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Past Kennedy Family Artists and Scholars in Residence

Jessica Segall (2017, Fall)

Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Her work is exhibited internationally, including at the Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum, The Inside Out Museum, Art In General, The International Symposium on Electronic Art and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia.

She received grants from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Art Matters, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Foundation of Contemporary Art, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, an Arts / Science Initiative from Chicago University and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Jessica attended residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Art OMI, Bemis, SOMA, The Van Eyck Academie and The Sharpe Walentas Space Program.

Her work has been reviewed in Art In America, Mousse Magazine and Sculpture Magazine, and her writing has appeared in Cabinet Magazine. Jessica is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and The the University of South Florida. She is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA in 2010 from Columbia University.


Iñigo Cabo (2016, Fall)

Artist, theorist and independent curator, Iñigo Cabo has exhibited in international Art Museums, Art Centres and Galleries in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, Denmark, Czech, Ecuador and the U.S.

He has participated in the XV Biennale de Paris, the IX Bienal of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean; among other events. Cabo has published critical works as Nueva Objetividad (ESPAIS Foundation Critic Prize 2001) and organized large situational open projects, in order to generate cross-disciplinary platforms of collective and free production. He has received the support from institutions like Basque Government, Foundation La Caixa (Barcelona) and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst-DAAD (Berlin).


Anthony G. Tasset (2015, Fall)

Tony Tasset has worked in a variety of styles and mediums including sculpture, photography, video and film. In the last few years, he has created several large-scale permanent outdoor sculptures. His work deals with universal themes and emotions through common pictorial languages. To this end, he employs familiarity, humor, craft, sentiment, confession and shock. He makes iconic images about the current cultural moment from an individual perspective. Tasset received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Tasset is currently a University Scholar at The University of Illinois at Chicago; was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Tasset’s most recent exhibitions include “All Things Must Pass,” at The Laumeier Art Museum and Sculpture Park, St Louis; “Sympathy for the Devil, Art and Rock and Roll since 1967,” at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and “Into Me/ Out of Me,” at MACRO, Rome. His work has been reviewed in The L Magazine and in Artforum.


Rashawn Griffin (2015, Spring)

Rashawn Griffin was born in Los Angeles and is now based out of New York City. He; received his undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from Yale University. The artist’s eclectic artworks have been exhibited in more than 40 venues in the past eight years. These include the Whitney Biennial in 2008, as well as solo shows at Gasser and Grunert Gallery in New York and multiple solo and group exhibitions in Germany. Other group exhibitions include the Studio Museum in Harlem, Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, and the Queens Museum of Art also in New York – plus galleries in Miami and Detroit. There have been international exhibitions in Switzerland, France, Denmark and China.

The exhibitions and works have been critically reviewed or otherwise written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Frieze art journal, Art Review, Art in America and Saatchi Gallery online. His artwork has been acquired for the permanent collection by the Saatchi Gallery in London. In 2007, Rashawn Griffin was the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painting and Sculpture and was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2006.

During his Kennedy Residency at USF, the artist taught an undergraduate studio course and worked with our Master of Fine Arts students. In April, as his Community Project, our guest spent the day with the students of H. W. Blake High School of the Arts in downtown Tampa.


Alix Lambert (2013, Fall)

Alix Lambert is a graduate of the School of the Visual Arts in New York and attended the Royal College of Art in London. Our USF Kennedy Artist in Residence directed and produced the award-winning film, "The Mark of Cain."  She also directed and produced (with David McMahon) the feature documentary "Bayou Blue," – a film that chronicles the arrest, trial and conviction of a serial killer near New Orleans between 1997 and 2006.
Alix Lambert television credits include a Writer’s Guild of America nomination for HBO’s “Deadwood,” and she was a writer and associate producer for HBO’s, “John from Cincinnati.” In addition to producing numerous short films and videos, the artist has written for Artforum, LA Weekly and Filmmaker magazine. She is the author of four books – as well as for the video game, “Syndicate.” For theatre, in addition to being the co-founder of “The Brooklyn International Theatre Company,” she has written and directed works in New York, Hartford and Australia.
Lambert’s artworks have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, to name a few. She has received fellowships or residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for The Arts. She is represented by the Anna Kustera Gallery in New York.
In addition to working with USF students in the classroom and studio – Lambert linked up the class with research into the world of crime in Tampa – often riding in a sheriff’s patrol car and accompanying deputies into homes through the dark nights.


Kate Bussard (2013, Spring)

Kate Bussard is a Professor of the History of Photography at Princeton University and author of the exhibition catalogue, “So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan.” While Aassociate Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago (2004-2013), Dr. Bussard curated a biennial series for the Art Institute on emerging photographers. Prior to joining the Art Institute, she worked for the J. Paul Getty Museum and Clark Art Institute. Bussard completed her doctoral dissertation on street photography at the City University of New York, and contributed a related essay to the exhibition catalogue Street Art, Street Life: From the 1950s to Now. She is co-curating a traveling exhibition on the history of American color photography.

Photographing the City: A history and an exhibition
The course examined the history of urban photography since the mid-1800s, with an emphasis on American images. A basic premise of this course was that such photographs captured cities as ideas, as geographic entities, in ways that document and perhaps even alter American cities in transition. Urban photographs have been integral to shaping the image of cities. This has been true for Gold Rush boom towns as much as for postwar urban flight to the suburbs. By the latter half of the Twentieth 20th century, not only the futures but also the pasts of cities increasingly gained critical and photographic attention with the founding of historic preservation organizations in many metropolitan areas. Jane Jacobs’ “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961) was a pivotal text for this period up to the present.

Knowledge gained in seminar furthered by special sessions held at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, where the course was a practicum in curatorial studies. Research and assignments were centered on historic urban photographs in their collection—many dating to before World War I—and was culminated in an exhibition that illuminated, the social, political, and economic concerns of urban photography.


Sussan Babaie (2011, Spring)

The Kennedy Scholar in Residence, Spring 2011, Dr. Babaie received her PhD from New York University in 1994. She was a Fulbright Regional Scholar in Egypt (American University in Cairo and Cairo University) and Syria (Ministry of Culture) in 2010.

Babaie’s awards have included a Fellowship from the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles,) Soudavar Foundation (New York, London, Geneva,) and several grants from the University of Michigan, where she served on the faculty from 2001-2008. She was the guest organizer for a major exhibition of artworks at the Sackler Museum at Harvard University held this year: 2010in 2010.

Dr. Babaie’s publications have been through the University of Edinburgh Press (Scotland), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York,) and the British Museum (London).

Sussan Babaie developed an ambitious graduate- level seminar while at USF, including a week-long visit by all students to the Persian collections at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

On several occasions, Dr. Babaie met with the members of the Tampa Bay Persian-American Society and lectured to the organization.


Siebren Versteeg (2009, Fall)

In Fall semester 2009, USF’s first Tom and Patricia Kennedy Artist in Residence was the internationally known Siebren Versteeg.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, now living in New York City, Versteeg received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Exhibitions and projects have been in New York (multiple), Chicago (multiple), Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Miami, Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston, Italy, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, China and Canada.

Reviews and articles about exhibitions and projects have been published in Art in America, ArtForum, New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune and New York Magazine. Artworks are in the collections of, among others, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Versteeg taught a course focusing on the use of the internet as a creative input-output tool. His dynamic project with Community Stepping Stones resulted in digital information kiosks in Sulphur Springs, one of Tampa’s most underserved communities.