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Scarfone-Hartley Gallery Exhibits Works of Three UT Alumni

Published: October 25, 2007
The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery plans to mark its 30th anniversary this month with an exhibit showcasing the works of three UT alumni: Kendra Frorup, Roger Chamieh and Marc Mitchell.

The exhibit will open on Friday, Oct. 26, with an opening reception with the artists at 7 p.m. in the gallery. The artists will also be present for a gallery talk at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, led by Emeritus Professor of Art Gilbert DeMeza. Both events are free and open to the public.

The trio consists of two sculptors (Frorup and Chamieh) and a painter (Mitchell), whose works are as different and varied as their respective backgrounds.

Frorup, an assistant professor of art at UT, is a native of the Bahamas and a 1992 graduate. She went on to receive a master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University. In an essay on the works of the three artists, DeMeza describes Frorup as a “collector,” who uses “the old, the used and discarded” to create works that display “both poignancy and invigorating humor.” For the Scarfone/Hartley exhibit, she has constructed multiple moving sculptures that each take the form of a children’s merry-go-round.

Chamieh, a 1993 graduate, was born in Lebanon and raised in both the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. His works are large sculptures that easily catch the viewer’s eye, such as his work titled “Corazón,” which consists of a steel cage balanced atop numerous steel rods that stand several feet high. DeMeza writes that Chamieh’s works exhibit “the fragile, yet enduring nature of life itself.”

Mitchell graduated from UT in 2000 with a degree in finance and later completed his master of fine arts degree at Boston University. His paintings are abstract renderings of various architectural forms. Mitchell takes a “deceptively simple” approach to the paintings he creates, DeMeza writes, taking the viewer “from pure surface to areas deep in the subconscious.”

The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery is located in the R.K. Bailey Arts Studios, 310 N. Boulevard, at The University of Tampa campus. Visitors can view the exhibit during the gallery’s regular hours, which are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit lasts through Nov. 30. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Dorothy Cowden at (813) 253-6217 or e-mail