Scope of Artwork
Nourishment, Education and Social Terraces (NEST) will be a multi-campus public art initiative that will transform sections of both the HCC Dale Mabry and Ybor City Campuses into socially activated green spaces.
Utilizing social practices while capitalizing on a local community’s assets and potential, NEST aims to empower creative solutions for addressing issues of food insecurity, sustainability and inclusion by designing accessible spaces to gather, interact, teach and entertain one another. To help enact this vision, the gallery has secured artist Tory Tepp, whose numerous public projects center on the exploration and reestablishment of the metaphysical connections between the social and environmental ecologies that shape urban communities.
Taking place during the 2020-2021 academic year, the planning and fabrication phases of NEST will call for robust community participation. More information will be announced as those opportunities arise throughout the year.
Gallery221 is the current recipient of the Gobioff Foundation’s Treasure Tampa Grant, which provides support for creative placemaking initiatives in Tampa, FL.
About the Artist
Tory Tepp received his under-graduate BFA in painting from Parson’s, the New School for Design in New York City and an MFA in 2009 in public practice as part of the inaugural class of Suzanne Lacy’s Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Here he developed his practice around the exploration and reestablishment of the metaphysical connections between the social and environmental ecologies that shape urban communities. Tepp has completed projects all over the U.S., including New Orleans, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Death Valley, the High Sierra Mountains, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, and the Wormfarm Institute in Wisconsin.