Best Of 2017

BEST PATRON SAINT OF THE LOCAL ARTS: Michael Murphy

BEST PATRON SAINT OF THE LOCAL ARTS

Two years ago, in our BOTB 25th anniversary issue, we cited Silver Meteor Gallery for its own landmark anniversary: Best Two Decades of Alternative Art & Performance. But it’s important to note that the man who made that happen and is still making it happen is Michael Murphy, the Tampa arts scene’s kindly Zelig. Who hasn’t he helped in the local theater and art communities? In addition to his day job at the HCC Ybor Art Gallery, he serves as a key board member of Theatre Tampa Bay, nurtures small companies at Silver Meteor, lends his expertise (and chairs) to projects that need them, and during the first Tampa International Fringe Festival hosted some of the most memorable shows in the fest’s inaugural season. —David Warner