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Director Bernice Chu is leaving the James Museum

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: July 8, 2019 Bernice Chu, Founding Director of St. Petersburg’s James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, is leaving after two years in the position. Chu, who joined the museum team while the facility was still under construction, has accepted an executive position with the International African American Museum, currently […]

James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art director Bernice Chu is leaving

Tampa Bay Times – Published: July 8, 2019 Bernice Chu, Founding Director of St. Petersburg’s James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, is leaving after two years in the position. The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has announced the departure of its founding director, Bernice Chu. Her last day will […]

How to enjoy St. Petersburg, Florida, from its museums to beaches

Travelers United – Published: June 22, 2019 Whenever I “discover” a wonderful new museum, I am inspired. This wonderful museum, opened only about a year, is truly a vision of the Old West. From paintings and sculptures of Indians or Native Americans to those of Cowboys and ranchers, this museum is a gateway to the […]

On the Town: James Museum Spotlights Photography of Edward S. Curtis

Bay News 9 – Published: May 14, 2019 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art’s new exhibit, which spotlights the photography of Edward S. Curtis, also spotlights a world vanished. The intimate, fragile photographs that make up “The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis” are over 100 years old. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

Honoring museums, bookmobiles and innovation

The Tampa Bay 100 – Published: May 9, 2019 One of the top honors went to The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art for its transformation of a vacant St. Petersburg office building into a stunning museum. Use of stone, glass, bronze and water create a natural feel for co-founders Tom and Mary James’ collection. READ […]

Moms welcomed at the James Museum

WTSP – Published: May 7, 2019 Holly Walton with the museum stopped by to give details on Mother’s Day events and give us a glimpse of the jewelry available to purchase inside the museum, just in case you forgot to give her a gift. WATCH NOW

Renowned Hoop Dancer To Perform For James Museum Anniversary

St. Pete Patch – Published: April 28, 2019 Five-time world champion Native American Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan will bring his world-renowned talents to the James Museum as part of a weekend of festivities to mark the museum’s one-year anniversary. Duncan will also lead a discussion on this traditional dance form following his performance. READ MORE

St. Pete museum defines area as ‘world-class destination,’ wins regional award

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: April 26, 2019 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art received top honors from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council at the organization’s annual awards breakfast. Tom and Mary James, Harvard Jolly Architecture, Wannemacher Jensen Architects and Yann Weymouth, design director, were named recipients of the One Bay McIntosh […]

The James Museum 1 year Anniversary + Curator of Art Emily Kapes

Chat City Podcast – Released: April 17, 2019 The James Museum is one of the newest museums to grace downtown St. Petersburg and this month they are celebrating their one year anniversary. It is home to almost 500 pieces of personally collected works of Native American/ Western art and sculptures. This week’s chat features Curator […]

BEAUTY AND THE BURG FEATURING JAMES MUSEUM

Beauty and the Burg – Released: April 10, 2019 Beauty and the Burg Podcast Episode 171 with Cindy Stovall featuring The James Museum Curator of Art, Emily Kapes, and a discussion about Edward Curtis. LISTEN

Photographer bridges Native American cultures

Crow’s Nest – Published: April 8, 2019 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is offering visitors a brief glimpse into the life and work of early 20th century American photographer Edward S. Curtis through a special exhibition titled “The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis.” At the turn of the century, Curtis took […]

Native American photography on view at the James Museum

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: April 3, 2019 Just shy of its first anniversary, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art hits one out of the park with The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis, opening Saturday. It’s the third special exhibition for finance magnate Tom James’ specialty museum, but the first one to adhere perfectly to […]

James Museum To Showcase Historic Native American Photographs

St. Pete Patch – Published: March 26, 2019 More than 70 photographs depicting Native American cultures will be on display during a special exhibition at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, April 6 through July 21. In the first three decades of the 20th century, American photographer Edward S. […]

EXPERIENCE A MUSEUM MECCA IN ST. PETE // CLEARWATER

Fused Magazine – Published: March 20, 2019 Set on its own peninsular on the west coast of Florida, St. Pete/Clearwater is home to a thriving arts and culture scene thanks to its impressive collection of world-class museums. The latest addition to the museum scene, The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art transports visitors through […]

