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
Sam Hensley– Secretary
Jorge Cainas – Board Member at Large
Amanda Alvarez – Board Member at Large



Art making is crucial for building strong, viable communities; 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.

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.

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.


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, ArtLAB. This annual 2D art competition challenges artists by providing a forum to create personal artwork around a theme, inviting collaboration for all who attend.  This engaging event allows the public to participate not only through the experience of the artists’ live production, but also through the creation of music, sculpture, and other arts-related activities, Following the live competition, the event space transitions to a gallery showing and auction, extending the opportunity for public engagement with local art.

Our newest program provides short-term microgrants to deserving Hillsborough County art teachers to subsidize much-needed classroom supplies for local art programs, serving our most valuable asset, children.

TFA’s Board of Directors is currently reviewing and developing programs for future consideration; these include workshops, trainings, and other forums geared toward enhancing our community through collaboration and partnership. Extending beyond the visual arts, the board intends to expand our repertoire into the literary and musical arts. Tampa Bay is the ideal location to foster the arts in a variety of ways.

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

Elizabeth Van Allen, Art Teacher at Rampello K-8, was the first recipient of TFA’s grant for classroom art teachers.  Ms. Van Allen’s efforts earned her a check for $500 toward classroom art supplies.  Her enthusiasm for teaching the future of our world is contagious.  She is an avid supporter of the arts and believes that everyone can contribute to the conversation.



~ Live 2D Juried Art Show ~
All-Ages Arts Festival


Saturday 10.20.2018

11 am – 3 pm


Carrollwood Cultural Center

4537 Lowell Road. Tampa 33618


~ Live Art Competition begins at 11 am ~

Cash Prizes for winner of Live Art Show


TFA’s annual flagship programming event is ArtLAB.  ArtLAB (Live Artist Battle) is an all-ages Arts Festival and live juried art show.  The community event hosts an open-air market, offers hands-on activities, and provides local Tampa Bay artists a forum to create personal 2D artwork around a theme, followed by a public gallery showing and auction.

The Second Annual ArtLAB will be held on Saturday, October 20, 1018 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Carrollwood Cultural Center (4537 Lowell Road, Tampa 33618).  The all-ages Arts Festival will include ​interactive events for the ​community at large, as well as ​families​, to be able to experience, create, and collaborate through the arts.

Artists over the age of 18 will paint on site under the sprawling oak trees at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.
Concurrent family-friendly events and activities will be held adjacent to ​​the live art show, including live music and hands-on arts activities for all ages

The general public is invited to watch the live artwork contest, which begins at 11:00, 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 ArtLAB, contact us here.

Second annual artLAB – Call to Artists

Call to Artists

  • All Tampa Bay area painters over the age of 18 are invited to enter artLAB,
    an arts festival and live 2D art contest presented by TFA / Thornhill Foundation for the Arts
  • Only 30 artist slots available
  • Deadline is Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The 2nd annual artLAB will take place at the

Carrollwood Cultural Center (Tampa)
on Saturday 10.20.18.

ArtLAB is a one-of-a-kind arts festival. Artists will have 2 hours to produce their own
artwork on a canvas from start to finish. Entry is $10 and includes a 12 x 12 canvas.
Artists will bring their own easels and other materials. A theme will be
announced 10 minutes before the contest begins.

All artworks will be up for Silent Auction both during the live contest
and until the winner is announced. Silent Auction proceeds
will be split 50/50 between the artist and TFA (after processing fees, if applicable).


Winner: $200 cash/gift card for art supplies & the opportunity for
a solo gallery show at the CCC March & April 2019

Second: $100 gift card for art supplies &
Tampa Museum of Art Annual Membership (1 year)

Third: $50 gift card for art supplies & Tampa Museum of Art
Annual Membership (1 year)

Honorable mention: Tampa Museum of Art
Annual Membership (1 year)

People’s Choice Award: $25 gift card for art supplies

Deadline is Tuesday, August 14, 2018


For additional details, including guidelines for entry, please click here

For more information and to register, email

Past Events

ArtLAB 2017

The first annual ArtLAB was held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Ybor City’s Centennial Park.  Twenty-six local artists competed live on site for a chance at cash prizes and the opportunity at a solo gallery show.

Hundreds of Tampa Bay residents participated in the many activities offered, including a drum circle, play through board sculpture, and an interactive balloon room experience.

Of the 26 artists who painted live, 3 took home prizes, and 19 sold their artwork.

The 2017 juror panel awarded first place to Dominick Critelli, second place to Jennifer Kosharek, and third place to Darby Carver.  See the winning artworks below.

The recipient of the People’s Choice award was Erin Phillips.


Winner Dominick Critelli's artwork and his take on the previously unannounced theme of "Florida's Finest." Dominick's artwork was sold on site to the highest bidder.

Second Place Jennifer Kosharek's artwork; Jennifer also earned the solo exhibition at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in May and June 2018

Third Place Artist, Darby Carver, in action at ArtLAB 2017

ArtLAB 2017 Sponsors


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Tampa Bay Business for Culture & the Arts

Columbia Restaurant

Tampa Museum of Art          Thick as Thieves

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


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

Gallery Show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center

Jennifer Kosharek exhibits her work in the corridor at the Carrollwood Cultural Center during May and June 2018; she placed second at ArtLAB 2017 and also earned the privilege of TFA’s support for her own solo gallery show.

Jennifer is a prolific artist who is also very active in the community.

An artist reception was held on Friday, May 11 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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.