Thornhill Foundation for the Arts is a Florida 501(c)3 corporation created to raise arts awareness in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.


Striving to provide opportunities for all people in the Tampa Bay area to experience the power of the Arts.


Thornhill Foundation for the Arts creates opportunities for people to experience, create, and collaborate through the arts in Tampa Bay.

Board Members:
Sarah Thornhill – President & Founder
John Thornhill – Founder
Linda Patneaude – Treasurer
Jorge Cainas – Board Member
Amanda Alvarez – Secretary



Art making is crucial for building strong, viable communities and Tampa Bay can benefit greatly from such unity.


Collaboration with local businesses, arts organizations and artists is key to growth.


Artists need opportunities to display and sell their work, and support for their own art making activities.


Art making is critical for human development and providing opportunities to foster creativity is paramount.


The population of Tampa Bay is diverse, and we welcome people and artists from all backgrounds, genders, races and generations to participate in a variety of arts engagement opportunities.


Teachers need art supplies to help promote arts education in schools in order to inspire future generations.

Our target population is diverse; we serve a range of artists at many stages of their development, from emerging to established, of all ages, genders, and ethnicities in the Tampa Bay area.

Thornhill Foundation for the Arts (TFA) is dedicated to enhancing the arts and supporting local artists, art teachers, emerging artists of all ages, and artistic programs and services.


TFA’s programming is unique; we aim to create opportunities for people to experience, create, and collaborate through the arts by hosting programming events, creating more art in more places in and around Tampa Bay.

TFA’s mission to create opportunities for area residents to experience, create and collaborate through the arts is wholly met through its flagship programming event, Art LAB. This annual 2D art competition challenges artists by providing a forum to create personal artwork around a theme, engaging collaboration for all who attend through simultaneous participatory arts-related activities, and allowing the public to experience the live production, which transitions to a public gallery showing at the conclusion of the competition.

Our newest program will provide microgrants to deserving Hillsborough county art teachers on a short term basis to subsidize much-needed classroom supplies for local art programs serving our most valuable asset, children.

Several programs are currently under review and development with TFA’s board of directors. These include workshops, trainings, and other forums geared toward enhancing our community through collaboration and partnership. The board intends to expand our repertoire in not only the visual arts, but also literary and musical arts.

To get involved with Thornhill Foundation for the Arts as a volunteer, artist, or partner, contact us here.



Art LAB (Live Artist Battle) is a live juried art show which provides local Tampa Bay artists a forum to create personal 2D artwork around a theme, followed by a public gallery showing.

Art LAB will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at Centennial Park ​in Ybor City​ and will include ​interactive events for the ​community at large, as well as ​families​ to be able to experience, create and collaborate through the arts.

Artist over the age of 18 will paint on site in Centennial Park. Aerosol painting of any kind is not permitted.

Concurrent family-friendly events and activities will be held adjacent to ​​the live art show.​

For more information on prize package, official rules, entry form, and fees, consult the Artist Call. Instructions for entry can be found in the link above.

The general public is invited to watch the live artwork show, which begins at 12:00, with an opportunity to vote for The People’s Choice Award.  Official judging will determine First, Second, and Third place winners.

To volunteer, participate, or partner with TFA for Art LAB, contact us here.

2017 Sponsors

Thanks to DermWarehouse for providing us with sunscreen samples to keep for our competing Artists and hardworking volunteers

Special thanks to AOE Art Supply of Tampa for donating the canvases to our artists for the artLAB Live Painting Competition


a Live 2D Juried Art Show

Sunday 11.5.2017

Noon – 3 pm

Centennial Park in
Ybor City

(1800 East 8th Ave. Tampa 33605)

Winner: Cash and Opportunity for a Solo Gallery Show with artist reception at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in May and June 2018
2nd Place: Tampa Museum of Art membership & gift card for art supplies
3rd Place: Tampa Museum of Art membership

Artist: Jorge Cainas
Mediums: ​Oil Pastel, Acrylic, Quartz, Geode, Dyed Geode, Sand from Grand Turk, Single Eyelash of Artist

Artist Statement: An appreciation for stoic philosophy creates an inner turmoil about my conceptions of love.


Paint the Town

Paint the Town was held on May 21, 2016 at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tampa. Jorge Cainas took home top honors for his artwork entitled “The Transgenerational Societal Narrative Constructs the Reality of the Dream, For Me and For You.

TFA would like to thank our generous sponsors of Paint the Town.