The James Museum: Where East Meets West

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: April 3, 2019 To say Tom James is an “Art Connoisseur” is an understatement. In my meeting with the successfull businessman of the Raymond James Financial firm I found a passion for art that far transcends a collector with expertise. READ MORE

Dom Flemons brings Grammy-nominated black cowboy music to St. Petersburg

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay – Published: March 1, 2019 It’s been just three months since Dom Flemons was at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, but the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder is already on his way back for a March 2 gig at St. Petersburg’s James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. READ MORE

‘The beauty of the West is unbelievable’: A conversation with Tom James

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: February 8, 2019 It’s been almost a year since the $75 million James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art opened in downtown St. Petersburg, and Tom James is talking about a new article in Forbes that describes his collection of contemporary paintings and sculpture as “great art – elevating well beyond any specific category […]

The James Museum Of Western And Wildlife Art Showcases Best Of West In Florida

Forbes – Published: February 4, 2019 Like Solomon Guggenheim, Walter Annenberg or Paul and Rachel Mellon in the 20th century, Tom and Mary James have left a legacy which will enrich generations through the gifting of their art collection to the public. READ MORE

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

Atlas Obscura – Published: January 10, 2019 In April of 2018, the James Museum became the latest addition to downtown St. Petersburg’s cultural scene, featuring roughly 400 works from the private collection of Mary and Tom James. In planning the museum, however, the couple realized that beaches and palm trees don’t exactly evoke a sense […]

The coolest things that opened in St. Pete in 2018

I Love the Burg – Published: December 20, 2018 The James Museum is a marvel downtown. There’s 30,000-square-feet dedicated to Tom James’ massive collection of Western and Wildlife art. Visitors will see brilliant bronze sculptures and transfixing paintings hearkening back to the frontiersman days all in an expansive, alluring venue. READ MORE

James Michaels: An American Pop Life Exhibition

Destination Tampa Bay – Published: December 1, 2018 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art brings pop art vibes to its galleries with this exhibition James Michaels: An American Pop Life. This special exhibition features Pop Expressionist and Painterly Realism paintings from Michaels, a Tampa Bay artist. The exhibit runs through March 3, 2019. […]

James Michaels’ pop art introduces new audiences to St. Petersburg’s James Museum

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay – Published: November 21, 2018 With its special exhibition, James Michaels: An American Pop Life, St. Pete’s new James Museum goes beyond its western borders and expands its appeal to art lovers of all stripes. It’s a retrospective of Bay Area artist James Michaels’ 40-year career, from his early pop art works […]

dR Daily 11/20: James Michaels at the James Museum

duPonte Registry – Published: November 20, 2018 James Michaels: An American Pop Life, the second special exhibition at the new James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, is a must-see no matter what the day, but seeing it on a Tuesday offers you more bang for your buck. Not only is the usual $20 admission reduced to […]

James Michaels Exhibit | St. Pete, FL

The City of St. Pete – Aired: November 16, 2018 The James Museum of Western + Wildlife presents James Michaels: An American Pop Life. This special exhibit features 30+ years of James Michaels’ artistic career that was hand-selected from the Tom and Mary James collection. WATCH VIDEO

ID Original | New Pop Culture Exhibit at the James Museum

The Identity Tampa Bay – Aired: November 15, 2018 Take a look at the new James Michaels art installation at the James Museum in St. Pete! WATCH VIDEO

What’s happening in art: Pop art at the James Museum, Japanese woodblock prints at the Ringling

Tampa Bay Times – Published: November 14, 2018 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has a surprisingly large collection of art works that crossover many genres, including pop art, but still maintain a western theme.  READ MORE

“An American Pop Life” at the The James Museum

ABC Action News – Aired: November 14, 2018 The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art brings pop art vibes to its galleries with their newest exhibition James Michaels: An American Pop Life. This second special exhibition features Pop Expressionist and Painterly Realism paintings from Michaels, a Tampa Bay artist. WATCH VIDEO

New exhibits spotlight pop art, the dark side of fairy tales

St. Pete Catalyst – Published: November 13, 2018 Along with their vast and varied collection of contemporary art focused on images of the Old West, Tom and Mary James posess the work of Tampa Bay painter James Michaels, who was, once upon a time, a political cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune. READ MORE

At the helm of the James Museum, Bernice Chu combines creative and management skill sets

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: November 2, 2018 The founding director of the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has a rare combination of facilities management, finance, and construction management experience. READ MORE

