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University Dedicates R.K. Bailey Art Studios

Published: September 23, 2004

The University of Tampa dedicated its new $2-million art studios on October 2. After nearly two years in the making, the R.K. Bailey Art Studios, 310 N. Boulevard, constitute a major upgrade for all art programs at UT.


The Bailey Family Foundation announced a gift of $2 million on Dec. 11, 2002, for the construction of new art facilities on campus. The gift was part of Take UT to the Top, the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, which raised more than $82 million.


R.K. Bailey Art Studios features the relocated Scarfone/Hartley Gallery and Studio-f, as well as drawing, painting and ceramics studios, an art library, a photographic laboratory and darkroom, an outdoor art workplace and sculpture display area, and several classrooms in a 30,000-square-foot building located next to the University’s Bob Martinez Sports Center.


The fully renovated building was constructed from the shell of the public exhibits building of the old Florida State Fairgrounds complex, built in 1933. The facility was part of a property exchange between UT and the city of Tampa in November 1971.  Under the agreement, the building served the fair twice more, then was turned over to the University in February 1973. Until its recent redesign for rebirth as the R.K. Bailey Studios, it functioned as part of UT’s facilities operation.


Through the Bailey Foundation and privately, the Baileys have been good friends to the University. For the past several years, the Foundation has awarded at least one scholarship annually to a deserving UT student. Kyle Bailey ’95 and his wife, Michele ’95, also have endowed a personal scholarship fund, and are active in the Tampa Alpha Alumni Club. In addition, Kyle has helped to establish an endowment fund for the UT chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also volunteers in the new E-Mentor program at UT.


Ron K. Bailey serves on the UT Board of Trustees, and funded the UT Student Investment Club, managed by the finance students in the John H. Sykes College of Business.


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