SCF Fine Art Gallery Seeks Women’s Career Uniforms

(Bradenton, Fla., May 17, 2016) — 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

Bob Evans waitress uniform from the 1970s

Bob Evans waitress uniform from the 1970s.

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