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by Ya La’ford
Gallery221 | 2nd floor DLRC
January 11 – February 25, 2021
Ya La’ford (b. 1979, Bronx, NY) is an internationally recognized artist whose bold, geometric works explore themes of journey, transportation, transformation and transcendence. In dis·tance at Gallery221, La’ford re-evaluates and reimagines space and connection in this era of expanding interspace. With paintings, sculptures and a site-specific installation, La’ford questions how we can find liberty and stability at a moment when time and space can at once be measured physically, computationally and psychologically, and often these metrics contradict one another and complicate our collective experience.
Ya La’ford received her MFA with High Honors in Interdisciplinary Art from The Art Institute of Boston in 2012. She also holds a JD from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Nike, the Boston Public Library, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many others, as well as on the walls of buildings throughout the Tampa Bay area including the Morean Arts Center, the James Weldon Johnson Public Library and Al Lang Stadium.
HCC Permanent Art Collection
Gallery3 | 3rd floor DLRC
January 25 – March 4, 2021
From modest beginnings in the late 1970s and early 1980s, HCC’s visual art galleries have brought ambitious and compelling exhibitions to Tampa Bay for more than four decades. Over the years, the close connections forged between HCC’s galleries and the arts community resulted in the establishment of a Permanent Art Collection. Today, the HCC Permanent Art Collection has grown to represent a range of artistic perspectives, media and styles with an emphasis on strong artistic talent from the region. This exhibition represents a selection of those acquisitions curated by the college’s professional gallery staff.
Artists include: Caitlin Albritton, George Anderton, Bradley Arthur, Nathan Beard, Clyde Butcher, Suzanne Camp Crosby, Lynn Foskett, Mark Thomas Gibson, Andreas Goff, Laszlo Horvath, Bassmi Ibrahim, Aneka Ingold, Eric Joost, Akiko Kotani, Jack Leigh, Steve Locke, Bruce Marsh, Jerry Meatyard, Tracy Midulla, Elizabeth E. Mitchell, Katherine Moyse, Leslie Neumann, Rose Marie Prins, Omar Richardson, Selina Román, Claudia Ryan, Stephen Schatz, Doug Sutherland, Rachel Stewart, Dorothy Summers, William Villalongo, Chris Wade and Kirk Ke Wang.