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THE INSTITUTE

The USF Institute for Research in Art (IRA) is the umbrella organization for the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio, Public Art program, and Art in Health. Part of the University of South Florida College of The Arts, the IRA is dedicated to an international artists’ residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today’s most accomplished and influential artists working in the international art arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, interdisciplinary arts research, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society. Participating artists represent the full and diverse spectrum of contemporary art practice including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic media, and performance.


NEWS FROM THE BLOGS

Cotton Comes to Harlem
A Monumental Young Elvis Made Digital: Guest Post by Jeanie Ambrosio

For the David Claerbout exhibition at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, the exhibition designer in conjunction with the artist’s studio has formed the space to incorporate four video installations by the artist. Three of these installations produce a large-scale immersive experience for the viewer, while the work displayed at the smallest scale, Radio Piece (Hong Kong) (2015), exists at the size of a standard flat screen to accommodate the intimate experience it produces.
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Cotton Comes to Harlem
Cotton Comes to Harlem

On June 22, 2017, USFCAM presented a free film screening of Cotton Comes to Harlem as part of its programming for Black Pulp! Noel Smith, USFCAM’s Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art, provided a biographical sketch of Chester Himes, the author of the book on which the film was based, and Cheryl Rodriguez, Director of the USF Institute on Black Life, introduced and contextualized the film.
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Angel Acosta
Cuban Art Impressions: Guest Post by Eric Ondina

I am not a naturally talented artist. My talent was inherited from a privileged upbringing which granted me the time to selfishly pursue egotistic fancies such as the visual arts. Yet I am not a thief. I am the progeny of a society preoccupied by the fulfilment of middle class comfort, and permeated by a culture synonymous with cynicism, sensual excess, rootless cosmopolitism, and materialistic obsession. My culture is a dark one, which as an artist I strive to illuminate.
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Emory Douglas - The Black Panther Party Newspaper
Prints Providing a Catalyst for Change:
A Guest Post by Erin Hughes, MA Candidate

On June 2nd, two new exhibitions opened at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, bringing with them a full schedule of events throughout their stay in Tampa. Black Pulp! and Woke! bring with them endless opportunities to engage with and discuss the current status of race relations in our nation. Black Pulp! contains over one hundred years of African-American representation in print works, while Woke! contains works by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, the curators of Black Pulp!. Between the two galleries, all who enter are sure to be engaged by the striking works from over a century of print.
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Felandus Thames - I'm Neutral
To Be Faceless: Caricature & Racial Identity:
A Guest Post by Tyra Mishell

Whenever I see black face or any racist caricature of black people, I am reminded of how the world has perceived and continues to perceive black people. It does not shock me as much now as when I was small and was first made aware of my blackness as spectacle. Upon looking, I am usually greeted with the same feeling of grossness and humiliation as I would if someone were to catch me in the most unflattering position. However, when I went to see the Black Pulp! exhibition and came across Felandus Thames’ I'm Neutral, I felt the warmth that one experiences when they look upon the beautiful thing.
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Burt Barr
Burt Barr

We were sad to learn of Burt Barr’s passing on November 7, 2016. Burt was a friend to Graphicstudio and a talented artist. His collaborations extended his artistic practice into printmaking in a way that is emblematic of the mission of Graphicstudio.
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Inside Art
InsideART: USFCAM’s Art and Social Studies Curriculum

As part of its mission, the USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) has developed an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies and contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.
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Madeline Arrendale - Intern Perspective
Madeline Arrendale’s Graphicstudio Internship

My experience at Graphicstudio was amazing. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I learned something new every day. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet a few artists and learn under professional printers, but I was given the liberty to work on a personal project of my own.
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The Music Box: Tampa Bay, Community Stepping Stones at Mann-Wagnon Park, Tampa. Photo: Sarah Howard
The Music Box: Tampa Bay

Musical architecture, conceived as invented structures embedded with musical instrumentation, was developed in 2010 when New Orleans Airlift founder and artistic director Delaney Martin, Airlift lead sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd, and artist Swoon, were considering how to transform the materials and site of a disintegrating 250-year-old cottage into a collaborative space for public art.
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Sandra Cinto
Sandra Cinto at Graphicstudio

