Past Exhibitions at Gallery221
Fall 2020 – Summer 2021
New Roots Art Collective: Root’d
|LOCATION||Gallery221 | 2nd floor DLRC|
May 24 – July 1, 2021
Founded in the summer of 2020 amidst a national groundswell of calls for racial justice, New Roots Art Collective is a group of four Tampa-based artists committed to expanding African American representation in the arts. In Root’d at Gallery221, artists Melvin “Langstn'' Halsey Jr., Indie Reece, Ron Simmons and Briauna Walker share traditional, contemporary, aspirational and reimagined visions of black power. Through their work, the members of NRAC build on the legacy of previous generations of black artists, acknowledging and honoring their cultural history, while striving to create more space for African American artists to be able to center their work in pride, joy and free expression.
|LOCATION||Gallery221 | 2nd floor DLRC|
|EXHIBITION SCHEDULE||March 8 – May 6, 2021 |
Engaging issues around climate crisis, sustainability, and pressing ecological concerns, Engulfed is a group show that highlights artistic responses to our evolving environmental issues. Co-curated by Sarah Howard and Amanda Poss, the exhibition features a range of regional voices alongside select works from the Permanent Art Collection of the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Featured artists include: Liset Castillo, Mark Dion, Brandie Dziegiel, Kenny Jensen, Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse, Laurencia Strauss and Tory Tepp.
Sarah Howard is the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, and Research Associate at the University of South Florida’s Institute for Research in Art. Amanda Poss is the Gallery Director for Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry and Ybor City Campuses.
Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum: 21st Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition
|Location||Gallery3 | 3rd Floor DLRC|
April 5 – April 29, 2021
Now in its 21st year, the Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum displays winners of the Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition. The juried competition gives students an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements in the visual arts, with scholarships awarded to students in the categories of 2D art, 3D art, and photography. Exhibition will be on display in Gallery3 Dale Mabry campus, and a reception and awards ceremony will be held virtually on Zoom.
Gallery3 | 3rd floor DLRC
October 5 – December 10, 2020
Rampolla: Three Generations Illuminate Human Dignity spans the artistic and research efforts of the Rampolla family. The exhibition features the photography of Renato Rampolla alongside works by his father, the figurative expressionist artist Frank Rampolla, as well as interfamilial research conducted by Renato’s daughter, Selena Rampolla.
Renato Rampolla (b. 1959) is an artist living and working in Tampa, FL and a recipient of a 2019 Arts Council of Hillsborough County Professional Development Artist Grant Award. Frank Rampolla (1931-1971) was a nationally recognized artist whose work remains in permanent collections of institutions like the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Selena Rampolla, HCC alumnus, graduated with an Academic Excellence Award in Psychology and presented on Frank’s work at the 2019 National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference.
Gallery221 | 2nd floor DLRC
November 2 – December 10, 2020
Narrative Nowhere is an exhibition produced by the artists of the Tampa-based artist collective Separate Checks. Their exhibition in Gallery221@HCC encourages viewers to take part in viewing a wide array of artwork from artists representing various backgrounds and narratives. In response to the tumultuous events of 2020, the artists of Separate Checks showcase work which allows viewers to reflect on their own narrative by accessing the various stories on display in the exhibition. Narrative Nowhere includes photographs produced from across the country, video works that explore personal histories, and sculptures that physically conjure up the past.
Featured artists: McKinna Anderson, Aaron Castillo, Krista Darling, Jon Dorofy, Anna Dunwody, Nabil Harb, Adam Mathieu, Katelyn Montagna, Andres Ramirez, Erika Schnur, Kristy Summerson, and Jessica Thornton.
Gallery221 | 2nd floor DLRC
August 17 – October 22, 2020
Gallery221@HCC’s Warm Up: In Tandem is a solo exhibition of work by Dominique Labauvie (b. 1948 in Strasbourg, France) featuring a large, site-specific sculpture and a selection of prints published by Bleu Acier Inc. Labauvie’s rigid, yet lyrical lines remind the viewer of the gallery space’s own role as an instrument for artists—a vessel for play and practice as well as a tool for showcasing finished work.
Originally set to open in mid-March, the exhibition was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis and extended into the fall. A virtual exhibition reception was held on May 21, 2020, with Dominique Labauvie, Erika Greenberg-Schneider, Soprano Esther Labauvie, and Dee Moses, principal double-bass in The Florida Orchestra. During the event, Esther Labauvie and Dee Moses shared a virtual performance of Dido’s Lament, composed by Henry Purcell (1688) and arranged by Gilda Lyons (2017). You can view both the performance and the Warm Up: In Tandem reception online.
Labauvie is an internationally renowned artist living and working in Tampa, FL. He has had notable solo exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, and his work is in public collections at the National Collection of Contemporary Art in France, the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, MA, and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL among many others. He is represented by Bleu Acier Inc.
