November 13 – December 9, 2017
USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM)

Renowned Pop artist James Rosenquist, who passed away earlier this year, lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area for more than four decades. Throughout his life Rosenquist maintained a very active and generous profile within the creative community of Florida’s west coast. From November 13th through December 9th, 2017, the USF Contemporary Art Museum will celebrate this creative and collaborative legacy with the exhibition James Rosenquist: Tampa. Drawn primarily from the collection at USF, the exhibition will feature editions of Rosenquist prints produced at the world-renowned print atelier Graphicstudio. Additionally, visitors to the museum will have access to privately held paintings, drawings and support materials along with prints produced at three Tampa Bay area ateliers: Flatstone Press, Pryamid Arts Limited and Topez Editions. Organized by USFCAM.

James Rosenquist
James Rosenquist -Tampa New York 1188, CAM USF Tampa


Thursday, November 16
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Free tour of the exhibition James Rosenquist: Tampa.

Thursday, November 30
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Behind the scenes Museum at Work event to learn about the various printmaking methods in the exhibition James Rosenquist: Tampa, watch a printmaking demonstration, and accept the prints challenge!

Saturday, December 2
3pm, USF Theatre II
A Memorial event celebrating the life and work of artist James Rosenquist.
The memorial is free of charge but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve your seat, please go to https://goo.gl/kwkTH1 or call (813) 974-4164.

Saturday, December 2
4pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
A reception following the James Rosenquist memorial event.

USF Contemporary Art Museum
(813) 974-4133

Mon. to Fri. 10am–5pm
Thurs. 10am–8pm
Sat. 1–4pm

3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620


August 21 – October 28, 2017
USF Contemporary Art Museum

USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) presents a solo exhibition of video installations and drawings by Belgian artist David Claerbout. Throughout his career, Claerbout has investigated the conceptual impact of the passage of time through his use of video and digital photography.
David Claerbout
David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013
single channel video projection, HD animation, color, silent
© David Claerbout
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York
(video installation on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92601741)
As scholar David Green has explained, “Claerbout’s work subtly proposes a relationship of similitude between film and the objective world that lies outside and beyond the narrative space of cinema. In doing so he poses a set of questions about how we experience film and about the nature of the medium itself.”
Specifically, Claerbout manipulates both moving and still imagery to suggest an otherworldly level of existence, something that might refer to a specific place or event, but the timeline of which is not clear, oscillating between both past and present. The element of sound is critical in many of the works, often used as either a narrative device or a “guide” for the viewer to navigate the architectural space in the film.
Claerbout’s oeuvre is characterized by a meticulous attention to production details, painstakingly created often over a period of years. The resultant works are immersive environments in which the viewer is invited to engage both philosophically and aesthetically.
David Claerbout is curated by Margaret Miller; organized by USFCAM.
For more information, please visit the artist’s website.
Further reading, The Silence of the Lens by David Claerbout, e-flux Journal #73 – May 2016.
Claerbout studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1992 to 1995 and participated in the DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence program from 2002 to 2003. Claerbout’s work is included in major public collections worldwide, including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2013); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2012); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011); WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2009); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2007); Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2005). David Claerbout lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.
Friday August 25
6pm, USF School of Music Concert Hall
NY-based critic Christian Viveros-Fauné will speak on the work of artist David Claerbout celebrating CAM’s fall exhibition David Claerbout. American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at this event.
7–9PM, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, September 14
6–8pm, USF School of Music Barness Recital Hall
Watch the Trailer on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/167787802/
Join us for a free screening of this French New Wave masterpiece. USFCAM Director Margaret Miller will lead a discussion with USF faculty about the film and its pertinence to the David Claerbout exhibition, including a short introductory presentation and a post film conversation in the lobby with refreshments.
Thursday, October 5
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, October 12
12pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, October 26
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Photography students in the USF School of Art and Art History will respond in various ways to the David Claerbout exhibition.
USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Serving as a teaching laboratory, USFCAM’s curatorial and socially engaged initiatives and educational programs are designed to present the students, faculty, and community with current issues of contemporary art practice, and to explore the role of the arts in society. USFCAM publishes relevant catalogues, presents critically recognized traveling exhibitions and commissions new projects by national and international artists. USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprising more than 5000 contemporary art works.
USFCAM Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 1-4pm. Closed Sunday and University holidays
Admission to the Museum is free; however a USF parking permit ($5.00 daily) or pay-per-space parking is required. Please visit our website cam.usf.edu <http://cam.usf.edu/> for parking, directions, or more information on events associated with the exhibitions. Groups and organizations interested in tours should contact USFCAM to schedule at least two weeks in advance. Call (813) 974-4133 for additional information.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM | Institute for Research in Art
4202 East Fowler Avenue CAM 101
Tampa, Florida 33620


