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Art planner: 'Extracted' at USFCAM, going vertical at Artlofts, new art at HCC


The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida can always be counted on to present provocative, thoughtful exhibitions. They're also really interesting. "Extracted," which opens Monday, is the latest. Curator Megan Voeller has selected five artists who address issues of human consumption and how it is changing our world. Their interpretations range from the personal — sculptures Mary Mattingly creates from her own possessions — to the global — Marina Zurkow's examination of petrochemical-containing products in widespread use.

The show's title comes from the thesis Voeller used in putting the show together: "(Extraction) is an impulse incorporated throughout everyday life, a metaphor that humans live by in lieu of accepting limits to our capacity to consume." Other artists in "Extracted" are Otobong Nkanga, Claire Pentecost and David Zink Yi. Meet most of them at a free opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 or at an informal conversation with the curator at 6 p.m. before the reception. The show continues through Dec. 10.

The Contemporary Art Museum is located on USF's Tampa campus at 4202 E Fowler Ave. Find the museum on Holly Drive on the north side of the campus and best accessed from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 974-2489.


Hillsborough Community College has a number of campuses and two new shows open at two campus art galleries on Monday.

Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry campus, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, introduces "Selina Román: Please Disturb," a collection of color photographs staged in Florida motel rooms to suggest relationship scenarios. It's a form of visual storytelling. A free reception and gallery talk are Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located on the second floor of the library. The gallery continues through Sept. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Free.

The Ybor campus gallery, Palm Avenue and 15th Street, Tampa, welcomes "Florida Inspired 2016-2017," works by members of Inspired Artist Studios, a program for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities at PARC. A free reception is Aug. 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6:15 p.m. The show continues through Sept. 22. Free.


ArtLofts, perched above Florida CraftArt, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg, houses studio space for artists. They keep their own hours, except for special events, so you never know whom you might see. On view through Aug. 31 in the lobby, which is open to the public, is "Vertical Surfaces: Walls, Windows and Wallpaper." It features paintings and fiber work by Mavis Gibson and Jeannine Hascall, who maintain studios there. The space is usually open most weekdays but only if at least one artist is working there, so perhaps make it not a destination visit but one that is tagged on with another nearby. Free.


More on this in next week's Art Planner, but since tickets tend to go quickly, I suggest you consider purchasing them now for the Aug. 27 event. Now in its 12th year, Wearable Art continues its outrageously fun run at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. This year's show is emceed by Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant, pictured, who could, just the two of them, provide entertainment for the entire evening. The runway show begins at 8:30 p.m. with pre and post parties and entertainment. General admission is $10 with best seats from $50 to $95. (727) 298-3322.

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