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SCF Fine Art Gallery Seeks Women’s Career Uniforms  

The extremely popular “Art of the Costume” is back at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Fine Art Gallery beginning this summer and exhibit organizers are seeking uniforms worn by women throughout the decades.

The exhibit, “Art of the Costume: Women in Uniform,” will honor women in the workplace by showcasing fashions that have influenced current trends. This will be SCF’s fourth costume exhibition in the past six years. The exhibit is a collaborative effort of the SCF Fine Art Gallery; SCF Theatre program; the department of Art, Design, Humanities; local organizations and private individuals.

SCF is calling out to members of the public who own or have access to a uniform, along with any photo(s) of the individual wearing it, to submit the photos for consideration for the exhibit. Consideration will be given to all types of uniforms, including those from more obvious professions, such as military service, sports, medical and service, as well as uniforms for circus performers, mascots and mermaids.

The deadline to submit photos is June 23 and the notification of selections will be made June 30. Uniforms must be available for loan July 13-Oct. 28. To submit photos visit Women in Uniform Submission. Please upload photos and include your mailing address, phone number, email address and dates of photos, who is wearing the uniform or accessories pictured, and approximate values of each (not to exceed $200 for each item). Photos and information also may be mailed to SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207, attn.: Women in Uniform Committee.

As with past costume exhibitions, curators Joseph Loccisano, art gallery manager, and Kenneth Erickson, former SCF theatre program director, also will select exhibition items from a variety of sources.

The exhibit will be presented from an educational perspective, addressing broad historical, cultural, artistic and social issues related to work customs and fashions. The exhibit will showcase uniforms worn by women from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

SCF’s prior costume exhibitions have been extremely successful, drawing visitors throughout Tampa Bay and the Gulf Coast. Attendance is free and open to the public. The gallery is accessible to guests with disabilities.

For information, contact Loccisano at or Erickson at


Recent Exhibitions:

 Living Dream

“Living Dream Photo Documentary” by Travis Pendergrass 

March 4 - 25, 2016
Opening Reception: March 4, 6 - 8 p.m.
Closed March 7 - 11 for SCF Spring Break

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery, in association with the Department of Art, Design, Humanities (ADH), presents “Living Dream Photo Documentary” in the Spring 2016 student art exhibition, March 4 - 25 in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. The gallery and ADH Department will host an opening reception 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, with an artist’s talk from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Portraits of 25 success stories will be on display during the exhibit hosted by the SCF Diversity Committee and student photographer Travis Pendergrass. He photographed 25 individuals he considered to be successful urban community leaders to accompany his “Living Dream Photo Documentary". The documentary was made possible through a $4,975 grant received from State College of Florida’s MLK Service Day awards.

According to Pendergrass, “Living Dream Photo Documentary” seeks to explore the connection between education and success. He found the common thread to success in the paths of those he documented is education. He poses the questions of what success means to each; what obstacles are faced on the road to success; and what advice would be given to help others succeed. 

“Education over everything,” Pendergrass said. “Be inspired to be blessed and you will find success.” Pendergrass is completing his associates in arts degree this year and will go to the University of South Florida, Tampa to pursue a bachelor’s degree in photography with a minor in journalism.

Opening night is March 4. Exhibit dates are March 4 - 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225.


SCF Art Faculty Exhibition

January 15 - February 12, 2016
Opening Reception: January 15, 6 - 8 p.m.  
Exhibition dates: Jan. 15 – Feb. 12; closed Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Members of the SCF Art Faculty will display examples of their latest traditional and non-traditional artistic creations in two and three-dimensions.

Gallery closed January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For more information, please call Art, Design, Humanities at (941) 752-5251

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and during each opening reception. The Fine Art Gallery is located in Building 11 North, next to the Neel Performing Arts Center.

Don't miss...!

Demystified: The Art Faculty Exhibition Lecture Series

View the Art Faculty Exhibition and hear Art Faculty discuss their artwork and answer questions:


  • Jamie Tracy
    Monday, January 25, 11:00 am


  • Will Corr
    Friday, January 29, 12:00 pm


  • Peter Gedeon
    Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 pm


  • Margy Rich
    Friday, February 12, Noon


Lectures are free and all are invited.

SCF Fine Art Gallery, Neel Performing Arts Center (north).

SCF Student Art Exhibition
April 15 – May 4, 2016
Opening Reception: April 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

Students will feature their very best artwork produced during the 2015 - 2016 academic year.

The exhibition will continue through May 4. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please call Art, Design, Humanities at (941) 752-5251

The Fine Art Gallery is located in Building 11 North, next to the Neel Performing Arts Center.

For Gallery information, please contact Joseph Loccisano, Gallery Manager, at (941) 752-5225.


Fall 2015

Phantasmagoric: The World of Elisabeth Stevens with Selections from the SCF Modern and Contemporary Art Collection

Phantasmagoric highlights Stevens’ visual and literary works and the SCF art collection, which includes works by Francisco Goya, Max Ernst, Kathe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch and others. A fiction writer, poet, artist and journalist, Stevens is the author of 20 books. As a journalist, she has written many articles, art reviews and book reviews. She is a former art critic of The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Trenton Times and The Baltimore Sun. The artwork in this exhibition embraces the phantasmagoric, the fantastic, the dream, the imagination and life’s absurdities in the realm of politics, society, religion and philosophy. The exhibition, which is presented in conjunction with the departments of Art, Design, Humanities; Language and Literature; and Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to the public. The SCF Fine Art Gallery is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, but will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving. The Fine Art Gallery is on the north side of Building 11, off 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th streets, accessible from parking lot I. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225; email; or visit Maps and directions are online at

2014-2015 Calendar of Exhibitions
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2012-2013 Calendar of Exhibitions
2011-2012 Calendar of Exhibitions


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