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Published: September 02, 2021

UT Hosts “REVERBERATIONS: Black Artists on Racism and Resilience” Sept. 11 to Nov. 5

Presented by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, “REVERBERATIONS: Black Artists On Racism and Resilience” shares artwork from emerging and established Black artists who live and work in the Southeastern United States, including three alumnae from The University of Tampa: Nneka Jones '20, Princess Smith '12 and Kendra Frorup '92 (who is also associate professor of art and design at UT). The art exhibition will be open Saturday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Nov. 5, in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on UT’s campus.

Through each artist’s own perspective, this exhibition will challenge viewers with stories of structural racism and oppression, as well as celebrate hope and resilience.

REVERBERATIONS seeks to showcase the highs and lows of the Black experience in America, highlighting themes of family and community, as well as marginalization and prejudice. Curator of REVERBERATIONS, Desmond Clark, said about the exhibition: “Can you hear the song that has been playing for over four centuries? Can you feel how it vibrates our nation? Can you see how it has affected your neighbor, your friends and your family? These artists live this every day. They weave the stories of past BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] people with their own. They inform and shape the art and actions that will come after. The rich history passed down for generations displayed in the images in this exhibition do not just echo; they reverberate.”

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REVERBERATIONS seeks to showcase the highs and lows of the Black experience in America, highlighting themes of family and community, as well as marginalization and prejudice.

This exhibition is a glimpse into the kinds of stories the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum will have the space to tell with the realization of its new museum.  

“We are proud to host and contribute works from the University of Tampa Permanent Collection to this exhibition, organized by Desmond Clark and The Woodson Museum, as it demonstrates the value and communicative power of artistic expression for all artists in our community,” said Jocelyn Boigenzahn, director of the College of Arts and Letters Galleries. “UT and the Galleries promote community-wide dialogue that is reflective of our local, national and global communities and is educational, productive, open, inclusive and authentic. Shows like REVERBERATIONS encourage that dialogue, and we are proud to host it for Tampa and the UT community.”

The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery is located on campus at the R. K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 N. Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. There is no charge for admission. This exhibition is made possible through the support of The University of Tampa Friends of the Gallery. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Boigenzahn, director of the College of Arts and Letters Galleries, at jboigenzahn@ut.edu or (813) 253- 6217.


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