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 that impact the art museum space, and each of our lives.

2024 Winter-Spring Programs: 

January 18, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Artist Talk | Alexis Rockman

January 25, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Artist Talk | Janaina Tschäpe

February 22, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
The Overview Effect | Jane Poynter

March 14, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession

March 21, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Making the Middle Republic: Dan-el Padilla Peralta

March 28, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Artist Talk | Ursala Hudson

April 3, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Make Yourself Uncomfortable with Dr. Daniel Barber

April 4-7, 2024
Art in Bloom

April 12, 2024, 7:00-8:00 pm
The Lost Birds performed by the MC Voices

April 18, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Earth and Sun: Claudia Peña Salinas and Christian Sampson

April 25, 2024, 6:00-7:00 pm
Artful Conversation: Dr. Stanton Thomas & Luis Seixas

May 18, 2024, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Gallery Talks with Lonnie Holley and Viva Vadim





Through this series, we explore the intricate interplay between visual art and cinematic storytelling. Art on Film features thoughtfully curated films, documentaries, and audiovisual presentations that offer a dynamic and immersive experience.


This series focuses on the story of art history, one that is continually being retold as we discover new things and look afresh at the familiar. 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 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, and 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.


These programs feature a wide range of people who comprise the ecosystem of the global contemporary art world—artists, thinkers, curators, writers, critics, collectors, and visionaries—to inspire audiences, connect our local community to the world, and expose global luminaries to the cultural riches and local talents of the Tampa Bay area.


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.


Picture of Health is a comprehensive initiative that explores interconnected notions of well-being transcending geographical and temporal boundaries, leveraging the MFA Collection as a starting point. This program fosters a holistic investigation of health, encompassing cognitive, physical, physiological, emotional, civic, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions, all with the aim of nurturing a sense of wellness within our community.

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 to the workspace where you may spend a third of your life. The By Design series will look at the world around us, and the impact design has on how we live.

Programs are subject to change. Check our Calendar of Events for the latest programs and events at the MFA.

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 on Saturdays 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.


Stimulate your family’s imagination and inspire a love of art from around the world as you explore our museum together! Learn more about our Youth Programs.


Programs at the MFA are made possible in part through the generation support of Community Foundation Tampa Bay, the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, and Raymond James. To discuss sponsorship opportunities at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, please contact our team at 727-896-2667 extension 231.