Tampa Bay & St Petersburg Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Tampa Bay and St Petersburg and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Tampa Bay and St Petersburg art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

The Southeast is an area that we have written about often on our site.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Tampa Bay

Some of the best art galleries and museums in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg would be:

Back in 1920 the Tampa Museum of Art first opened its doors and now it is one of the largest art museums in your area. They provide classes for all ages year round and host some of the major events on the local schedule like the CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture events. Head over to see everything they have to offer from 10am to 5pm most days but on Thursday they don’t close until 8pm.

You may also want to check out the Music in the Museum events at Henry B. Plant Museum held every third Thursday of each month.

There are literally thousands of original works at the Salvador Dali Museum which are viewable from 10am to 6pm and until 8pm on Thursday plus high school students can take their free fashion design program and kids aged 9 to 12 will love their summer camp.

Every month at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg there are different lectures, gallery talks, music concerts, cinema screenings, and other things you will certainly be interested in. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5pm on Sunday

Materials & Supplies Near You

There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials in your area like:

Marion Street Art Materials manufactures their own specialized oil paints, oil mediums, and inks for drawing.

You can get custom framing or fine art printing services in your area at Bay Area Art Supply in St. Petersburg.

Those who need supplies for alternative art, graffiti, and murals can get them at Artissin.

Shows & Events

These local art shows and events are a can’t miss:

Pride & Passion is a 21 and over fundraising event held by the Tampa Museum of Art each April that covers art, fashion, and culture.

Every February at Brew Bus Brewing you can go to the Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival.

Over 250 local and regional visual artists showcase their best works at Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in late February or early March.

Remember we also discussed the Music in the Museum events at Henry B. Plant Museum every third Thursday a bit earlier.

The Naples National Art Show is frequently ranked among the best in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine due to the high quality of work, the engaging personalities of the local artists, and the joyful atmosphere. The event will be held in beautiful Cambier Park and on 8th Street South in downtown.

The Naples Fine Art Show is hosted outdoors at the Italian-American Foundation Club which is located on Airport Pulling and Orange Blossom Roads at a site that is well-known for other public events and patrons and artists will find plenty of free parking. The show’s producer Patty Narozny has more than 30 years of media and event experience as well as a national reputation for ethics and putting on high-quality juried art event while each piece in the exhibition is one-of-a-kind and created by the artist.

The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival goes down at North Straub Park in February and often attracts over a hundred local and national artists.

Every April you can check out the Mainsail Art Festival which features hundreds of juried fine arts and craft exhibitors near you and there are $60,000 worth of prizes given out including a $10,000 grand prize for best in show.

Talented chalk artists do their thing on the sidewalks of the Beach Walk on South Clearwater Beach in mid-October.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

Hess Fine Art at 1131 4th Street North in St. Petersburg is often considered to be one of the best art dealers and appraisers in your area.

Walking Tours

If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on a local art walking tour at:

The Downtown Mural Tour will take you past over 50 creative murals in your area .

Learn the history of the city, see some cool murals, and find more public art with Tour St Pete.

Sculptures & Statues

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Taking selfies with these sculptures and statues could also be enjoyable on a sunny day:

  • George Sugarman Sculpture at Channelside Dr
  • USF Bust of Martin Luther King Jr at 4202 E Fowler Ave
  • John Lennon Statue at 201-299 W Fortune St

Back in 1985 the George Sugarman Sculpture was put up in the roundabout just to the North of the Florida Aquarium.

Linda Ackley created the USF Bust of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr that can be found in the center of the university.

Just in front of the Barrymore Hotel you can check out the John Lennon Statue which was sculpted by Jose Villa Soberon.

Tampa Bay Art Classes

You might be searching for private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults and either way the best St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay art schools are:

There are very good undergraduate and graduate courses available at the USF School of Art and Art History.

Anyone can take classes at Shyama’s Art as long as they are at least 3 years old.

The Art Institute of Tampa is a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design and has scholarships for those who are applicable.

You can find summer programs for kids, evening classes, and more at Tampa Painting With Friends.

There is an open studio program, private classes, camps for kids, and a variety of workshops at the Morean Arts Center.

Not only are there classes at Painting with a Twist but they also do girls night out parties, have night classes, and do other fun stuff.

MCS Clay Studios is a great place to improve your clay and pottery game.

Remember that Tampa Museum of Art from our main list above also offers art classes.

Studios For Rent Near You

You can find art studio space for rent in your area at the Warehouse Arts District at 515 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.


Some of the top Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg art framing services would be:

There are over 5,000 frames and samples to choose from at Frame Factory and they also provide on-site consultations, corporate framing, and installation services.

The Great Frame Up can do in-home consultations, provide custom digital imaging solutions, and they have quite a nice variety of local framed art and wall d├ęcor.

You can get expert consultation when looking through the thousands of samples at Frame St. Pete.

Other places we have mentioned throughout the post that also do framing near you are Michael Murphy Gallery, Bay Area Art Supply, Michaels, and Blick Art Materials.

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Have Fun Enjoying The Tampa Bay Art Scene

Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.

If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. It would be great if you could share your own tips, or let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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