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EDUCATION

USF Contemporary Art Museum is an academic museum, laboratory, and research center for students, scholars, faculty, museum professionals, interns, artists, and the Tampa Bay Community. As part of CAM's educational mission, we offer a wide range of object-based learning opportunities centered around a series of major interdisciplinary exhibitions and the permanent collection. 

Our programs include symposia, conferences, lectures, workshops, special events, tours, field trips, and artist conversations that provide an educational resource, a forum for dialogue, and a platform from which to analyze critical issues in art and society. 

We encourage direct encounters with artwork as a means to understand diverse cultures, concepts, current issues, and materials. We also offer customized class tours, assignment collaboration, and learner-centered facilitated art discussions (VTS) that are valuable to many disciplines. Guided tours and presentations by CAM's educators and curators are available to connect with specific classroom objectives.

 



FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS 


CAM Club members
CAM Club

CAM Club seeks to engage new and diverse audiences on the USF campuses and in the Tampa Bay community by introducing various forms of art as well by shaping the museum as an active, open and tolerant center where students can come to learn, participate, and express creativity. Partnering with USFCAM in a professional art environment, students will learn about museum operations and be able to participate in a range of activities, workshops and field trips that will impart skills for museum work and enhance their overall educational experiences.

Graphicstudio Intern Reiko Kawahara Assembles Iva Gueorguieva Edition
Internships

The USF Institute for Research in Art is pleased to accept a limited number of students for unpaid internships each semester at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and Graphicstudio. Internships are competitive and are for credit only. Visit our internships page for more information or to apply.

Robert Stackhouse, 
Blue 5606, 2006. Off-set lithograph. 24-1/2 x 31-3/4 inches. Edition: 100. University of South Florida Collection
Student Collection Access

USF students may make appointments to see works in the USF Art Collection for class projects and research. To consult on works in the collection or to make an appointment for viewing, contact Curator of the Collection Shannon Annis at sannis@usf.edu.


FOR FACULTY


VTS seesion in CAM gallery
Perception Studios - Aquisition of Knowledge

The Perception Studios are classes taught at USF Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with the Judy Genshaft Honors College course Acquisition of Knowledge. Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, Acquisition of Knowledge invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed, how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. The Perception Studios engage with original artwork and a student-centered facilitation method to create inclusive discussions, increase critical thinking and observation skills. Contact Curator of Education Leslie Elsasser at lelsasse@usf.edu to explore ways you can integrate USFCAM into your curriculum.

Capstone class in the USFCAM conference room
Picture This - Warhol Collection

Picture This is a collaborative course between USF Contemporary Art Museum and the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Picture This encourages student engagement with the Warhol Collection in recognition of the arts' capacity to transform us and foster transferable skills through learning how to research, curate, create meaningful dialogue, self-reflect and think critically within all majors and professional disciplines. Through the lens of Andy Warhol’s oeuvre students study and explore the photographs and prints from the collection in order to explore the wider cultural context from which Andy Warhol emerged, and as a means to frame contemporary issues in our rapidly changing and evolving world. Contact Curator of Education Leslie Elsasser at lelsasse@usf.edu to explore ways you can integrate USFCAM into your curriculum.

Leslie Elsasser leading a tour in the CAM Gallery.
Teaching and Learning with Museum Exhibitions

USFCAM's temporary exhibitions regularly offer new ways to integrate artwork into your curriculum. Tours can be tailored to support the individual themes and goals of a given course, project or learning outcome. We are specialists with pedagogical training to build discussions that thoughtfully connect artwork to critical issues, specific themes, and learning objectives. CAM has developed effective and interactive virtual tours that can reach students regardless if they are on campus or not. Contact Curator of Education Leslie Elsasser at lelsasse@usf.edu to explore ways you can integrate USFCAM into your curriculum.

James Rosenquist, My Mind is an Empty Glass, 1994. 4-run, 6-color photo-lithograph. 34 x 34 inches.Edition: 42. University of South Florida Collection
Faculty Collection Research

The USF Art Collection is available for use in class lectures, activities, and research projects. Due to COVID-19 precautions, in person viewing of collection objects is currently limited to individual appointments for faculty and students. To schedule viewing appointments or obtain images of artworks for class presentations, contact Curator of the Collection Shannon Annis, sannis@usf.edu. USFCAM Faculty are available to consult and participate in object-based class activities—contact Curator of the Collection Shannon Annis at sannis@usf.edu or Curator of Education Leslie Elsasser at lelsasse@usf.edu.


FOR SCHOOLS + TEACHERS


InsideART teachers workshop day.
InsideART

InsideART is an innovative arts-based learning and visual literacy program that integrates social studies with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of pressing societal issues. This secondary school program is provided free of charge to all teachers and students by the Institute for Research in Art (IRA) at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and is available on the InsideART page.

Blake High School Students Field Study to USFCAM during Hope Ginsburg: Sponge Exchange. Courtesy Blake High School
Field Trips + Guided Tours

USF Contemporary Art Museum offers free exhibition tours including field trips for K-12 students and class tours for the USF and Tampa Bay education communities. Please visit the tour and field trip page for information on choosing, scheduling and conducting your tour.


FOR COMMUNITY


Jayme Williams, Tree, 2018
Breaking Barriers Photography Workshops for Veterans

Breaking Barriers is a series of photography workshops provided free of charge to veterans in the USF and Tampa Bay Community. Each multi-week series of workshops is designed for all levels of experience, from beginning to advanced, and veterans are invited to explore tools and processes in creating their own photographic imagery. Each series concludes with a personal project and portfolio review. A special showing of curated works from each workshop and participant is exhibited at USF Contemporary Art Museum. Visit the Breaking Barriers page to learn more.

Artist Glexis Novoa from Climate Change: Cuba-USA gives a gallery tour. photo by Tony Palms.
Guided Tours

USF Contemporary Art Museum schedules public curator-led gallery tours with each exhibition. Check our events page for upcoming scheduled tours. In addition, CAM offers free exhibition tours to the public upon request. Please visit the tour and field trip page for information on choosing, scheduling and conducting your tour.