American west art history at James Museum

FOX 13 – Aired: September 13, 2018 The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art opened in April 2018 and transports visitors through the rich and diverse heritage of the American West. Its more than 500 works of art evoke the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the beauty of life in the WATCH VIDEO

Wild West in St. Pete

Lake + Sumter Style – Published: August 13, 2018 Move over, Sal (Dali); take a break, Dale (Chihuly). The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is St. Petersburg’s new ‘sheriff’ in town. READ MORE

Morning Blend

Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend – Aired: August 1, 2018 The James Museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Art and the Animal” has opened its doors. Organized in collaboration with The Society of Animal Artists (SAA), the special exhibition is the first since the museum opened in April. Located in the James Special Exhibitions gallery, entry is free with […]

WILD EXHIBIT: ART AND THE ANIMAL

Tampa Bay Times – Published: August 1, 2018 Is it too presumptuous to think everyone loves animals? Or at least finds them interesting? Even if I’m wrong, I’m willing to bet that the “Art and the Animal” exhibition now open at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art will draw some big crowds. READ […]

Up close: James Museum director Bernice Chu

Catalyst – Published: July 28, 2018 Bernice Chu has lived and worked in just three cities. She was Manager of Museum Operations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Director of Design at the New York Botanical Garden, and held similarly key positions at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Chicago’s […]

Up Close With Cathy Unruh

Up Close With Cathy Unruh – Aired: July 19, 2018 Visit St. Petersburg’s newest museum destination, The James Museum. Co-founded by Tom and Mary James, the museum features their vast personal collection of Western and wildlife artwork and includes living legends as well as emerging artists. Tune in to Up Close as Cathy visits The […]

‘Art and the Animal’ to Open at The James Museum in St. Petersburg

Alive Tampa Bay – Published: July 11, 2018 The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art opens its first special exhibition, “Art and the Animal,” on July 28 at the downtown St. Petersburg museum. The exhibition, in conjunction with the Society of Animal Artists, is free with admission to the museum. READ MORE

Explore the American West at the James Museum

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater – Aired: May 11, 2018 The newest addition to downtown St. Pete’s cultural scene puts icons of the American West on display. The 30,000 sq. ft. gallery space showcases 400 premier works of art from Tom and Mary James’ personal collection of more than 3,000 pieces. WATCH VIDEO

Contemporary art in the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art? That and more.

Tampa Bay Times – Published: May 4, 2018 You may think you know what to expect from the new James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: traditional paintings and large scale bronze sculptures of cowboys and Native Americans. And you’re right, but only partly. READ MORE

St. Pete’s newest arts gem: James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

83degrees Media – Published: April 17, 2018 There are 12 museums of Western art in the country says Tom James, chairman emeritus of Raymond James Financial, and he’s visited most of them. Now James and his wife Mary are unveiling their own museum showcasing the American West and Native American Indian culture. READ MORE

Canyon of Color

Tampa Bay Times – Published: August 24, 2017 Workers install sandstone from India on the entryway walls of the new James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art on Wednesday at 100 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. A 20-foot-high waterfall, which will include scalloped granite, is being constructed in the background. READ MORE

Tom and Mary James Western Art Museum Names Interim Director

Tampa Bay Times – Published: August 10, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG — The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, which is expected to have its grand opening in early 2018, has hired Bernice Chu as interim director. READ MORE

The James Museum Announces Interim Director

St. Peters Blog – Published: August 9, 2017 The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife art has selected an interim director as it ramps up toward its scheduled opening in early 2018. READ MORE

James Museum Appoints Interim Director

Tampa Bay Reporter – Published: August 8, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG – Bernice Chu has been named the interim director of the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. READ MORE

Tom James and wife, Mary, talk about their James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

Tampa Bay Times – Published: July 20, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary. READ MORE

New James Museum transforms 100 block of Central Avenue, Downtown St. Pete

83 Degrees – Published: July 11, 2017 A 105-ton stone mesa will frame the entrance to the Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art Museum, St. Petersburg’s newest addition to its growing collection of arts and cultural organizations. READ MORE

Final beam set in place on Tom and Mary James ‘Gift’ to St. Pete

Tampa Bay Reporter – Published: June 29, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG – Patronage has always played a role in the arts: Florence, Italy, had its Medici family. St. Petersburg has Tom and Mary James. READ MORE

