Annual Pick-a-Pic Event Boosts MFA’s ‘Sweeping’ Collection of Photography

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The Friends of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts will host the annual Pick-a-Pic event from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the downtown St. Petersburg museum. The annual event helps the MFA  grow its fine art photography collection,  one of the finest in the Southeast,

Each year the MFA’s Friends of Photography group displays three photographs selected from galleries and artists from around the world.  Attendees to Pick-a-Pic vote on which photograph the group will purchase for the museum.

Robin O’Dell, curator of the MFA Photographic Collection, selected the three photographs  for this year’s event with input from the curatorial department and the Friends of Photography board.  The goal is to find photographs that fill in gaps in the current collection, according to the museum.

The photographers, Ms. O’Dell said,  are Andrea Grützner, who was born in East Germany;  Shai Kremer, an Israeli artist; and Fatoumata Diabaté, who is from Bamako, Mali.

This year’s Pick-a-Pic event is sponsored by SSL Store. Registration is $35 for members of Friends of Photography and $45 for nonmembers. Registration covers event and museum admission. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and the museum galleries will be open prior to the event. Galleries will be closed following the event, according to the museum, which is located at 255 Beach Drive N.E.

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