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Amplified:Reverberations from The Music BoxJune 6 – July 23, 2016, USFCAM
New Edition from Graphicstudio by Sandra Cinto
July 21, Musicians' Roundtable + Closing Reception for Amplified: Reverberations from The Music Box

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Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60Sandra Cinto at Graphicstudio

While in New York City for the 2013 IFPDA Print Fair, Margaret Miller encountered the work of Sandra Cinto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Piece of Silence included cellos and violins painted white and intricately decorated with black ink line drawings, mounted to the gallery walls that had been covered with music staves. Struck with the delicate beauty of the sculptures, drawings and paintings, Margaret invited Cinto to Graphicstudio to make prints.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60Graphicstudio Internship Reflection by Emily Rogers

Interning at Graphicstudio was a very positive and fulfilling experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was accepted into the program; I did not know how I would be of any help in a printmaking studio without any relevant prior experience. Aside from a brief tour in a class a few years prior, I knew very little about Graphicstudio itself and its function.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60Robert Mapplethorpe at Graphicstudio

Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of much renewed interest as the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA present complementary exhibitions which form Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. This retrospective in two parts coincides with the release of HBO Pictures documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.

Julianna Konsulian and Huy Nguyen at Varadero Beach.An Intern’s Trip to Cuba

During the winter of 2015, The University of South Florida along with the Holcombe family cooperated to fund an academic trip to Cuba. All 15 of the USF Holcombe scholarship recipients, including me, signed up to go. Our purpose was to learn about the culture, academics, and lifestyle of Cubans, both pre- and post-revolution. We also had opportunities to aid in installing water purification systems in communities near Havana.

Sandra CintoAn Intern’s Diary: Guest Post from Alejandra Gotera

I’m a Studio Arts major. I’ve always been interested in the inner workings of the art world, and curious about what it must be like to work in a museum. I applied for an internship at the USFCAM and thankfully I got it, however the best part is that they told me I would get to work directly with the artist Sandra Cinto.

Catch me at CAM!Catch me at CAM! Engagement, Conversation and Art

Have you ever heard of Meet Me at MoMA? Well, we as Honors College seniors and bio-medical sciences majors are trying to create a program inspired by it here at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. For those of you who may not know, Meet Me at MoMA is a community-based art engagement program orchestrated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Sandra CintoRandomness, Order, and Being: A Guest Post by Laura Colkitt

The Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto has created an exhibition titled Chance and Necessity at University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum (on display January 15 to March 5). The show consists of different media that complement each other in style and color, creating a cohesive visual array in CAM's West Gallery.

Corine Vermeulen, Gonzales Family, 2015. Pigment print.Seeing the Value in “Waste”: A Guest Post by Matthew Verbyla

All materials have value. As an environmental engineer, I look for the value in materials that are normally considered to be waste. Last year I spent six months in Minas Gerais, Brazil, working with Brazilian nonprofit Consciência Limpa to develop a prototype for a solar sludge drying system.

Corine Vermeulen, Gonzales Family, 2015. Pigment print.Telling a Story: Corine Vermeulen photographs the University Area

Corine Vermeulen is a Dutch artist who recently completed a three-month residency at USFCAM. Her work explores the social, cultural, and economic influences that impact communities by documenting the lives of residents through her photography and their stories.

Aya TArek in residence at USFCAMThe Invisible Man in a Fluorescent Suit

Aya Tarek, an Egyptian graffiti artist and muralist, completed a mural at USFCAM during a residency at USF. In an interview with Aya, I was able to discuss the influences she drew from while making her work. Aya explained her interest in architecture and the experience of connecting to what’s around her.

Alex Katz, Tracy, 2013, Lithograph/woodcut 26" x 30" 
 Edition: 50Quince Artistas/Fifteen Artists

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I was invited to curate an exhibition at the 501 Gallery at Blake High School. Amanda Preuss, a recent graduate of the USF Art History Master’s program, is the new director of the Gallery, and she thought of me because I specialize in Latin American and Caribbean Art at the USF Contemporary Art Museum.

A Summer at Graphicstudio: Intern Perspective

As far back as I can remember I have been roaming through the halls and doorways at Graphicstudio; rolling in office chairs down the hall, building cardboard robots in the Vault, coloring and doodling and making the occasional small print—under close adult supervision, of course. All this time I could never fully comprehend the gravity of the work being done there. This summer, I was able to participate and learn about printmaking and artist collaboration in a whole new light.

Miriam Schapiro (right), assisted by Liz Jordan, applies collage elements to Children of Paradise, 1984Miriam Schapiro at Graphicstudio

On June 20, 2015, Miriam Schapiro passed away. Schapiro leaves behind a tremendous legacy in the art world, and on this occasion it seems fitting to explore one small part of it. Schapiro produced several prints at Graphicstudio in 1983-1984. Four monoprints were essentially collages on paper. Children of Paradise was produced as an edition variée, an edition where each print contain more differences from each other than in a standard edition.

Mark Dion at GraphicstudioMark Dion and Graphicstudio

Mark Dion was a natural fit at Graphicstudio because his visual art is highly interdisciplinary. His practice investigates museumology, scientific history and methodology, taxonomy, environmental studies, even taxidermy. His exploration of museum practice and installation methodology can often blur the line between artwork and museum exhibit. Dion has worked with Graphicstudio on two projects and USFCAM staged a solo exhibition of recent work called Troubleshooting in 2012. more>>

We Done All We Could And None Of It’s Good, 2010
Part of a suite of three aquatint etchings
5″ x 5″
Edition: 20Trenton Doyle Hancock Up Close

Trenton Doyle Hancock has found somewhat of a nest at USF’s Graphicstudio. In 2011, the USF Contemporary Art Museum organized We Done All We Could and None of It’s Good, a solo exhibition of Trenton’s work. He has made numerous trips to Graphicstudio, completing five projects since 2006 and with more underway. I was fortunate to sit down with him at Graphicstudio and learn more about his backstory and how his body of work has developed over the years with the help of Graphicstudio staff and USF students. more>>


July 21
Musicians' Roundtable + Closing Reception for Amplified: Reverberations from The Music Box

August 24
ART & ICE: (WoW) Week of Welcome Student Event

August 26
Extracted Conversation with the Artists + Opening Reception

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In partnership with USF Health, USFCAM's Art In Health program explores intersections between the arts and healthcare.

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This innovative web-based visual literacy program integrates secondary school social studies and science with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.

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