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USF INSTITUTE for Research in Art

The USF Institute for Research in Art (IRA) is the umbrella organization for the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio, Public Art program, and Art in Health. Part of the University of South Florida College of The Arts, the IRA is dedicated to an international artists’ residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today’s most accomplished and influential artists working in the international art arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, interdisciplinary arts research, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society. Participating artists represent the full and diverse spectrum of contemporary art practice including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic media, and performance.

Stories FROM THE Institute BLOGS

Viewing DesertX 2019
Four Days in the Desert - Viewing Desert X 2019

Desert X 2019 was conceived as nineteen sites spread throughout the Coachella Valley, from the northeastern-most area of Whitewater to the southeastern-most Salton Sea. Here is a travelogue of sorts, organized by the individual works within Desert X and other related experiences that occurred during my time in the Coachella Valley.
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Graphicstudio Benefit Sale 2018
My Year at Graphicstudio, guest post by Alexa Nuñez

I remember when I first started as the marketing intern in May 2018 under the sales and marketing director, Kristin Soderqvist. I was completing course credit and had been connected with Graphicstudio through CAM. I was majoring in marketing and minoring in art history at the time so I thought this would be a great fit to merge my two passions.
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The Visible Tuen - Photo by Will Lytch
Ekphrastic Responses to The Visible Turn

This semester, poets from my Poetry 2 course wrestled for a couple of weeks with John Keats’s idea of "Negative Capability." Their project, when they visited the USF Contemporary Art Museum, was to be in the presence of art without trying to explain it or make logical/traditional sense out of it. They were to engage with the art they encountered intuitively and to write poems that would be in conversation with it.
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Detail-of-Bosco-Sodi-MURO-at-USFCAM-photo-Mark-Fredricks
Bosco Sodi's Muro at USFCAM

At 6:00 am on Thursday, January 24, under an unseasonal Florida drizzle, the artist Bosco Sodi began to build a wall outside of the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Along with his assistant John Rohrer, staff of USFCAM and members of the CAM Club, Bosco began unloading crates of clay timbers, handmade by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, and lining them up in a neat row.
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Art Thursday: Concert in the Galleries during Miki Kratsman: People I Met at USFCAM. photo Mark Fredricks
ART Thursday: Concert in the Galleries

As the semester winds down to the end, the Contemporary Art Museum presents the last of their events in relation to the Miki Kratsman: People I Met exhibition. On Thursday, November 1, CAM held Art Thursday: Concert in the Galleries at 7 PM. This event was in collaboration with USF Contemporary Chamber Music, who brought live performances to the museum, in response to the Miki Kratsman: People I Met exhibition.
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For Freedoms 50 State Initiative installed at USFCAM
USF Bull Market Has More Than Just Free Stuff…They Have Freedoms

As a student of the University of South Florida, if you have not yet experienced a Bull Market, then you should definitely head down there on October 24th. The CAM Club is inviting students from USF to join in the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative by creating a lawn sign to articulate their own vision of freedom.
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Miki Kratsman: People I Met installed at USFCAM
ART Thursday: Curator's Tour of Miki Kratsman: People I Met

Thursday evening students stepped into the Contemporary Art Museum a little wet from the storm outside but with a lot of anticipation for the event. CAM hosted a curator’s tour of the new fall exhibition; Miki Kratsman: People I Met, offered by Deputy Director of CAM Noel Smith and Curator of Education Leslie Elsasser.
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2015 MFA Exhibition Opening Reception
5 Reasons Why You Should Connect With CAM

With the new semester already commencing for the students at the University of South Florida, there may be a developing interest to get involved. Luckily, this fall, the Contemporary Art Museum has at least five reasons why you should connect with them at all of their events for the next few months.
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Art Thursday: Raise the Flags event at USFCAM
ART Thursday: Raise the Flags

On Thursday afternoon, a faint trumpet was playing in the distance near the Marshall Student Center. It was 7 PM when the Contemporary Art Museum event began and the accompanying trumpeter finished their tune, introducing the multi-media celebration which marked the end of the Raise the Flags: Pledges of Allegiance exhibition at CAM.
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CAM Club Workshop
CAM Club Workshop: Guest Post By Jasmin Noble

Recently the Contemporary Art Museum Club held its first major professional workshop. Part of CAM Club’s mission is to provide students with the skills needed for successful museum event planning, facilitation and promotion. From opening events to artist talks, CAM Club wants students to be prepared for major museum duties and have skills applicable to a range of fields.
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Danay Suárez
I Will Be Me: A Community Residency with Danay Suárez

Danay Suárez is a singer known for her versatility. She moves effortlessly between genres, from rap and hip-hop to reggae, jazz, r&b, and soul, yet she has spent years refining and perfecting her distinctive sound. Born in Havana in 1985, her first full length album, Polvo de la Humedad was released in 2011. Her second album, Palabras Manuales, had already been recorded in Cuba when she was offered a contract with Universal in the United States.
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RE-frame

