On Stage: Women of All Ages Opens at UT June 13

Photographs feature women in Tampa Bay’s performing arts community

Published: Jun 3, 2014
On Stage: Women of All Ages, an exhibition of the performance photography of Tampa-based photographer Jim Lennon, will be on view at The University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery June 13–July 3. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 13, from 7–9 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Lennon has captured the spirit of Tampa Bay’s performing arts community through his images. Dancers leap. Singers enchant. Actors captivate. With the click of a shutter, a performer’s triumph is frozen in time.

On Stage: Women of all Ages is a collection of magical moments from the performances of incredibly gifted women,” said Lennon.

The exhibition features more than 50 color photographs of women of all ages during peak moments of live performances. A partial list includes young ballerinas, centenarian organist Rosa Rio and a host of others in between — Florida Orchestra musicians, opera singers, blues singers, ballet and modern dancers, African dancers, singers, actors, artists, clowns, bodybuilders and more.

“My goal is to celebrate and preserve the achievements of the individuals and groups pictured,” said Lennon. “The exhilarating moments of peak performance that performers experience are fleeting. My desire is to record and preserves these triumphs of skill, vision and determination.”

Lennon is an adjunct professor at The University of Tampa and an award-winning author and photographer whose work appears in national magazines and books.

Lennon was able to capture the images in Women of all Ages thanks in part to a 2009 grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the printing of them for this exhibit was made possible in part through a 2014 grant from the council.

Women of all Ages appears in conjunction with UT Professor of Dance Susan Taylor Lennon's performances of her one-woman show Aging in Time: A Moving Memoir, which revolves around the experience of getting old(er). Performances will take place at the gallery at 8 p.m. on June 20, 21, 27 and 28, plus a matinee at 2 p.m. on June 28

Programs are made possible with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and The University of Tampa Friends of the Gallery.

The gallery is located on campus at the R. K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 N. Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission.

For more information contact Lennon at jlennon@ut.edu or (813) 837-3594, or Dorothy Cowden, gallery director, at dcowden@ut.edu or (813) 253-6217.