1/13/20 | Creative Loafing
USF Contemporary Art Museum takes on climate change with two new solo exhibitions

Screen_Shot_2020_01_13_at_11.11.00_AM.5e1c96a75a678“Judging by the view through the windows, the Contemporary Art Museum on USF Tampa’s campus has been converted to a murky swamp, an ideal home for the monstrous alligator that lurks above the viewer with its scaly tail and arms dangling near our heads – too close for comfort. It’s a good thing we learned how to run away from alligators as children.”

8/4/14 | CBS Tampa
Best Upcoming Art Exhibits In Tampa Bay


“Richard Beckman, who died in 2004, broke the mold when he created organic and geometric art forms to explore the balance between the mind and body. His work presents the duality of the inner and outer, order and chaos and positive and negative, blurring the lines more and more with each successive piece. Beckman received national recognition for his creations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Art lovers can enjoy this exhibit until September 6, 2014.”

7/23/14 | Tampa Bay Times
Richard Beckman’s work at USF Contemporary Art Museum celebrates what was

A case holds small models, called maquettes, of Beckman’s sculptures. Above it are drawings he created to explore forms.

“He sketches an idea, then, in a hurried handwriting, breaks down the issues and challenges in making it real. He explores different iterations of the visual idea. As a nearby TV monitor scrolls through photographs of his sculptures in galleries, and of him working in his studio (these are still photos, not video), we see that, yes, he did resolve the problems in the sketch as we look at the actual work.

Beckman’s great gift extended beyond his original ideas to an obsessive perfectionism in crafting. He manipulated hard materials such as wood and metal as if they were pliant paper or fiber.”

7/14/14 | USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Sometimes all you need is “A Different Frame of Mind”

A Different Frame of Mind

“When you think about a frame, it is in some sense a limitation, bounding a work of art, for exhibition and public view. But “A Different Frame of Mind” aimed to get artists to think about how to use recycled frames—new frames can generally be quite costly—to explore both the limitations and the opportunities for the expansiveness of the frames themselves. Each of the artists found a unique way to use the frames as a part of the piece and to start a conversation about framing and showing artwork in a gallery setting.”

11/07/13 | El Nuevo Herald
‘SubRosa’: Discursos Contra el Poder

'Ave María', instalación de Meira Marrero y José Angel Toirac, 2010.
‘Ave María’, instalación de Meira Marrero y José Angel Toirac, 2010.

“SubRosa… es una exposición en la que se articulan las obras de seis artistas de diferentes culturas y continentes que trabajan lenguajes artísticos de la resistencia. La muestra emplea diversos formatos como fotografía, escultura, instalación, video, gráfica y pintura. Los autores participantes son Ai Weiwei (China), José Toirac and Meira Marrero (Cuba), Barbad Golshiri (Irán), Ramón Esono Ebalé (Guinea Ecuatorial), Khaled Jarrar (Palestina) y Zanele Muholi (Sudáfrica). Estos se oponen al poder tanto desde el punto de vista político, como social e ideológico. La muestra, curada por Noel Smith, ahonda en los discursos artísticos desarrollados dentro de sociedades marcadas por la intolerancia, los extremismo o, dicho de otra manera, por la represión hacia la libre expresión; sociedades y culturas inmersas en cambios profundos y convulsos en las que se combinan y enfrentan rasgos de un pasado simifeudal reciente (por ejemplo Sudáfrica, China o Guinea Ecuatorial), con otros de la cultura globalizada; sociedades y estados nacionales frustrados (Palestina y Guinea Ecuatorial, por ejemplo) que buscan expresar su identidad cultural como manera de reclamar y gobernar democráticamente un territorio que, a su vez, les permita afianzar su identidad nacional.”

11/07/13 | Creative Loafing
SubRosa Reaches the Age of Dissent

POLITICAL FOOTBALL: Khaled Jarrar's soccer ball made of olive branches and concrete. - DANIEL VEINTIMILLA
POLITICAL FOOTBALL: Khaled Jarrar’s soccer ball made of olive branches and concrete. – DANIEL VEINTIMILLA

“The use of art to speak out against oppression is no longer just the province of your local coffeehouse. Amid the turmoil of the Arab Spring and tyrannical regimes enabled by global economics, politically charged art has not only gained legitimacy, it’s downright crucial. Restrictions have necessitated that artists become more cunning in their messages, and the art world has benefited richly from a surge in clever dissent. The trend came up earlier this year in a conversation between USF Contemporary Art Museum Curator Noel Smith and Museum Director Margaret Miller, when USF CAM’s current exhibition, SubRosa: The Language of Resistance first took shape. Smith — who worked recently with Cuban artists speaking out against the censorship of the Castro regime — was enlisted to coordinate the exhibition.”

