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The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cube, Rivergate Plaza’s architecturally significant six-story atrium building renowned as one of the most impressive interior spaces on Florida's west coast. Since 2012, FMoPA has been located in the Cube, which was selected as one of the Top 100 buildings in Florida in the American Institute of Architects' Florida Architecture, 100 Years, 100 Places poll. The Cube is located adjacent to Rivergate Tower, also known as the Sykes Building, in downtown Tampa, Florida. The location of FMoPA makes it part of th
Waterfront Arts District
along with the Tampa Museum of Art and Glazer Children's Museum; all of which are situated around the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, located alongside the historic Tampa Riverwalk. Directly across from FMoPA and the Hillsborough River, where the Tampa Riverwalk is located, is the architecturally significant University of Tampa where the Henry B. Plant Museum resides. Prior to being renamed the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in the summer of 2006, FMoPA was named the Tampa Gallery of Photographic Arts. The creation of this museum was through the initial idea of Tampa business owner Cynthia L. Flowers, and her subsequent work with local partners attorney Charles J. Levins and art dealer Vincent Sorrentino. Since establishment, FMoPA has met qualifications for being a not-for-profit entity under the provisions of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Engaging in community outreach is an important aspect of FMoPA. With the initial children's outreach program through partnership with th
University of South Florida (USF)
and th
Patel Conservatory
FMoPA continues to provide ongoing community programs like summer camps, photography classes, and their Children’s Literacy Through Photography Program for at-risk children.


Permanent collection

The photographic works in the growing permanent collection include an entire suite of Harold Edgerton's landmark works using his invention, the strobe light. Also in the collection are Len Prince's celebrity portraits, a notable Dorothea Lange, a portrait of Ansel Adams by Judy Dater, scenes of Pittsburgh by Charles "Teenie" Harris and a body of work by Dianora Niccolini, a pioneer in the photographing of the male nude. The female nude is well represented in a work by Ruth Bernhard. Burk Uzzle's iconic Woodstock scenes as well as Bud Lee's unforgettable views of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture document important moments in American history. More historical moments are found in an expanding collection of panoramic (or "Cirkut") photographs taken in the early 20th century, including views of the construction of the Panama Canal and of early Tampa history.

Past Exhibitions

Since 2001, past exhibitions include: * ''Masters of Black & White Exhibition'', May 4 – July 1, 2001 * ''Faces and Places: One Man Show by Herb Snitzer'', September 9 – October 28, 2001 * ''War and Peace: World War II'', December 8, 2001 – January 27, 2002 * ''The Photography of Peter B. Kaplan'', March 23 – June 2, 2002 * ''Post 9-11: Slices of Life from Countries Once Foreign'', September 6 – October 27, 2002 * ''Clyde Butcher Retrospective'', November 2, 2002 – January 5, 2003 * ''Berenice Abbott: American Photographer: A Fantastic Passion'', February 1 – March 30, 2003 * ''Black Culture Viewed Through the Lens'', May 2 – June 29, 2003 * ''Stopping Time: Photographs of Harold Edgerton'', September 13 – October 26, 2003 * ''Hard Won Dreams: the American Southwest: Photographs of Bruce Dale'', November 8, 2003 – January 11, 2004 * ''Abstractions and the Neo-Cubist Order: Photographs of Barbara Kasten'', February 7 – April 18, 2004 * ''Cut, Edit and Embellish – A Life in Collage: an Exhibition of Photography by Hugh Shurley'', October 16, 2004 – January 2, 2005 * ''Caterpillar’s Conundrum: The Photographic Investigations of Todd Watts'', February. 18 – April 17, 2005 * ''In Sight: Images from Our Children’s Program'', May 20 – July 9, 2005 * ''One Shot Harris: The Photographys of Charles "Teenie" Harris'', September 24, 2005 – January 29, 2006 * ''No Man’s Land The Photography of Lynne Cohen'', March 17 – May 21, 2006 * ''Eyes of A Child: Images from Our Children’s Literacy through Photography Program'', June 9–23, 2006 * ''Aaron Siskind: A Harlem Document'' (1932–1940), September 15 – November 5, 2006 * Technology Into Art: The Photogravure from 1850 to Today, November 10, 2006 – January 28, 2007 * ''Tom Abercrombie: National Geographic Photographer'', February 2 – April 15, 2007 * ''Face to Face: Judy Dater’s Portraits from Italy and California'', April 20, 2007 – June 15, 2007 * ''Florida Showcase'', August 10 – September 8, 2007 * ''Cuba: Selected Works of Clyde Butcher and Maria Martinez-Canas'', September 18 – November 10, 2007 * ''Cuba Particular: (Private Cuba) The Photography of David Audet'', September 18 - November 10, 2007 * ''Life in Cuba: Photographs from the personal collections of area families'', September 18 – November 10, 2007 * ''Eye in the Sky: The Works of Robert Hartman'', November 16, 2007 – January 9, 2008 * ''The Magic Box of Abelardo Morell and Panoramic Views of the Past: Cirkut Photographs by the Burgert Brothers'', January 2008 * ''Masters of Black and White: Including selections from the Drapkin Collection'', April 2008 * ''Masks & Identity: Len Prince in the Collection of William K. Zewadski'', June 2008 * ''Eyes of A Child: Summer Showcase'', June 12 – 28, 2008 * ''Graciela Iturbide: The Spirits of the Earth'', September 18 - November 8, 2008. * ''Twice Exposed: Photographic & Print works from the Permanent Collection of the USF Contemporary Art Museum'', November 20, 2008 * ''NFL History from Getty Images'', January 22 – February 26, 2009 * ''My Neighborhood'', February 3 – 14, 2009 * ''Contemporary Chinese Photography'', March 12 - May, 2009 * ''The Disappeared: Native American Images from the Drapkin Collection'', May 21, 2009 * ''Eyes of A Child: Summer Showcase'', July 11–25, 2009 * ''Burk Uzzle’s Woodstock and Other Americana'', September 17, 2009 * ''Flashback: Photos from the Tampa Bay Community'', September 17, 2009 * ''Andrea Modica: Flights of the Soul'', November 2009 * ''August Sander, the Twentieth Century Man / Jules Aarons, Views from the Street'', January 2010 * ''Portraits of the Artists and Other Selections from the Collection of Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez'', March 2010 * ''Infected Landscape: Works by Shai Kremer'', May 27 – July 17, 2010 * ''R. Daniel Harnly Memorial Juried Student Showcase'', May 27 - June 26, 2010 * ''Naked City: Photography from Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center'', January 2011 * ''Natural Fashion: Art and the Body, Photographs by Hans Silvester'', February 10 - April 10, 2011 * ''Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams'', April 28 - July 6, 2011 * ''Life and Death by Duane Michals'', September 8 - November 6, 2011. * ''Bud Lee's America & Celebration of the Body: The Works of Dianora Niccolini'', November 17, 2011 - January 8, 2012 * ''Andy Warhol & Friends'', March 10 – May 27, 2012 * ''The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassaï'', May 31 – August 19, 2012 * ''Portraits of Power: Photographs by Platon'', August 23 - November 11, 2012 * ''Mario Algaze: Cuba 1999-2000'', October 18 - January 27, 2013 * ''Dorothea Lange’s America'', November 15 - January 27, 2013 * ''Chuck Close: A Couple Ways of Doing Something'', January 31 - March 31, 2013 * ''Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows'', April 4 - June 16, 2013 * ''Edward S. Curtis Photogravures from the Collection of Deli Sacilotto'', June 20 - September 8, 2013 * ''New Visions: Contemporary Artist Series'', Featuring Edmund Fountain, Sissi Farassat, and Jim Reynolds, June 20 - September 8, 2013 * ''Frida & Friends: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo'', September 12 - November 10, 2013 * ''Exposing the Self: Photography and Surrealism'', September 12 - November 10, 2013 * ''Gangsters, Pirates, & Cigars: A Photographic History of Tampa'' 1879-1955, November 15 - February 23, 2014 * ''David Hilliard: Intimacies'', March 7 - May 18, 2014 * ''New Visions: Polly Gaillard and Allison Hunter'', May 23 - August 31, 2014 * ''Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form'', September 5 - December 28, 2014 * ''Elger Esser: Combray'', October 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015 * ''Jim Reynolds: Cityscapes'', April 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015 * ''Vaiven: Six Visual Journeys between Spain and the US'', October 2, 2015 - November 30, 2015 * ''Faces of Alzheimer's'', January 2, 2016 - March 1, 2016 * ''Sandra Gottlieb: Earth and Water'', January 2, 2016 - March 25, 2016 * ''Gohar Dashti: Iran Untitled and Stateless'', January 2, 2016 - June 1, 2016 * ''Danny Lyon: People'', April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016 * ''Shai Kremer: Concrete Abstract'', June 3, 2016 - September 25, 2016 * ''Jerry Uelsmann: Undiscovered Self'', July 2016 - December 2016 * ''There is a Light that Never Goes Out: Wendy Babcox, Jason Lazarus, Noelle Mason'', September 2016 - December 2016 * ''Lynn Saville: Dark City'', October 21, 2016 - November 20, 2016 * ''By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography'', January - December 2017 * ''Linda Connor: Gravity'', January 16, 2017 - March 31, 2017 * ''The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders'', April 28, 2017 - June 8, 2017 * ''She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not'', June 10, 2017 - September 10, 2017 * ''Under the Cuban Sun'', September 22, 2017 - December 31, 2017 * ''Chris Buck: Magnificent Hurt'', January 26, 2018 - March 16, 2018 * ''Roger Steffens: The Family Acid'', January 26, 2018 - March 16, 2018 * ''Jean Pagliuso: Poultry, Raptors, Places of Ritual'', January 26, 2018 - March 16, 2018 * ''Andrea Modica: Minor League and Best Friends'', April 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 * ''Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity'', April 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 *''Cathy Dutertre: Quest'', May 1 – 31, 2018 *''Bruce Dale: Beyond the Lens'', July 1 – September 30, 2018 *''City of Tampa Photographer Laureates 2003-2013'', July 1 – September 30, 2018 *
Day by Day: 1968
', October 1 - December 30, 2018 *''North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1.'' October 8, 2018 – January 11, 2019 *''Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon'', January 15 – April 15, 2019 *
Lost and Found in America
', January 21 - April 22, 2019 *
Olivia Parker: Vanishing in Plain Sight
', April 21 - August 31, 2019 *
Viktor Fresno: Mirroring Me
', May 10 - June 15, 2019 *
United Photographic Artists Gallery
', August 1 - September 7, 2019 *
2019 Members Show
', September - October 2019 *
Reframed
', September - December 2020 *
Bruce Davidson: New York
', September - December 2020 *
Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful
', September 8, 2019 - January 5, 2020 *
Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night
', September 1, 2019 - January 12, 2020 *
Roger Ballen: In Retrospect
', January 10 - April 26, 2020 *
Griff Davis and Langston Hughs, Letters and Photographs 1947-1967: A Global Friendship
', January 17 - April 19, 2020 *
Portals of Intent - FROM EARTH
', March 2 - May 3, 2020 *''The Eye of the Storm (relating to police brutality, institutionalized racism, and the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement)'', August 2020 *
2020 Members Show
', September - October, 2020 *
8th Annual United Photographic Artists Gallery
', November 2020 *
Jeff Whetstone: Batture Ritual
', January - September 2021 *
Bremner Benedict – Hidden Waters / Desert Springs / Uncertain Future
', January - September 2021 *

', February - May, 2021 Future exhibits include
Picture (im)Perfect
', April 16 - May 31, 2021.

Visiting

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA( is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, and Friday from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. FMoPA is closed on Tuesdays. Visitors admission fee to the museum is $10.00 for Adults and $8.00 for Students, Military, and Seniors. FMoPA Members receive free admission. Parking is available in the underground Rivergate Plaza parking garage for $5 hourly, free on the streets when available, or two blocks away at the City of Tampa Poe parking garage for $1.20 hourly. There are three levels of annual membership to FMoPA: Student/Military ($25.00), Individual ($50.00), and Family/Household ($85.00) and each comes with benefits such as 10% off the museum store, discounts on classes/workshops, and the opportunities to participate in the Advisory Panel and submit one photograph into the members show.

References



External links


Florida Museum of Photographic Arts website

FMoPA's Facebook page
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