An Interview with Jane Buckman-Executve Director: The Imagine Museum

Aug 15, 2019 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) First of all, how long has the museum been in existence?

Imagine Museum opened at the end of January, 2018. We have been open a little over a year and a half.

2) Now, in a few words- what is the main purpose of the museum and what type of art are you trying to promote or foster?

Imagine Museum has over 1500 pieces of contemporary glass art from the 1960s forward. We have over 500 world class American and International contemporary glass artworks on display in over 48,000 square feet. Our mission is to elevate the art of contemporary glass through research, education and exhibits. Our intention with our collection is to inspire, uplift and educate.

3) Who are some of the main artists in this venue and how many works are shown?

We have over 500 pieces on display at any given time from our collection of over 1500.

We have ever major artist representing America and countries like Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic, Japan, China and many more.

Artists in our collection include: Harvey Littleton, father of the studio glass movement, Dale Chihuly, Therman Statum, William Morris, Brent Kee Young, Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Valien, Peter Bremers, and many more.

4) I must say you have a wide variety of genres- can you tell us about them?

Our collection represents many concepts, techniques, types of glass, and personal statements. What the collection has in common is that all works have been made in glass whether it be blown, slumped, cast or laminated. All inspiring and beautiful.

5) Are there guided tours available?

Yes, everyday at 3 pm and on weekends 11 am and 3 pm. Group tours are also offered with advanced notice and registration.

6) Can people take pictures with their cell phones? (I must admit I took a few dazzling pictures myself! )

Yes, people can take photos from their phones and small cameras. No large camera or equipment allowed in the galleries.

7) I noted that there was a theatre with some on-going clips- tell us about these?

Our guests are always curious about our living artists, their techniques, etc. We have continuous film running in our theater to further education our visitors about the artists and their processes.

8) Any special events coming up?

Every month we have special events planned. Go to our website at www.imaginemuseum.com and refer to our calendar or submit your email online to receive our monthly newsletter.

9) For those who visit your museum in Tampa, Florida, where exactly are you located? And is there an admission charge?

Imagine Museum is located in St Petersburg, Florida at 1901 Central Ave. Admissions is $15 per person.

10) Is there plenty of parking spaces for those who drive?

We have a large parking lot along 1st Ave North

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