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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