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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


Manfredo Bobadilla, Stop, Look, and Listen, 2023.

Manfredo Bobadilla, Stop, Look, and Listen, 2023.


Stop, Look, and Listen

A brief second where you get to analyze your next movements in life after moving for so long. 

Looking at this picture, you will see a common military movement known as the low crawl. The purpose of this technique is to be able to move slowly without being detected by the enemy while having the brief opportunity to scan your path before moving forward again. 

This movement has described my path in life ever since I left the military. Before making any move, I take a quick glance to analyze the road ahead and determine if it’s worth moving forward. The enemies that are begging to detect me are the ones that will hinder my progress in life, which are loneliness, complacency, and regret. 

I take a moment to listen to my gut to ensure the path I’m looking at is the right one for me. 

As I move forward, I know it must be done slowly. This is not only to remain covert, but to also appreciate the progress of moving towards the achievement that I am aiming for.



Manfredo Bobadilla, Feline Photoshoot, 2023.

Manfredo Bobadilla, Feline Photoshoot, 2023.

Manfredo Bobadilla, Yogi's Feet, 2023.

Manfredo Bobadilla, Yogi's Feet, 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.