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Breaking Barriers on ABC Action News

05/31/2022 - Breaking Barriers 2022 - By Sarykarmen Rivera, ABC Action News Morning Blend, WFTS-Tampa
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Breaking Barriers on Hillsborough County Newsroom

04/22/2022 - Community Arts Impact Grant Supports Free Photography Workshops for Veterans - By Eileen Blake, Arts Council of Hillsborough County
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03/02/2022 - Bosco Sodi: A Return to Reality - By Alexander Rivera, Creative Pinellas
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02/21/2022 - Art Museum Expanding to St. Pete. - WFLA News Channel 8 (NBC)
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02/21/2022 - USF offers first look at new creative space with Contemporary Art Museum expansion into St. Petersburg - USF News
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USFCAM Loaned Graphicstudio Mapplethorpes on Forbes

02/18/2022 - Robert Mapplethorpe And Patti Smith Together Again At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens In Sarasota, Florida - By Chadd Scott, Forbes
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02/18/2022 - USF Contemporary Art Museum expands to St. Petersburg - By Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times
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02/16/2022 - USF’s Contemporary Art Museum to expand into St. Pete - By Bill DeYoung, The St. Pete Catalyst
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01/28/2022 - Bosco Sodi & Sarah Howard from USFCAM with BÁSICO on Art in Your Ear - By JoEllen Schilke, WMNF Radio
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01/26/2022 - USF Art Exhibit Gives Residents Chance To Make Clay Seedpods - By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch
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Curator Sarah Howard in 83degrees

12/21/2021 - Shaping the local art scene: Sarah Howard of USF CAM in Tampa - By Caitlin Albritton, 83degrees
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12/04/2021 - Artistic Responses To Hurricane Maria On Exhibit Through Dec. 4 - By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch
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11/16/2021 - Close Look: Marco A. Castillo’s Generación (2019) at USF Contemporary Art Museum
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11/16/2021 - Editor's Pick: Generación Screening and Discussion - By Sarah Cascone, Artnet News
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11/15/2021 - USF To Host Screening Of Film On Suppression Of Cuban Artists - By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch
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10/18/2021 - TORMENTA CONSTANTE: ARTE DE PUERTO RICO Y LA DIÁSPORA - Artishock
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08/23/2021 - In New Local Exhibits, Three Artists Uncover Layers of Meaning in the Everyday - By David Warner, Sarasota Magazine
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CAM Collection Rauschenbergs in Virtual Exhibition

08/21/2021 - Explore Rauschenberg in China: The Lotus Series Virtual Exhibtion Featuring Robert Rauschenberg Artworks on Loan from the USFCAM Collection
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08/05/2021 - ‘Skyway 20/21’ exhibit spans four Tampa Bay museums - By Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times
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07/13/2021 - Skyway 20/21 @ CAM - By Tony Wong Palms, Arts Coast Journal
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Podcast Interview with CAM Curator Sarah Howard

06/18/2021 - Exploring Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration - Inside USF Podcast
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05/19/2021 - Memorialized: Veterans through the Lens - By Abby Baker, The Gabber
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05/29/2021 - Sarasota area museums join together for Skyway 20/21 exhibition - By Marty Fugate, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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CAM Goes Virtual in 83degrees

03/09/2021 - Gallery experiences go virtual at the USF Contemporary Art Museum - By Jessi Smith, 83degrees
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03/01/2021 - See Here, Works by Griffith J. Davis at the USF Contemporary Art Museum - By Bob Devin Jones, Creative Pinellas
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02/24/2021 - Sarasota artist John Sims demands change through art, writing - By Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times
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02/02/2021 - Collaborative Skyway 20/21 art exhibition at 4 local museums moves forward - By Caitlin Albritton, 83degrees
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01/22/2021 - Art Diary, Marking Monuments - Apollo, The International Art Magazine
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11/17/2020 - Gulfport Photographer Brightens Familiar Scenes - By Lynn Taylor, The Gabber
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10/08/2020 - USF's Contemporary Art Museum presents The Neighbors: Slide Shows for America, a photography exhibition - Arts Plus, Season 9 Episode 19 - WEDU
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09/15/2020 - International Day of Democracy at USF CAM - By David Warner, DuPont Registry Tampa Bay
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USFCAM Receives Research Project Funding in USF Anti-racism Effort