1/27/13 | Tampa Bay Times

Artists experiment with technology at the USF Contemporary Art Museum with Robert Rauschenberg as their muses.
Artists experiment with technology at the USF Contemporary Art Museum with Robert Rauschenberg as their muses.

“Thoughtful” and “entertaining” are adjectives we usually read in reviews of good movies, plays and books. Rarely are they paired in discussions of art exhibitions. But they are the most appropriate and succinct words to describe “Open Score,” a new show at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. And in some instances, we can add “fun,” which is really not an artcritic word. “Open Score” is at heart cerebral, a technologically based collection of eight installations by a globally diverse group of artists: three Cubans, two Colombians, one Argentinian, one Australian, two Canadians and one American. All were part of a larger exhibition, also titled “Open Score,” that was in the vast 11th Havana Biennial in 2012. It was curated by Luis Gomez and Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda. Noel Smith, CAM’s curator of Latin American and Caribbean art, edited down the larger exhibition to one that could inhabit the museum’s galleries.” Download Full Story PDF

4/30/12 | USF News
Graphicstudio Receives NEA Grant for Exhibition

“The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum has received $75,000 for the development of the traveling exhibition UnCommon Practice: Graphicstudio from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The exhibition, curated by Jade Dellinger, will highlight editions and special projects created by artists in the 45-year history of the University’s distinguished Graphicstudio from USFCAM’s collection and is undertaken in a unique partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art, where the exhibition will be held in the spring of 2014, and travel to other institutions in the United States. “Visitors to the exhibition will see the exceptional work produced at Graphicstudio, a unique laboratory that takes full advantage of resources available on a campus known for its support of innovative research,” said USFCAM Director Margaret Miller. This award comes on the heels of recognition from Time Magazine for one of the prominent artists associated with Graphicstudio who will be featured in the exhibition, Christian Marclay. He made the list of the publication’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” He was named one of the world’s “Ten Most Important Artists” by Newsweek Magazine and won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Best Artist in 2011.”

4/28/12 | El Nuevo Herald/Yahoo
Kate Gilmore: The Destruction like Constructive Gesture

"Wall Bearer", 2011. C-print of a "performance".
“Wall Bearer”, 2011. C-print of a “performance”.

“The work of Kate Gilmore (Washington DC, 1975) is based on the deconstrucción of social stigmata associated to the feminidad and the roll of sort. To this end, the artist has developed a line of personal good work that combines performance, photographs and video, and where these two last ones act like effective documentation of the performances that Gilmore until recently realised invariably in soliloquio. The work of Kate Gilmore has much of ritual. The structure on which it mounts each of his performances always bases on the same principles. Of a side, the use of a fixed, unremovable camera – to the Méliès- that, always located in the same point (around the horizon of the spectator), films the action of which the artist is protagonist and we accomplices.”

1/17/12 | The Oracle
‘Troubleshooting’ Our Relationship with Nature | Mark Dion

Troubleshooting by Mark Dion

Dion’s exhibition, “Troubleshooting,” has found a home at the USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) until March 3. The ecologically minded collection of installations, silkscreen prints, drawings and photographs has been a work-in-progress for almost 18 years. Included in the exhibit is “Herbarium,” Dion’s portfolio of seven photogravures of marine algae, which was produced at the USF Graphicstudio. CAM curator Jane Simon said Dion’s work is a reflection on history and the changing environment. “Landscape is a wild thing that we can encounter judiciously and not judiciously,” Simon said

2011 | Creative Loafing
2011’s Best and Brightest of the Bay | Trenton Doyle Hancock:

Trenton Doyle Hancock: WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT’S GOOD | January 14 – March 10, 2011

USFCAM manages to stay impressively ahead of the curve in charting current trends in the visual arts, hosting shows by such of-the-moment artists as Trenton Doyle Hancock. But it’s CAM’s affiliation with USF that keeps it on the cutting edge. The annual shows by graduating Masters of Fine Arts students are possibly the most anticipated of the year, allowing visitors to view works that these students have been developing for years.

