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UT faculty takes broad strokes

By MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2000


For an art department that employs only three full-time professors and seven adjunct professors for only 70 art students, The University of Tampa's Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit covers a lot of bases.

Alongside traditional painting and sculpture, the exhibit also features works more contemporary in nature.

Conventions and Other Thoughts and Portraits with Uncle Ned by UT's Graphic Design instructor, Lew Harris, features Harris' original photography blown up and manipulated to create colorful surrealist landscapes inhabited by mutant humans.

Sculpture and painting instructor Gil Demeza's textured, mixed media sculpture/painting, Imperaquad Orange, features an original ambient soundtrack, created by her son and UT music students.

Rebecca Skelton's Yearning Machine urges the viewer to crank a handle, causing crystal and magnets to dance with and against one another on a plate of gold leaf.

The piece, which looks vaguely like the crane game often found in arcades, "represents attraction and the impossibility of contact," says Skelton.

UT's Faculty Exhibition proves that, though UT is a small school, its art program stands tall.

If you go

WHAT: University of Tampa Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition

WHERE: Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, UT campus

WHEN: Today through Oct. 21; museum open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday

COST: Free

CALL: (813) 253-6217

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