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College Events

Admission is FREE for the College of The Arts 2022-2023 Event Season!

Find inspiration and let your imagination wander by attending concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures, masterclasses, and festivals presented free to the public by the USF College of The Arts.

Some events (denoted by an asterisk*) require tickets to accommodate seating. For those events, please visit https://www.ticketmaster.com/ to obtain your tickets online and download them to your smartphone or device before arriving.

*Note* Ticket holders, please be advised that if you do not arrive by the scheduled performance time, you risk forfeiting your ticket for the event. If an event is sold out, there may be a limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis

Visit the online Arts Box Office for tickets, parking information, and guest services.

Events by Month

February

Two people going fishing on a small boat.

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Matt Bollinger
February 2nd at 7pm in USF School of Art & Art History Lecture Hall (FAH 101) and on Zoom

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Matt Bollinger will give a lecture about his work. Matt Bollinger received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  His work has been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and elsewhere.

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Recent museum exhibitions have been at the Akron Art Museum (2022), Westmoreland Museum of American Art (2022), South Bend Museum of Art (2020), the Schneider Museum (2018) and Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole (2016). Residencies include the Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2016 and 2021, he received NYFA fellowships in Painting.  He is represented by mother’s tankstation and lives and works in New York state.

 

Kyoung Cho headshot image

USF Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Korean Tapestry
February 4th at 4pm in Barness Recital Hall

Korean Tapestry: Korean Art Songs by Leading Korean Women Composers. Internationally acclaimed USF Music Faculty Artist Dr. Kyoung Cho, Soprano, presents a voice recital with two guest artists, Won Cho, Bass (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Eun-Hee Park, Piano (University of Montevallo).

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This recital will feature Korean Art Songs and arranged Folk Songs by Leading Korean Women composers. It will also be a celebration of the worldwide release of the CD "Korean Tapestry" under the Naxos Records, which includes the solo and duet vocal works that will be featured at this concert.

Student performing the French horn on stage in the USF Concert Hall

USF Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
February 5th at 2pm in the USF Concert Hall

On Sunday, February 5th at 2:00 the USF's top two bands will combine for an exciting and compelling concert that features masterworks of the repertoire and pieces by contemporary visionary composers. We hope you will join us at 2:00 in USF's beautiful Concert Hall.

Art opening at the Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery.

Liminal Wormhole Jazz Spectacular/ from my heart, to yours
February 6-16th from 11am-3pm M-Th in the Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery
with a reception on February 10th from 6-8pm

Liminal Wormhole Jazz Spectacular features graduate students Ainaz Alipour, Manon VanScoder and KJ Skidmore. The exhibition explores the artists’ interaction with cyberspace/internet culture, horror and fantasy, and fetishized/excessive sexual consumption. 

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trace of the end I thought I would meet alone; from my heart, to yours is a solo exhibition by Jonix Granado featuring photographic works that aim to achieve a relational experience where the viewer can begin to consider their own memories in relation to the artist's. His goal is to create photographs that allow visual expression during moments of human intimacy.

USF Jazz faculty Pablo Arencibia (left) and Dave Rudolph (right)

USF Jazz Faculty Recital: ARConnection
February 8th at 7:30pm in Barness Recital Hall

ARConnection, by USF Jazz faculty Pablo Arencibia (piano) and Dave Rudolph (drums), presents a special concert featuring USF Jazz program director Jack Wilkins (sax) and Tampa-Bay-based bassist Michael Ross. Original compositions by each of the four performers and hard bop standards, including music by Dexter Gordon and Herbie Hancock, will be the vehicle for improvisation, dialogue, and exploration.

A colorful painting of a room with some plants

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Allison Gildersleeve 
Feb 9 at 7pm in the USF School of Art & Art History Lecture Hall (FAH 101)

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Allison Gildersleeve will give a lecture about her work. As Allison assembles and disassembles her lexicon of images into wall-sized collages or densely layered paintings, issues of entanglement, restlessness, and the futility of refusing to let go come to mind. Gildersleeve presents us with the messiness of living by packing it with abandon into a single frame.

Members of Jazz Ensemble 1 perform in the USF Concert Hall.

USF Jazz Ensemble 1 with special Guest Artist Rodney Whitaker
February 13th at 7:30pm in the USF Concert Hall

The USF Jazz Ensemble I presents a concert with special guest- Rodney Whitaker. Reknowned bassist, recording artist and educator Rodney Whitaker will be performing with and leading the 17 piece jazz ensemble in a concert of classis jazz selections, including Duke Ellingtons’s famous composition “Jack the Bear”, written to feature Ellington’s ground breaking bassist, Jimmy Blanton. 

Black and white photo of tents

Art Thursday: Poor People’s Art Student-Led Tour
February 16th at 6pm in the USF Contemporary Art Museum 

Join us for a CAM Club student-led tour of selected works from the Poor Peoples Art (A Short Visual History of Poverty in the United States). The tours are free and open to the public. 

