current exhibits 


UTOPIAS:

MARK THOMAS GIBSON AND WILLIAM VILLALONGO

GALLERY 221@HCC, 2nd FLOOR DLRC
January 16 - March 1, 2018
Reception January 18, 5:00 - 7:30pm
Artist lecture TBA

Gallery 221@HCC celebrates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and Black History Month with Utopias, an exhibition with work by celebrated African American artists Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo. Gibson is a New York-based artist and a full-time lecturer and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Yale School of Art. Villalongo is a New York-based artist and Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art. Utopias pulls together paintings, prints, video, and artist books that are both personal and historical, exploring complex subjects such as perception, social realities, and cultural narratives.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
MARK THOMAS GIBSON (b. 1980, Miami, Florida) is a New York-based artist and full-time lecturer at Yale School of Art. Gibson received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and his M.F.A. from Yale School of Art in Painting & Printmaking, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award. Gibson has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent appearances in “Woke!  William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson” at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, and is the co-curator with Villalongo of the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition “Black Pulp.” Gibson is an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Yale School of Art. He is represented by Fredricks & Freiser, New York. WILLIAM VILLALONGO was born in 1975 and raised in Bridgeton, NJ. He received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union School of Art and his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Villalongo has exhibited extensively with recent appearances in “Woke!  William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson” at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, and is the co-curator with Gibson of the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition “Black Pulp.”  His work has been included in recent shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Reviews have appeared in Artforum, ARTnews, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Village Voice among others.
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PRINCESS SMITH: UNFILTERED

GALLERY 3@HCC, 3rd FLOOR DLRC
January 11 - March 5, 2018
Reception January 18, 5:00 - 7:30pm
Artist Lecture January 18 at 6:00pm

Princess Smith’s depictions of the minority female explore interrelated concepts of beauty and imperfection, innocence and deviance, struggle and strength. Through drawings and paintings, Smith’s exhibition at Gallery 3@HCC will also explore social injustices caused by slavery and racism through provocative representations of the body and emotionally charged tableaus. Smith received her MFA from the University of South Florida in 2016 and currently lives and works in Tampa, FL.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
PRINCESS SMITH is a Tampa native and graduate of Jefferson High School. She received her A.A. in Studio Art from Hillsborough Community College in 2009, a B.F.A. in Painting at the University of Tampa in 2012, and her M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida in 2016. Her work has been recognized with numerous exhibitions, commissions, and awards, including the Emerging Artist award at the 43rd Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in 2013. In 2016, Smith was selected by recording artist Swizz Beatz to participate as one of four emerging artists in a campaign program that brought her work to the Brooklyn Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City, culminating in a silent auction at the internationally renowned Sotheby’s Auction House. Smith has supported the visual arts in the Tampa Bay community as an independent curator and local educator, and her work can be found in regional collections and institutions such as the Florida Holocaust Museum, Gallerie 909, the Robert W. Saunders Library, and the Hillsborough County Commissioners’ Public Art Program.