On today’s edition of the Arts Alive! podcast, say hello to Andrea Morgan, who’s Director of Operations at the Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, located at 355 4th Street N. in St. Petersburg.
The five-story, 137,000 square-foot museum is the only facility of its kind dedicated to the American Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period in which American craftsmen and artists rejected the ideals of mass production and created utilitarian objects – furniture, fixtures and more – by hand, with great attention to detail and style.
MAACM, as it’s known, was a labor of love by Pinellas County philanthropist Rudy Ciccarello, through his Two Red Roses Foundation. Ciccarello is a preeminent collector of – and expert on – works from the period.
Morgan discusses the movement, the museum and Ciccarello’s dedication to craftsmanship – the building itself, designed by architect Alberto Alonso, is a work of art.
Opening today at MAACM is Masterpieces, a specially-curated exhibition of some of the founder’s favorite pieces from the collection.
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