As part of The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum’s ongoing efforts to find new methods for sharing resources and creative capital with the community, USFCAM’s RE-FRAME is an initiative providing artists with used but still fully functional fine art frames. USFCAM sponsored students from Howard W. Blake High School by building an art display wall, created using recycled construction materials and up-cycled fine art frames, for students to present their artworks at the 2018 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
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Consciousness of Classes: A Story About Ybor City, Cuba and Cigars

Cuba played an important role in the development of 19th century Tampa and the 1880s dramatically altered Tampa’s future. In 1886, Spanish born Vicente Martínez Ybor chose Tampa as the site of a cigar-manufacturing center in what is now a section of Tampa called Ybor City. Thousands of Cuban and Spanish immigrants followed to produce hand-rolled cigars and a passionate Latin culture was born.
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Architecture of Power: A Story About Cuban Marble

Cuban marble has a rich and eclectic heritage that mirrors the country’s social and political past. Cities such as Havana were built following the 1573 Ordinance of Spanish King Philip II that required a Spanish style cathedral, administrative buildings, and a governor’s palace to line the central plaza. The Cuban builders and craftsman infused the classical Spanish architecture with regional designs and used local marble from the renowned quarries formed by Cuba’s unique geological structure.
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A Monumental Young Elvis Made Digital: Guest Post by Jeanie Ambrosio

For the David Claerbout exhibition at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, the exhibition designer in conjunction with the artist’s studio has formed the space to incorporate four video installations by the artist. Three of these installations produce a large-scale immersive experience for the viewer, while the work displayed at the smallest scale, Radio Piece (Hong Kong) (2015), exists at the size of a standard flat screen to accommodate the intimate experience it produces.
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Emory Douglas - The Black Panther Party Newspaper
Prints Providing a Catalyst for Change:
A Guest Post by Erin Hughes, MA Candidate

On June 2nd, two new exhibitions opened at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, bringing with them a full schedule of events throughout their stay in Tampa. Black Pulp! and Woke! bring with them endless opportunities to engage with and discuss the current status of race relations in our nation. Black Pulp! contains over one hundred years of African-American representation in print works, while Woke! contains works by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, the curators of Black Pulp! Between the two galleries, all who enter are sure to be engaged by the striking works from over a century of print.
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Felandus Thames - I'm Neutral
To Be Faceless: Caricature & Racial Identity:
A Guest Post by Tyra Mishell

Whenever I see black face or any racist caricature of black people, I am reminded of how the world has perceived and continues to perceive black people. It does not shock me as much now as when I was small and was first made aware of my blackness as spectacle. Upon looking, I am usually greeted with the same feeling of grossness and humiliation as I would if someone were to catch me in the most unflattering position. However, when I went to see the Black Pulp! exhibition and came across Felandus Thames’ I'm Neutral, I felt the warmth that one experiences when they look upon the beautiful thing.
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Inside Art
InsideART: USFCAM’s Art and Social Studies Curriculum

As part of its mission, the USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) has developed an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies and contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.
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Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60
Robert Mapplethorpe at Graphicstudio

Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of much renewed interest as the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA present complementary exhibitions which form Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. This retrospective in two parts coincides with the release of HBO Pictures documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.
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Upcoming Events

1/17/20
Gallery Talk + Opening Reception with artists Hope Ginsburg and Anastasia Samoylova

1/18/20
Panel Discussion - Rising Above: Art and Climate Resiliency

1/23/20
Art Thursday: Curator’s Talk + Reception

1/26/20
Anastasia Samoylova and David Campany Talk + FloodZone Book Signing

2/06/20
CAM Club presents Film on the Lawn

2/13/20
Art Thursday: Gallery Talk + Reception with artist Anastasia Samoylova & Ksenia Nouril, PhD

2/21/20
SYCOM Concert: Music for Sponge Exchange + FloodZone

2/23/20
Artist Talk with Hope Ginsburg at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

2/23/20
Land Dive Team: Tarpon Springs Public Performance

 

News + Press

12/03/19 - News Release
USFContemporary Art Museum presents Sponge Exchange + FloodZone, two solo exhibitions with artists Hope Ginsburg and Anastasia Samoylova, January 17 – March 7, 2020

9/06/19 - Press: Fox 13 TV 
New art exhibit at USF bends reality - Fox 13, September 6, 2019

 

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Art In Health
In partnership with USF Health, USFCAM's Art In Health program explores intersections between the arts and healthcare.

InsideART
This innovative web-based visual literacy program integrates secondary school social studies and science with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.

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Interested in an internship at CAM or Graphicstudio? Find out how to apply and what deadlines you need to know.


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The electronic images available on this site are subject to copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The images are made available to the general public for the sole purpose of representing the USF Contemporary Art Museum’s programs and collection. Copying or redistribution of the images in any manner without the express written permission of the University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art is strictly prohibited.

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