second generation of the surrealists before moving to the Tampa Bay area in the 1980s. Marais worked in a variety of media and this retrospective exhibition, organized by Ken Rollins, former director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, will include examples of printmaking, drawing, painting and collage.
Lin Carte: A Tribute
July 21 – September 15, 2013 • North Gallery
Lin Carte-Anderson (American, 1947-2012) was a well-known, licensed art therapist in the Tampa Bay area. She worked with at-risk children at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and other venues in the area. As an artist, Lin was a long-time member of PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists) and best known for her Serene Women series of prints created in her own Atelier Intaglio workshop. This exhibition is a tribute to her legacy.
Metropolis of Kotopoulis
July 21 – September 15, 2013 • South and Lobby Galleries
Dino Kotopoulis (American, b.1932) is affectionately known as an “artist-in-residence” at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. His large-scale whimsical Artist Cat sculptures have been shown in the Challenge of Modern Art gallery and his Flat and Happy series of small metal ornaments and decorations have been a staple in Isabelle’s Museum Store for years. To honor his involvement, the Museum presents a retrospective of his two and three-dimensional creations made after moving to the Tampa Bay area in the 1980s.
Picasso In Print: From the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and Lothar and Mildred Uhl Collections
May 5 – July 7, 2013 • Lobby Gallery
To provide a context for the Gilot exhibition, this small exhibition of prints, posters and printed material reflects the period of Pablo Picasso’s life from the mid-1930s to the 1950s . The works are drawn from the holdings of the museum and Lothar & Mildred Uhl Collections.
Tableaux, Metaphors and Passages: Environments by Maria Albornoz, Jack King and Randall Smith
February 24 – April 21, 2013 • North and South Galleries
This exhibition brings together three contemporary artists whose statements create personal environments. Each has a highly individualistic style. The artists include: Tampa ceramist and installation artist, Maria Albornoz; University of Tampa art professor and sculptor, Jack King; and, Winter Park photographer, Randall Smith.
38th Annual Miniature Art Society of Florida Exhibition
January 20 – February 10, 2013 • North and South Galleries
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to host the 38th annual exhibition of the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) with over 800 entries. Also on view are the MASF Permanent Collection and the Miniature Artists of America (MAA) traveling exhibition.