About Public Art
The Public Art program at USF focuses on site responsive works, typically resulting in the creation of places, as opposed to objects. Most projects have been developed for the interjacent spaces between buildings, with footprints that result in plazas, gardens and courtyards. These projects serve as informal gathering spaces for the various academic neighborhoods of our campus.
The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs.
Florida's Art in State Buildings Program was created legislatively in 1979; setting aside one half of one percent of any new state construction funds for the acquisition of artwork to be placed in and around our new facilities. At the University of South Florida, this program has allowed us to work with many of the nation's most prominent public artists to develop projects which enhance the aesthetics of our campus, and enrich the cultural life of our students, faculty and staff. Major projects have been completed by such premier artists as Alice Aycock, Dale Eldred, Richard Fleischner, Doug Hollis, Nancy Holt, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., James Rosenquist, Ned Smyth, and Elyn Zimmerman.
The focus of the Public Art program at USF is on site responsive works, often resulting in the creation of places, as opposed to objects. The main campus of the University of South Florida is comprised of 785 acres, located in Tampa, with smaller branch campuses in St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Lakeland. Most of our projects have been developed for the interjacent spaces between buildings, with footprints that result in plazas, gardens and courtyards. These discipline-based places serve as informal gathering spaces for the various academic neighborhoods of our campus.
Complimenting our major projects, the USF Public Art program has offered opportunities to emerging artists from the State of Florida and beyond; oftentimes providing these artists with their first opportunity to work in the public realm. Significant projects by Richard Beckman, Maria Castagliola, Robert Calvo, Jack Casey, Harrison Covington, Gary Moore and Andy Yoder, among others, amplify our collection and provide the viewer the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of contemporary public art.
While project budgets are derived from one half of one percent of State construction funds, many of our major projects have been augmented with private funds, and with funds derived from line-items monies from construction, furniture and equipment, lighting and landscape. In kind services from faculty, students, and area corporations are another means by which we enhance our project budgets.
USF Public Art - Top 10 in US
The USF Public Art Program was selected as one of the nations top ten university based public art programs. The top ten list was published in the spring 2008 issue of Public Art Review, an internationally distributed magazine. The top ten list was produced by the Public Art Network, a national organization of public art professionals associated with American for the Arts.
Nancy Holt, Solar Rotary
St. Petersburg Times
By LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic
Published August 6, 2006
Public Art: Process & Product
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Above image: Jonathan Borofsky
The Hammering Man at 2,938,405, 1977-85
USF Institute for Research in Art has published a DVD about the making of James Rosenquist's first public sculpture, It Heals Up: For All Childrens Hospital.
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Copyright and Reproduction
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