Past Exhibits

Doug Sutherland
Bosch, Bruegel and a 3D Printer (3D Printed Sculpture)
March 19 - April 3, 2019

Bruegel-RoboJugman, 3D Printed Sculpture, 2018

Bruegel-RoboJugman, 3D Printed Sculpture, 2018

Doug Sutherland has been working with technology as a creative medium along with traditional art materials and techniques for more than 2 decades. Having recent access to the medium of 3D printing has allowed him to successfully bring together many of the elements that he has been working with. His fascination with the works of the Northern European Renaissance artists that embodied the bizarre and surreal, has been an influence and inspiration since he discovered a reproduction of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.”

Sea the Light
February 7-March 7, 2019
Ybor Gallery collage of John David Hawver

For years John David Hawver worked in Miami as a commercial artist, but along with traffic, he gave that up to live and work by the ocean in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, and paint his personal poetic visions finding inspiration in nature’s design. Hawver’s brushstrokes, each an explosion of energy, give a sensual movement to the surface of the canvas, like the light as it shimmers off the water and sand. His large landscape paintings and collages have been shown extensively in major museums and galleries throughout the South.

AKIKO KOTANI - The Waterfalls of Milford Valley- January 7-31, 2019
Akiko Kotani Ybor Gallery

Akiko Kotani's work embodies the surprising power and attraction of simplicity. The Waterfalls of Milford Valley is a site-specific installation consisting of crocheted white plastic, cascading from atop the gallery's 20 foot ceilings to puddle on the floor. The installation reflects the deep impression of countless waterfalls she saw during her drive through the Milford Valley in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. Whether her works are playful or serene, they contain a depth of feeling within an economy of means.

The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents:
FOUNDATIONS: An Art Exhibition Celebrating HCC’s 50th Anniversary

HCC Foundations Art Exhibit

The Foundations exhibition celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hillsborough Community College, alongside 5 decades of innovation and inspiration. Foundations is a collaborative visual art exhibit showcasing the Permanent Collection artists from the Dale Mabry and Ybor City Campuses, curated by Gallery Directors Carolyn Kossar and Amanda Poss, and featuring selected artworks from current faculty and staff juried by Josette Urso. This multi-phase exhibition opened first at the HCC Dale Mabry Gallery 221 and continues there until Nov 21.

Artists featured from the Ybor City Permanent Collection include Clyde Butcher,Suzanne Camp Crosby, David Briand, Nike Okundaye, David Diaz, Jeanne Cameron, Andreas Goff, Tom Kramer, John Gurbacs, Bradley Arthur, LaszloHorvath, Tra cy Midulla, David Dye, Kirk Ke Wang, Eric Lawson, Jerry Meatyard, Steve Holm, Josette Urso, Elizabeth Mitchell, Arline Erdrich, Ruby C. Williams,and Katlyn Vazquez-Vila

September 27 - October 25, 2018

Edgar Sanchez Cumbas Curiosity

The magic of Edgar’s artworks shown in this exhibit is their abstraction. He creates the illusion of something known and familiar that speaks about the climate of contemporary humanity. He crafts a world that is form-filled. There is a life-force, a power in his works that makes it seem as though each one has a personality of its own. The works serve as an autobiographical statement of living through this current moment of transition.

Dormant, a solo exhibition by Tampa artist Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, celebrates not only an esteemed HCC alumnus and current art instructor, but also the 50th Anniversary of Hillsborough Community College, and Hispanic Heritage Month on the Ybor City Campus.

Fountain of Pythons Photography Collection "Take Me Down" 
August 20 - September 20, 2018

william douglass double sky

Fountain of Pythons is a photography collective consisting of Tampa based artists and diaspora. Current members include Wendy Babcox, Jeremy Chandler,  Shawn Cheatham,  Marcus DiSieno, Becky Flanders, Forrest MacDonald, Noelle MasonKym O’Donnell, and Selina Roman. Their mission is to provide a regular forum to incubate, discuss, and share new works, knowledge, and resources in support of each individual’s studio practice, as well as to build a foundation for collaboration, exhibition, and engagement of the public with the fruits of that practice.

Creatives Exchange - Seeing Now - June 28 - August 3, 2018

 Creatives Exchange collage July 2018

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.

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.

Community Stepping Stones: Remastering a Masterpiece
May 19 - June 20, 2018

Community Stepping Stones Remastering a Masterpiece

Remastering a Masterpiece is an art exhibition about students taking an existing, culturally celebrated painting, sculpture or object and reimagining it in a new way. A painting becomes a rug, a theme is modernized, and new materials replace old. Students were challenged to change how we experience the art, whether that change was physical or visual was left to them. For example, shown on the cover, CSS students are recreating The Great Wave, Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849, as dimensional wall art.

“The Pearl Project”
Inspired by Community Art Activist Maria Saraceno
May 4-11, 2018

The Pearl Project - Maria Saraceno May 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 Student Fine Art Exhibit

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
Selfdriven by Beatrice Coron

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
Kurt Holyoke

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
Barton Gilmore Organic Facade

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

Carlos A. Camargo Vilardy

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.

