Photo exhibition honors Suzanne Camp Crosby of Tampa

TAMPA, FL — After a successful opening Friday, the major retrospective exhibition of Suzanne Camp Crosby’s work, “The Art of Life,” will be on view through Sunday, September 25 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

This exhibit at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, is part of the permanent collection commemorating the life and work of beloved Tampa

Bay artist and art teacher Suzanne Camp Crosby (1948–2020).

“Continuing an artist’s legacy is an intensive task of great responsibility and involves keeping the field alive and relevant for future generations of artists, curators, scholars and collectors,” said Zora Carrier, Ph. .D., executive director of the Florida Museum of Photographic. Arts.

Crosby’s career as a highly regarded artist, creating art through photography, has achieved extraordinary recognition and accomplishments, including
exhibitions and collections across the United States.

Left, Suzanne Camp Crosby, Self-Portrait, c. 1972, Gift of Johnnie O. Crosby and Family, right, Suzanne Camp Crosby, Gasparilla Ship, 2004, Gift of Johnnie O. Crosby and Family, commissioned by the City of Tampa, FL, Public Art Program, 2004 BIG Picture Project.

“Experimentally expressive, yet often deeply personal, Crosby’s work playfully captures the visual layers that surround people on a daily basis,” Carrier said. “She then builds on this idea by constructing scenes that juxtapose three-dimensional settings with two-dimensional objects, questioning the reality of sight and confirming the validity of photography as a tool of visual metaphor.”

Crosby has taught generations of students at area colleges, including 38 years as a faculty member at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor campus. She has also taught at the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, and St. Petersburg College.

In addition to teaching, Crosby was responsible for developing HCC’s photography curriculum in the visual arts department and served as program manager for the arts and dance departments from 2000 to 2015.

Croby’s achievements as an educator were officially recognized in 2019 when she was awarded Professor Emeritus by Hillsborough Community College.

Other honors include selection as the City of Tampa Photo Honoree in 2004 and recipient of the Hillsborough County Artist Fellowship in 1991, the Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1979 and 1988 and the Southeast Artist Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts and Contemporary Art Center of the Southeast in 1978.

Crosby left behind a vast and visually dynamic body of work. This exhibition is created to honor his legacy.

A round table on the exhibition will take place on Friday, June 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The panel will feature artists and friends of Camp Crosby, including Barton Gilmore, award-winning photographer and professor at St. Petersburg College and USF; Rebecca Sexton Larson, Tampa-based award-winning studio artist specializing in alternative processes and curator; and award-winning, nationally recognized photographer Lori Ballard.

Admission is free and the discussion is open to the public. Click here.

The museum hours are:

  • Monday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free for museum members, $10 for adults, and $8 for students/military/seniors.

Michael E. Marquez