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Agustin Collazo Jr., Through the Captain’s Spyglass, 2021. From the 2021 Breaking Barriers veterans photography workshop.


December 9-10, 2021
USF Contemporary Art Museum 

USF Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Breaking Barriers: Still in Motion as part of arts programming to military veterans. Breaking Barriers: Still in Motion brings together the art of seventeen U.S. veterans. As a result of two intensive artist-lead photography and video workshops, the exhibition includes a selection of thirty-seven photographs and nine videos. Through the artist’s lens, we are offered an intimate look at the quotidian, personal places and spaces, memories, and narratives by means of objects and landscapes. The artwork represents a vast range of photographic experience, from learning to use a camera, to professional photographers accomplished with film but starting fresh with digital technology or video, as well as those who have no prior art experience at all. Unique to this exhibition is the fact that all the photographs and videos were created and edited with the artists’ own cellphone cameras.

Artists in the exhibition are James Alexander, Roxi Cato, Wildalys Class, Agustin Collazo Jr., Michael Congdon, Giovanna Delacruz, Amanda Dodd, Dwight English, Loretta Fields, Dawn S. Hargrett, Evan Fountain, Mark Freeman, Robert Kidney, Mikko Maki, Matias, Alicia Morales, and RaeAnne Swanson. We are deeply grateful to all the veterans who were courageous and persistent enough to engage in the workshops and create their own photographic images. Their artwork creates a visual platform that changes the culture of the “silent veteran,” into a storyteller, a witness, and amplifies the veteran voice within a larger community.

December 10, 6:30pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Join us for an in-person reception with Still in Motion artists and Christian Cortés, Leslie Elsasser, and Selina Román. Visitors to the museum are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing



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Breaking Barriers is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, with Support from the USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant Program of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Love IV Lawrence 2020 Waves of Change Grant, and additional support from the ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund and the Florida Department of State.