New Mu­seum for Arts & Crafts

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WHILE SEV­ERAL MU­SE­UMS hold ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions of the work of such lu­mi­nar­ies of the move­ment as Greene & Greene and the Stick­ley brothers, there isn’t a mu­seum ded­i­cated solely to Amer­i­can Arts & Crafts. That’s about to change.

A joint project of col­lec­tor Rudy Cic­carello and the Two Red Roses Foun­da­tion, the new Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Arts & Crafts Move­ment is ex­pected to open in 2017. Not far from the his­toric Ken­wood neigh­bor­hood, the 90,000-square-foot mu­seum is to be built by Al­fonso Ar­chi­tects at 333 Third Ave. North in St. Peters­burg, Florida.

The four-story struc­ture will in- clude ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries dis­play­ing hun­dreds of ob­jects from Rudy Cic­carello’s fine- and dec­o­ra­tive-arts col­lec­tions, as well as ad­di­tional space for spe­cial exhibitions and events. Also planned are a small au­di­to­rium, li­brary, restau­rant and cafe, gift shop, and book­store.

En­dowed to the Two Red Roses Foun­da­tion, the Cic­carello col­lec­tion con­tains more than 1,300 items, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, pot­tery, tile, met­al­work, light­ing, tex­tiles, stained glass, and fine art. High­lights in­clude sel­dom-seen works by Gus­tav Stick­ley and Stick­ley Brothers, Charles Rohlfs, the artists of Byrd­cliffe, Dirk van Erp, Roy­croft, Wil­liam Grueby, the Satur­day Evening Girls, New­comb Col­lege, Arthur Wes­ley Dow, and oth­ers. In late 2013, the Foun­da­tion ac­quired an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of pho­togravures and prints, in­clud­ing many pe­riod-re­lated Pic­to­ri­al­ist and Photo-Se­ces­sion­ist works and a stun­ning por­trait of sculp­tor Au­guste Rodin by Ed­ward Ste­ichen. Two Red Roses Foun­da­tion, (727) 943-9900, twore­droses.com

ABOVE: Among the col­lec­tion’s trea­sures are an over­sized Grueby tile de­pict­ing a pan­ther, ca. 1900. TOP: A rare chif­fonier in oak, paint, and bronze made by Byrd­cliffe Colony artist Her­mann Dud­ley Murphy. LEFT: A ren­der­ing of the pro­posed Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Arts & Crafts Move­ment, due to open in 2017.

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