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Website: www.usfcam.usf.edu/CAM

University Of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) opened its current facility in 1989, adjacent to the USF College of Visual & Performing Arts. The museum has presented numerous significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends. Exhibitions to date have included the work of Vito Acconci, Atelier van Lieshout (AVL ), Frances Barth, Bili Bidjocka, Jim Campbell, James Casebere, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Emily Cheng, Keith Edmier, Zhang Hongtu, Alfredo Jaar, Los Carpinteros, Allan McCollum, Lucy Orta, PepĂłn Osorio, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha among numerous others.

USF CAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprised of more than 5,000 art works. There are exceptional holdings in graphics and sculpture multiples by internationally acclaimed artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, who have worked at USF’s Graphicstudio. Contemporary photography and African art are also important areas of the collection.

Permanent Collection

The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum maintains the permanent collection for the University of South Florida. Established in the early 1960’s with key purchases from the University’s nascent exhibitions program, the collection currently holds over 5,000 objects of contemporary graphics, works on paper, sculpture multiples, and photography. Helping to frame the context of the contemporary within a culturally diversified history of art, several small teaching collections of African and Pre-Colombian Meso-American artifacts are also maintained and developed.

Of significance for the collection, is a substantial representation of Graphicstudio works, including developmental and process documentation materials. The collection holds at least one edition of each print or sculpture multiple that Graphicstudio has editioned. Founded in 1968 as a non-profit, university-based, collaborative art making facility, Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, remains unique in its commitment to aesthetic and technical research in the visual arts. Leading artists are invited to work in the state-of-the-art studios in collaboration with expert artisans to create works on paper – including lithographs, etchings, photogravures, digital images, books – and sculpture multiples in a variety of materials. Graphicstudio is acclaimed for its research in advanced printing techniques. In recognition of its excellence, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., maintains the comprehensive archive of Graphicstudio editions.

In the mid 1980’s the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation provided a generous donation of approximately 675 works of art. Comprised mostly of...+ [ Read all ]


31st Annual Juried USF Student Art Exhibition

March 23 – April 6, 2007

Each year, a nationally recognized juror (critic, artist, curator) selects the works and designates the scholarship awards, which are donated by area corporations, cultural institutions and private patrons. Past jurors include notables Marcia Tucker, Roberta Smith, Sue Coe, The Guerilla Girls, The Art Guys, Elyse Goldberg and Jerry Saltz. We are pleased to have exiled Haitian painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié as the juror for the 31st Student Exhibition.

Trisha Briown

Trisha Brown: Drawing on Land and Air

January 12 – March 3, 2007

The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for 35 years. In addition to dance, Brown is known for her work in the visual arts, including improvisational works combining dance and drawing, and collaborations with artists including Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Laurie Anderson and Terry Winters. Trisha Brown: Drawing on Land and Air will present Brown’s new improvisational drawings, a selection of collaborative works with artists, and new prints commissioned by Graphicstudio.

Previous Exhibitions

Berni Searle: Approach

October 27 – December 16, 2006

South African artist Berni Searle, whose work was included in the group exhibition with eight contemporaries in 2002 at USF CAM, The Field’s Edge: Africa / Diaspora / Lens, will be in residence at Graphicstudio to create a newly commissioned work for her solo exhibition. Searle, known for her performances, photography and video work, addresses issues of race, gender and social history, came to the public’s attention in 1997 with an installation that was an important component at the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, based at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, where she lives and works. Searle creates noteworthy projects that serve as a continuing series of ongoing explorations of identity and self-representation.

Self Portrait

Vik Muniz: Reflex

July 7 – October 7, 2006

Since the mid-1990s, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been making an international impact with his photographs documenting images he has made in an astonishing variety of non-art, often ephemeral materials, including dirt, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, fake blood, color chips, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, and diamonds. Muniz’ images are at once familiar—they are often of recognizable news images, works from art history, or well-known personages—and alien: after an initial moment or recognition, it quickly becomes clear that these images are not what they first seemed.

30th Annual Juried USF Student Art Exhibition

April 7 – May 26, 2006

Each year, a nationally recognized juror (critic, artist, curator) selects the works and desi...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions


June 15 – August 4, 2007

StereoVision, an interdisciplinary museum project, gazes simultaneously at the past, present and future as it proposes a glimpse at ways art and technology shape our vision and perception. Stereographs, a 19th century groundbreaking historical antecedent of virtual reality, are joined with contemporary works that make use of perspective, features of virtual reality and immersive environments to probe and disturb our normative visual, auditory, and kinetic perceptive experiences.

StereoVision considers works by: Peter Bahouth; Ian Burns; Janet Cardiff; Chuck Close; Rochelle Costi; Juan Cespedes; Leandro Erlich; William Kentridge; Zilvinas Kempinas; Barbara Probst; Brian Meola; James Tunick and Janis Garancs. The stereographs are culled from the Drapkin Collection, a well-known Florida based collection of 19th and early 20th century photography, while the contemporary works are loaned from private collections, museums and galleries.

Curated by Izabel Galliera, Assistant Curator and organized by the USFCAM



Opening hours

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm EST

Saturday 1 – 4pm EST

Getting there

USF CAM is located at:
4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM 101
Tampa, FL 33620-7360 USA

From I-75 exit Fletcher Ave, go west for about 3 miles, then left into USF on North Palm (stoplight), road curves to the right, becomes West Holly. Water tower is on the right, CAM is on the left.

From I-275 exit Fletcher Ave, go east for about 2 miles, then right into USF on Noth Palm (stoplight), road curves to the right, becomes West Holly. Water tower is on the right, CAM is on the left.


Parking permit is required to park in lot. Permits may be purchased at the parking lot kiosk or Campus Information Center at the main entrance.

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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies
University of South Florida

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is a professional program designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive study of the contemporary museum and its social and cultural context. Course offerings range from the theoretical to the practical and introduce the many issues and challenges confronting museums today, especially as related to the visual arts. The program includes course work and internships that focus on administration, management, public relations, curatorial work, exhibition design, grant writing, fundraising, education etc.

Administered and coordinated by the Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and Public Art, at the University of South Florida (USF), the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the expertise of scholars from various departments across USF including Art History, Anthropology, Communication, Public Administration and the School of Library and Information Sciences. Museum professionals from the USF Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio, USF Library as well as regional museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Ringling Museum of Art, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and the Florida Craftsmen Gallery serve as lecturers and supervise student internships.


Group Tours: Guided tours of CAM’s exhibitions and facility provide visitors with the opportunity to better understand works of art they encounter in the museum. Tours are available upon request by calling (813) 974-4133 at least two weeks in advance of tour date. Self-guided groups are also welcome to tour the museum during regular hours. Advance notification of visits by groups larger than ten persons is greatly appreciated.