Monday, September 30, 2013

This Week, Sept 30th, Oct 6th, 2013

Monday, Sept 30th 2013 

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 Translation Lost @ USF William and Nancy Oliver Gallery

an exhibition ft. new works by
ashley ortiz-diaz
monica perez
cheryl weber

in an effort to understand the world around us , we create a language of our own .

@ william & nancy oliver gallery

mon-thurs 10am-3pm
reception fri oct 4 , 7pm-9pm


From Sept. 30 through Oct. 11, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host I like it, I’m not gonna crack by Grace Szeja. Visitors to the gallery will encounter various pen on paper self-portraits that document Szeja’s life prior to her clinical depression diagnosis through to adjusting to life on anti-depressants.

Grace Szeja, a native Florida artist, has two Fine Arts degrees—one in Computer Animation and the other in Graphic Design—from Florida Atlantic University. The work featured in this show emphasizes the coping skills Szeja recognizes and uses. She began visual journaling as a way of keeping a creative outlet, as well as an understanding and processing her emotional struggles caused by an undiagnosed mood disorder. Putting pen to paper during panic attacks, low moods, or angry outbursts were a coping skill she used to process and come to terms with her experiences. The show’s main emphasis is Szeja’s realization how much depression was negatively affecting her environment—family, work, and school. After 13 years of struggling unknowingly with clinical depression she uses her artistic skills to raise awareness of mental disorders, in hopes of encouraging others who may also be battling with depression alone to seek help.

Szeja is currently a contributor to the independent zine, Victory, where she writes and illustrates about her experiences with cognitive disorders. In 2012, she completed her first solo graphic novel, “About a Girl”, with the themes of depression and unplanned pregnancy. She also runs the Underground Comic Club and Paint a Masterpiece classes through Tampa Free Skool. She is currently working on a second graphic novel, “Cookery Do!”, and pursuing a Master’s Degree in either Art Therapy or Social Work. Her other passions include growing orchids, tea, training for her first half marathon, and her three-year-old daughter Violet.

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on Sept. 30 from 12 – 1pm. The closing reception will be held from 7 – 9pm on Friday, Oct. 11, in the Centre Gallery. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information, please contact the Centre Gallery at 813-974-5464.


Tuesday, Oct 1st 2013

Cuban artists José Toirac and Meira Marrero will speak about their work in a conversation with curator Noel Smith. Toirac and Marrero work in an intensely collaborative manner, combining historical and archival research to reexamine and reposition images and events that have resonance for Cuban culture. In 'Cuba 1869-2006' the artists present portraits of the presidents of Cuba in chronological order, ending with Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro, and an empty nail, raising the question of who will govern Cuba next. Plans to exhibit the installation at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, in 2007 were halted by government intervention; the piece was censored.

For more info: 813-974-4133 or

For reasonable accommodations, please contact Amy at 813-974-4164

3821 Holly Drive, Tampa, Florida 33620


Wednesday, Oct 2nd 2013 

Pulp @ HCC Ybor Maze Gallery

PULP at MAZE Gallery, HCC Ybor City Campus
Tampa – Hillsborough Community College invites you to Pulp, a visual art exhibition at MAZE Gallery in the heart of historic Ybor City.

Pulp is an exhibition of paper-based works from HCC art students working in 2D and 3D paper media. The exhibition opens on Wednesday October 2, 2013 with an opening reception from 4:30-6:30PM and runs until Monday, October 21, 2013. Artists roster pending, details to follow.

Pulp is a lignocellulosic fibrous material prepared by separating cellulose fibers from wood, fiber crops or waste paper. Pulp is one of the most abundant raw materials world wide. It is most commonly used as raw material in papermaking and bookmaking, but is also used for textiles, sculpture, clothing and many other creative and constructive projects. We most commonly encounter it ‘finished’ as: paper.

MAZE Gallery at HCC Ybor City Campus -
MAZE Gallery is the newest project from the HCC art department. The gallery will be open to the public throughout the HCC academic year, showcasing art work from HCC students, faculty, and alumni. MAZE is programmed and managed exclusively by the college's Professional Art Practices class and is student driven. As a part of the Professional Art Practices class these students curate, install, and host each event at MAZE Gallery giving each participating student experience and insight into gallery practices.

MAZE Gallery is located at: 2112 Palm Ave. on the Third floor of the Administration Building.

For more information about Pulp or MAZE Gallery visit our Facebook page or contact Tracy Midulla Reller at or 813-253-7752.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 47,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin and Ybor City. Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


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