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Nathan Beard: An Invitation to Explore

Nathan Beard: An Invitation to Explore

December 2019 - January 2020

Local St. Petersburg artist, Nathan Beard, invites viewers to explore the meanings of fleeting moments of everyday life inspired by the sensations, colors, and spaces of Floridian flora. Through his art, Beard expresses his deep appreciation of nature and his fascination with physics, mathematics and anthropology.

Nathan Beard  is represented locally by ARTicles Art Gallery and in Japan by agent Noriko Kuehn. He has exhibited extensively including Tampa Museum of Art, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Gallery 221 at HCC, Morean Arts Center, Highlands Museum of the Arts and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. He also serves as Assistant Curator at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Beard, who received his BFA from Colorado State University in 2001, currently maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, where he lives with his wife and eight year old daughter.

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Kenny Jensen: Interweaving Paths

Kenny Jensen:  Interweaving Paths

September - November 2019


The library gallery exhibit, “Interweaving Paths” by local artist Kenny Jensen, is a companion to his sculpture on the north wall of Davis Hall. “Interweaving Paths” creates and tracks the transformation by plant eating insect larvae using collage and painting.

Dante Fenolio: After the Oil Spill, Life Below the Surface

Dante Fenolio: After the Oil Spill, Life Below the Surface

April - August 2019

Life Below the Surface

The 9th year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill passed us in April 2019. In remembrance of this tragic event, while also in recognition of the tremendous research that has emerged, the library hosted 2 exhibits in our library gallery and atrium space.

After the Oil Spill: Life Below the Surface features photographs of deep sea fauna by Dante Fenolio, a field photographer and co-PI in the DEEPEND Consortium.This exhibit of deep-sea photographs from the C-IMAGE and DEEPEND research consortia represents the impact of USF marine research after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The exhibit connects science and art, representing major findings through detailed photographs of mysterious deep-sea species.

After the Oil Spill: Visions of Local Artists features the paintings of Teresa Navajo, Curtis Whitman, and Tessa Wilson, a USF St. Petersburg campus Graphic Design student. These original art pieces were commissioned by the C-IMAGE consortium and the USF College of Marine Sciences .