Fourteen Free Art Exhibits in Tampa Bay 

By Silvana Messina 

Do you enjoy art and experiencing Tampa’s culture? Well, there are fourteen free art exhibits currently active in Tampa! 

Hyde Park Village 

Hyde Park Village is hosting its 33rd Annual Art Festival, featuring artwork from sculptures and paintings to jewelry, photography and ceramics crafted by local and nonlocal artists. Attend the festival to embrace the beauty of Tampa’s cultural and artistic synchrony, as the creators gather to showcase and sell their art. The festival offers free admission and will take place Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. less than two miles from the University of Tampa’s campus.  

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. 1622 Snow Avenue Tampa, FL, 

Morean Arts Center 

Morean Arts Center is hosting three exhibitions at their center in St. Petersburg, featuring art on display and for sale from murals to metallics, titled “Shine 2023 Exhibition,” “Art official Intelligence: The St. Pete Robot Exchange,” and “Transcending Space.”  

Open until Oct. 26. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and located at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872.

Michael Murphy Gallery 

New York City artist Jill Slaymaker will exhibit her work since 1985 in “Alchemy and Other Magical Thinking.” She utilizes a culmination of materials from beeswax to gold leaf to India ink, making for masterful pieces that encapsulate the “vastness of nature.” 

On view through Oct. 6. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 2701 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-902-1414. 

Hillsborough Community College: Ybor and Dale Mabry 

Hillsborough Community College is hosting art exhibits at both the Dale Mabry and Ybor City campuses.  

The Ybor campus, located just four miles from campus, is holding “Ya La’ford — Henge: Unearthing Ancestral Memory,” a piece inspired by a culmination of ancient architecture and the emotional journey of post-pandemic healing. Moreover, she will be hosting a free event to discuss her work on Oct. 19 at 6pm for the Ybor Arts Tour.  

Open through Nov. 2. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. 2112 N 15th St., Tampa. 813-253-7674. 

At the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, interactive work by Jessica Caldas, Saumitra Chandratreya and Emiliano Settecasi will be featured at Gallery 221 until Oct. 12. Moreover, the college will be featuring a permanent collection titled “In Their Own Words,” featuring historical aspects. 

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Learning Resources Center, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-7674. 

Tempus Projects 

Tempus Projects features six art shows in the historical Ybor City this autumn at Kress. “Throw Them Bones on the Ground,” which features artists Catalina Cheng, Chantel Foretich, Kalup Linzy and John Murdock will be open until Oct. 12. A group exhibition titled “Ab Ovo” featuring Franco Censabella, Hector Hernandez, Abbey Miller, Julissa Quinonez and Valerie Zuniga will be open through Oct. 12. “Drift” by Kaylin Price and Erin Titus will be active through Oct. 26 and “Ten Days in Bodrum” by Andrés Ramírez will be available until Nov. 16. A reception will be held on Oct. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to commemorate “What Did We Use to Say?” by Justin Myers and “Hobby House” by Jenn Ryann Miller, which will both run until Dec. 14.  Lastly, Kress will be hosting upcoming events such as 33 1/3 Thursdays Bring Your Own Vinyl Night.  

Wednesday by appointment, noon – 7 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, noon-4 p.m. Friday. 1624 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-340-9056. 

GENERATOR: USF Contemporary Art Museum 

The University of South Florida is hosting “Generator”, a new art incubator, which is debuting its first exhibition “SUPERFLEX: This Is the Tip of the Iceberg” at Harbor Hall at the USF St. Petersburg campus on Oct. 6. The collection features Danish artists who utilize design and technology to culminate art, science, and activism in response to active social problems. This exhibit features the conflict of climate change with two realms of land and sea. It opens with a reception and talk at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11, from Superflex founder Bjorn Christiansen and USF associate professor Dr. Joseph Dituri who will discuss his 100-day underwater submarine voyage.  

On view through Nov. 22. Noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. 

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art 

St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs campus has three galleries open until Dec. 17. “SPC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2023″ commemorates education in the arts through artwork created by educators. They are also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month through “The Hurricane Within: Vibrancy and Resilience of Hispanic Heritage.” Lastly, “The Space Between: Donald Saff, The Constellation Series” features fifteen pieces donated by Donald Saff who is an art historian, educator, and the founder of Graphicstudio. 

Open until Dec. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. 727-712-5762. 

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