Exhibitions On View

UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means Featuring Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani and Rob Tarbell

February 24 – June 2, 2019 • NORTH, SOUTH AND CENTER GALLERIES

Three contemporary Florida artists use alternative processes to create unique work based on drawing and memory. Nathan Beard explores his family’s lineage through a labor-intensive process using tape to create undulating layers of painted patterns. Fiber artist Akiko Kotani creates drawings with silk thread, explores mark-making on glass, and crochets “melting walls” from plastic. Rob Tarbell harnesses the elusive medium of smoke to create ethereal portraits on paper and porcelain.

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David McKirdy: From the Collection

February 3 – August 11, 2019 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY

A selection of mixed-media works on paper by Tampa artist David McKirdy complements UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means. McKirdy’s background in biology and scientific illustration fuels his inspiration to create abstract works made of elaborate dot patterns. Through painstaking processes, he experiments with a variety of materials to create these interactive works, which engage the viewer through optical illusion.

David McKirdy, Mirror, Mirror, 2014, mirror and mylar, 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in, gift of Cleta Clark, 2018.3.7.


Rattner and Surrealism

July 1, 2018 – July 7, 2019 • RATTNER GALLERY

Rattner's experimentation with the Surrealist movement while in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s led to lifelong friendships with fellow artists and writers. Rattner and Surrealism showcases the artist's evolving style and influences while immersed in the Surrealist movement, and highlights works by fellow artists Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and others.

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Made in Florida: The Art of Giving

August 12, 2018 – August 9, 2020 • MADE IN FLORIDA GALLERY

Many museums have been established and defined by the donation of a substantial collection. As part of its mission, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art focuses on collecting and preserving contemporary Florida artists. Cultivating donations of art that complement a core collection provides a deeper understanding and well-rounded perspective. This enables the museum to remain relevant and to grow.

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Elemental: Fine Crafts from the Collection

October 8, 2017 – September 15, 2019 • FINE CRAFT GALLERY

A new installation of sculptural works from the permanent collection based on the classical elements of the ancient Chinese tradition: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. These elements were used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The interrelationship of these classical elements is explored through contemporary fine craft mediums including jewelry, decorative arts, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and paper. An amalgam of ancient raw materials and modern ingenuity, artists stretch the boundaries of earth’s elements in metal, wood, clay, stone, glass, and other natural media.

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Artistic Journeys


Permanent collection of works by Abraham Rattner, Esther Gentle, and Allen Leepa. These galleries chronicle a family of artists and their responses to the cultural and political events of the 20th century.