October 18, 2014 – February 26, 2015
Founded in 1968, the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio has earned a reputation among international artists as a place to brainstorm and produce new cutting-edge works of art. As a unique experimental workshop, Graphicstudio collaborates with some of the most respected artists of our time in order to preserve the important link between arts and education. The program has hosted a number of contemporary creative juggernauts, including Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Christian Marclay, among many others. Artworks produced by these artists while in residence at Graphicstudio are ultimately made available in limited series to public and private collections. Polk Museum of Art became a subscribing contributor to Graphicstudio in 1992, thanks to an acquisition fund founded in memory of Kent Harrison, the son of the late philanthropist Lois Cowles Harrison. As a subscribing member, the Museum is given special opportunities to acquire new works produced at Graphicstudio. These artworks hold an important place within the Museum’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition includes only a small portion of the Museum’s Graphicstudio collection and intends to celebrate the achievements made and barriers broken by USF’s important experimental project.