The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa will be showcasing work by Amy Martz and Maria Bevilacqua through July 26. The exhibition, New Visions, examines landscapes from disparate points of view. Read more about the artists below.
Tampa contemporary artist Amy Martz is celebrated for combining photography, painting and graphic design to display her unique perspective of visual environments. Her motivation is to artistically highlight artisanship, architecture, history and surroundings by abstractly capturing and composing elemental details in a fresh way so that people discover and appreciate their surroundings.
Martz is best known for her incredible use of natural lighting as well as her visual studies of the built environment. Her work provides a refreshingly unique, unexpected perspective that compel you to experience even the mundane on a visceral level.
Martz is the featured artist for Tampa’s only 4-Star hotel, Le Meridien, where her “Tampa Discovery Moments” Art Collection is displayed throughout the hotel’s guest rooms, lobby, and the hotel brand’s award winning arrival art.
Limited editions from Le Meridien Tampa’s collection can be seen soon for sale at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Henry B. Plant Museum, and various boutique art galleries throughout the Tampa Bay area. Several pieces from the series have been acquired by the esteemed permanent art collection of Tampa’s History Center, as well as the
City of Tampa’s permanent art collection.
Maria Bevilacqua is an award winning artist|photographer whose work has exhibited in museums internationally. This body of work reflects her own life s inspiration and challenges. Her interest lies in the folding of her interior world into a complex personal history and her evolving understanding of landscape. Living and traveling in different parts of the world provides a dislocation from place. This isolation is necessary because her work is relational and self oriented which allows you to get visually lost in the residual haunting of her history. Her interest lies in exploiting the contradiction between what we know to be there and what we actually see. The mashing of landscape to mask and reveal what is below the surface; hiding what is secret or revealing what is hidden beneath. Evoking memory and emotion in this visual narrative where she and her subject become inseparable.
Bevilacqua received her BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Drawing and Printmaking with a minor in Communications and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is the recipient of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Exhibition Award. Bevilacqua currently lives and works in Tampa,
where she is the Director of Creative Marketing for MaintenX International as well as the owner of Maria Bevilacqua Photography.