OPENS ON MARCH 4 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA’S SCARFONE/HARTLEY GALLERY
EXHIBITION INCLUDES EIGHT MAJOR CUBAN ARTISTS, RANGING FROM LEGENDARY PAINTER PEDRO PABLO OLIVA TO MID-CAREER SUPERSTAR ESTERIO SEGURA
“Growing Up in Neverland,” an exhibition of seven of the most renowned and provocative contemporary Cuban artists, opens on March 4 at the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery and runs through March 18. The seven artists in the exhibition are Ernesto Leal, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Sandra Ramos, Lázaro Saavedra, Esterio Segura, José A. Vincench, and the collective known as The Merger.
Numerous mediums — including painting, sculpture, video, prints and installation — will be represented in the exhibit. The exhibition is a co-presentation of The University of Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art, and The Cuban Arts Group.
Incorporating the work post-Revolutionary Cuban artists, “Growing Up in Neverland” is designed to reflect the everyday concerns that weigh upon the Cuban community, especially focusing on the problems Cuban society faces as it moves toward the future. The exhibition’s Pinar del Rio-based curator, David Horta, said a central aim of the exhibit is to encourage dialog and promote cultural exchange through the sharing of knowledge of important Cuban artists and their work.
“The artists in this exhibit have created vehicles for understanding the complexity of contemporary life and art in Cuba,” said Horta. “And the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery is an ideal setting for the kind of free and open discussions this exhibition is designed to stimulate.”
Three highlights of the exhibit include:
- Lázaro Saavedra, one of Cuba’s most respected living artists, will create a unique, large- format piece during the run of the
- Esterio Segura, whose work is included in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, produced a print in sculpture at the Graphicstudio at USF in 2006. His work is also under consideration for display at Tampa International Airport.
- Pedro Pablo Oliva, who is noted internationally for his potently poetic (and often subtly political) imagery.
Additionally, Segura and Saavedra are two of four exhibition artists who are scheduled to be present during the exhibition’s run to participate in the accompanying lecture series, along with Horta. The Tampa Museum of Art will also screen two films and host a lunch-and-learn event with Horta after each screening.
The schedule of events for “Growing Up in Neverland” is as follows (all events take place in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery unless otherwise noted; schedule subject to change):
- Friday, March 4, Exhibition opens to public
- Thursday, March 10, Tampa Museum of Art, Time TBA: Cuban Film and Discussion by David Horta
- Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.: Grand Opening Reception for Sponsors
- Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.: Inaugural presentation by David Horta to UT students faculty and Tampa community about the exhibition and significance of participating artists
- Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.: Gallery talk with Lázaro Saavedra
- Wednesday, March 16, Tampa Museum of Art, Time TBA: Cuban Film and Discussion by David Horta
- Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.: Gallery talk with Sandra Ramos
- Thursday, March 17, noon: Gallery talk with José Vincench
- Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.: Gallery talk with Esterio Segura
- Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.: University of Tampa – Student closing reception
Artist Jack King, co-‐curator of the exhibition and professor of art at The University of Tampa, who toured Cuba last summer and met with the artists in numerous studio visits, said this exhibition “features some of Cuba’s most noted and respected artists, and captures the diversity and complexity of contemporary Cuban art.”
Dedicated to enriching and strengthening cross-cultural connections through the arts of Cuba,
The Cuban Arts Group, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a collaborative effort between those passionate about the arts, and history, from the U.S. and Cuba. Founded in 2015 by Susie and Mitchell Rice, the Cuban Arts Group builds on cultural evolution that has taken place– and continues to grow– both on the island and throughout the worldwide Cuban diaspora. The organization’s mission is to educate Americans about Cuban arts and culture through thoughtfully curated exhibitions and a diverse educational program including discussions, lectures, and residencies involving Cuban artists, art educators, curators, historians, and writers. For more information visit www.growingupinneverland.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery is located on the UT campus at the R.K. Bailey Art Studios, 310 North Boulevard, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There is no charge for admission.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 60 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.