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Florida Museum of Photographic Arts opens in Ybor City

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) has long been a beautiful staple in the heart of downtown Tampa. This cultural institution is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.  FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. The team behind the museum just announced they’re now open in historic Ybor City’s Kress Building at 1630 E 7th Avenue.

The new museum features over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a separate Community Gallery. They will continue in FMoPA’s tradition of exhibiting important photographic works.

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“Join us from Tuesday through Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.” wrote the FMOPA team on Instagram.

FMoPA joins a burgeoning art scene in Ybor City

FMoPA began as an idea back in 2001. Cynthia L. Flowers was inspired to bring significant photography collections to the city of Tampa. Flowers, along with Charles J. Levin (an attorney), and Vincent Sorrentino (an art dealer) established the Tampa Gallery of Photographic Arts, a museum dedicated to photography.  The trio worked in close cooperation with Madison Marquette, the owner of Hyde Park Village, and secured an exhibition space.

In 2006, it was renamed the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and moved to the Rivergate Plaza’s architecturally significant Cube, a soaring six-story atrium recognized as one of the most impressive interior spaces on the west coast of Florida.

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Follow FMoPA on Facebook and Instagram for updates on its new space.

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