USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM)
3821 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
The USF Contemporary Art Museum organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the Tampa Bay community to current cultural trends. USFCAM underwrites new projects by emerging artists, and maintains the university’s art collection of more than 5,000 works. Educational programs include InsideART, a free online secondary school curriculum that integrates social studies and science with contemporary art.
August 21 – October 28, 2017
Belgian artist David Claerbout (b. 1969, Kortrijk; lives in Antwerp and Berlin, Germany) has explored the conceptual framework of duration through use of film and digital photography throughout his career. His skilled manipulation of still and moving images appears to capture another dimension of existence, shifting between past and present. The element of sound is critical in many of his works, 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.
James Rosenquist: Tampa
November 13 – December 9, 2017
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.
Climate Change: Cuba/USA
January 12 – March 3, 2018
The exhibition invites Cuban and Cuban-American artists to reflect on the consequences of the recent fluctuations in the relationship between the two countries. Artists Glexis Novoa, Celia y Yunior, Antonio Fernández “Tonel” and Javier Castro will produce new works, in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and video, that consider the changes, or “no changes,” that the political and diplomatic developments have wrought in their personal lives and in Cuban society.
2018 MFA Graduation Exhibition
March 30 – May 5, 2018
USFCAM hosts this annual exhibition featuring Master’s research projects by MFA Candidates in the School of Art and Art History.
VSA Florida “My Art My Way”
May 14 – May 18, 2018
Art works by students with disabilities in the Hillsborough High School-VSA Artist in Residence Program, in response to the exhibition Climate Change: Cuba/USA.
Language Arts (Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening), Social Studies (History), Visual Arts.
Varies from exhibition to exhibition, but usually 6th – 12th grade.
If an exhibition has content that might not be suitable, it is suggested that the field trip organizer view the exhibition before scheduling a tour.
The ideal maximum number of students and chaperones is 40. If the group is larger, then the group can be split into two. One half of the group can tour through the exhibition, while the other half can tour the back of house (to include the shop area, installation and prep areas and the collection).
Students can feel free to bring a bagged lunch that they can enjoy outside on the lawn behind the museum.
Busses should drop groups off in front of the museum.
Offsite parking is recommended.
Study Guide/Activities Guide:
Please refer to our InsideART program (an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies with contemporary art): http://www.usfcam.usf.edu/InsideART/index.html for exhibitions at CAM
Admission is free.
For chaperones or teachers who do not arrive by bus, there is a $5 parking fee to park on campus.
To make a reservation, Contact Amy Allison, USFCAM Program Coordinator, at 813-974-4164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As CAM is geared toward adult audiences, it is recommended that teachers visit before the field trip to preview the exhibition and make sure the content is appropriate for the grade level they intend to bring.