IN HEAT by Gary Schmitt June 1-12

GarySchmitt_InHeat_FrontTampa, Fla. (June 2015) – From June 1st - June 11th , the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host In Heat by Gary Schmitt.  Visitors to the gallery will encounter mixed media sculptures that welcomes the viewer to open interpretation of the works.


In Heat is the first solo exhibition to be shown by Gary Schmitt at the Centre Gallery.  The artist is a 3rd year Master of Fine Arts candidate in the University of South Florida Studio Arts program.


Gary Schmitt has been both nationally and internationally recognized for his exploration of sculpture and 2D media. His work is motivated by underground culture and psychoanalyzes perceptions of masculinity and its relationship to unbound freedom and the rebellious spirit.


In Heat includes multi-media sculptural work representing the final dregs of a dropout society developing its own system of values and beliefs. Motorcycle obsession, religion, sexuality, teenage anxiety, mid-life crisis and heavy metal music become a centerfold for critique and seduction.


Students and other members of the community have the opportunity to experience objects that express a do-it-yourself attitude while contrasting the commodification of cultural imagery. A nihilist approach fuels a muted color palette and aggressive material choices that embody failed mimicry and illusions of reality. The result of In Heat is a body of work that pushes trash to the level of high art and drags sophisticated concepts of the level of popular culture. Schmitt continues to research his studio practice in anticipation for his thesis exhibition this spring at the Contemporary Art Museum.


DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on June 1st from 12 – 1 p.m accompanied with free dessert.

The reception for In Heat will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, June 1st, in the Centre 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., and is free and open to the public. 


For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director

(813) 974-5464


About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery ( is free and open to the public. The summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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