St. Petersburg's new arts destination

The James Museum has its roots in 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 — an art of action and attention to place made by contemporary artists. They collected for their pleasure, though with an aim to help living artists to live by their art alone. They collected works in oil, in ink, in stone, in steel; works that define genres and defy labels; works that evoke the spirit of a wide open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. Since their first acquisition, a vast artistic legacy has grown – one populated by emerging artists and living legends and filled with tribal tradition and classical finesse.

Through exhibitions and education programs, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art will emphasize core values of the art that moved Tom and Mary James during their collecting: action, fortitude, heritage, and integrity.

The James Museum will not only be another milestone project for our local arts scene but will join with the Salvador Dali Museum, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection and the forthcoming Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, among many other entities, in affirming St Petersburg, Florida, as a sophisticated arts and cultural destination for visitors and residents alike.

It’s difficult to create something that will evoke memories of where you were, what you saw, what you thought. I found art had a way of doing that.

Tom James




James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space
Tampa Bay Times | Monday, February 20, 2017

25 People to Watch in 2017: James Museum Art Curator, Emily Kapes
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tom James: Master of the Art of Collecting
Research in Wealth | Saturday, October 1, 2016

How the new James Museum could provide a development opportunity
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Monday, September 26, 2016

Museums refine their mission in the digital age
Building Design & Construction Magazine | Monday, September 19, 2016

Dozens of new shows coming to Tampa Bay regional museums
Tampa Bay Times | Thursday, September 15, 2016

Western, wildlife art focus of new museum in downtown St. Petersburg
83 Degrees | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sneak peek at what visitors will see at Tom James' art museum in St. Pete
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Friday, June 17, 2016

Philanthropists Tom and Mary James unveil plans for new St. Petersburg museum
Tampa Bay Times | Thursday, June 16, 2016

St. Pete council clears way for western and wildlife art museum
St. PetersBlog | Friday, June 17, 2016

James Museum in St. Pete grows in size and cost, clears key hurdle
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Friday, June 17, 2016

Raymond James chairman to open an art museum in downtown St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Times | Monday, August 17, 2015


2/15/2017The James Museum markets its commercial space for lease

6/17/2016The James Museum gains unanimous city council approval



February 1, 2017Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Emily Kapes.