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.
Raise the Flags: Pledges of Allegiance at USFCAM
August 3 – September 4, 2018
Raise the Flags brings together sixteen artist-designed flags created for Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide, year-long serialized commission presented by NY-based public art nonprofit Creative Time. As the first institution to participate in Creative Time’s public art initiative to raise the flags at arts, educational, and cultural organizations across the country over the past year, USF Contemporary Art Museum is proud to assemble the entire Pledges of Allegiance flag series on the exterior façade of the museum. For more information on Pledges of Allegiance, please visit creativetime.org. USFCAM’s participation in Pledges of Allegiance is made possible in part with generous support from the Gobioff Foundation.
August 20 – December 8, 2018
For three decades, Miki Kratsman has been one of the leading chroniclers of life in the Israeli-occupied territories. His photographs—many of them documentary images taken during a previous life as a press photographer for the Israeli newspapers Hadashotand Haaretz—uncover personal stories while revealing the violent, often detached nature of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. While trying to answer the question “What happened to the people in the photographs?,” Kratsman amassed a vast archive of more than 9,000 portraits of anonymous Palestinians, which he first uploaded onto a dedicated Facebook page in 2011. The USFCAM installation materializes the artist’s growing portrait archive together with identifying commentary that, in some cases, serves as a literal proof of life—or death. People I Met raises questions about the culture of representation and continues the museum’s tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. The exhibition also includes a video titled 70 Meters…White T-shirt, and several recent photographic series. Curated by USF Contemporary Art Museum curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Fauné; organized by USFCAM.
The Visible Turn: Contemporary Artists Confront Political Invisibility
January 11 – March 2, 2019
The four international artists in The Visible Turn, Jorge Tacla, Karolina Sobecka, Bosco Sodi, and Tavares Strachan, will create installations in response to the phenomenon of cultural concealment. They will combine the presentation of objects and performances inside an exhibition venue with artist-directed activities that engage and support communities in the Tampa Bay area affected by political or social invisibility. Together, the works refer to people and ideas that have crucially been omitted from today’s social, political, economic, and cultural processes. According to Duchamp’s logic, invisibility is impotence. What is powerful is to be seen. Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné; organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum.
2019 MFA Graduation Exhibition
March 29 – May 4, 2019
USFCAM hosts this annual exhibition featuring Master’s research projects by MFA Candidates in the School of Art and Art History.
Language Arts (Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening), Social Studies (History), Science, 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.