While in New York City for the 2013 IFPDA Print Fair, Margaret Miller encountered the work of Sandra Cinto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Piece of Silence included cellos and violins painted white and intricately decorated with black ink line drawings, mounted to the gallery walls that had been covered with music staves. Struck with the delicate beauty of the sculptures, drawings and paintings, Margaret invited Cinto to Graphicstudio to make prints.
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Emily Rogers - Intern Perspective
Graphicstudio Internship Reflection by Emily Rogers

Interning at Graphicstudio was a very positive and fulfilling experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was accepted into the program; I did not know how I would be of any help in a printmaking studio without any relevant prior experience. Aside from a brief tour in a class a few years prior, I knew very little about Graphicstudio itself and its function.
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Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60
Robert Mapplethorpe at Graphicstudio

Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of much renewed interest as the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA present complementary exhibitions which form Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. This retrospective in two parts coincides with the release of HBO Pictures documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.
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Julianna Konsulian and Huy Nguyen at Varadero Beach.
An Intern’s Trip to Cuba

During the winter of 2015, The University of South Florida along with the Holcombe family cooperated to fund an academic trip to Cuba. All 15 of the USF Holcombe scholarship recipients, including me, signed up to go. Our purpose was to learn about the culture, academics, and lifestyle of Cubans, both pre- and post-revolution. We also had opportunities to aid in installing water purification systems in communities near Havana.
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Catch me at CAM!
Catch me at CAM! Engagement, Conversation and Art

Have you ever heard of Meet Me at MoMA? Well, we as Honors College seniors and bio-medical sciences majors are trying to create a program inspired by it here at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. For those of you who may not know, Meet Me at MoMA is a community-based art engagement program orchestrated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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College of The Arts

The College of The Arts is the creative center of the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Dedicated to preparing students for careers in architecture, community design, art, art history, music, theatre, and dance, the College provides students with a hands-on learning environment where real-world exhibition, performance, and practice opportunities abound. Situated in a culturally rich metropolitan area, students and faculty participate in Arts research through interdisciplinary work, global explorations, and local community engagement in Tampa Bay.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 13, 10-10:30am
Pledges of Allegiance Flag Raising
USF Contemporary Art Museun, CAM

Friday, January 12, 10am-12pm
Climate Change: Cuba/USA Artist Symposium
USF Marshall Student Center, MSC2709

Friday, January 12, 6pm
Climate Change: Cuba/USA Artists Conversation
USF School of Music Barness recital Hall, MUS107

Friday, January 12, 7-9pm
Climate Change: Cuba/USA Opening Reception
USFCAM

Monday, January 16, 10-10:30am
Pledges of Allegiance Flag Raising
USF Contemporary Art Museun, CAM


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Art In Health
In partnership with USF Health, USFCAM's Art In Health program explores intersections between the arts and healthcare.

InsideART
This innovative web-based visual literacy program integrates secondary school social studies and science with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.

Internships
Interested in an internship at CAM or Graphicstudio? Find out how to apply and what deadlines you need to know.


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Graphicstudio Hours:
Monday–Friday 10am–5pm

USFCAM Hours:
Monday–Friday 10am–5pm
Thurs. 10am–8pm
Sat. 1–4pm
CAM is closed Sundays, all University and State of Florida holidays, and between exhibitions.

Tours:
Groups and organizations interested in tours of the exhibition should contact CAM to schedule at least two weeks in advance at (813) 974-4133.

Accessibility:
The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. There are disabled parking spaces outsde of the museum, an accessible entrance, good lighting and accessible restrooms.

The museum follows the USF guidelines regarding service animals.

USFCAM faculty and staff are pleased to work with organizations that provide cultural opportunities for disabled clients to tour the Museum. Please call (813) 974-4133 two weeks in advance to request specific tour information. For more accessibility information please call (813) 974-4133.


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The electronic images available on this site are subject to copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The images are made available to the general public for the sole purpose of representing the USF Contemporary Art Museum’s programs and collection. Copying or redistribution of the images in any manner without the express written permission of the University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art is strictly prohibited.

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Graphicstudio
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Public Art
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Art in Health
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