January 27 – March 17, 2012
The show presents a selection of recurrent themes which reveal the concept of the “ephemeral moment” in Pachner’s work. The images include variations of his idea of landscape, the interior, and other visual memories, derived from the native-land of his childhood in Czechoslovakia and the precious, life experience of his time in America.

January 27 – March 17, 2012
Brad Cooper Gallery, Ybor City, FL

WILLIAM PACHNER: SELECTED WORK 1960-1970 is made up of oils, pastels, and drawings. The show presents a selection of recurrent themes which reveal the concept of the “ephemeral moment” in Pachner’s work. The images include variations of his idea of landscape, the interior, and other visual memories, derived from the native-land of his childhood in Czechoslovakia and the precious, life experience of his time in America.

Seaside Rooms, 1964 oil on linen, 20 x 18 inches

By the 1960’s, William Pachner had been invited to exhibit in the Corcoran Biennial, the Carnegie International and the Whitney Museum of Art annual and had a long list of solo shows in New York Galleries and a retrospective exhibition at the Ringling Museum.

Living in both in Florida and Woodstock, New York, among numerous colleagues and respected artist friends (Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Edward Chase) Pachner was a contemporary voice telling his story, affirming his reverence for life, in the face of the heartbreaking loss of his entire family in the holocaust.

Persistent Theme III, 1964 oil on linen, 36 x 34 inches

Spontaneous improvisation, individuality and the action of his exuberantly visual thinking is revealed in Pachner’s body of work. His work is unified not because it fits into one stylistic category or another, but because it has been sustained from a tragic experience, is an effective critique of the concept of stylistic categories, and of the related idea of fixed singular meanings. The cumulative meaning of Pachner’s imagery is that meanings are elusive, because meanings we attach significance to, are in the state of becoming. In the history of art, Pachner’s work will continue to resonate, remain reflective and fresh.

WILLIAM PACHNER was born in the Czech Republic in 1915. He studied at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Vienna and later worked with Melantrich Publishing in Prague before coming to the United States. In 1940 he was hired as art director of Esquire Magazine, but within three years, left Esquire to do his part in the anti-Nazi crusade creating anti-fascist illustrations which were published in well-known magazines such as Colliers, Cosmopolitan and Redbook. As the war ended, he learned of the tragic loss of his entire family. He turned away from commercial art to begin his serious work. In 1945, Pachner made his home in Woodstock, New York and in 1980 became a resident of Tampa, Florida. A Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of two Ford Foundation awards for painting (1959-1964), William Pachner has been given more than twelve one-man shows in New York City. He has exhibited by invitation in the Corcoran Biennial, the Carnegie International, the Whitney Museum Annuals and in other national shows at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Detroit Institute of Fine Art. In 1965, Pachner was chosen to exhibit in the United States, Fine Arts Pavilion of the New York Worlds Fair. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshorn Museum, Brandeis University’s Rose Gallery, the Butler Institute of American Art, Iowa State Teachers College, Ein-Harod Museum in Israel, and many other distinguished public and private collections.
William Pachner has exhibited with Brad Cooper Gallery since 1985. Visit www.bradcoopergallery.com for further information.

Viewing Hours are Friday and Saturday, 12 noon until 5pm; viewing is also available by special appointment; please call 813-248-6098. This exhibition runs in concurrence with the Tampa Museum of Art exhibition of William Pachner: Work from the 1960’s.

