Looming behind the grid, Passion, by Skyway artist Jason Hackenwerth, a room-size sculpture created from thousands of latex balloons. In forefront, dangling above the Tampa Museum of Art lobby, on long-term loan, is Kiss and Tell, by German artist Wolfgang Flad.

Looming behind the grid, Passion, by Skyway artist Jason Hackenwerth, a room-size sculpture created from thousands of latex balloons. In forefront, dangling above the Tampa Museum of Art lobby, on long-term loan, is Kiss and Tell, by German artist Wolfgang Flad.

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What a Summer Blockbuster! An all-encompassing, thought-provoking, challenging, moving, controversial, elegant, delightfully humorous, THREE-MUSEUM exhibit, concurrently showing in St. Pete, Sarasota and Tampa museums. Not only is Skyway a contemporary collaboration between museums across counties, but a true recognition and celebration of prolific artists and talented curators in our region of Florida. Each museum is offering a variety of Skyway-related programming throughout the summer - highlights and links below. [ WARNING: bridges must be crossed to see complete exhibit ]

My Skyway connection to three upcoming Events  (Jul 18 is a private event)

Friday July 14 | 7-10 pm Kegs & Collections | Tour of Great Bay Distributors regional art collection, artists on-site talking about their work (including 3 Skyway artists), lite fare from Stillwaters Tavern and, even a Skyway-inspired beer Yellow Cable Lager, among other libations | Organized by The Contemporaries, Museum of Fine Arts | For tickets and complete information: http://mfastpete.org/event/the-contemporaries-kegs-and-collections/                                                                                                             

Tuesday July 18 | 6 - 8 pm FRIENDS of the Tampa Museum visit the law offices of Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP for a private tour (given by yours truly) of the firm's regional art collection spanning two floors. Three artists in SLK's collection are also in Skyway.

Wednesday July 19 | 7 pm Museum of Fine Arts Panel Discussion | New Models: Exploring the Collaboration Between Business and the Arts | Presented by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP | Panelists include SLK partner Erin Aebel; Art Consultant Katherine Gibson; MFA Curator Katherine Pill; Skyway Artist Rebecca Sexton Larson; Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts Executive Director Susana Weymouth 

Skyway related Highlights  (see Museum links below; some events require tickets and/or Rsvp)

Jul 13    |  Ringling  |  5:30 - 7:30 Artist and Curator Talks

Jul 20    |  TMA  |  12:30 - 1:30  | 30 on Thursday | Skyway Artist Bruce Marsh 

Jul 20    |  MFA  |  6:30 - 7:30|  Panel Discussion with Skyway Artists | http://mfastpete.org/event/17844/

Aug 1    |  TMA  |  6:30  |  Reception | 7pm Lecture | Discussions w/Skyway curators and artists

Aug 3    |  TMA  |  12:30 - 1:30  |  30 on Thursday  |  Skyway Artist TBA

Aug 15  |  Ringling  |  10:30 am  |  Skyway artists and curators discuss "bridging the gap"

Aug 17  |  TMA  |  12:30 - 1:30  |  30 on Thursday  |  Skyway Artist Rebecca Sexton Larson

Aug 17  |  MFA  |  6:30  | Panel Discussion with Skyway Artists

Sept 3   |  TMA  |  12:30 - 1:30  |  30 on Thursday  |  Skyway Artist TBA

Sept 21 |  MFA  |  6:30  |  Panel Discussion with Skyway Artists

Links to Additional information

Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration http://www.skywaytampabay.com/about/

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg | http://mfastpete.org/events-calendar/         

The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota | https://www.ringling.org/museum-art  

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa | https://tampamuseum.org/museum-events/event-list/

WMNF Art in your Ear | Host JoEllen Schilke talks with Skyway Curators | AiYE page includes links for each of the 57 Skyway artists thanks to JoEllen | http://www.wmnf.org/events/art-in-your-ear/  

Jason Hackenwerth installation, Tampa Museum of Art

Can't give it ALL away.... you have to cross some bridges to visit each Skyway exhibition. If you are a member of one of the three museums, I understand reciprocity is recognized, so you shouldn't incur additional entrance fees. That said, best to check before making the trek. If you are not already a member of the MFA, TMA or Ringling, what better reason to join - a memorable trifecta!