Please join us on January 16th as we welcome Tom Magoulis, the Executive Director of the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. This new gem is planned to open in early 2020 and will be a welcome addition to the booming St. Petersburg Arts scene. From collection and storage of the art to the upcoming grand opening of the museum, Tom will share the museum’s journey and how they ended up in St. Petersburg.
A little bit about the Museum
The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement will showcase a world class collection of art objects consisting of furniture, metalwork, lighting, ceramics, pottery, wood block prints, photography, fine art and other decorative works that date back to the 1900-to-1930. This historic movement, a reaction to the industrial revolution, dangerous factory working conditions, inferior mass-made objects, and a renewed appreciation of handmade art using natural materials, dramatically changed design philosophy and the way craftspeople worked.
After more than 20 years of collecting world-class art objects from the Arts and Crafts movement in America and founding the nonprofit Two Red Roses Foundation to house the collection, Tarpon
Springs businessman and art collector Rudy Ciccarello is finally realizing his dream to make this amazing collection available to the public.
The five-story, 144,000-square-foot museum along the 300 block of Fourth Avenue North will be the first of its kind in the country and the largest in St. Petersburg.
The approximately $90 million museum will feature more than 40,000 square feet of gallery space, temporary exhibition space, a 100-seat auditorium, a resource library, children’s education center, as well as a graphic studio and darkroom facilities for educational programs. Also included is Ambrosia, a 200 plus seat destination restaurant, a café, retail store, event ballroom and private art gallery designed for weddings, corporate events, and private parties.