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April 24: Retro Beach Bash at Museum of Fine Arts

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Contemporaries of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg are hosting a Retro Beach Bash at 8 pm on April 24, 2015, to welcome a new year of contemporary programming and to say goodbye to Martin Parr’s Life’s A Beach! The museum is at 255 Beach Drive NE in downtown St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $100 and include an MFA membership, a membership to The Contemporaries, boardwalk-themed bites, open bar and performances by SWIMM and the St. Petersburg High Ukulele Club.

This bash takes place the night of the Collectors Circle Gala and their 20th anniversary. With their generosity over the years, the museum has been able to acquire more than 20 major works of art for the permanent collection. The announcement of the Collectors Circle’s chosen artwork for 2015 will be made with The Contemporaries in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory following the Gala. 

The Contemporaries was formed to build engagement among contemporary art enthusiasts with the Museum of Fine Art’s diverse programming, with a focus on supporting contemporary artists and exhibitions at the MFA and throughout the Tampa Bay area. 

“Our community’s interest in the contemporary art scene is something we want to encourage and be a part of,” says Museum Director Dr. Kent Lydecker. The educational meets the social at The Contemporaries’ events, which include visits to artists’ studios and collectors’ homes, trips to contemporary institutions, a lively conversation series focused on local artists and other fundraising events. 

For more information and updates check out the event page on Facebook or contact the museum's marketing director, Susan Robertson, at or727.896.2667, ext. 252.





Lunchtime Lectures

Lunchtime Lectures is a grab bag of artist talks, panel discussions, and art historical lectures that focus on contemporary themes from noon to 1 pm the first Monday of each month. Lunch is included. Cost is $10 for members of The Contemporaries and 

$15 for non-members/


April 6, 2015:  Contemporary photographer Selina Roman

Roman was born in Florida in 1978. Trained as a print journalist, Roman ferreted out stories of injustice in marginalized communities such as migrant farm workers and the poor. After working in journalism, Roman spent five years in Miami at an international security and investigations firm where she became privy to the inner workings of the private-sector intelligence community. While in Miami, she immersed herself in the city’s fashion industry where she shot fashion campaigns for a local designer and honed her personal photographic style that mixed elements of fashion and reportage. Roman received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 2013. Her work, which questions ideas of perception, power, protection and femininity, is in numerous private collections.


May 4, 2015: Art panel featuring Ryan Swanson from The Urban Conga

The panel will discuss creative ways we can choose to interact with our cities – both St. Petersburg and Tampa. The Urban Conga is a collective group of creators promoting community activity and physical social interaction through "play". They stimulate urban spaces through exploration, innovation, and creativity. The objective is to spark a conversation between the public realm and the human body through interactive installations.


Field Trips

The Contemporaries are organizing visits to collectors’ homes, artists’ studios, and art institutions in the Tampa Bay area. Open to the public. The first field trip, 7 pm May 7, 2015, is a visit to the private home of a St. Petersburg-based collector, and will include some of the artists in the collection.



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