Flesh Tones: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition

Tampa, FL (February 2015) — From February 23-27, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Flesh Tones by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller. There will be a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

Flesh Tones

Natalya Swanson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with her Bachelors of Art in Art History. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is preparing for a career in Art Conservation.

Natalya’s paintings are an exploration of identity within art and society. She recreates famous artworks by pairing original compositional elements with contemporary imagery and figures. Through the transformative process, Natalya embeds personal beliefs on religion, sexuality, and selfhood within the works. Painting has become a form of meditation, where she visually interacts with her thoughts.

Daniel Miller graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communications. This will be his first showing of oil paintings. The collection of large scale genre scenes are an attempt to bring the viewer into Miller’s past, enveloping the viewer for their own happening experiences. Previous exhibits have included video art, printmaking, and graphic design. Miller is also part of the Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective, SARTQ. More information can be obtained through the artist’s website, www.danielmiller.me.

Flesh Tones Exhibit View 2 Flesh Tones Exhibit View 1

For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
(813) 974-5464

About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sarasota Artist Collective, SARTQ Returns

Originally formed in early 2008 the local popular artist collective known as SARTQ whose name underscores their connection to the region (a take-off on the area’s three letter airport code “SRQ”) is resurfacing after a brief two year hiatus.  The now redesigned, 501(c)(3)  aims to not only maintain a sustainable network of accomplished Sarasota/Manatee artists, and manage an ambitious calendar of annual exhibitions and events, but also to create collaborations with local businesses, community, and performing arts organizations with a special effort to forging strong relationships with local schools. SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community.

SARTQ intends to develop ongoing programs that support Sarasota’s multiple academic institutions and inspire art students to pursue art as a career. SARTQ provides an opportunity for member artists to connect with other local artists and share the process of promoting and marketing their work.

For more information, visit http://www.sartq.org


Harvey Milk Festival 2015

This year I am volunteering with the 6th annual Harvey Milk Festival. Working with an illustration created by Eric De Barros, it is my responsibility to create all visual materials for the organization.

HMF 2015 Poster #1

In addition to print and web materials, I was requested to migrate their website to a new server. In doing so, I took the opportunity to create a new site which is well underway.

HMF Homepage 2015

Ringling Underground Re-Imagined

Ringling Underground is an event that takes place in the Ringling Museum courtyard. Shannon Fortner (MeteorEYES, Harvey Milk Festival) leads the music effort which brings in bands from all over. Natalya Swanson (Centre Gallery) is currently the artist liaison, curating artists and displaying their work during the night’s event. Below are designs I created in hopes of better graphic design for the event, with the intent of bringing in a more diverse, younger (college) crowd.



The museum is not using these posters for their promotions.