WINTER/SPring Season prOgramming 

MFA Winter/Spring Program Guide

Join us for educational programs featuring a stellar lineup of engaging, inspiring, and entertaining speakers. Each of our programs is designed to allow our audiences to delve deeper into the MFA Collection, garner different perspectives from experts, and reflect on current issues impact the art museum space, and each of our lives.

The Story of Art
This series will focus on the story of human history, one that is continually being retold as we discover new things and look afresh at the familiar. The series will kick off on February 16 as we examine some of the earliest known examples of art in the MFA Collection. Join MFA curators on a journey to learn more about our collection, contextualized with other objects from around the world, as we take a grand tour through the story of art.

  • The Grand Narrative
    Interim Executive Director Anne-Marie Russell
    Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Art Until Rome: 2700 B.C.-A.D. 300
    Senior Curator of Ancient Art Dr. Michael Bennett
    Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Searching for the Middle Ages: 1000-1500
    Senior Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Dr. Stanton Thomas
    Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Crossing Boundaries: 1500-1850
    Associate Curator Erin Wilson
    Thursday, April 6, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • When Modern Got Real: 1850-1950
    Senior Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Dr. Stanton Thomas
    Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Fixing an Image: Photography
    Senior Curator Jane Aspinwall
    Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Art Now 1950-Today
    Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill
    Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 6-7 pm

Museum Studies Institute
The Museum Studies Institute is the MFA St. Pete’s internal “think tank” that encompasses all of the intellectual and creative imaginings generated from, and orbiting around, an encyclopedic art museum.  Art museums preserve things—art objects that represent the highest aspirations of humankind—in perpetuity. Yet we do so amid the reality of a complex and ever-changing world. Lectures by renowned experts on the history of art museums, conversations on engaging topics, symposia examining current challenges—from climate change to inclusivity to new media—allow us to open up our internal discussions to engage our community in the conversation.

  • The Encyclopedic Museum
    Lowery Stokes Sims
    Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 6-7 pm
  • Women Build Museums
    Dr. Paul Ivey
    Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 11 am – 12 pm
  • Art is Life
    Jerry Saltz
    Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 11 am – 12 pm
  • Artist Talk: Odili Donald Odita
    Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 11 am – 12 pm

In Conversation
This animated series will showcase various artists, thinkers, and creatives in conversation with each other, often around the debut of a new book or project. These casual conversations will surprise and delight the community, and offer an opportunity to delve into current issues, best-selling books, and other topics of interest.

  • Maira Kalman & Bob Morris
    Thursday, February 9, from 6-7 pm
  • Billy Collins & Bob Morris
    Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 6-7 pm

Picture of Health
Picture of Health is a multifaceted program examining integrated concepts of various concepts of health across space and time, using our collection as a point of departure. The program cultivates an integrated exploration of health—cognitive, physical, physiological, emotional, civic, intellectual and spiritual with the goal of fostering wellbeing in our community.

  • Why We Sing
    Bob Morris
    Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 1-2 pm
  • Creativity & Aging: Still Striking
    Doug Dreishpoon
    Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 11 am – 12 pm

By Design
We sometimes take for granted that everything around us, if not part of nature, has been “designed”, from the phone in your hand to the road you drive on to the workspace you may spend a third of your life in. The By Design series will look at the world around us and the impact design has on the way live.

  • Office Space
    Florian Idenburg & Aaron Betsky
    Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 2 – 3 pm

IMAGES (From left to right, top to bottom): Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims (Photo © Grace Roselli); Dr. Paul Eli Ivey (Photo © Dr. Paul Eli Ivey); Odili Donald Odita (Photo © Jide Alakija); Billy Collins (Photo © Bill Hayes); Doug Dreishpoon (Photo © Dr. Doug Dreishpoon); Aaron Betsky (Photo © Aaron Betsky); Florian Idenburg (Photo © Lelanie Foster); Jerry Saltz (Photo © Celeste Sloman); Maira Kalman (Photo © Jeffrey MacMillan); Bob Morris (Photo © Bob Morris)

Sketching in the Galleries

Enjoy our free open sketching sessions at the MFA where sketch boards and paper, pencils, and gallery stools are available for small groups and individuals.

Public Docent Tours

Docent-led tours take place Thursdays at 6:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Docents are also available in the galleries most weekend mornings and weekday afternoons. Check with a member of our Visitor Experience team to see if a docent is available during your visit. Docent tours are free with museum admission.

MFA adult programs are made possible in part by Art Bridges, Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation, Community Foundation Tampa Bay, Focardi-Great Bay Foundation, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation, The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, and support through MFA memberships and donations to the MFA Fund.