A New Home for Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

By: FMoPA Release Email
By: FMoPA Release Email

Tampa, FL - November 11, 2011

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is thrilled to announce that it will be moving to Rivergate Tower located at 400 North Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa.

The museum will occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors in Rivergate's architecturally significant Cube - the soaring, six-story atrium recognized as one of the most impressive interior spaces in Tampa. The museum is scheduled to open its first exhibition in the building in March 2012. This highly visible location puts the museum in the core of the Downtown Tampa Arts District.

"The exceptional location and additional exhibition space will be a catalyst for increased community involvement and expansion of programming at FMoPA", said Roger Robson, Chairman of the FMoPA Board.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, founded in 2001, is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art. It currently has over 800 members and is widely supported by the community. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known artists. To date, the museum has mounted 49 major photographic exhibitions. It also has a broad range of community programs including fee based photography classes and children's learning experiences, an international web-based photography contest and an acclaimed free "Literacy Through Photography Program", for underserved children.

Built in 1988, the round design of Rivergate Tower was intended to symbolize a lighthouse on the Tampa skyline, and the building's only exterior lighting is two skyward facing lights, which further the building's lighthouse symbolism. Its design was further based on the "Fibonocci Series," a complicated mathematical concept. Constructed using "museum-quality" materials, it stands as the world's tallest building faced in limestone. To learn more about the building, please visit http://www.emporis.com/building/rivergatetower-tampa-fl-usa.

FMoPA has launched its MOVE THE MUSEUM Capital Campaign. We encourage businesses and individuals to support this exciting move and give to the museum in a meaningful way. Please contact Joyce Zevola, Museum Manager, for information regarding contributions and sponsorship opportunities.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is committed to presenting the photographer's vision as vital and central to today's life and culture. A non-profit museum that collects and exhibits photographic works as well as presenting classes and lectures, FMOPA also holds free programs to bring photography and visual literacy to at-risk children. Open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Friday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Museum admission is a suggested $6 donation ($4 students and military). For additional information, call (813) 221-2222 or visit www.FMoPA.org.


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