For about a month, during late spring and again in early fall, lovebugs swarm across the Gulf States. Their conjoined bodies make for an unusual display as they copulate while floating a few feet above the ground, and a nuisance for people that must clean the splattered bodies off their car. This semi-annual event caught the attention and imagination of Vik Muniz while in residency at Graphicstudio. Muniz was fascinated by the blatant sexuality of the lovebug swarms, so much so that he developed an idea for a new series of prints involving them.
Robert Rauschenberg’s 100-foot photograph Chinese Summerhall is on display at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers through January 24, 2015. On loan from the USFCAM permanent collection, this is the first installation of Chinese Summerhall in thirteen years. Copublished in 1982 by USF’s Graphicstudio and Gemini G.E.L., the story of Chinese Summerhall is a fascinating look into Rauschenberg’s creative process.
Christian Marclay has been involved in sound and art exploration through the use of turntables since 1979. First using skipping records as rhythm tracks for The Bachelors, Even, his duo with guitarist Kurt Henry, sound has figured into Marclay’s art (or art has figured into Marclay’s sound) since his days as a student at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Graciela Iturbide has been awarded the 2014 Fine Arts Medal by Mexico's National Institute of Fine Arts. The award recognizes her contribution to culture in Mexico over her 45-year career. Iturbide produced Espiritu Santo at Graphicstudio, a collection of six photogravures paired with screenprinted text from the account of Hernando de Soto's 1553 expedition to Florida.
Artist Robyn O’Neil talks figure and ground in her landscape art with The Art Assignment. Robyn was featured in this special PBS program, co-hosted by Sarah Urist Green and John Green. Watch the full program to find out more about how she first got started and how she uses figure and ground in her art.
Theo Wujcik passed away on Saturday, March 29th, 2014, succumbing to cancer at the age of 78. It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to this talented artist and dear friend. Though he will paint no more in his Ybor City studio, his commitment to his craft and our community remains a source of inspiration to all those he touched.
The USF Art in Health program, a collaborative project that unites the museum and USF Health, was featured in a recent article in 83Degrees. The program, modeled after similar initiatives at Harvard University and University of Miami, was founded in 2012 and since hosted 86 students from disciplines including medicine, public health, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and speech-language pathology.
The performance was truly a collaborative effort that included USF College of the Arts faculty and students. The USF percussion ensemble and jazz combos played Reyes’ unique instruments, crafted from firearms confiscated and disabled by the Mexican Army. Everyone who attended the sold-out event was invited to participate in the performance, which was created by Reyes in partnership with USF Theatre professor Dora Arreola, and USF and Community Stepping Stones students.
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LED Lighting Upgrade
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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.
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