This weekend’s Tampa Bay art picks: Photography at Mize Gallery, Graphicstudio benefit sale

Plus, the Pinellas County Community Enrichment Mural Program is looking for artists.
Published May 1

PASSION PROJECT: Files and Film

The “Files and Film photography exhibition is a shining example of a supportive arts community. Back in 2013, Xina Scuderi started organizing fellow local photographers and by the next year had a gallery show. She reached out to local businesses related to photography, and with help from Erickson Digital Arts and the Leslie Curran/Articles Art Gallery, Files and Film became a juried exhibition with prize awards. This year, the exhibition is hosted by the Mize Gallery and opens with a reception. Sixty-five Florida artists will showcase a variety of styles and techniques, including Lissa Hatcher. Scuderi curated the show and tapped esteemed local curators Amanda Cooper, Robin Perry Dana and Catherine Bergmann to be the jurors. Remains on display through June 1. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. filesandfilm.com.

ART DEALS: Graphicstudio Benefit Sale

The University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio basically put Tampa on the map as a place for world-renowned artists to come create. The roster of artists who have made limited-edition prints and sculpture multiples is a who’s who of the art world, including Robert Mapplethorpe, William Wegman, Alex Katz, James Rosenquist and Mernet Larsen. Get your hands on one of their pieces for a discounted price. The atelier will also release a new suite of monoprints by New York-based artist Jason Middlebrook. Plus it’s cool to see the facility where innovative processes like waxtype, which is encaustic screenprinting, are developed. Even if you can’t afford a piece, it’s still fun and inspiring to look. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. (813) 974-3503. graphicstudio.usf.edu.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Mural Project

Creative Pinellas provides exposure and opportunities to local artists, and now the organization has partnered with Pinellas County on another project. Organizers are seeking an artist or artist team to design and paint a mural on a wall on the future site of the Pinellas Trail North Loop, near the intersection of Tampa Road and McMullen-Booth Road. Find the application at creativepinellas.org/muralarts and submit by May 30. The mural is part of a new initiative, the Community Enrichment Mural Program, that aims to beautify underutilized public spaces, so keep an eye out for more opportunities.

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