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Students' art on display throughout Tampa

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It's the time of year when student artists' talents are showcased in exhibits around Tampa. Two current shows feature college students' works and one features works by high school students.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College will host an exhibit of works by high school age students from Hillsborough County.

But the show this year is different from previous years in two significant ways. First, it is curated for the first time by new gallery Director Katherine Gibson and her assistant, Jose Gelats. And, for the first time, it is more than an art show; it is a tribute to an artist who died too young.

Through a donation from the Calyx and Beau Memorial Fund, the exhibit this year and in the future will be known as the "Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum," in honor of Calyx Schenecker, who died in 2011 at the age of 16.

Julie Schenecker, mother of Calyx and Beau, 13, is accused of killing the children in January 2011. She has pleaded not guiltily and is awaiting trial in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

Along with being an athlete and an academic, Calyx was an accomplished artist.

Her works grace the front of the exhibit invitation and the cover of the exhibit brochure. Inside, the brochure says that her cover art pieces were chosen by Calyx's father, Parker Schenecker, "to represent a period in her life when she was specifically delighted and fascinated by Asian culture."

About 180 student-artists from Hillsborough County in the high-school age range submitted works. Representing 20 public and private schools as well as home-schooled programs, they competed for $2,500 in award prizes, a first, second and third in three categories: two-dimensions, three-dimensions and photography.

The photography in the show is particularly robust, with an assortment that is heavy in black and white images.

"There's a sophistication in the work that pleasantly surprised me," Gibson noted. Some of the black and white figurative images are very well done. And I like the different perspective some of the students used."

The three-dimensional works include some intricately detailed pieces, including a real-looking dragon and a tea set complete with tiny spoons.

Outside Judges David Hall, Kendra Frorup and Bob Hellier were paired with HCC art teachers for determining the winners through "blind judging," meaning the judges did not know the artist or the school where the piece came from at the time of judging. Artist names and schools will be back up on the walls before the exhibit opens.

The exhibit is on the third floor of the library on the Dale Mabry Campus of HCC, the same building where on the second floor is Gallery 221, the school's primary exhibit space.

"We've renamed it (the third floor) Gallery 3," Gibson said. "There will always be art up here. It's more informal than Gallery 221 and we can change it out with student and faculty work and works from regional artists who have some link to HCC."

The public can meet the talented high school artists and see the award-winning pieces at a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Award presentations begin at 7 p.m.

The HCC Dale Mabry Campus is at 4001 West Tampa Bay Blvd. Contact Gibson at

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Art Students at the University of Tampa shine in the juried exhibit through April 19 at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.

A variety of styles and media can be found in paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, digital media and more.

Claire Orologas, director of Polk Museum of Art, judged the entries for award monies that total $2,500.

The award money is presented by Las Damas de Arte and the University of Tampa friends of the Gallery.

Scarfone/Hartley is in the R K Bailey Building at 310 N. Boulevard on the UT campus.

Call gallery director Dorothy Cowden at (813) 253-6217 for information.

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Meanwhile, the Ybor Campus of HCC presents the talents of Hillsborough Community College's art students. See a diverse collection of works, including photography, design foundations, digital media, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media through May 2 at the HCC Ybor Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Building at Palm Avenue and 15th Street.

Call Carolyn Kossar at (813) 253-7674 for details.

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