Tampa Museum of Art to Exhibit Works by City of Tampa Photographer Laureate Karen Glaser

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The Tampa Museum of Art will be exhibiting "The Hillsborough River: From the Green Swamp to the Bay," a portfolio of images by Tampa’s Photographer Laureate, Karen Glaser. The exhibition will be running from July 2 through October 16, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Tampa Museum of Art is located at 120 West Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa.

The Photographer Laureate Program began in 2003 with the intent that each year, an artist be commissioned to photograph an aspect of life and the crucial issues and events within the City of Tampa for one year. The program is modeled after the Farm Security Administration’s Photographic Program during the 1930s and 1940s; and the National Endowment for the Art’s Photography Surveys of the 1970s, '80s and '90s; and with the awareness of the regionally well-known Burgert Brother's photography collections.

Glaser, Tampa's eighth Photographer Laureate, was selected by a panel of jurors consisting of Todd Smith, Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art; Dr. Daniel Belgrad, Associate Professor in Humanities and Cultural Studies at USF; and Diane Elmeer, artist and Public Art Committee representative. The objectives of this project are to: build a photographic archive that documents a period of time for the citizens of Tampa; produce images that are of high quality and serve as assets for the City of Tampa; and bring imagery of the city and its citizens that reflect the life and character of the city into its facilities.

Glaser lives and works in Chicago, IL but has photographed in Florida for nearly 20 years. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian, and the Southeast Museum of Photography, and she was a recent Fellow at Florida’s prestigious Hermitage Artists Retreat. She has completed projects for the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, the Florida's Art in State Buildings Program, and she was selected as Artist in Residence at Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park.

For more information, please contact Art Programs Manager Robin Nigh at (813) 274-8531 or via email at robin.nigh@tampagov.net.