9/19/11 |

White House Appoints Teresita Fernández to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts | Teresita Fernandez

Portrait of Teresita Fernández | Photo by Noboru Morikawa at Benesse Art Site

President Barack Obama has appointed Teresita Fernández, a MacArthur Award winning visual artist, to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the President, Congress and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics. Fernández lives and works in New York and is represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Her works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, and more.
03.26.2011 |
“Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland picks David Louis Norr as its New Chief Curator”

David Louis Norr chosen as new chief curator
David Louis Norr chosen as new chief curator

“As a child growing up in Cleveland Heights and Beachwood in the 1970s, David Louis Norr remembers being paid a nickel by his grandparents to stay quiet on regular trips from the East Side suburbs to museums in University Circle. Now, as a veteran curator of contemporary art who originally trained to be a sculptor, Norr is returning to his hometown to become the new chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.”
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01.17.2011 | Creative Loafing
“Art and Narrative – Other Worlds – by Trenton Doyle Hancock”
Trenton Doyle Hancock

We Done All We Could And None Of Its Good | Trenton Doyle Hancock

“Hancock’s much-anticipated show at USF CAM lived up to the hype. For those not familiar with Hancock, he is perhaps most famous for bringing to life an imaginary world he created over 10 years ago. Much of Hancock’s work is a contribution to the fictitious saga of the Mounds — half animal, half-plant creatures — and their ongoing, often violent, conflicts with the Vegan race. It is this constant narrative that makes Hancock’s work and USFCAM’s exhibition such a success, opening up a narrative among viewers who could not stop discussing the show’s success.”
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01.18.2009 | St. Petersburg Times
“Interactive exhibit at USFCAM gets you in the frame.”

A motion sensor in

“All art exhibitions need you; they exist to be experienced by an audience. But “Raw Loop,” Werner Reiterer’s recently opened show at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, really needs you. Not only to see the art, to complete it.Participatory art isn’t new, but Reiterer’s is especially aggressive in its demand for interaction. The reward is the surprise, even delight, given back.”
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07.07.2009 | St. Petersburg Times
“USF Contemporary Art Museum Uses Creativity to Keep the Show Going”

“Museum at Work’ is an atypical exhibition, as its title suggests. The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum is doing what a lot of institutions are these days: finding ways to put on a show with diminished funding. You will see in the coming year national and local museums bringing in fewer expensive special exhibitions and turning to their permanent collections to round out schedules and save money.”
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01.14.2009 | TBO Extra
“Art For Everyone”

Collection of the Museum of Florida Art; Anna Tomczak Devil’s Backbone
Collection of the Museum of Florida Art; Anna Tomczak Devil’s Backbone

“A pro football player from 1921, a leafy stem caressing a woman’s back, three very placid dogs fishing from a rowboat, a medieval knight on horseback, a towel-wrapped neck and head hanging out of a bathtub: These are just some of the images to be found at four very different museum exhibits opening this month around Tampa Bay. Running through March 7 at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum is the first Tampa exhibit by Austrian artist Werner Reiterer. Highlights of the show include a 1921 picture of Jim Thorpe posing in full football regalia of the times; a picture of Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts about to throw a pass in sudden death overtime in a game [which the Colts won] in 1958, and many more…”
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12.01.2008 | Art Papers
“Torolab: One Degree Celsius”

One Degree Celsius installed at USFCAM
One Degree Celsius installed at USFCAM

“Enter Tijuana-based Raul Cardenas Osuna, founder of Torolab, and ever changing consortium of artists, architects, designers and other participants. The recent exhibition, One Degree Celsius, invokes and aims to combat the UHI effect by proposing a series of green interventions.”
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10.24.2007 | Creative Loafing
“Being as Becoming”

PURE ABSTRACTION: Edgar Sanchez-Cumbas' "Brush"
PURE ABSTRACTION: Edgar Sanchez-Cumbas’ “Brush”

“Manny Lopez, apart from being the director of parking and transportation at USF, has another identity, one that wins him considerably more affection. For about a decade, he and his wife have immersed themselves in Tampa’s community of artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent. In addition to collecting their paintings and sculptures, the couple has befriended many artists and even sponsored a few, moving beyond the role of occasional collectors to become full-fledged patrons. For several years, Lopez has toyed with the idea of organizing a show to make some of his favorite artists better known to the Bay area — and now he’s done it.”
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07.22.2007 | St. Petersburg Times
“Now you see it in ‘StereoVision'”

“Seeing is, after all, a feat of cerebral legerdemain in which the brain converts two separate images sent from the eyes into a harmonious singularity. But eyes and brains can be tricked – that happens every day – and art has long been a willing accomplice in the visual charade of simulated depth on a flat surface.”
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