Art Collection

Exquisite artwork on display at every SPC campus!

A directive of St. Petersburg College President Bill Law was established in 2010 to utilize the newly developed College Collection under the umbrella of the St. Petersburg College Foundation to have a stunning increase of art on campuses and enhance the college experience.

Boasting works from world renowned artists, such as Robert Indiana, Miriam Schapiro and Sam Gilliam, the Foundation’s collection consists of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs. This large and vibrant collection enhances the college experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors, making art accessible in the corridors, courtyards and other public spaces throughout SPC’s ten campuses. It extends the intellectual life of the College beyond classrooms, libraries and labs, and into the everyday spaces that shape our experiences.

The Foundation Art Collection consists of over 4,110 contemporary works of art including:

  • More than 100 pieces from the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art collection, including 14 outdoor sculptures
  • More than 1,500 contemporary fine art prints by renowned artists
  • More than 2,000 prints and original paintings by Allen Leepa, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle
  • Dozens of recent acquisitions in mixed media, painting, ceramic, photography and printmaking

Donations of Art

The College gratefully accepts donations of art that will enhance the learning environment and cultural experience for SPC students and visitors. To discuss a gift of art, please contact Julie Henry-Matus, Curator of College Collections, at 727-341-7914.

Highlights from the Collection

 

 Standing 12 feet tall, this carved steel sculpture serves as a beacon to St. Petersburg’s downtown cultural corridor. Relocated from the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Soul Survivor is a striking presence that evokes the spirit of performance and triumph.

Soul Survivor, 1996
Carved steel
144 x 72 inches

Russell Whiting

From the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection

Location: The Palladium Theater


Artist Sergey Ignatyev fled his homeland of Uzbekistan in 1989 in search of artistic freedom in the United States. He currently lives and works in Miami, where he coordinates the “Arts and Human Rights” project for the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia. He studied at the National College of Arts, and the Tashkent Theatre and Arts Institute, in Uzbekistan. He has exhibited his work in the National Museum of Art in Tashkent and Leningrad in Russia, and in numerous Miami galleries.

Red Angel, 1988
Oil on canvas
72 x 78 inches

Sergey Ignatyev

From the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection

Location: Seminole Campus (UP Atrium)


Gibbs was St. Petersburg’s first African American High School. When it opened in 1927, it had no gymnasium, sports fields, cafeteria or library. Over time, grass roots fundraisers such as fish fries, concerts and community donations built one of the finest all black schools in Florida. In an era of separate white and black school systems, it was seen as the heart of the African American community in St. Petersburg.

Gibbs High School Math Class, 1961
Photograph
8 x 10 inches

Photographer unknown

From the Minson R. Rubin Collection: Treasures of St. Petersburg’s African American History

Location: Midtown Campus (Second Floor)


A prominent figure in Miami’s art scene, Robert Huff was a prolific painter, sculptor and printmaker. As a professor and chairman of the art department at Miami Dade College, his influence helped shape Miami’s creative culture. Born in Michigan, Huff grew up in Dunedin, FL. Huff graduated from what is now St. Petersburg College in 1964, and went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1968.

Vis-à-Vis, 2000
Painted steel
104 x 210 x 12 inches

Robert Huff

From the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection

Location: St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (Outdoor Quad)