“The Pearl Project”
Inspired by Community Art Activist Maria Saraceno
May 4-11, 2018
Maria Saraceno is a European born sculptor working in St. Petersburg, Fl. Saraceno has long been fascinated by art and community. With “The Pearl Project” textile art she pushes beyond traditional connotations of common objects, such as a tablecloth, and cultural customs, such as sitting down to dinner. The intricately embroidered pearls are joined together by many hands in layered messages that communicate the individuality of each maker, while reflecting their societal inter-connectedness. The artwork that emerges is a visual dialogue that engages community in shared experience, challenging what is to be treasured, preserved, or lost.
A very special thank you to Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts for co-sponsorship of this unique community arts endeavor.
44th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition - April 4 - 25, 2018
HCC’s Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents the 44th Annual HCC Juried Student Art Exhibition April 4-25. The Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, April 4 from 4:30-7:30pm with an Awards Ceremony sponsored by Las Damas De Arte at 6:00 pm.
The diversity of media entered by HCC’s talented students, and the influence and instruction of HCC’s full-time and adjunct art faculty, combine to make this a challenging and exciting exhibit. Featured are the fine arts disciplines of the Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts, including photography, ceramics, digital art, design foundations, digital media, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media artworks. This year’s judge is Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.
Works not accepted into the 44th Annual Student Show may be selected for the Salon des Refusés that will be on exhibit in The Maze Student Art Gallery located in the Administration Building, third floor, during the same hours.
BEATRICE CORON, “A Cut Above” - Contemporary Papercutting
February 15-March 21, 2018
Cutting different materials and experimenting with scale and visual story-telling in silhouette, Beatrice Coron will show illustrations, pop-ups, dimensional work and wearable sculptures. Born and raised in Lyon, France, she now lives in NYC. Come discover the incredible variety of contemporary papercutting and the many possible applications of this art form, from fine art to public art commissions. Her work is in the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery in Washington DC; and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Ybor's Perpetual Expression II - January 11 - February 7, 2018
Curated by Tampa Attorney Walter Aye and Michael A. Murphy of Silver Meteor Gallery, several Ybor City artists, past and present, will highlight the Historic Latin District, showcasing local culture, history and the vibrancy of the Ybor City art community. Featured artists are Bradley Arthur, David Audet, Dan Balk, David Dye, Ken Echezabal, Becky Flanders, Barton L. Gilmore, Joe Griffith, Kurt Holyoke, Joe Howden, Dominique Labauvie, Ellen Marshall, Duncan McClellan, Elizabeth Mitchell, Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Richard Sorrentino, Brian Taylor and Katlyn Vazquez-Vila.
BARTON L. GILMORE - Chronicles on Native Soil
November 9 - December 7, 2017
Professor/Faculty in Charge of the Photography Department at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Barton Gilmore presents a series of his recent mixed-media assemblages and related digital photographs. Utilizing manufactured and metaphorical symbols from organic and functional materials, these assemblages corroborate with photographs, both functioning as serendipitous documentations and filtered interpretations about the significance of lifelong lessons.
“El Circo De Arturo”
Bronze Sculpture by Carlos Arturo Camargo Vilardy
October 6-31, 2017
The HCC Ybor City Campus Art Gallery celebrates Hispanic Heritage 2017 with an exhibition by accomplished Colombian painter and sculptor Carlos Arturo Camargo Vilardy. Carlos is a respected artist throughout the world. He now lives, works, and exhibits his work in Tampa and throughout the U.S. The installation will showcase a myriad of magnificent bronze circus figures and trapeze artists under the Big Top.
TONY WONG PALMS - “HEART BEAT BOP”
August 21 - September 28, 2017
Of the trinity of essences (breath, heart and mind) that gives life and makes a human being cohesive, this exhibition focuses on the heart part of the equation. There are fifteen pieces in various media, exploring the human story: the loves, the suffering, the evolution and discoveries in this one organ, during this journey we call life.
Tony is Exhibitions Designer for the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum; and an avid explorer of inner space.
CREATIVES EXCHANGE - JULY 13 - AUGUST 3, 2017
Creatives Exchange is a collective of professional women artists and creators who come together with the intent to serve the artistic interests of the participating artists and engage in the community, individually and as a group.
Works presented will be in a variety of media, including photography, works on paper, mixed media, clay, painting and glass. There will also be a site-specific audience participation piece, and works from guest artist, Melissa Fair.
This artist collective consists of artists with local and national accolades. Their work has been exhibited, published and promoted throughout the United States and beyond.
