The University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by renowned artist William Villalongo.
The public will have a unique opportunity to see the artist working on campus as he creates monoprints for the University of Tampa STUDIO-f visiting artist program
William Villalongo creates allegorical paintings that meld iconic and vernacular references into complex, densely layered narratives. Using diverse materials and processes, Villalongo specializes in a kind of creative historical reconstitution focused on generating new associations between art, sociocultural experience, and existential concerns. Villalongo's works create and reflect on subjective figurative space, drawing us in as voyeurs only to exclude us from an evocative world that is strangely familiar, somewhat devious, and unquestionably seductive.
Born in 1975, Villalongo received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and Joan Mitchell Foundation. His work resides in several notable collections including The Studio Museum In Harlem, Princeton University Art Museum, The Weatherspoon Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art. William Villalongo currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
STUDIO-f at the University of Tampa is an innovative visiting artist program that has included such notables as Louisa Chase, Komar and Melamid, Katherine Porter, Larry Poons, Ed Paschke and Robert Rahway Zakanitch. The purpose of this program is to introduce national and international artists to the Tampa Bay community by giving students and art enthusiasts an opportunity to meet these artists and to see them working in the studio.
Easily accessible, STUDIO-f is located on the University of Tampa campus. World Class artists work in collaboration with a Master Printer for a period of two weeks to create a series of monoprints. Unlike the limited edition print, a monoprint is an individual, original work of art created in a series. Each print is one of a kind, unique. At least one print from each series is retained for the Fine Art Permanent Collection of the University of Tampa. A number of the remaining monoprints are made available to art collectors. STUDIO-f monoprints in the University of Tampa permanent collection are available for exhibition on request.
A lecture in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery by each artist gives added insight to the process of art.