50 Artworks for 50 Years

September 19, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Above: Daniel Vertangen (Dutch, c. 1598–before 1684), The Expulsion from Paradise (detail), 17th century, oil on panel, Gift of Dr. Gordon J. and Michele Kidwell-Gilbert in honor of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary, 2015.02

Since opening its doors in 1965, the Museum of Fine Arts has been dedicated to collecting and caring for objects of artistic and cultural merit and interest. This has resulted in the Tampa Bay area’s most comprehensive art collection, with major works from antiquity to the present day represented.

50 for 50 stems from a project initiated earlier this year. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the MFA set out to secure 50 new works for its ever-evolving collection. Donors met this challenge with enthusiasm, making this a remarkable success and one to be celebrated.

50 for 50 spotlights these gifts, which range dramatically in medium, geographies, and eras. Works will be alternated throughout the length of the exhibition so that incoming gifts can be represented. 50 Artworks for 50 Years celebrates these new acquisitions and highlights those members of our community whose continuous support is immeasurable:

Lynell and Robert Bell
Dr. Robert and Anna Bianchi
Collectors Circle*
Jane Egbert
Dr. Gordon Gilbert and Michele Kidwell-Gilbert
Elinor Gollay and Rex Brasell
Dr. Jennifer Hardin and Emmanuel Roux*
Robert and Chris Hilton
Helene and John A. Hardick
Donald Karshan and Maurie Lee Harding
Mary Alice McClendon
Bernadette and Howard Mills
Dr. Richard and Mary Perry
Eric Lang Peterson
Daniel and Joan Rutenberg and Family
Iris and Stan Salzer
Dr. John E. Schloder
Herb Snitzer
Mindy and Michael Solomon
Sylvia and Vincent Sorrentino
Joe and Linda Swanson
Lothar Uhl
William Knight Zewadski

*Museum purchase with donated funds