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February 19, 2013 at 09:30 AM EST
Tampa Museum of Art to Host Exhibition of Works by Local Artist, Carolyn F. Heller

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by local artist Carolyn F. Heller from March 1-10, 2013. The first weekend of the exhibition coincides with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Heller, a well-known Florida artist, created works of bold shape and vivid color.  Her art will be on view in the Saunders Foundation Gallery.

"We are so pleased to be working with the Tampa Museum of Art to share our mother's art with her friends and the broader community," says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn's daughters and the executor of her estate. "This exhibition is a perfect opportunity to allow local residents and art lovers to see these special works in person."

"We love the energy of Carolyn's art and are looking forward to this exhibition and meeting her many friends and admirers," says Todd Smith, executive director, Tampa Museum of Art.

A preview reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28. Those interested in attending should consult the online gallery website, www.carolynhellerart.com, to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller Grant presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.

About Carolyn Frohsin Heller

Carolyn F. Heller was a Florida artist who created works of bold shape and vivid color. She was influenced by abstract expressionism early in her 60-year career, yet her style evolved to embrace an unambiguous and playful vitality that mirrored her personality. She started drawing and painting in the 1950s. Beginning with printmaking, wood-cuts and acrylics on canvas, she expanded into mixed-media on fabric, furniture and other everyday items. In every context, her work was sensual and full of energy. Passionate about public art, she was a long-serving member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She also helped establish the county's Public Art Committee, which selects and purchases artwork for public display. In 1997, the Tampa AIDS Network commissioned her to create its annual signature work of art for its Art for Life benefit, due in large measure to her longtime advocacy for human rights issues. Carolyn's family seeks to honor her memory in an online gallery, permanently exhibiting works from her collection. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com for opportunities to view and purchase works from Heller's private collection. See more of her work at www.facebook.com/carolynhellerart and http://pinterest.com/CFHellerArt/.

About the Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region's largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal's Sky (Tampa) (the Museum's 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa's premiere venue for special events.

Tampa Museum of Art general hours and admission

The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission prices are: adult $12; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $10; students $5 and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum's address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

CONTACT: For Carolyn Heller Art:
         Suzie Boland
         RFB Communications Group
         813-259-0345
         sboland@rfbcommunications.com
         
         For the Tampa Museum of Art:
         Nancy Seijas-Kipnis
         Tampa Museum of Art
         813-817-6731
         Nancy.kipnis@tampamuseum.org
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