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Latent Fibers















Tampa, FL (Jan. 11 – 22, 2016)

Latent Fibers an installation by Donna Mason Sweigart reflecting on beauty and processed violence.

This solo exhibition/installation comprised of lamps with 3D modeled ABS plastic pictorial and textured shades, video projection and salt installation.  The landscape references an expansive salt lake and pervasive light, challenging one to see the duality of beauty and violence.


Latent Fibers: a memento of the distraction or diversion that is posited on us like blankets; we choose recognition and sight as the reluctant rising on a cold morning.  Fenestral objects of illumination, these latent works hold potential for both beauty and violence.  These works originate from the reminder of violence which is effortless for us to ignore.   Brutality is revealed in patterns which untidily spill over borders.


Imagery predominantly sources  textiles; specifically Afghan patterns, Afghan war rugs, and Mexican Indigenous patterns, as a significant acknowledgement of women being past and present the primary composers of textile and its voice.  These pieces are tributes to the power of women and the tone of strength and subtleness as well as a lesson or a reminder of our responsibility to regard this violence, to not be distracted by digital and cosmetic pursuits, but to recognize, mourn, translate and create.  Representation of creation is manifested in the sound of the measured rhythmic pattern of the traditional loom.


Two locations with stark beauty are noted.   Places in which below the immense quiet we feel a mire of hostility. Muscovite isinglass protects us from the light and heat of the kiln.


Concern lies with an accentuation of purity of form, slipping through time to acknowledge our dowry of sublime beauty and violence.


Donna Mason Sweigart, an Associate Professor of Art & Design at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earned her MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM/RP from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  Her work has appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today 2 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs.


Donna’s works range from functional object installation to large scale body adornment/fashion.  She uses both traditional methods of fabrication and computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping to accomplish her works. She often creates collaborative works with her husband painter Thomas Murray.


Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jan. 11th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on the first Friday of the show, Jan 15th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.


Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466



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2nd Annual Juried Show: People’s Choice Edition














Our 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition: People’s Choice Edition is finally up! We invite you to come and check out the artwork and to vote for your favorite piece!

Votes will be recorded and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Director’s Choice prizes will be awarded during the closing reception of the show, which will take place on Thursday, December 3rd from 7-9 PM.

First place will win $100 credit for AOE
Second place will win $80 credit for AOE
Third place will win $60 credit for AOE
Director’s Choice will win $50 credit for AOE

If you have any questions or comments please email us at or call us at 813-974-5464. Our regular hours are Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM.


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you are almost perfect














Tampa, FL – You are almost perfect is a solo exhibition of Christopher Christian’s abstract oil paintings depicting imagined internal conflicts, held in the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida. These large, colorful compositions feature contrasting elements and styles, with a focus on the linear and graphic.
The paintings presented are part of Christian’s latest body of work; completed within the last year. This new series features a merging of past surreal techniques with cartoon-like renderings depicting paranoid delusions and repeating graphic patterns. Colorful depictions and aesthetics disguise the chaotic and misanthropic scenes displayed in large scale.
Christian’s studio practice consists of several processes and techniques used to create random backgrounds and imagery. Components are synthesized into complementing forms with the graphic linear qualities referencing pop culture as well as graffiti. Part of his analogue relies on his amplification of misleading and ambiguous information, producing a tactile experience. Rich and varied colors in smeared textures provide the backdrops for the linear and narrative elements.
Christian’s abstract compositions feature an implied visual stupidity, breaking content into barely digestible thoughts. When constructed, these fragments gain new purpose, with placement and repetition affirming the decision through intention. The ultimate goal being to not simply translate reality into something more internalized, but instead to craft a personal visual language that avoids openly referencing the outside world while acting as a vehicle to document his own subconscious and internal experiences.
DessART, the opening reception for You are almost perfect, is held on Nov. 2nd from 12-1 p.m. and the closing reception for this exhibit is Friday, Nov. 13th, from 7-9 p.m., in the gallery. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, please contact the Center Gallery at 813.974.5464


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Honors Bulls Abroad: International Photo Exhibition

















The Honors Bulls Abroad: International Photography Exhibition is a group exhibition featuring the work of Honors College students at the University of South Florida. The exhibition is curated by Indira Ranaweera, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient, as part of a follow-on service project for the Gilman scholarship. The exhibition aims to encourage international travel through study abroad, volunteer trips, and internships.


The content of the work exhibited in the show will consist of two-dimensional photographs of people, landscapes, and scenery that have inspired students during their international experiences. In addition to the photographs, there will be supplemental information about international opportunities, scholarships, and other resources that are available for students. The goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate to viewers the importance of international experiences for cultivating global awareness and gaining a broader perspective of the human experience.


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Untitled (abstraction) : A group exhibition of mixed medias.


Untitled (abstraction)


This exhibition has been organized and curated by artist and current MFA in Studio Art candidate Craig Hanson.  Untitled (abstraction) features a selection of artist’s from the University of South Florida Studio Art MFA program whose work utilizes an abstract visual language to discuss the ideas in their work. Each artist’s work discusses a different idea toward individual concerns in contemporary art through the use of specific materials and distinct processes but employs visually similar techniques.  Works by artists, Jennifer Miller, Victoria Trespando, Elizabeth Schnider, Walter Mathews, and Matthew Drennen Wicks will be on display.  This is an opportunity for visitors to experience a top flight of USF’s artists, who have been creating the most visually compelling work. The exhibition will display both wall-mounted two-dimensional and three-dimensional work as well as sculptures in the round.



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