A University of South Florida research task force working to address racial issues and attitudes on a local, national and global scale has selected 23 projects exploring a wide range of issues in systemic inequality, economic and health disparities, Black history and contemporary challenges for funding. 
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08/20/2020 - USF Contemporary Art Museum Exhibition "The Neighbors" - By Natalie Taylor, ABC Action News, WFTS-Tampa
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08/14/2020 - Painter Angel Otero on Solitude and What It Means When You Can’t Go Home - By Valentina Di Liscia, Hyperallergic 
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07/14/2020 - USF Contemporary Art Museum lands $25K NEA grant - By Caitlin Albritton, 83degrees
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07/08/2020 - USF hosting free online photography workshop for veterans - By Aubrey Jackson - WTSP, Tampa Bay 10
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06/30/2020 - ‘Pressure leads to unity’: celebrating art in the time of coronavirus - By Nadja Sayej, The Guardian
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Sponge Exchange: Hope Ginsburg installation at USFCAM, 2020. Hope Ginsburg, Maxwell Parker, Joshua Quarles* and Michael Royce*, Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale: Endangered Species, from Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019-2020. * artist collaborators not part of the Sponge Exchange class. Photo by Will Lytch.
Hope Ginsburg's Coastorama in Ocean Archive

Hope Ginsburg and collaborator’s Coastarama from the exhibition Sponge Exchange has been included in the TBA21 Academy’s Ocean Archive digital platform. Created to stimulate action and policy change through collaboration and education, Ocean Archive fosters synergy among art, science and policy to make a range of perspectives visible, discoverable and understandable.
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06/19/2020 - Exposición virtual - By Alonso Castillo - Voice of America
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06/05/2020 - USF Contemporary Art Museum debuts first virtual exhibition: ‘Art in the Age of the Coronavirus’ - By Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times
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06/05/2020 - Art in the age of the coronavirus - By Gene Yagle, WTSP Tampa Bay 10
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04/21/2020 - USF photography workshop giving valuable exposure to local veteran - USF News
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01/20/2020 - 'FloodZone' Captures South Florida's 'Climate Anxiety' In Unexpected Ways - By Daniel Rivero, WLRN Miami
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About USF Contemporary Art Museum

The USF Contemporary Art Museum opened its current facility in 1989, adjacent to the USF College of The Arts. The museum has presented numerous significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends. Exhibitions to date have included the work of Vito Acconci, Atelier van Lieshout (AVL ), Frances Barth, Bili Bidjocka, Jim Campbell, James Casebere, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Emily Cheng, Keith Edmier, Zhang Hongtu, Alfredo Jaar, Los Carpinteros, Allan McCollum, Lucy Orta, Pepón Osorio, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha among numerous others.

USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprised of more than 5,000 art works. There are exceptional holdings in graphics and sculpture multiples by internationally acclaimed artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, who have worked at USF’s Graphicstudio. Contemporary photography and African art are also important areas of the collection.

The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, as well as numerous private foundations on a project basis. The Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


Janaina Tschäpe, Blood, Sea video installation. From the 2014 CAM@25 exhibition. photo: Will Lytch

Our Mission

The primary mission of the USF Contemporary Art Museum is to bring to the University and the Tampa Bay community vital, investigative and scholarly contemporary exhibitions, while simultaneously contributing to the dialogue within the international arts community by organizing exhibitions, producing relevant catalogues, scheduling critically significant traveling exhibitions and by underwriting experimental projects of artists emerging on the national and the international fronts.

Parallel to this purpose is an ongoing commitment to provide the educational underpinnings necessary for the assimilation of issues at the core of contemporary art for an audience that includes community and corporate members, students, faculty, staff, administrators, scholars, critics, historians and artists.

The Museum's educational philosophy, consistent with the approach to exhibitions, is to contribute to the ongoing research of leading artists, critics, and historians by organizing symposia, conferences and lectures to discuss and analyze current issues in art and society. The museum is a laboratory for scholars, museum professionals, students, interns and artists. The USF Contemporary Art Museum collects and maintains a collection of contemporary art and makes it available as a visual library for students, and as an enrichment to a broad and varied constituency through loans and direct access. Museum Memberships, both Private and Corporate help subsidize the museum's operating and exhibition costs.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.