Downtown Tampa’s Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is moving to Ybor City

The move to the Kress building on Seventh Avenue starts on Jan. 19.

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click to enlarge Florida Museum of Photographic Arts's downtown Tampa location will begin its relocation to Ybor City on Jan. 19. - Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts's downtown Tampa location will begin its relocation to Ybor City on Jan. 19.
It’s been less than four months since we published an article on all the exciting art coming to Ybor City, but there’s more.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts joins Tempus Projects, Parachute Gallery, the Department of Contemporary Art, Quaid, Screen Door Microcinema, Dave Decker Photography and others in the historic Kress Building on 7th Avenue in Ybor City this year.

It  announced the move on Instagram this week:
“The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is excited to announce that the museum will move to a new location on 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City! The new museum will feature over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a separate Community Gallery. As usual, we will continue in FMoPA's tradition of exhibiting important photographic works. FMoPA will be closed during the move beginning on January 19, 2023, until the new space is fully renovated.”
“Everyone at Tempus Projects is so pleased to have FMoPA as our ground-floor neighbor. We’ve never been happier than we are at The Historic Ybor City Kress,” Tempus Projects said in response to the announcement.

The Tampa City Ballet, which moved into the Kress building in late 2022, welcomed FMoPA to the shared space with the following message: “Amazing news!! We are so excited by the great energy, incredible art community and creative force at the Kress Building! Welcome!!”

FMoPA is currently raising funds to cover the costs of the move, estimated at $150,000. If all goes well, it hopes to re-open in their new space around April-May with a show of photographs curated from its permanent collection.

“I don’t want to say any more because it’s still being curated, but It’s going to be incredible,” FMoPA Interim Executive Director Dierdre Powell told CL in a phone interview.

For now, the future exhibitions space of the FMoPA website is blank, as it raises the funds to relocate the 1,300 images in their permanent collection and renovate their new space in the Kress building.

Its current location in downtown Tampa is open until Jan. 19.

Although it will soon be in between spaces, Powell assures us that the International Photography Competition that FMoPA usually hosts is still happening this summer. The only difference is that this year it will be at Tampa International Airport.

For now, you can still visit FMoPA, located in the big cube building at 400 N Ashley Dr., from noon-5 p.m. six days a week (and until 7 p.m. on Fridays). Admission is free for members and $8-$10 for everyone else.
click to enlarge FMoPA is currently raising funds to cover the costs of the move to the 1600 block of Ybor City, estimated at $150,000. - Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
FMoPA is currently raising funds to cover the costs of the move to the 1600 block of Ybor City, estimated at $150,000.
Before we hung up, Powell mentioned that she’s grateful to Tampa developer Darryl Shaw, who helped make this move possible, and she looks forward to bringing FMoPA to this exciting, new, easier-to-find location.

FMoPA is just the latest in a series of art moves to Ybor City’s seventh avenue, which is rapidly becoming an exciting arts destination. We can’t wait to see how it all looks once everyone is in place.

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Jennifer Ring

Jennifer studied biology for six years, planning for a career in science, but the Universe had other plans. In 2011, Jen was diagnosed with a rare lung disease that sidelined her from scientific research. Her immune system, plagued by Scleroderma, had attacked her lungs to the point of no return. She now required...
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