The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art was built to house paintings, sculptures, works on paper, tapestries and stained glass by Abraham Rattner, Esther Gentle and Allen Leepa. Abraham Rattner was a figurative expressionist. Through his use of color and movement, Rattner expressed reactions to the major world events of the 20th century. Esther Gentle, Rattner’s wife, was a printmaker, sculptor and painter. Her son, Allen Leepa, was an abstract expressionist painter and noted author. Their work formed a foundation for the museum’s collection of 20th century art.

In 2011 the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art expanded to include the collection of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art which closed in 2009. This collection ranges from landscape paintings by noted 19th century American artist George Inness, Sr. to contemporary photography by Clyde Butcher and Anna Tomczak. The Gulf Coast collection includes sculptures, mixed media works, cast glass and works on paper primarily by 20th and 21st century artists from Florida and the Southeast.

LRMA’s 20th century collection has a rich variety of works including prints and paintings representing the 40 year career of artist Richard Florsheim, glass by Dale Chihuly, works on paper by such important artists as Salvador Dali, Sam Gilliam and Miriam Schapiro and folk art by Howard Finster and Minnie Adkins.