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Native America: In Translation on Forbes

8/25/2023 - Wendy Red Star Introduces Kimowan Metchewais Through Indigenous Photography Exhibition - By Chadd Scott, Forbes
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8/22/2023 - USF Contemporary Art Museum offers free Friday tour of new exhibit about Indigenous identity - Ray Roa,
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8/9/2023 - New USFCAM exhibition showcases work of nine Indigenous artists - Tampa Bay Newspapers
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Native America: In Translation in 83degrees

8/5/2023 - Tampa Bay August arts roundup: comic book art, comedy improv, a cupcake contest and much more - By Christopher Curry, 83degrees
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Rico Gatson: Visible Time on Creative Pinellas

6/16/2023 - Time in a Feedback Loop - By Fatemah Tuwainah, Creative Pinellas
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Rico Gatson: Visible Time on Art Critter

6/15/2023 - Visible Time at USFCAM - By Tom Winchester, Art Critter
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Rico Gatson Interview on WMNF

6/02/2023 - Rico Gatson and Christian Viveros-Fauné on Art in Your Ear - By JoEllen Schilke, WMNF Radio
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Rico Gatson: Visible Time on ABC Action News

6/1/2023 - Artist Rico Gatson turns USF Tampa museum into celebration of Black heroes - By Sean Daly, ABC Action News, WFTS-Tampa
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Rico Gatson: Visible Time in 83degrees

5/30/2023 - June arts roundup: Pride events, Juneteenth celebration and more - By Michele Smith, 83degrees
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Rico Gatson: Visible Time on Alive Tampa Bay

5/6/2023 - ‘Rico Gatson: Visible Time’ Exhibit Opens in June at The USF Contemporary Art Museum - Alive Tampa Bay
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Poor People's Art on Forbes

1/8/2023 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Overlooked Crusade And ‘Poor People’s Art’ - By Chadd Scott, Forbes
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Breaking Barriers on Creative Pinellas

12/9/2022 - Veterans Sharing Their Voices Through Art - By Sheila Cowley, Creative Pinellas
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About USF Contemporary Art Museum

The USF Contemporary Art Museum opened its current facility in 1989, adjacent to the USF College of The Arts. The museum has presented numerous significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends. Exhibitions to date have included the work of Vito Acconci, Atelier van Lieshout (AVL ), Frances Barth, Bili Bidjocka, Jim Campbell, James Casebere, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Emily Cheng, Keith Edmier, Zhang Hongtu, Alfredo Jaar, Los Carpinteros, Allan McCollum, Lucy Orta, Pepón Osorio, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha among numerous others.

USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprised of more than 5,000 art works. There are exceptional holdings in graphics and sculpture multiples by internationally acclaimed artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, who have worked at USF’s Graphicstudio. Contemporary photography and African art are also important areas of the collection.

The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, as well as numerous private foundations on a project basis. The Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Janaina Tschäpe, Blood, Sea video installation. From the 2014 CAM@25 exhibition. photo: Will Lytch

Our Mission

The primary mission of the USF Contemporary Art Museum is to bring to the University and the Tampa Bay community vital, investigative and scholarly contemporary exhibitions, while simultaneously contributing to the dialogue within the international arts community by organizing exhibitions, producing relevant catalogues, scheduling critically significant traveling exhibitions and by underwriting experimental projects of artists emerging on the national and the international fronts.

Parallel to this purpose is an ongoing commitment to provide the educational underpinnings necessary for the assimilation of issues at the core of contemporary art for an audience that includes community and corporate members, students, faculty, staff, administrators, scholars, critics, historians and artists.

The Museum's educational philosophy, consistent with the approach to exhibitions, is to contribute to the ongoing research of leading artists, critics, and historians by organizing symposia, conferences and lectures to discuss and analyze current issues in art and society. The museum is a laboratory for scholars, museum professionals, students, interns and artists. The USF Contemporary Art Museum collects and maintains a collection of contemporary art and makes it available as a visual library for students, and as an enrichment to a broad and varied constituency through loans and direct access. Museum Memberships, both Private and Corporate help subsidize the museum's operating and exhibition costs.


Museum Sponsors

National Endowment for the Arts  //  Florida Department of State, Florida Arts & Cultur  //  H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute  //  Knox Family Foundation  //  Lee & Victor Leavengood Endowment  //  Raymond James Financial  //  The Tampa Tribune  //  Time Warner Communications  //  Time Customer Service, Inc.  //  The Brabson Family  //  Genevieve Lykes Dimmitt   //  The Feil Organization  //  The Wilson Company  //  Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel  //  Carlton Fields  //  Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation  //  Gobioff Foundation  //  Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation P/ARTS Program  //  The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation  //  Dr. Allen Root / In Memory of Janet G. Root  //  Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Board of County Commissioners  //  The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts  //  Aparium Hotel Group's Hotel Haya  //  Strategic Property Partners and Water Street Tampa


Art for Community Engagement (ACE) Fund Patrons

Allison and Robby Adams  //  Frank E. Duckwall Foundation  //  Francesca and Richard Forsyth  //  Gobioff Foundation  //  Courtney and Jason Kuhn  //  Linda Saul-Sena and Mark Sena  //  Sharmila and Vivek Seth  //  Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation  //  Michael Paonessa and Robert Iles


About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, a high-impact research university dedicated to student success and committed to community engagement, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. With campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF serves approximately 50,000 students who represent nearly 150 different countries. U.S. News & World Report has ranked USF as one of the nation’s top 50 public universities for five consecutive years, and this year USF earned its highest ranking ever among all universities public or private. In 2023, USF became the first public university in Florida in nearly 40 years to be invited to join the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group of the leading universities in the United States and Canada. Through hundreds of millions of dollars in research activity each year and as one of the top universities in the world for securing new patents, USF is a leader in solving global problems and improving lives. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at