Transportation - May 18 - June 20, 2017
Over 100 young artists from schools and organizations across Tampa Bay including Oak Grove Elementary School, Community Stepping Stones' Sulphur Springs Campus, Metropolitan Ministries, Tampa Housing Authority and Hispanic Services Council explored the effects of TRANSPORTATION on our world. From Viking long ships to space shuttles students traced the impact of exploration and cultural expansion through history. They learned that transportation can influence many aspects of our lives including how we eat, what we wear and where we live.
The 43rd Annual HCC Juried Student Art Exhibition
April 5 - 26, 2017
Salon des Refusés
KENDRA FRORUP, FLAMBOYANT - FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 21, 2017
As an artist and educator who grew up in the Bahamas, Kendra Frorup researches the influences of culture on expression. This new, site-specific body of work continues her investigation of Caribbean and African cultures, identifying elements that include history, community, sculptural form, symbolism, and spirituality. Through these explorations she hopes to understand more about the commonalities and diversity of human social existence. Kendra is an associate professor of art at the University of Tampa.
HENTHORNE, “Between Worlds”January 5-31, 2017
November 10 - December 9, 2016
The VSA Adult Registry is an online website-based network of adult artists with disabilities. The registry showcases each artist’s work individually and is accessible for everyone to view. Please visit http://vsafl.org/artist-registry to view the full range of VSA artists and their work.
OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 11, 4:30-7:30PM
This exhibition is a major milestone for the college as HCC students enter their work in the 40th year of student exhibits presented on the Ybor Campus. All mediums created in the 2 semesters of 2013-14 will be judged by a respected outside juror. Winners will receive monetary scholarships sponsored by Tampa’s Art support group, Las Damas De Arte.
“Foreverglades”is an environmental installation of six large red recycled plastic snail sculptures installed in front of the SSB and PAB. The installation will be in place mid-January through Earth Day, April 22. The “Foreverglades” installation premiered at Art Basel Miami at Miami-Dade College’s Freedom Tower—large recycled, plastic animals by international artist collective William Sweetlove and the “Cracking Art Group” based in Europe, represented by Gallery Ca d’Oro, Italy and Miami. The snails made their way to Tampa from Central Park in NYC where they were installed through the months of November/December. You may have seen them on CNN, while reporting on the recent snow storms in NY.
In its REgeneration Art Projects, the “Cracking Art Group” creates public art using recyclable plastic. The red snails are part of an intriguing public art series designed to inspire community-wide conversation about the importance of recycling and its environmental impact. They are bold, unexpected visuals that will leave a memorable artistic trace in Tampa. The REgeneration Art Project has developed an international following by placing large, colored animal installations in a variety of unusual spaces worldwide, including Paris, Milan, Venice, Rome, Prague, New Orleans, NYC and L.A.
The name “Cracking Art” comes from the English verb “to crack:” to split, to break, to crack, to crash, to yield. “Cracking” is also the term for the chemical reaction that occurs when converting raw crude oil into plastic. For the artists it represents the instant when something natural becomes artificial. “Cracking is the gap of the contemporary man struggling between primary naturalness and a future that is becoming more and more artificial.” William Sweetlove
March 6-28, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 6, 4:30-7:30pm
Gallery Talk: 6:15pm
February 6-28, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 4:30-7:30PM
HCC Ybor Gallery, Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave and 15th Street
Reception: Thursday, January 16, 4:30-7:30pm Gallery Talk: 6:15
A juried exhibit of painting, drawing, photography, digital art,
ceramics, jewelry and sculpture
Arvel Bird is a violinist and Native American flutist known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions. His music is enlightening and humanizing. He has toured with Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Louise Mandrell and others. Once he began composing and recording his own music, the result was a fusion of both his Scottish (Clan Kennedy) and Native American (Southern Piute) roots.
Artist's Reception: Thursday, Sept 12, 5-8:00pm
Power Point Presentation: 6:30pm. Mainstage Theatre
This site specific installation was inspired by the artist's recent travel to China and Cuba, his memory of enjoying Cuban sugar during the cold war time in China, and the connections Ybor City has with Cuba. It deals with the love-hate relationships between opposite or different political systems. The paradox and irony of "bombs" made of brown sugar, candy, tobacco and other culture icons will instigate a debate regarding today's international affairs. Kirk is currently Professor of Art at Eckerd College.
Currently on View July 8-31
Facts and Fantasies from Amazing Aquatic Microbes
Created by the Teens and Staff of Community Stepping Stones
as part of their SCIENCE=ART Learning Program
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 4:30-7:30pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, July 30, 4:30-7:30pm
The art gallery is sponsored in part by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.