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What's in a name

Builders, benefactors and memories

Two architects donated services to help build the art facilities, and new benefactors plan to build on that.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2002

The University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Galleries currently are in converted buildings originally constructed in the early '30s to house the Florida State Fair. In 1977 the Lee Scarfone Gallery opened there, named for the prominent Tampa architect who designed the interior and paid for most of the project.

In the mid-'80s, an expansion to house student gallery space was planned. Once again a designer, Mark Hartley, stepped forward to donate his services as architect and general contractor. Hartley was an associate of Scarfone's who also worked on the original Scarfone Gallery.

In 1986 the second project was complete, creating Scarfone/Hartley Galleries. It memorializes Michelle Lynn Hartley, the architect's sister-in-law, who was killed in a 1983 car crash. Michelle Hartley was a native of Riverview, a graduate of East Bay High School and a mother of two.

Soon a third name will be associated with UT's art facilities. Thanks largely to a recent $2-million grant from the Bailey Family Foundation, a new 30,000-square-foot art center will open on campus in about two years, and the Scarfone/Hartley Galleries will move to the R.K. Bailey Art Studios.

Scarfone, 71, still heads up Architect Lee Scarfone and Associates, or ALSA as he calls it, but he takes on a limited number of projects.

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