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Alumnus Wins at GRAMMY® Awards as Associate Producer

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Alumnus Wins at GRAMMY® Awards as Associate Producer
Congrats to USF School of Music Alumnus Zachary Bornheimer, who is now officially a GRAMMY® Award Winning Album Associate Producer for the album Data Lords by the Maria Schnei-der Orchestra. Bornheimer completed his Bachelor’s in Music Studies and his Master’s in Jazz Composition from the USF School of Music, which is where he began a relationship with Maria Schneider when she performed in our Concert Hall in 2014 as a part of the Monday Night Jazz series with the Tampa Jazz Club.

Krystle Lemonias headshot image

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Awards Student Krystle Lemonias for Spurring Social Awareness
Congratulations to USF MFA student Krystle Lemonias who received a First Place Award from the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, in cooperation with the Art Center Sarasota. The exhibition competition and event attracted applications from throughout the state of Florida.

A child looks at the piece called Oscillation, New York, United States

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Urban Conga Architecture Firm Recognized as an Architizer A+ Firm of the Year
Congratulations to USF School of Architecture and Community Design alum, Ryan Swanson (M.Arch 2013) and his all-SACD team, for their selection as the Architizer A+ Firm of the Year Award for Small Projects.

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Part of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South condo building collapsed around 2 a.m. on Thursday. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said 55 units were in the collapsed portion of the building. Image courtesy of Tampa Bay Times.

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Director Bob MacLeod, School of Architecture & Community Design, comments on Surfside condo collapse
As the dust cleared on the rubble from Thursday’s partial collapse of a condo building in Surfside, structural engineers and residents of high-rise towers both had a similar question.

What happened? And could it happen to my building?


Ezra Johnson "Treat" 2021, oil on linen 54"x 70" - Painting shows a black cat sitting on a lounge chair indoors, in the corner of a room with a bookshelf behind its head and large full length windows to its side. Someone outside seems to have their arms out as a small animal stands on its rear legs. Trees are around them in the background.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
New Exhibition: Professor Ezra Johnson at the Mindy Solomon Gallery
The Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present the 3rd solo exhibition of painter Ezra Johnson, “Paintings from a Room.” Drawing from a long tradition of still life painting, Johnson elevates the mundane to a subject worthy of contemplation. Utilizing his well-honed painting skills and his sharp eye for identifying beauty, Johnson assembles a body of work that gives voice to a year in repose.

Night aerial view of Tavares Strachen's "You Belong Here" neon installation over Sparkman Wharf.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
83 Degrees Media: Public Art on Display at Tampa's Newest Developments
Admission fees to museums and other arts organizations can be a barrier for some people in Tampa and elsewhere. Add in a pandemic with its inequitable economic burden on those living in poverty, and access to the arts becomes an even greater challenge.

But with new private developments coming to town -- Water Street Tampa and Midtown -- along with the City of Tampa’s public art initiative Lights on Tampa, more public art is trickling in.