Gallery3 | 3rd floor DLRC
Saumitra Chandratreya and Kevin Mooney
August 17 – September 24, 2020
Language is a transcription of a perceived thought, concept, emotion, or image. In Secret Language of Intimacy, Kevin Mooney has taken the perception of emotions in relationships and transcribed them into a poetic form of language, and Saumitra Chandratreya has interpreted that language into abstract artistic images. Both transcriptions are valid interpretations of the same emotions.
Chandratreya is a fiber and installation artist living and working in St. Petersburg, FL, who received a Masters of Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Mooney is an author, poet, minister, and Reiki Master residing in Venice, FL, who received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marquette University in 1979.
Fall 2019 – Summer 2020
Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum: 20th Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition
Gallery3 | 3rd floor DLRC
Now in its 20th year, Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum displays winners of the Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition. The juried competition gives students an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements in the visual arts, with scholarships awarded to students in the categories of 2D art, 3D art and photography. Scholarships are awarded by the Calyx and Beau Memorial Fund.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, this exhibition was made available virtually. Visit the exhibition and view the 2020 winners in our online gallery.
January 21 – March 5, 2020
Kalup Linzy (b. 1977, Clermont, FL) is an internationally recognized video and performance artist whose work examines gender, sexuality, identity politics and popular culture through the tropes of daytime soap operas and reality television. Relations: Discord, Melodrama, and the Intimate in the work of Kalup Linzy surveys nearly 20 years of the artist’s episodic video works alongside related works on paper, chronicling the ties, conflicts, and drama of the extended Queen Rose family. During the opening reception, Linzy will perform in the gallery as both Kaye and Taiwan, two assumed personas from his extensive compilation of identities.
Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2003. His work can be found in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Linzy is currently a fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami, FL.
Samir Bernardez, Bahareh Khoshooee, Laura Kim Meckling, and Sam(ira) Obeid
January 13 – February 27, 2020
Named after an excerpt from “The New Colossus”—the sonnet by Emma Lazarus enshrined inside of the base of the Statue of Liberty—Mother of Exiles at Gallery3 is a group exhibition of works that document, represent and recontextualize the difficulties and obstructions immigrants face in the current political moment. Through photography, poetry, video and installation, artists Samir Bernardez, Bahareh Khoshooee, Laura Kim Meckling, and Sam(ira) Obeid examine their own experiences navigating the United States immigration system while raising timely questions about citizenship, borders and popular perception.
Lynn Foskett, Leslie Neumann and Roberta Schofield
October 7 – December 5, 2019
This exhibition was the second showing at Gallery221 to explore the artistic careers of older artists. The three painters in this exhibition are female artists over the age of 65 who collectively have been practicing artists for more than 130 years. It is a complement to the exhibition 130 Years: John Gurbacs, Tom Kettner, and Stephen Schatz presented in Gallery221 in the fall of 2017. Guest curated by Lynn Whitelaw.
“More often than not, I am taken aback by what I think I see or understand and the reality beneath; perception is, at best, imprecise. Whether visual or emotional, our interpretations of our world, seen and unseen, are equally deceptive. My work reflects a continuing curiosity in exploring the dichotomy between perception and reality, and the resulting ambiguities.”
Leslie Neumann | www.leslieneumann.com
“Oftentimes, I paint nature from the ‘kayak point of view,’ up close, nose to nose with the wetlands. These paintings are full of vibrant colors and lush textures. Occasionally, I paint nature from a flying bird’s point of view, when I float above it all in the clouds, but I’m still within view of the earth. Once in a while, the journey is deep into the cosmos where there’s no attachment to land, and I feel free from time and gravity.”
Roberta Schofield | www.rschofieldart.com
“My current work uses a wide range of subjects, all processed through photo-editing software to emerge with painterly and fantasy quality that reveal my vision for color, line, volume, and texture. With manipulations applied to an image until it is something new, the worlds created in the computer take on a reality of their own, both modern and timeless.”
Ashley Ortiz-Diaz and Janelle Young
September 30 – November 21, 2019
Co-curated by Amanda Poss and Phillip A. Townsend, What lies beyond at Gallery3 presents recent work by artists Ashley Ortiz-Diaz and Janelle Young. Moving deftly between physical expanses and psychological topographies of the self, the selected artworks by Ortiz-Diaz and Young question our understanding of matter, materials and what lies beyond our perception of the known world. Including drawings, photographs, prints and found objects, What lies beyond encourages viewers to consider the liminal spaces between what was and what lies ahead—the spheres of transitions, pauses and the unknown. Ortiz-Diaz (b. 1991) received her MFA from the University of Florida in 2019 and currently lives and works in Gainesville, FL. Janelle Young (b. 1983) is an artist and educator currently living in Tampa, FL who received her MFA degree from the University of Georgia in 2016.
Gabriel Ramos (b. 1987 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is an internationally recognized artist currently living and working in Tampa Bay, FL. In Una pausa en un apuro at Gallery221, Ramos’ wire and fabric installations, which are largely inspired by his childhood memories of Puerto Rico, explore concepts of fragility, the ephemeral quality of home, and the potentiality of line and shape. Ramos received his MFA from Cornell University in 2018.
