The Unique Centre Gallery
Located in the Marshall Student Center, the gallery showcases student exhibits.
From the show Antimatter at the Centre Gallery in the Marshall Student Center. Photo: Laura Kneski | USF News
By Laura Kneski
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2012) – The Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida may be a hidden treasure on campus.
Located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center, the gallery is unique in that it is both student-run and non-profit: the only one of its kind in the state of Florida. And yes, that means admission is free to those who want to stop by and see the fine student art.
Opened in 1984, the purpose of the exhibition area is to provide USF students with an opportunity to express their creativity. Showcased artists are encouraged to use the free space in order to fully express their visions.
“It’s how we connect,” co-art director Margiselle Estevez said of the work of the artists.
She believes it is important for students to allow art into their lives because it brings awareness to our view on the world. “In places where words will fail,” she said, “art fills in the gap.”
Every piece and every show has a purpose. Student Laine Nixon’s “Antimatter” is the current presentation through Friday, and Estevez explains that her message has a philosophical feel, which challenges linear perspective.
The upcoming event, “Foreign Speculations” by Juan Ferriera and Daniel Houghton will carry a different message, and Estevez is excited to see what they do with the free space.
The first show of each semester is usually the most popular, simply due to convenience and open schedules. However, each show carries its own story, and it doesn’t take long to appreciate the work put into these displays. Assembling these one-of-a-kind environments takes longer to set-up than to visit. Students are required to install their show, as well as to dismantle it afterward.
What may surprise some is that enrollment as an art major is not required for exhibiting at Centre Gallery. While co-art director Christina Humphreys focuses on Studio Art, Estevez’s intended degree is in Criminology. The Centre Gallery is limiting no one.
The Centre Gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located in room MSC 2700. For more information about the gallery and exhibiting work, click here.