August 21 - September 28, 2017
Cupid by Tony Wong Palms

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 image

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
transportation postcard

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

2017 juried student exhibition

Sponsored by Las Damas de Arte

Salon des Refusés



Kendra Frorup exhibit

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

Henthorne is a Tampa artist/photographer/explorer who works in the medium of high contrast black and white photography. Influenced by his passion for the oceans of the world, his photographic intersections of ocean and earth provide the backdrop for his minimalistic visions of cumulative geological time. These long-exposure images capture an alternate perspective on reality. Henthorne collaborates with earthscape artist Andres Amador, whose massive beach murals evoke a message of grandeur and transience.

November 10 - December 9, 2016
Stan Natchez
Indian Without Reservation

Stan Natchez is a ShoShoni/Tatavian artist who currently lives in Santa Fe, NM. Stan’s mixed-media paintings document the Native American in the 21st Century. Inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, T.C. Cannon and other pop artists, his works exude the power of color and familiar objects. Natchez combines Native American imagery with commercial images to create powerful, provocative artworks, using US currency, food stamps, maps, and comics.

stan natchez

Oct 6-31, 2016 A-MAZE-ME,

Hand-drawn Art Mazes by MARK STUART GAGNON

Bradenton artist Mark Stuart Gagnon began drawing in the NeoPopRealism style in the early 1990s. His Stream of Consciousness, No Edit approach lent well to Mark’s loose style of Abstract Pen and Ink. By the year 2000, these drawings had evolved into a series of abstract mazes. Solvable with more than one solution. Mark’s mazes became more than simply interactive puzzles. They stimulate the eye and challenge the mind. Gagnon is currently working on a 3 foot x 100 foot Solvable Maze which he hopes will secure him a place in the Guinness Book of World’s Records for the Largest Hand Drawn Maze.


Wildlife Photography
Tampa Audubon Society Photo Club
July 7-August 4, 2016  

Tampa Audubon Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization established in the 1940s. This exhibit showcases the wildlife photographs of over 15 Photo Club members.

Audubon 's mission is to conserve and restore our ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife and their habitats, through education, advocacy and community involvement.

 Pileated Woodpecker



"creativity is boundless"

an exhibition of works by the
vsa florida registry artists

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, june 19, 4:30-7:30PM
Gallery talk - 6:15 pm

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 to view the full range of VSA artists and their work.


Noelle Mason
Creative Loafing Border Garde Article - May 8, 2014  

40th Annual HCC Juried Student art exhibit

April 11-30, 2014


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.

Student 40th



“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  


"Colloquial Luminosity: Where Fiber Meets Electricity"  

March 6-28, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 6, 4:30-7:30pm

Gallery Talk: 6:15pm

alex trimino

                                                Luminous, 2012, installation, dimensions variable






"the water's edge" 

February 6-28, 2014


laszlo, dancing limpkin  

  A multi-media environmental installation concentrating on intuitive, compelling videos and digital stills, inspired by and focusing on the water and wildlife along the Hillsborough River.

HCC Ybor Gallery, Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave and 15th Street


"Mythic Dimensions in Printmaking"

January 6-29, 2014  

Reception: Thursday, January 16, 4:30-7:30pm   Gallery Talk: 6:15

The Pricess and The Queen

                                                "The Princess and The Queen, " 2013

Howard W. Blake High School's

Senior Masters Certification Exhibition

Dec 5-16, 2013

Reception: Thursday, Dec 12, 5-7pm      Awards: 6pm  

Blake High School  

A juried exhibit of painting, drawing, photography, digital art,

ceramics, jewelry and sculpture





 MATEO ROMERO, War Music  

  Mateo Romero

  November 2-27, 2013

Mateo Romero is from the Pueblo of Cochiti in New Mexico. Timeless, archaic elements of Pueblo culture are juxtaposed with post-modern imagery from our American, mainstream society. Abstract expressionistic palette knife and swirling gestural brush work develop a rhythmic, trancelike feeling in his paintings which refer to the metaphysical space of the Pueblo and the dance itself.  

  Opening Reception: Nov 5, 4:30-7pm; Arvel Bird Concert, 7:30pm

Arvel Bird

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.

October 7-29, 2013  

MODERN SAINTS, Santiago Echeverry  

Artist's Reception Thursday, October 17, 5-7:30pm  

  Ryan, Echeverry  

                                                  Ryan, 2013, digital photo, 16" x 24"

An exhibition of digital photography, prints and alternative video exploring the nature of human strength and the dichotomy between realism and hyper-pixilation, using three-dimensional grids and video mapping.  

 Gallery hours: Mon & Weds-Fri 10am-4pm; Tuesdays noon-7pm  

Aug 26-Sept 30, 2013

Kirk Ke Wang


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.

Bomb Maker, Kirk Ke Wang

                                    Kirk Ke Wang at work in his stuido.  Contact the gallery at 813.253.7674

HCC Ybor City Campus Art Gallery


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

Beautiful Beasty

 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.

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