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Exquisite Corpse Games

St. Petersburg is hosting an evening of artistic collaboration at the Exquisite Corpse Games.

The bar parlor game has grown into an international collaboration of artistic ideas. The Museum of Fine Arts will host the third annual unveiling Thursday at 6 p.m., which is free to the public.

Tampa Museum of Art

A treasured painting has returned to the Tampa Museum of Art and is a centerpiece for its latest exhibit, "Photorealism: 50 years of Hyperrealistic Painting."

Smithsonian Magazine

More than 80 museums across Florida will participate in Smithsonian Magazine's national Museum Day Live! event Saturday.

Around 20 Bay area museums are waiving admission fees to guests with a free ticket.

Elisa Albo

On Florida Matters "Food as Muse," we're talking to people who communicate their passion about food in particularly interesting ways.

In this preview of the show, WUSF's Robin Sussingham talks to Elisa Albo, a poet and English professor at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Quincy Walters / WUSF News

 

There's an active gang in Tampa's Seminole Heights. Almost anyone can join. 

The initiation is unconventional. 

"You gotta smoke a cigarette and go in a haunted house," says Anthony Record, the group's ringleader. 

They are the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. They meet every Wednesday at the Quaid art gallery in Tampa. 

Eric Goodnight is being initiated. He's the founder of the Drink and Draw Social Club, a rival group (but not really).

Courtesy of Negin Farsad

A female Muslim comic is the opening act followed by a humorous documentary titled “The Muslims Are Coming” this week at the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

Are you smiling yet?

The dual events kick-off the two-year grant project, Building Bridges, that has the goal of using art to span the gap between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

USF Contemporary Art Museum

Margaret Miller remembers first meeting Theo Wujcik in 1972, when they shared the same office hallway shortly after both started working at the USF School of Art and Art History.

Miller, now the Director of the USF Institute for Research in Art, would stay late, studying to become a curator. Wujcik would also burn the midnight oil, working intensely on portraits using the traditional technique of silverpoint on paper.

PBS.org

A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after police say he smashed a $1 million vase at Miami’s new art museum to protest what he called its favoritism for international rather than local art.

Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday’s incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. According to a Miami Police Department arrest affidavit, a security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a colored vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. When told to put it down, the security guard said Caminero smashed it on the floor.

Outside the glittering new Perez Art Museum Miami, finishing touches were still being applied late last month to the spacious plazas and gardens surrounding the $220 million building. Next door to the art museum, a new science museum is also going up. When it's all complete, the 29-acre Museum Park will provide a focus and a gathering spot on Biscayne Bay for those who live in, work in and visit downtown Miami.

Dalia / WUSF

It isn't exactly beach weather outside, but if you're looking for sand, you can find plenty at MOSI this week.

A 15-ton sand sculpture now sits in front of Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. It was built Wednesday in anticipation of MOSI's new Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition and World Oceans Day on Saturday.

The carving is the handiwork of Sarasota-based Team Sandtastic, a group of five sculptors who've made masterpieces everywhere from Adventure Island to China to South Africa.

For us mere mortals, team member Patrick Harsh offers tips for building better sand castles.

Peter Foe / USF Contemporary Art Museum

The healing power of art is on display at the Moffitt Cancer Center through September, and it's also the topic of a symposium there tonight.

Megan Hildebrandt was just 25 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009. She began receiving treatment at Moffitt, and went into remission in 2011. She graduated from USF with her Master of Fine Arts degree last year, and now lives in Texas.

Now, a collection of her drawings reflecting on her time as a patient is on display in the lobby of the Moffitt Stabile Research building, where she'll speak at a symposium called "Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative" tonight at 6 p.m.

The Ledger/Michael Wilson

The City of Lakeland has a message about its bus system this week: buses aren't just for those who can't afford a car. They're teaming up with artists to make riding the bus a little more fun, and on Tuesday WUSF's Robin Sussingham went along for the ride with Bev Hendricks, who is one of the event's organizers.

As part of "Art on the Bus" week, Hendricks brought her violin to Lakeland's downtown bus station, and prepared to play on the bus. She's the former executive director of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and now does mostly volunteer work for several arts organizations.