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Environmental art exhibits open at the University of South Florida

Plus, check out site-specific installations from the Morean Center for Clay.
A photograph by Anastasia Samoylova from the "FloodZone" series, on view at USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa through March 7. [Courtesy of USF Contemporary Art Museum]
A photograph by Anastasia Samoylova from the "FloodZone" series, on view at USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa through March 7. [Courtesy of USF Contemporary Art Museum]
Published Jan. 15


The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum is committed to presenting exhibitions that seek social change, and two new openings focus on the environment.

With the ongoing project “FloodZone,” Miami-based photographer Anastasia Samoylova explores the impact of sea level rise in South Florida. Having moved to Miami in 2016, she began noticing how the city’s bright colors and sun-drenched light masked the fact that developers were continuing to build in high-risk flood zones. Her work focuses on the psychological state of living in a city that is steadily sinking. Remains on view through March 7.

“Sponge Exchange” focuses on artist Hope Ginsburg’s work with ocean ecology, and a decade-long study of sea sponges, featuring a four-channel video installation from a coral reef restoration project in St. Croix. It also includes a series of dioramas created with USF students, based on ones found at Tarpon Springs’ Spongeorama Museum, that illustrate how the health of marine life is tied to local economy. On view through March 3.

Hear a talk from both artists at 6 p.m. Friday followed by an opening reception at 7. Free. 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2849.


Find a unique art experience in the exhibit “Stalls” at the Morean Center for Clay’s Center Gallery. Curated by artist in resident Danny Dobrow, site-specific installations from five local artists inhabit narrow stalls fabricated for the exhibition. And each one couldn’t be more different from the next. Dobrow was looking for artists who take interesting approaches to sculpture, and he found them. Step up and peer into the giant eyeball in Sebastian Coolidge’s stall. Bask in Casey McDonough’s gold walled and floored stall strung with his geometric clay forms. Dobrow’s own stall has a refrigerator filled with clay, pictured, a nod to his exploration away from clay during his residency. Ashley Lester captures Dutch still life and her own rural upbringing with her tablescape full of cheeky references to household products. And go into deep space in Cynthia Mason’s stall, full of squiggly forms that combine porcelain and linen that could be aliens, or even planets. “It’s weirder than the kind of work the Morean Center for Clay usually shows,” Dobrow said. "Which is absolutely my goal and part of my mission. " On view through Feb. 7. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.

Danny Dobrow filled a refrigerator with clay for his installation in the "Stalls" exhibition at St. Petersburg's Morean Center for Clay. [Courtesy of Danny Dobrow]


Acclaimed St. Petersburg fine artist Carol Dameron makes luscious oil paintings on wood, predominantly focusing on allegory. A retrospective of her work featuring 50 pieces and spanning 25 years is opening at the Octagon Arts Center this weekend. Her European training is evident in her works, which share the qualities of master painters. Deft, swirling brushstrokes, plays of rich color and intriguing narratives make her paintings the kind you want to get lost in, like The Emperor’s Wife, pictured. On view through Feb. 19. Meet her at the opening reception. Free. 5-7 p.m. Friday. 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-7704.

"The Emperor's Wife" is included in the retrospective of Carol Dameron's work, opening at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater on Jan. 17. [Courtesy of Carol Dameron]


  1. Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which will return to Tampa this weekend. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]
  2. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  4. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  5. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  6. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  7. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  8. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  9. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  10. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  11. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
  12. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg]