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 moving from downtown Tampa to historic Ybor City.
“The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is excited to announce that the museum will move to a new location on 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City!” museum officials wrote in a Facebook post. “The new museum will feature over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a separate Community Gallery. As usual, we will continue in FMoPA’s tradition of exhibiting important photographic works. FMoPA will be closed during the move beginning on January 19, 2023, until the new space is fully renovated.”
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.
We’ll miss its old space, but we’re excited even more people will have access to its wonderful collections in Ybor. The new location will be on the ground floor at 1624 E 7th Ave.
Follow FMoPA on Facebook and Instagram for updates on its new space.
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