About

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture and education converge. Whether you’re exploring our galleries or reawakening your love of art through a class, LRMA strives to be a vital part of Pinellas County's cultural landscape. Opened 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 museum is located on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.

As a membership-based cultural and academic institution, LRMA serves students and the community at-large, and the museum provides an array of educational programs for all ages to complement a year-around exhibition schedule.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is to collect, conserve, exhibit, and protect the works of art entrusted to its care and stewardship. Through its exhibitions, programs, and expanding collection of 20th and 21st century art, the museum strives to engage and inspire our diverse community by providing opportunities for education, enlightenment, interpretation, and research to students, scholars, and visitors.

History

First opened to the public on January 22, 2002, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art was established through the generosity of Dr. Allen Leepa (artist, educator, and author) with additional support provided by the St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc., through St. Petersburg College and the State of Florida.

The initial gift to the museum included works by Abraham Rattner, Allen Leepa’s stepfather and a renowned figurative expressionist; Esther Gentle, Rattner’s second wife and a print-maker, sculptor, and painter; and Allen Leepa, an abstract expressionist artist. Also included was an extensive collection of works by notable 20th century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, and Henry Moore.

Since opening, the museum has expanded its collection through gifts and purchases. In 2010, the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art collection was acquired by St. Petersburg College and a significant portion was given to the museum. This gift enriched the museum’s permanent collection of approximately 6,000 objects and created a new collection focus on contemporary Florida art since 1990, along with fine crafts of the Southeastern United States.

In 2013, LRMA was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by fewer than 6 percent of all U.S. museums. LRMA is a direct support organization of St. Petersburg College.

Awards

AWARDS

  • 2016 Certificate of Excellence Winner, TripAdvisor
  • 2012 Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places (#42)
  • 2002 H. Dean Rowe Award of Design Excellence, presented by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to Hoffman Architects, PA, for the design of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
  • 19th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards, Bronze Winner
  • 21st Annual Admissions Advertising Awards, Silver Winner

Accreditation

  • American Alliance of Museums (2013)

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