Current exhibits

Bassmi Ibrahim: The Isness of Being

March 26 – May 4, 2018
Reception March 29, 2018, 5:00-7:30pm
Artist Lecture to begin at 6:00pm

A celebrated abstract painter, Bassmi Ibrahim’s exhibition at Gallery 221@HCC examines a wide range of work from his ongoing series entitled Isness. His luminous paintings are meant to serve as windows to an inner plateau of the self where viewers can find their own undiscovered dimensions and experience a meditative state of being. Ibrahim (b. 1941, Cairo, Egypt) currently works out of Clearwater, FL.

"My work is concerned with the physical, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual self. All exposed with nothing held back. The viewers are invited to enter into a different area of their awareness, where the intellectual mind is silenced and the simplicity of the inner self is opened to lead them into the paintings. Seeing the moments of joy and rapture as the viewer contemplates the work completes my sense of fulfillment as an artist."   - Bassmi Ibrahim


Born in Cairo in 1941, Bassmi received his BA at Ain Shams University in 1963. In the mid-1960s, he moved to New York, immersing himself in the world of abstract art and exhibiting paintings. In the mid-1970s, Bassmi moved to Clearwater, Florida where he took over his father’s printing business and ran an art gallery. During a hiatus from painting, the artist engrossed himself in the study of metaphysics and homeopathy. The Isness series started in 2005 followed a similar format and was inspired by the intrinsic reality of all experience, expressed through luminescent petals and flows of oil and acrylic paint.

Bassmi’s work is in several corporate and private collections and has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. His recent solo exhibitions include those at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, The University of South Florida, Mobile Museum of Art, Pensacola Museum of Art and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.


Gallery 3@HCC

Gallery 3@HCC is currently closed for installation.
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CSAI 18th Annual Hillsborough County High School Fine Arts Competition

April 2 – 28, 2018
Reception April 5, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
Awards Ceremony to begin at 7:00pm

 Now in its 18th 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 Gallery 3@HCC Dale Mabry.