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Press Release: Kaleidoscope 2018

FINAL Kaleidoscope Design (crop)


May 1, 2018

Contact: Eric Cárdenas, Director, Public Information

(813) 253-6232,

For Immediate Release

Kaleidoscope:  A Multidisciplinary Exhibit by Military Community Artists at UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery

May 18 – June 2, 2018

TAMPA — The University of Tampa`s College of Arts and Letters, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery and Department of Art and Design will be presenting Kaleidoscope:  A Multidisciplinary Exhibition by Military Community Artists.  Kaleidoscope is an exhibit featuring the artwork of active military and veterans from all branches of service.  This beautifully broad exhibit embraces art in all forms, including painting, ceramics, blown glass, photography, digital storytelling, and a live performance opening night.

Co-presented and sponsored by the University of Tampa`s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, the Florida Art Therapy Association (FATA), and Art2Action, Inc., this exhibit aims to bring service members, their families, art, creative therapies, and the local community together to honor, witness, and experience the power of art, its healing capabilities, and the resiliency of the human spirit.  Curated by Saori Murphy, a visual artist and military veteran, the exhibition includes a variety of artists, including work by current UT student veterans.  The exhibition runs from May 18 – June 2, 2018.

On May 18th, the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Art2Action and the concurrent FATA Symposium will host a series of opening events.  Starting at 4 p.m., there will be an Artists’ Talk featuring five of the Kaleidoscope visual artists, including the curator, moderated by Art2Action Artistic Director, Andrea Assaf; followed by an Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby.  At 7 p.m., a special performance of CHRYSALIS: A new Play about Veterans, Breaking Through, and the process of Becoming more Human, (an Art2Action production) will be presented in the Gallery, followed by a post-show dialogue with the performers—including professional artists and veteran community participants.  Tickets for the performance will be $10 general admission / $5 for students and veterans/active military, and can be purchased at the gallery the day of the event (starting at 3 p.m.).

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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 to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission. For more information about these events, contact Jocelyn Boigenzahn, gallery director, at or (813) 253-6217.

Art2Action’s Veteran Arts Program has been generously supported, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, and the National Endowment for the Arts (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).  For more information about Art2Action’s work with the military community, please visit:

Florida Art Therapy Association`s mission is to advocate for expansion of access to professional art therapists and lead the state in the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession.  FATA provides information, resources, and meaningful networking opportunities to its members and the public.

The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 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 approximately 9,000 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 62 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.


The original creators of CHRYSALIS (Photo by James Geiger, December 2017)

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