Tom and Mary James Museum of Western + Wildlife Art reaches a milestone (Video)

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: June 28, 2017 A small crowd of St. Petersburg elite braved the heat Wednesday to sign a steel beam and watch it get placed atop the new Tom & Mary James Museum of Western + Wildlife Art. READ MORE

Last steel beam marks construction milestone for Tom & Mary James’ Museum

Tampa Bay Times – Published: June 28, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG — Tom and Mary James on Wednesday signed their names to the last steel beam framing the 105-ton stone mesa that will be built at the entrance of the museum that bears their name: the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. READ MORE

James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space

Tampa Bay Times – Published: February 20, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a hub of construction and closed sidewalks, the opening of the new Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is months away, but leasing for its prime downtown retail and office space has begun. READ MORE

25 People to Watch in 2017: James Museum Art Curator, Emily Kapes

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: December 15, 2016 Emily Kapes, collection curator of Tom and Mary James Museum of the American West Museum of Western + Wildlife Art, has a busy year ahead. By November 2017, when the museum is slated to open in St. Petersburg, she and her team will have worked with […]

The Old West on the Gulf Coast: Downtown’s new James Museum is underway

Creative Loafing – Published: December 12, 2016 Before long, a 10-story sandstone monolith will be shouldering aside the other landmarks on downtown St. Pete’s main drag: The new James Museum of Western + Wildlife Art is set to open in less than a year. READ MORE  

James Museum to be one of few in south devoted to Western Art

St. Peters Blog – Published: December 8, 2016 When the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art opens in about a year, it will help cement St. Petersburg’s place as a destination for art lovers from around the world. READ MORE

Tom James: Master of the Art of Collecting

Research in Wealth – Published: October 1, 2016 Some people like to stay busy, even in “retirement.” Take Thomas A. James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial. He gave up the CEO role to Paul Reilly in 2010 after 40 years on the job. But James remains active on the company’s board, as well as […]

How the new James Museum could provide a development opportunity

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: September 26, 2016 READ MORE

Museums refine their mission in the digital age

Building Design + Construction – Published: September 19, 2016 Preserving history is still their core function, but museums are using fresh approaches to engage an easily distracted public. READ MORE  

Dozens of new shows coming to Tampa Bay regional museums

Tampa Bay Times – Published: September 15, 2016 The Tampa Bay Timese_SSRq annual museum exhibition preview is always about the future. And it’s looking excellent for the visual arts and you who enjoy them. READ MORE

Western, wildlife art focus of new museum in downtown St. Petersburg

83 Degrees – Published: June 21, 2016 The Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, otherwise known as the James Museum, is an 80,000-square-foot gallery of space, is set to open fall 2017. READ MORE

James Museum in St. Pete grows in size and cost, clears key hurdle

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: June 17, 2016 About a year and a half after revealing plans for a downtown St. Petersburg art museum, Tom James is giving the community a first look at what’s to come. READ MORE

St. Pete council clears way for western and wildlife art museum

St Peters Blog – Published: June 17, 2016 St. Petersburg council members unanimously voted Thursday to lease parking spaces in the South Core Garage so the proceeds could be used to financially support a proposed western and wildlife art museum. READ MORE

Sneak peek at what visitors will see at Tom James’ art museum in St. Pete

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Published: June 17, 2016 Creating a new museum is hard work. Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF), is working weekends to develop The Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, an 80,000-square-foot museum that will house about 400 to 500 works of […]

The James Museum Comes to Life

St. Pete Rising – Published: June 17, 2016 After years of sitting vacant, more details have been announced about the planned museum at 100 Central Ave, the former site of now-defunct Universal Healthcare. READ MORE

Philanthropists Tom and Mary James unveil plans for new St. Petersburg museum

Tampa Bay Times – Published: June 16, 2016 ST. PETERSBURG — Looking for spectacular? Philanthropists Tom and Mary James are bringing it to downtown with a new museum that will make a commanding architectural statement and be filled with works from their vast art collection. READ MORE

Raymond James chairman to open an art museum in downtown St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay Times – Published: August 17, 2015 ST. PETERSBURG — Tom James’ idea for an art museum has been a dream for years and the subject of speculation for months, but now it’s an official plan. READ MORE