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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


Kevin Lipton, Reflection, 2023.

Kevin Lipton, Reflection, 2023.

Kevin Lipton - US Army


My current concept of self is that we are like diamonds. As life grinds us down, it creates another facet that can shine and reflect the light from within us. 

I am a disabled veteran, an operating room nurse, a guy from Brooklyn, a retiree, a senior scholar at USF, old AF, and many other facets depending on your view of me at that moment. In this moment you see my photographer facet. Sometimes it reflects my humor and other times philosophy and still others it’s a message in a bottle to the world. 



Kevin Lipton, Distanced, 2023.

Kevin Lipton, Distanced, 2023.

Kevin Lipton, Trophy, 2023.

Kevin Lipton, Trophy, 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.