The University of South Florida’s Institute for Research in Art is the umbrella organization that runs the university’s art programs, including the Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM). Part of the University of South Florida College of The Arts, the IRA is dedicated to an international artists’ residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today’s most accomplished and influential artists working in the international art arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, interdisciplinary arts research, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society. Participating artists represent the full and diverse spectrum of contemporary art practice including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic media, and performance.
On February 22, 1987 Andy Warhol died unexpectedly from complications following routine gallbladder surgery at the age of 58.