Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 - United States
Opened to the public in 2002, LRMA is a modern and contemporary art museum with a collection of more than 6,000 works of 20th and 21st century art. The nucleus of the museum’s permanent collection includes works by Abraham Rattner, a renowned figurative expressionist; Esther Gentle, Rattner’s second wife and a printmaker, sculptor and painter; and Allen Leepa, Rattner’s step-son and an abstract expressionist artist; and an extensive collection of works by notable 20th century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Henry Moore and contemporary Florida artists and fine craftsmen from the Southeastern United States. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by only 6 percent of all U.S. museums.
LRMA is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 E. Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free to children, students and active military with ID. On Sundays, docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. (included with admission fee). The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle’s Museum Store is open during regular business hours. Additional information available at leeparattner.org
Museum Day, Saturday, September, 17, 2022 includes festivities including art-making activities, docent-led tours, and more! Brand new exhibitions on view celebrate the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art's 20th anniversary year by highlighting its award-winning architecture and design.
Fall exhibitions on view September 17-December 16, 2022:
Edward C. Hoffman, Jr., A.I.A.| Visioning Structure
Visioning Structure celebrates the 40-year career of LRMA’s award-winning architect Edward Hoffman, Jr. Recognized as a favorite son of Tarpon Springs, Hoffman has left a mark on the built environment of the city since opening Hoffman Architects, P.A., in 1981. Highlighting the major projects of Hoffman’s illustrious career, this exhibition merges his passion for local history and modernism through architectural sketches, plans, renderings, models, presentation boards, and prints. His design legacy extends throughout the state of Florida and his firm has received numerous awards for architectural design, energy efficiency, and community service by the American Association of Architects (AIA). Hoffman’s design of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art received the H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award of Excellence in 2002 and was recognized in Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places (#42) in 2012.
Building Legacies: Architecture & Design
North, Center Galleries
Opening its doors in 2002, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is celebrating 20 years of serving the community with a series of exhibitions that highlights the museum’s masterworks, Florida artists, and its award-winning architecture. This fall marks the finale of this year-long celebration with exhibitions that highlight local architectural wonders, including LRMA, The Dalí Museum, and Florida Polytechnic University, and builds on our museum’s legacy through architecture-inspired works from the permanent collection.
Structure of Prints: The Dorothy Mitchell Collection
Structure of Prints weaves together the story of a partnership between the women-owned printmaking workshop, Berghoff-Cowden Editions, and art collector Dorothy Mitchell. To complement Building Legacies: Architecture & Design, this exhibition showcases Berghoff-Cowden Editions’ masterful use of unconventional techniques to construct a print much like an architect would construct a building. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, the Berghoff-Cowden workshop pushed the boundaries of screenprinting as a fine art medium. They encouraged artists to experiment with materials and techniques such as cutting and reassembling shapes, flocking with peat moss, sewing, and folding edges in their prints. This transformed traditional screenprinting from a two-dimensional medium into a three-dimensional construction made of paper, fabric, and collage. The result was an innovative body of mixed-media screenprint editions by artists including Brad Davis, Frank Faulkner, Sam Gilliam, Roberto Juarez, Miriam Schapiro, George Sugarman and Robert Zakanitch.
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