The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art has its roots in Tom and Mary James' undivided love for both culture and the city of St. Pete, which has been their home. Tom began collecting art while a student. When their travels took them west, they both became captivated by the art, landscape and wildlife of the West.
A Collection is Born
Tom and Mary James began to collect what moved them – an attention to place made by contemporary artists. They collected for their pleasure as well as hoping to help living artists make a living by their art alone. They collected works in oil, ink, stone and steel; works that defy genres and labels; works that evoke the spirit of a wide open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. Since their first acquisition, a vast artistic legacy has grown – one filled with emerging artists and living legends, tribal tradition and classical finesse.
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Through exhibitions and education programs, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art emphasizes the core values of the art that moved Tom and Mary James during their collecting: action, fortitude, heritage and integrity. The James Museum joins the Salvador Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection and the Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, among many other institutions, in affirming St. Pete as a sophisticated arts and cultural destination for visitors and residents alike.
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