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Michael Tomor, Ph.D

Executive Director

"Tampa The Tampa Museum of Art is committed to diversity in the workplace, and values the long term relationships shared with the LGBT community of the Tampa Bay region. For ten years through its successful Pride and Passion Gala, the Museum with the LGBT community has succeeded in bringing awareness to the unique challenges of the population who have faced inequality in the workforce and social and cultural inequity in the community, while furthering the role of the Tampa Museum of Art as a safe and secure respite for culture and art. We look forward to partnering with Equality Florida to expand beyond Pride and Passion its role in the community with a special effort to better reach and provide programs to the LGBT community."

Michael Tomor, Ph.D, is a 22-year museum professional, currently Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art, having relocated to the Tampa Bay region in April 2015 from Texas where he directed the El Paso Museum of Art. Michael specializes in community engagement and fundraising and with his teams. He has made new in-roads with regional community education partnerships for patients suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, museum visual art education program partnerships for preschool age students to build the literacy skills needed to be competitive and reading ready by age five, and long-term partnerships with performing arts organizations including those with the theatres, the Opera, the Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras. Michael’s community engagement programs extend to national organizations, and he has developed with the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the first partnership of its type for both institutions, featuring the works of Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky, Delaunay, Chagall and others. As a fundraiser, Michael has had great success in raising program, operation and endowment support and has with his teams been able to increase museum memberships and annual exhibition and education sponsorships. He received a PhD in Art History in 1993 from Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Michael and his husband of 28 years, Tom Trexler, love the Tampa Bay region and are looking forward to taking advantage of all the community has to offer.


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