"The line for me is the vehicle for invention. With a simple line my world is transformed. A single line can make you doubt your reality. A line can have an infinite number of configurations. Within my work gravity determines how the line is presented but the use of a material such as wire challenges it. El garabato or in English 'the doodle' portrays an automatic sense of failure. However 'the doodle' also exemplifies the potentiality of the line in humor and action."
July 22 – September 19, 2019
A Florida native who spent much of his childhood outdoors, artist Kenny Jensen (b. 1977) maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment. Jensen actively collects, categorizes, and re-contextualizes found organic objects and phenomena, which in turn serve as inspiration or raw material for sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs, and videos. His exhibition Although I am not you, I am not other than you either in Gallery3 contemplates current social issues like tribalism, xenophobia, and climate change apathy/denial by drawing comparisons between human behavior and natural processes found in insect and plant life. Jensen, who received his BFA from Carson Newman University in 2000, currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, FL.
“My newest sculptures and paintings are the result of my studio practice evolving and expanding over the past few years. Shifting away from using found specimen as the primary art making materials, I have begun to push toward more intentional manipulation and reproduction of the natural forms and patterns using more traditional sculptural materials. These new creations remain faithful to the original forms, while simultaneously exploring ecstatic new possibilities through wild exaggerations in scale, composition, and color.
Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
Robert Aiosa and Jay Giroux
May 13 – June 27, 2019
Robert Aiosa and Jay Giroux examine the parts of the urban landscape that are often most forgettable: walls displaying only the torn fragments of weathered advertising, architectural structures in transition and/or decay and concrete environments devoid of any sign of human life, save for the occasional article of litter. All of these coalesce into a visual lexicon of “non place.” In an expansive exhibition take-over of both Gallery221 and Gallery3, Aiosa and Giroux employ sculpture, painting and installation to explore the structure, grit and story of urban areas overlooked.
Aiosa received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and is now a Faculty Research Associate and Sculpture Fabricator at the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio. Giroux is an artist, designer and educator who received his MFA from the University of Houston in 2011.
Experimentation and Orthodoxy: Printmaking at the University of Tampa
March 25 – May 2, 2019
Visiting and residential artists have been making prints at the University of Tampa since 1990. From the inception of STUDIO-f, to the current Meridian Scholar Program, invited artists have worked alongside faculty members and students to create work that involves a wide range of traditional and experimental practices.
Across time, techniques and processes, this exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of UT’s print collection, which testifies to the development of different voices and languages of scholarly research in this rich artistic practice. From woodcuts to lithographs, from silkscreens to monotypes and digitally produced images, this medium is as versatile as it is challenging in its ability to foster experimentation, reflection, and mastery, as well as the creation of an ever-present tension between absolute control and sublime chance management.
Image credit: Joyce J. Scott, Obama & St. Martin, '08, 2008. Image courtesy of Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa.
Francesca Bacci (co-curator) is an inter-disciplinary curator and scholar specializing in museum and visual studies and the history of modern and contemporary art. As a Fulbright fellow, Bacci earned a Ph.D. and a Curatorial Certificate from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ, 2004). She is currently Associate Professor and Head of the B.A. in Museum Studies at the Department of Art + Design, University of Tampa, FL, where she also serves as Chair of the Exhibition Committee and Chief Curator at Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Her scholarly contributions include the acclaimed volume “Art and the Senses” (Oxford University Press, 2011 and 2013). She is currently completing two book projects: “The Body at the Museum,” on multisensory engagement in exhibition practices, and “The Art of Misogyny,” a history of misogyny in Modern and Contemporary Art.
Ry McCullough (co-curator) is an artist and educator, working in Tampa, Florida. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he concentrated in the areas of printmaking and sculpture. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he served as the Director of Sculptural Studies as well as teaching printmaking at Stivers School for the Arts. McCullough received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He currently is serving the Department of Art + Design as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tampa. McCullough has exhibited nationally, internationally and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project.
Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum: 19th Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition
April 1 – 26, 2019
Now in its 19th year, the Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum displays winners of the Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition. The juried competition gives students an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements in the visual arts, with scholarships awarded to students in the categories of 2D art, 3D art, and photography. Exhibition, awards ceremony, and reception will take place in Gallery3@HCC Dale Mabry Campus. Scholarships awarded by the Calyx and Beau Memorial Fund.
January 22 – March 7, 2019
January 14 – February 28, 2019
Kingship and Celebration
Pop-up exhibition with performances by Orisirisi African Folklore
December 4 – 7, 2018
November 5 – December 12, 2018
An Art Exhibition Celebrating HCC's 50th Anniversary
October 15 – November 21, 2018
September 17 – October 25, 2018
Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez
October 8 – 11, 2018
April Hartley, Catherine Joslyn, Carolyn Kossar, Gary Schmitt, and Matthew Wicks
August 20 – October 4, 2018