The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Andy Maass will serve as the Festival’s award juror during the 49th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Festival Award Juror: Andy Maass


In July 2001, R. Andrew (Andy) Maass stepped down as Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art concluding a thirty-one year career of museum leadership and administration.  Previously, he had tenures as executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Fresno Arts Center.  A recognized leader, Maass served on the governing Council of the American Association of Museum, was president of the Western Association of Museums and later the Florida Association of Art Museum Directors.  He also served on the boards of the Southeastern Museum Conference and the Florida Association of Museums.  After retiring from full-time museum leadership, he created RAM Museum Consulting in Longboat Key, a consulting practice specializing in “interim directorships.”  He then served as the “interim director” for the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.  Andy continues as an Emeritus member of the prestigious Association of Art Museum Directors.

Mr. Maass has been and continues to serve on arts grants panels and arts organization boards.  Panels have included the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Crafts Council, the Florida Arts Council and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Sarasota County.  Organizational boards include the former Sarasota Season of Sculpture (two exhibitions as curator), the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (Tampa), and the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key, FL.  In 2008, Maass was appointed to a three-year term on Sarasota’s Public Art Committee.

Maass is committed to the community and to human relations.  He is on the board and has served as President of the West Coast Office of the American Jewish Committee and served as Chairman of Humanity Working to End Genocide.  In 2004, he spearheaded the Florida tour – including St. Petersburg and Sarasota – of the outdoor exhibition Coexistence (now titled Embracing Our Differences) for the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Andy received his B.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Additionally, he completed his M.A. degree from the New School for Social Research (Political Science) and all the Master’s coursework at the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York, Oneonta (Museum Administration).  He completed post-graduate studies at Colonial Williamsburg in Historic Preservation/Administration and Harvard University’s Institute in Arts Administration and

Andy and his wife Ruth celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in June 2018. They have two wonderful children who married terrific spouses and now have four perfect grandchildren.