The long-awaited and unprecedented Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration opens June 24. Three notable institutions are working together to celebrate the work being created by local artists in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. Skyway will open simultaneously at John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; 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. Late in December the committee reviewed hundreds of entries, eventually selecting a few dozen works.
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.
Congratulations to all the artists with work included in Skyway! A special shout out for our Hillsborough County artists, many of whom have been recipients of our artist grants for career development.
Tampa Museum of Art
William Douglas III
Rebecca Sexton Larson
Sarasota’s The Ringling
St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Art
Joo Yeon Woo
Marie Yoho Dorsey
See the Exhibitions
The Tampa Museum of Art opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum’s phone number is 813.274.8130 and the website is TampaMuseum.org.
The Ringling is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. The Bayfront Gardens are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum’s phone number is 941.359.5700 and the website is Ringling.org.
The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum’s phone number is 727.896.2667 and the website is MFAStPete.org.
Joanna Robotham, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Tampa Museum of Art — “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.”
“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.” — Christopher Jones, associate curator of photography and new media at The Ringling.
Katherine Pill, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts — “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.”
“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.” — Diana Nawi, associate curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami.
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