Ybor City Campus News
“Making Connections, Engaging Possibilities” University of Florida Studio Art Faculty Exhibit
The HCC Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery was pleased to host an innovative collaboration between the Ybor Campus Art Department and the University of Florida. Eight studio art faculty members were invited to present their work in Tampa. This partnership promotes the conditions for creative collaboration, diversity, interdisciplinary exchanges, inspiration, appreciation, and a culture of courageous risk.

“We are proud to say that art and creativity are recognized as a critical component of the University of Florida’s overall mission,” Richard Heipp, Director of the School of Art and Art History.

“We celebrate the opportunity to share with students our achievements as the University of Florida remains proudly dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures those artists, historians, educators and leaders who are committed to the challenges of a life in art,” Lucinda Lavelli, Dean, UF College of Fine Arts.

University of Florida faculty members exhibiting in the show include Katerie Gladdys, digital media; Richard Heipp, painting; Lauren Garber Lake, drawing; Alison McNulty, sculpture; Robert Mueller, printmaking; Celeste Roberge, sculpture; Maria Rogal, graphic design; and Craig Smith, creative photography. Artists were on hand at the opening reception Feb 15 to discuss their work and answer questions about the UF School of Art and Art History. Katerie Gladdys is presenting a series of video installations; Richard Heipp is exhibiting two large paintings, acrylic on PVC and enamel paint on Plexiglas; Celeste Roberge is showing photographs and a sculpture of her cast seaweed boats; and Maria Rogal is showcasing her graphic design project for a Beekeeper Cooperative in Mexico “Yucatan Honey Fair Trade & Empowerment Project,” honey label prototypes and process.

Workshops, demonstrations and lectures are being presented by three faculty. Lauren Garber Lake, Assistant Professor of Drawing, gave a studio sketchbook workshop and critique for HCC students on Friday, Feb 15. Craig Smith, Associate Professor, Creative Photography, presented a “Weaponar” on Monday, Feb 25, in conjunction with his FireSale Project--a multimedia work encompassing performance, photography and sculpture while addressing social, cultural and economic issues. Robert Mueller, Associate Professor Printmaking, held a printmaking demo Weds, March 6 with a Lecture on Sketching and Bookmaking using examples from his recent solo trips to Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar.

Art gallery hours are Monday and Weds-Friday 10am-4pm; Tuesdays, 12 noon to 7:00pm. Please call 813.253.7674, ckossar@hccfl.edu for more information.

Article written by: Ybor City Campus Staff