Artistic Tradition

By Jenna Withrow


TAMPA, Fla. (March 23, 2010) -- A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for some University of South Florida art students, it’s also worth a little money.


From March 15 through 26, the School of Art and Art History within the USF College of The Arts is hosting the 34th Annual Student Art Exhibition and Art History Research Paper Competition. The exhibition features artwork by 32 USF graduate and undergraduate students, with a variety of media, ranging from photography and painting to sculpture and video.



“As an artist, you have to seek out exhibitions throughout your career. While you’re in school you don’t have very many opportunities, so this is great,” said coordinator of the exhibition, Adam Kitzerow. “It’s a way of getting recognition in a situation where they normally probably wouldn’t.”


More than 100 USF students submitted work to be featured in the exhibition. Each featured piece was selected by University of Florida professor and senior lecturer, Sean Miller, who juried the competition.


Jessica Luttrull, a senior majoring in Fine Arts, is one of the students whose artwork was chosen for the exhibition. Her piece, “Illusionary Room 3,” features two photos of furniture wrapped in colored fabrics and is on display at the Oliver Gallery.


“It’s an honor because you don’t know who the juror is. You don’t know what kind of work he or she likes. You just know that people who don’t know you at all like your work,” Luttrull said.


It took USF senior Lindsay Scoggins six months to create the video “Poison Progression”, which is a rhyming compilation of pharmaceutical commercials that is on display at the Centre Gallery.


“With this piece, I wanted to take items from the media that we’re always bombarded with everyday and rearrange it,” Scoggins said. “And in doing so, make a commentary with the piece.”


The video started as a project for a class and turned into a strong art piece for Scoggins’ portfolio. She said she is excited about the exposure the art exhibition will give her.


This is the third year Luttrull and Scoggins have been featured in the Student Art Exhibit. However after three years of submitting art work, this is the first year USF senior Elisabeth Horan has been featured in the exhibition.


“I think it’s great, especially because it’s in the new Marshall Center,” Horan said. “A lot of people come through here.”


Horan said her artwork, “Untitled (Nike Goddess of Victory),” serves as a parody on consumerism. She covered an empty box of Chinese food with pieces of an old tennis shoe.


In addition to artwork, USF students could submit art history research papers into the competition. Eight undergraduate and graduate students submitted papers this year on varying topics including a comparison of painters Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. Two USF art history professors will read the submitted papers and choose one undergraduate and one graduate winner.


At the end of the exhibition, twelve awards ranging from $100 to $1,000 will be given out to students at a ceremony in front of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) on March 26 at 7 p.m. More than $3,500 in prize money will be awarded to the winning students.


After the ceremony, the School of Art and Art History is hosting the 12th Annual ArtHouse from 8 to 11 p.m. During the ArtHouse, all of the school’s studios displaying students’ current art work will be open for viewing.


This is the second year the Student Art Exhibition has been held at the Centre Gallery. For the first 32 years of the competition, it was held at CAM.


The art exhibition is on display this week at two locations on the USF Tampa Campus: the Centre Gallery in the Marshall Student Center in room 2700 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.




Photos and video by Joseph Gamble



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.