Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 - United States



The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a modern and contemporary art museum with a collection of nearly 6,000 objects. Located on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, the museum opened in 2002 and serves as an academic and cultural institution. Enlightening programs for all ages complement a variety of special exhibitions and permanent collection displays.


Museum Day Hours on Saturday, Sept. 22nd will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rattner and Surrealism
July 1, 2018 – July 7, 2019
Rattner and Surrealism showcases Abraham Rattner’s style and influences while immersed in the Surrealist movement in Paris in the 1920s and 30s. Highlighted works pay homage to influential writers Jean Cocteau and Pierre Reverdy and showcase fellow Surrealist artists such as Marc Chagall and Joan Miró. A recreation of Rattner’s art studio provides a deeper understanding into his creative process.

Elemental: Fine Crafts from the Collection
October 8, 2017 – September 15, 2019
The interrelationship of the classical elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water from the ancient Chinese tradition is explored through contemporary fine craft mediums. Artists, with an amalgam of ancient raw materials and modern ingenuity, stretch the boundaries of earth’s elements in metal, wood, clay, stone, and glass.

Selina Román: A Liminal State
April 29, 2018 – September 23, 2018
Selina Román: A Liminal State explores the quickly vanishing glamour of old Florida and the temporary feeling of the artist’s native state. Seductive and mysterious, her photographs offer an intimate, yet unsettling, glimpse into a transient world. The visitor becomes the voyeur through 80 colorful photographs and digital media, props and installations.

The Museum Project
April 29,2018 – September 23, 2018
The Museum Project celebrates a recent donation of 54 photographs by contemporary photographers from across the United States including Barry Andersen, Darryl Curran, Robert Fichter, Suda House, Sheila Pinkel, Bonnie Schiffman, Michael Stone, and Robert von Sternberg. Graduates from the University of California photography program in the 1960s, these renowned photographers are long-time university professors and have pioneered many techniques.

Special Offers, Tours, and Programs:

LRMA will offer docent tours at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., art activities, refreshments, and two cultural programs featuring photographer Selina Román and The Florida Orchestra's Reed Trio.

Selina Román "Concealed" Photoshoot, 11:00-1:00 p.m.

In this age of Facebook, surveillance and instantly upload-able videos, we are always being watched. Our identities have morphed into commodities, and our sense of community is experienced electronically. Artist Selina Román wants to give you your privacy back. Take part in "Concealed," a photoshoot where you will have your portrait taken. The catch? You must completely cover your face and not reveal any of your facial features. From simply using your hands to cover your face to creating an elaborate headpiece, let your cover reflect your personality, as well as your feelings about society's thirst to know and see all. Through the act of concealing their faces, sitters will deny the world their identity via the permanence of photography. Although sitters' faces won't be seen, their covers, clothes and gestures will likely reveal more than their facial expressions. (Participants are encouraged to bring their own props, and they will have a Polaroid of themselves to take home.)

TFO (The Florida Orchestra) On the Go at Leepa-Rattner Museum, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

To celebrate its new season with the community, The Florida Orchestra will blitz Tampa Bay with more than a dozen free chamber concerts in two days including one at LRMA on Museum Day. The orchestra's Reed Trio, featuring Jeffrey Stephenson on oboe, Joseph Beverly on clarinet, and Maurizio Venturini on bassoon, will perform a concert in the Interactive Gallery. An orchestra staff member will introduce the trio and say a few words about this delightful collaboration with the museum.


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