CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES On view through August 31
An Arts Legacy
George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs In Tarpon Springs, the legacy of George Inness (1825-1894) and George Inness, Jr. (1853-1926), a father and son who both painted here at various points in their careers, has had a profound impact on this community. A visit to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs to see the 10 religious paintings created by George Inness, Jr. has been a pilgrimage of cultural and religious tourism for nearly a century. What visitors experience demonstrates the church’s stewardship of these important paintings, created between 1898 and 1926, to tell a vibrant story of art, philanthropy and spirituality. This pantheon of paintings represents one of the finest assemblages of artistic piety in American art history. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is honored to showcase these paintings, along with secular paintings created by George Inness, Jr. during his 24 years visiting Tarpon Springs. In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Church, lenders to the exhibition include the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection, the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society and the private collection of John Tarapani. The exhibition explores the history of George Inness, Jr., who wintered here until his death in 1926, and his wife, Julia Goodrich Smith Inness, who founded the public library and returned to Tarpon Springs each year until 1940. Their contributions and legacy in Tarpon Springs remain strong even today.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is deeply grateful to those who have made this important exhibition possible: Carol E. Martin Presenting Sponsor Bright House Networks City of Tarpon Springs Frank and Katherine Martucci Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection through the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach Davidson’s Dockside Hibu/Yellowbook Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Panache Vue’ Port Tarpon Marina Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society Friends of Tarpon Springs Public Library John Tarapani St. Petersburg College
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