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Through Our Lens

December 8-9, 2022
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Hours: Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm; Free admission. For more info call 813-974-4133 or email 

USF Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Breaking Barriers: Through Our Lens as part of arts programming to military veterans. Breaking Barriers: Through Our Lens brings together a selection of art from sixteen U.S. veterans and family members as a result of two intensive photography workshops, both led by artist Selina Román and assisted by artist Christian Cortés. The exhibition includes a selection of forty-seven photographs that represent a vast range of photographic experience; from learning to use a cell phone camera, to professional photographers accomplished with film but starting fresh with digital technology.

Artists in the exhibition are James Alexander, Manfredo Bobadilla, Wildalys Class, Agustin Collazo Jr., Amanda Dodd, Evan Fountain, Jarrett Gafford, Dawn S. Hargrett, Rebekka Huneke, Mikko Maki, Alicia Morales, Ramonita Rosa, Kimberlee Nicole Smith, Monika Sutton, RaeAnne Swanson, and Karl Young II. We are deeply grateful to all the veterans and family members who were courageous and persistent enough to engage in the workshops and create their own photographic images. Their artwork creates a visual platform that gives a voice to the storyteller, a witness, and amplifies the veteran voices within a larger community.

Through Our Lens Reception + Artists Panel
Friday, December 9, 7:00-9:00pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum

The 7:30pm Artists Panel will also be streamed live on Zoom - Register Now!

Join us at CAM to celebrate the accomplishments of sixteen artists from the U.S. Veteran community. A moderated panel discussion with the artists will begin at 7:30pm followed by a reception until 9:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Breaking Barriers program email Leslie Elsasser at



Breaking Barriers on Creative Pinellas - 12/09/2022 - Veterans Sharing Their Voices Through Art - By Sheila Cowley, Creative Pinellas

Breaking Barriers Exhibition on ABC Action News - 12/08/2022 - Military vets star in new photography show at USF Tampa's Contemporary Art Museum - By Sean Daly, ABC Action News, WFTS-Tampa

Breaking Barriers Exhibition on - 12/06/2022 - USFCAM exhibition to showcase art of U.S. veterans - Tampa Bay Newspapers

Breaking Barriers in 83degrees - 11/29/2022 - December Arts Roundup: Diverse exhibits and holiday events - By Michele Smith, 83degrees


Through Our Lens CATALOGUE

Catalogue sample spread

A 48pp catalogue documenting Through Our Lens is available HERE as free PDF or HERE as a print on demand publication for purchase on for $20 plus tax and shipping.



Through Our lens


Through Our Lens Home
Leslie Elsasser - Introduction
Selina Roman - Looking Inward, Seeing Clearer
Christian Cortes

Beginning (Section A)
Jarrett Gafford - US Air Force
Dawn S. Hargrett - US Navy
Rebekka Huneke - Daughter of US Air Force Veteran Father
Ramonita Rosa - US Army
Kimberlee Nicole Smith - US Army
Monika Sutton - Wife of US Army Veteran
Karl Young II - US Army Colonel (US Special Operations Command)

Advanced (Section B)
James Alexander - US Air Force
Manfredo Bobadilla - US Army
Wildalys Class - US Air Force
Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Marine Corps / US Navy
Amanda Dodd - US Army
Evan Fountain - US Air Force
Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps
Alicia Morales - US Army
RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force



Breaking Barriers: Through Our Lens is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, and is supported in part by, Hillsborough Arts Council, Love IV Lawrence, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, University of South Florida Office of Veterans Success, and USFCAM ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund.