Tampa, FL – The Tampa Museum of Art opens a brand new exhibition, HerStory: Stories of Ancient Heroines and Everyday Women. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, the exhibition explores the story of women in the ancient world through the depictions of goddesses, heroines, mythological characters, and everyday women in the Museum’s collection of classical antiquities. This exhibition highlights objects that speak to the role of women in the ancient world, their myths and stories, from Aphrodite and Athena to Amazon Warriors to women of the everyday.
“There is nothing quite like this outstanding exhibition HerStory, part of one of North America’s great collections of ancient art and certainly the most celebrated ancient art collections in the southeastern United States,” said Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “It brings a fresh new perspective from our amazing Education team, Brittny Bevel and Kessanda Abel, who are both fluent in the stories told through the museum’s Ancient Greek and Roman Collection.”
HerStory will be on view through January 9, 2022, and visitors and members can look forward to an accompanying series of educational offerings, both virtual and in-person, throughout the exhibition’s 18-month run.
This year, not only are we celebrating the Tampa Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary, but as a nation, we’re also celebrating 100 years since the adoption of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees women’s right to vote. In celebration of this historic milestone, part of the Tampa Museum of Art’s centennial year exhibitions focuses on the achievements of women in the arts.
The Tampa Museum of Art reopened to the public and resumed its regular hours on June 1. The Museum will continue to follow CDC protocols with physical distancing, capacity limits at the Museum, and requiring facemasks to be worn by all staff and guests. With the health and safety of guests and staff as the Museum’s top priority, visitors are encouraged to plan their visits before their arrival by going to TampaMuseum.org. On the website, visitors can purchase admission tickets in advance and read the comprehensive safety plan to know what to expect during their visit.
On a final note to visitors, Tomor said, “Let’s continue this grand centennial anniversary celebration of women at the Tampa Museum of Art. Until we see you again, stay safe, and thank you for your continued support!”
ABOUT THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART
Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires the residents of the Tampa Bay region and others around the world by providing engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern and contemporary art. As the Tampa Museum of Art celebrates its 100th anniversary, its exhibitions, in part, will focus on the breadth of the institution’s growing permanent collection.
The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s largest museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more. With a 14,000 square-foot LED installation of Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) illuminating the south façade and the Museum’s 23-foot tall cast iron sculpture Laura with Bun by Jaume Plensa silhouetted in front of the north façade, the Tampa Museum of Art stands as an iconic landmark of downtown Tampa.
New online programs add to the year-round creative classes offered on-site and at various locations throughout Hillsborough County. The Museum’s art education programming provides children, teens, and adults with opportunities to discover new skills and learn different art-making techniques. The Museum brings together local, national and international artists and scholars to inspire visitors to take part in exhibitions and art discourse through lectures, tours, and community partnerships.
Located in the heart of downtown, next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art leads as both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its home city.
GENERAL HOURS AND INFORMATION
The Tampa Museum of Art is open seven days a week, Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm and Thursdays from 10 am – 8 pm. The Museum’s phone number is (813) 274-8130, and the website is TampaMuseum.org. The Museum’s address is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.