Originally Viewed on Art@Bay

Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

December 1-31, 2011
Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.

December 1-31, 2011
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1419 5th Street Sarasota, Florida

Leslie Fry’s sculpture and works on paper have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space and Artists Space in New York; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Corporate and public collections include Kohler Arts Center, Fleming Museum, Whole Foods Market, and Tampa Museum of Art. Fry says that her works on paper begin “by pressing a plant into paper and seeing what grows from that. These images express moments of wholeness created out of fragmentation.”

"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

The artist says that the images in her art are “inspired by the basic human needs of shelter, food, clothing, work, and intimacy, and take the form of the human body, vegetable and animal life, and artifacts and architecture. The natural world connects with the human-made world—reality and fantasy meld.” Fry’s processes involve drawing, modeling and casting with materials that range from paper, clay, plaster, wood, fabric, and plants, to concrete, resin, metal, rubber, plastic, and video.

“My hands create moments of wholeness out of fragmentation, while using traditional methods and materials to create nontraditional visions,” she says.

Ke Francis is a narrative artist who has been actively producing artwork for more than 40 years. He is a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida where he has served as department chair and the College of Arts and Humanities dean of research. He and his wife, Mary, are the co-owners of Hoopsnake Press, a fine art press that publishes books and prints. His book works, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures are in numerous public and private collections, including The Getty Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of American Art, High Museum, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale / Sterling Memorial Library, Van-Pelt Dietrich Collection, and The Polaroid Collection.

"Approaching Storm," hand-colored engraving by Ke Francis

Tanja Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1992. An immigrant to United States from the former Yugoslavia, she explores questions of cultural identity, national belonging and experience of exile. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. Softic is professor of art and chair of the department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.

‘My work explores concepts of cultural hybridity, ways of locating oneself in ever expanding cosmic and social horizons, and the nature of memory,” says the artist.

"The Heart of the Matter" by Tanja Softic

“As an immigrant to United States from Bosnia, once part of Yugoslavia, I am acutely aware of the inadequacy of established definitions of cultural or national identity. The habitual means of cultural locating fail to grasp contemporary political, economic and demographic realities, as the new practices just begin to emerge. The questions loom large: How do we record our histories? How do they shape our ideas of identity? What is our place and task in the planet’s biosphere? What is cultural memory and to whom does it belong? There are no reassuring answers. The environmental and cultural phenomena we witness now do not fit in the file cabinets of history. My work aims to capture this state of flux, to acknowledge the obsolescence of categories, and to work with the tattered web of memory.”

A graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, Stefan Batista is a Sarasota-born artist who focuses on traditional and contemporary photographic media. His work attempts “to explore the facets of the human condition with subtle visual metaphor and narrative.”

"Dogma," photo etching by Stefan Batista

“All of the pieces of art in this exhibit are priced at $1,000 or less and lend themselves to holiday gift-giving,” says Allyn Gallup.

The Goods: Sarasota Visual Art Weekend News (9.30.11)

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Friday – September 30
Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibitions – Selby Galleries I & II and Basch Gallery: Presenting work by faculty in the departments of Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art and Design, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Photography & Digital Imaging, and the Liberal Arts Program.

Annual Ringling College Staff, Continuing Studies & Special Programs, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center Instructors Exhibition  – Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Ringling College staff and instructors from each of its divisions.

Saturday – October 1
Out-of-Door’s Community Art Gallery and Black Box Theatre Art Show present short films by Frank and Diana Colson and paintings on by Elaine Murphy and Stacey Goes.  Gallery is open at 10am, short films begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday – October 1, 2011 (5:00pm)
GADZOOKS! Starring Alex the Beck – Solo exhibit at Clothesline featuring Alexander Buckley Beck.

Starts Saturday – October 1, 2011
Reflections on Ringling – Art Uptown – Sarasota’s oldest cooperative fine art gallery, is featuring “Reflections on Ringling,” an exhibition of paintings and other works of art showcasing Ringling Museum’s landscape, architecture, art and history, as part of the Festival sARTée.

Looking Back …
Sarasota Visual Art launched our feature of State of the Art Gallery. David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.