The James Museum will be the new, permanent home of 400-500 premier works of art selected from the more than 3,000 pieces acquired by Tom and Mary over their 50 years of collecting. The 80,000 square foot museum will include over 30,000 square feet of gallery space; a 2,500 square foot indoor sculpture court throughout a 2-story stone ‘arroyo’ whose backdrop is an indoor waterfall; a Native American jewelry collection; a 120 seat theater; a 6,000 square foot museum event space, which will support both large events and break-out sessions; a significant catering kitchen; a museum store and café; as well as all of the spaces required to support and operate a 21st century museum of this scale.
The James Museum’s roots are from Tom and Mary James’ undivided love both for culture and the city of St. Petersburg that has been their home. Tom began collecting while a student and when their travels took them west, they were captivated by the art, landscape, and wildlife of the West. They began to collect what moved them — art of action and attention to place made by contemporary artists. They collected for their pleasure, though with an aim to help living artists live by their art alone. Many of the artists became personal friends.Through exhibitions and education programs, The James Museum will emphasize core values of the art that moved Tom and Mary during their collecting: action, fortitude, heritage, and integrity.
This project is being completed by the St. Pete Design group, a joint-venture between Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Harvard Jolly Architecture and Yann Weymouth.
To learn more about the James Museum visit www.thejamesmuseum.org/