 

Students playing horns

USF Concert Band
February 16th at 7:30pm in the USF Concert Hall

The outstanding students of the USF Concert Band is proud to present an exciting concert filled with exciting new compositions, and timeless treasures. Selections were chosen to educate and entertain students within the Concert Band and the audience.

USF Choirs

USF Jazz Vocal Ensemble: Mardi Gras
February 21st at 7:30pm in Barness Recital Hall

This celebration of Black History Month honors the birthplace of jazz on its biggest holiday of the year. Join us for a parade of tunes and tales make New Orleans the quintessential Mardi Gras city in the USA!

Sketch of a medical student

Kennedy Family In-Residence Artist George Ferrandi
Feb 23 at 7pm in the USF School of Art & Art History Lecture Hall (FAH 101)

Kennedy Family In-Residence Artist for Spring 2023, George Ferrandi, will lecture about her work.

A cello player performs as part of the USF Symphony Orchestra.

USF Symphony Orchestra
February 26th at 2pm in the USF Concert Hall

The University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra and conductor William Wiedrich open the new year with an exciting and diverse program guaranteed to please! The program will include the pizazz of the Marquez Danzon #2, the intricate virtuosity of the Lutoslawski Piano Concerto, and the monumental Sixth Symphony of Tchaikovsky.

Art opening at the Carolyn M. Wilson gallery.

Socks All Over the Floor/ Something & Nothing
February 27-March 9th from 11am-3pm M-Th in the Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery
with a reception on March 3rd from 6-8pm

Socks All Over the Floor is a group exhibition that immortalizes moments and feelings through elevation of the mundane aiming to give the viewer a sensory experience of intimacy. 

Something & Nothing is a group exhibition of both digital and analog photographic works completed in Fall 2022.

Percussionist performs as part of the USF Wind Ensemble.

USF Wind Ensemble
February 28th at 7:30pm in the USF Concert Hall

We hope you will join the outstanding students in the USF Wind Ensemble as we present a concert of beloved masterworks, exciting new compositions, and timeless treasures. The selections have been chosen to educate, entertain, and enlighten.

March

Image of male dancer

Spring Dance Concert
March 2-4 at 7:30pm and March 5th at 3pm in Theatre 1

Time is A Gift/Time is a Thief
The philosopher Heraclitus wrote “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” This spring USF Faculty choreographers, Andee Scott, Jeanne Travers, Merry Lynn Morris and John Parks, and Paula Nunez join the “chameleon of choreography” guest artist Stephanie Martinez, the Holloway Endowment Dance Artist in Residence, as we reflect upon how the shared moment of dance can illuminate the inner world of the mind, of memory, loss, grief, and healing.

Jazz musicians performing

USF Jazz Ensemble 2
March 2nd at 7:30pm in Barness Recital Hall

USF Jazz Ensemble 2 will feature talented young musicians performing a concert of exciting big band jazz music.

Kemal Gekic sitting at piano

Steinway Piano Series: Kemal Gekic
March 5th at 4pm in Barness Recital Hall

"Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius" - Boston Globe; "His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent" - Dallas Morning News. Multiple Grammy nominated pianist Kemal Gekic presents a program of keyboard masterworks.

Jazz performers

USF Jazztet
March 8th at 7:30pm in Barness Recital Hall

USF Jazztet is the premier small group in the USF Jazz Studies Program.  Performing jazz classics and original compositions, this group has represented USF in performances at numerous international jazz festivals.

 Student playing large drum

USF Symphonic Band
March 9th at 7:30pm in the USF Concert Hall

The USF Symphonic Band will present a program including both stunning contemporary pieces and dynamic masterworks of the wind band repertoire.

Piano on stage

Steinway Piano Series: Grigorios Zamparas
March 26th at 4pm in Barness Recital Hall

Greek-born pianist Grigorios Zamparas will perform works by Beethoven and Chopin. Program to inlcude the Sonata Op. 57 by L.v. Beethoven and the Preludes Op. 28 by F. Chopin.

 Front of Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery

46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
March 31-April 6th from 11am-3pm M-Th in the CMW Gallery with a reception on March 31st at 8pm

The School of Art & Art History presents the 46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery. The exhibition will feature a wide range of work from USF students across campus and will be on view from March 31- April 6. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 31 from 8-10pm in conjunction with our annual open house event, ArtHouse XXII, with an award ceremony in front of the Contemporary Art Museum at 7pm.

Ongoing Events

Jill Freedman, "Resurrection City. Residents outside their shelters relax in the shadow of the Washington Monument in Resurrection City, a three thousand person tent city on the Washington Mall as part of the Poor People’s Campaign." 1968. The Jill Freedman Irrevocable Trust.

Poor People's Art: A (Short) Visual History of Poverty in the United States
January 13 - March 4, 2023 in the USF Contemporary Art Museum

Poor People’s Art: A (Short) Visual History of Poverty in the United States presents a social history of the experience of underrepresented and underserved communities in the US since 1968.

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Individually and collectively, the artists included in Poor People’s Art tell a story of intersecting injustices of race, class, immigration status, healthcare systems, food insecurity, and gender issues. Poor People’s Art is curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator-at-Large; organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum; and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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