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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


Patricia Colbert, The Best Shot of the Day, 2023.

Patricia Colbert, The Best Shot of the Day, 2023.


The Best Shot of the Day 

What a lovely picture of a gracious loser. Even more special, is to capture a photo of the losing opponent that is half your age and much healthier than you. There is still a place for wisdom in entertainment. As we age, it’s a reminder to aim high and exercise wisdom as you strive to do your best. For the young and the young at heart, timing is everything, especially when swinging at a golf ball. 

As you look into the eyes of the model, a strong, beautiful young woman, you see time standing still. She is a daughter, a mother, and a nurse. This photo marks a 65-year birthday moment through the lens of an adoring mother…a noteworthy comparative moment is the day the model opened her eyes as a newborn baby and said hello to the world. Time has passed and many things have changed, but the twinkle in those eyes still speaks beauty, baby, daughter, and gift from God. 

This photo resonates celebration and marks a moment to cherish. A gracious and strong subject showcasing her beauty and poise. The best shot of the day was to get this candid, beautiful and endearing photo. 



Patricia Colbert, Envisioning Possibilities, 2023.

Patricia Colbert, Envisioning Possibilities, 2023.

Patricia Colbert, Joyful Resilience 2023.

Patricia Colbert, Joyful Resilience 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.