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Leslie Elsasser - Introduction
Christian Cortes

Crimi Arrieta - Relative of US Army Veteran
Patricia Colbert - US Army
Gail Cross - US Air Force
Dr. Charlie Ferrer - US Army
Janine Hargrett - US Army
Valerie Larson - US Air Force
Kevin Lipton - US Army
Dolores Matteo - US Army
Karidad Ramis-Hartman - US Army
Roger St. Julian - US Army
Monika Sutton - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Viana L.M. Tavares-Fischer - US Army

Manfredo Bobadilla - US Army
Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Marine Corps / US Navy
Amanda Dodd - US Army
Evan Fountain - US Air Force
Derek Hopkins - US Air Force
Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps
Alicia Morales - US Army
Chris Smith - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Kimberlee Nicole Smith - US Army
RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force



Agustin Collazo Jr., El Pelotero, 2023.

Agustin Collazo Jr., El Pelotero, 2023.

AGUSTIN COLLAZO JR - US Marine Corps // US Navy

El Pelotero 

Baseball might be America’s pastime, but for many Latin American countries and for many Latinos it is a way of life, a way to dream, and possibly a path to a better future. Many grow up with dreams of being the next Roberto Clemente or the next Derek Jeter. Some make that dream a reality and others sadly do not, but they continue to dream. 

My father brought baseball into my life. I cannot remember if it was my love for him or the love that grew for the game, but it was something that brought us closer together. It would lead to many afternoons of sitting with him discussing the game we were watching. After his passing the game never felt the same, but I still watch every year and remember those times we had. 

One of the perks of becoming a professional baseball player is getting your own baseball card! My idea behind El Pelotero is I wanted to take a fun and interesting photo that took on some of the characteristics of a baseball card, the team that my father loved, and add my own artistic twist. 

If a baseball card could come alive, what do you imagine that player would do? Look around? Speak? Let your imagination decide. 

Thank you for taking a moment to view my work. 

I am a photographer, I am an artist, and I am a proud U.S. military Veteran.

US Marine Corps // US Navy


Agustin Collazo Jr., La Mirada, 2023.

Agustin Collazo Jr., La Mirada, 2023.

Agustin Collazo Jr., Lo Desconocido, 2023

Agustin Collazo Jr., Lo Desconocido, 2023.



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Breaking Barriers is a program by USF Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with the USF School of Art & Art History, is supported by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant of the Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Love IV Lawrence, USFCAM ACE (Art for Community Engagement) Fund Patrons, and the Florida Department of State, Florida Arts & Culture.