Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration

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Date(s) - 06/24/2017 - 09/27/2017
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The Ringling, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art present ‘Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration’

Exhibition highlights diversity and talent of local artists

On June 24 Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration will open simultaneously at The Ringling, the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibition features 57 artists from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota County. Works were chosen by a committee of curators from each participating institution as well as Diana Nawi, a guest juror from Pérez Art Museum Miami. 

An open call for work went out Nov. 1, 2016. Submissions of every medium, genre and size were allowed as were proposals for installations and performances. The only caveat was that all works of art must be new – nothing created before 2016 was accepted. The intent was to highlight what is happening right at this moment in the area’s burgeoning art scene. Katherine Pill, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts commented, “This is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate Tampa Bay-area artists in an unprecedented way. It’s important to us as curators to provide context for the diverse work being made in our region, and to allow visitors to see the breadth and depth of these artists’ practices.”

Late in December, the committee reviewed hundreds of entries, eventually selecting a few dozen works. “It was exciting to see the wealth of submissions for this project coming from such a breadth of artists – it’s a true testament to the cultural richness of this region. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the final exhibition,” said Diana Nawi, associate curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Artists from each region will be highlighted at all three museums, showcasing the diversity of talent and work in the region. “This area is home to several premier arts organizations and schools, which create a nurturing environment for contemporary art practice. I have long been aware of the significant community of artists here, but was extremely impressed with the level of work submitted,” said Christopher Jones, associate curator of photography and new media at The Ringling. This sentiment was echoed by Joanna Robotham, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Tampa Museum of Art, who said, “As a newcomer to the museum and Tampa, it has been exciting to see the breadth of artistic talent in our region. We are lucky to live amongst so many talented artists. Skyway will give visitors at a great sense of the extraordinary work made in the Tampa Bay area.”

The show is not only a celebration of contemporary art in the Tampa Bay area, but also an exercise in collaboration between the museums, fostering a sense of a greater network and community. It is the very first time that the three leading art museums in the area have worked in such close collaboration to simultaneously provide a single exhibition. “I hope that this exhibition will help to make the museum a place for dialogue, both within Tampa and across the region with our colleagues in St. Petersburg and Sarasota,” remarked Seth Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E. Perry curator of Greek and Roman art at the Tampa Museum Art.

Related Events

At The Ringling

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Conversation about Skyway: Bridging the Gap
Be a part of this lively discussion among artists and curators from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Through collaboration, they have “bridged” the gap and presented three exhibitions consisting of works that reflect the diversity and creativity of our contemporary art scene. $5/free for members.

Thursday, July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Skyway Artists: In their Own Words
Step into the galleries and celebrate the thriving artistic practice in our community. Talk with artists from the Greater Tampa Bay area who work in a variety of media. Free for museum members/included with museum admission. Please note: tickets are now required for Gallery Walk & Talks. Pick up your ticket at the Visitors Pavilion upon your arrival. Space is limited and tickets will be based upon availability.

Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Family Days, Skyway: A Contemporary Collection
Museum of Art Courtyard and Galleries
A family day that will celebrate this contemporary collaboration. Hands-on activities and a family- friendly exhibition guide will be available. Free for members/Included with admission.

At The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
May 10: Under the Palmetto Leaves.
Visualize the life, environment and people of north Florida during the 19th century as we happen upon Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
June 14: Clash of Cultures: Spaniards to Pinellas County.
Hear an account of the 1528 arrival of the Spaniards in Pinellas County, told from the point of view of Moving Clouds, a surviving Tocobaga woman.

The following films celebrate Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration, with a nod to the water that surrounds us.
Thursday, June 22, 2 p.m. (MFA members only)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), directed by Irving Pichel
Things are going swimmingly for Mr. Peabody (William Powell) until he snags a beautiful mermaid (Ann Blyth) while fishing. In a flight of youthful fancy, the stodgy Bostonian falls for the mermaid and takes her to a pond at his villa. The seemingly harmless crush creates all sorts of comical confusion.

Thursday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), directed by Jack Arnold
This classic horror film tells the mythical story of a dangerous half-human, half-fish creature lurking in the depths of the Amazon. Free with MFA admission.

This summer’s Simmer & Sift: Summer Cooking Series celebrates Florida’s culinary history and innovation in conjunction with the MFA’s special exhibition, Skyway.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with guest check-in and a signature cocktail, followed by a discussion with the historian from 6:10-6:30 p.m. The chef demonstration and tasting take place from 6:30-7:45 p.m. MFA members are $40 per person; non-members are $50 per person for each event.
June 28 – Kenny Tufo, Sea Salt
July 26 – Lauren Macellaro, The Reading Room
Aug. 23 – Greg Baker, The Refinery and Fodder & Shine
Sept. 27 – Norman Van Aken, 1921 by Norman Van Aken

Wayne W. and Frances Knight Parrish Series
Join us for three panel discussions during the course of the exhibition featuring the artists in the show. Thursdays on July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. List of artists and schedule to follow.

At the Tampa Museum of Art

July 20, Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 7, 12:30 p.m.
Thirty on Thursday
Join curator of modern and contemporary art, Joanna Robotham, and featured artists for 30-minute talks in the galleries about the artwork included in the exhibition Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. Visit for the full line up of speakers. Free with cost of admission.

June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, 4-10 p.m.
Fourth Friday Tours
Kick off your evening on the town at the Museum as we join cultural institutions along Tampa’s Riverwalk in celebrating Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene.  Meet one of our educators in the galleries at 7 or 8 p.m. for a fun and fast gallery activity that will change the way you look at art.

July 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Day
The Museum invites families to stop by for a day of art making and fun inspired by Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. Local artists and their work will inspire projects to celebrate our region. The day will also feature gallery activities, eats from Sono Café, story time and more.

Skyway-Inspired Summer Camp Sessions
June 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Summer Art Camp: Mural Mania
Students will have the opportunity to work both individually and cooperatively to achieve a large-scale painting! Ages 8-10. Advanced registration required. Visit for more information.

June 26-30, 1-5 p.m.
Summer Art Camp: New Art Now
Be inspired by Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration and become an up-and-coming artist yourself. Create your own work from an assortment of media and tools! Ages 11-13. Advanced registration required. Visit for more information.

July 10-14, 1-5 p.m.
Summer Art Camp: Mural Mania
Students will have the opportunity to work both individually and cooperatively to achieve a large-scale painting! Ages 11-13. Advanced registration required. Visit for more information.

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