Photographer: Isabel Bonnet

The Thomas Center Galleries Announce

UNCONTAINABLE | Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement Exhibition

June 9 – September 9, 2017    

In partnership with the National Institute of Urban Art, the Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of UNCONTAINABLE | Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement, on Fri., June 9 from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The exhibit features a collection of work of twenty-five globally recognized urban artists, some of which has never been exhibited previously.

The artwork on exhibit in UNCONTAINABLE, includes two exquisitely detailed collages by Brian Adam Douglas, an original large-scale woodcut by Swoon, a rendition of the renowned Bowery Wall stencil piece by Logan Hicks, silk screens by Shepard Fairey, a large canvas by Axel Void, as well as work by Retna, Revok, Invader, Os Gemeos, Etam Cru, How & Nosm and others. Never-before-exhibited work by Michael Reeder and Juan Travieso will debut.

The opening event will also feature a screening of “Saving Banksy” – the 2017 Colin Day documentary film about arguably the world’s most renowned urban artist and the issue of art-world profiteering

This exhibit is curated by Anne E. Gilroy, Curator of the Thomas Center Galleries, and Craig O’Neil, founder of the National Institute for Urban Art. Art will be presented in both the Main and Mezzanine Galleries.


The 352walls Masterclass Series is produced in collaboration with the UF College of the Arts School of Art + Art HistoryThis schedule is subject to change.

Panel discussion with Artist Andrew Pisacane aka Gaia (USA)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A discussion of Gaia’s Gainesville mural titled What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment. Panelists include: Lenny Correa (aka LunarNewYear), artist, teacher, activist and curator; Faye Williams, local activist, organizer and scholar; Monica Compana, artist, curator and founder of Living Walls Atlanta; Mia Loving, curator and founder of Invisible Majority.Where: Civic Media Center, 433 S Main St.Time: 6–8 pm followed by a reception with GAIALimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Gaia panel- 10/25


Lecture on the History of Urban/Street Art and Gaia’s Personal Artistic Experiences

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Where: University of Florida, Fine Arts Building, Room 105Time: 6–7 pm followed by Q & ALimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Gaia lecture- 10/26 


Workshop #1 with Gaia

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Workshop will cover topics such as scaling up, airbrush painting, spray paint, the performative aspect of mural painting, working within and with the community, and more.Where: Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave., at the 706 artist wallTime: 12–2 pm, weather permittingLimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Gaia workshop #1- 10/27


Workshop #2 with Gaia

Friday, October 28, 2016

Participants will design and create a mural applying the various techniques taught by the artist.Where: Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave., at the 706 artist wallTime: 12–2 pm, weather permittingLimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Gaia workshop #2- 10/28


Mural Painting by Artist David Zayas (Puerto Rico)

Where: Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave., at the 706 artist wallWhen: Daily from October 26–November 8, 2016 from 10 am- 6 pm, weather permitting


Mural Painting Workshop with David Zayas

Friday, November 4, 2016

All participants will design and create a mural applying various techniques taught by the artist.Where: Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave., at the 706 artist wallTime: 1–6 pm, weather permittingLimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Zayas workshop 11/4 


Brian Adam Douglas aka Elbow Toe (USA)

Activity: Mural painting

Where: to be determined by the artistWhen: Daily from November 14– 20 from 10 am–6 pm, weather permitting


Wheat Pasting Master Class with Elbow Toe

Friday, November 18, 2016

The class includes discussions on the approach, techniques and materials. Participants will work with the artist to create a small mural.Where: to be determined by the artistWhen: 10 am–1 pm and from 2–5 pm, weather permittingLimited space, reservation required.Contact: Erin M Connelly, econnelly@arts.ufl.eduUse reference code: Adams master class 11/18


All classes and workshops are free and open to the public, however space is limited and reservations are required. To sign up for the classes/workshops contact Erin M. Connelly at econnelly@arts.ufl.edu.Please leave your full name, email, cell number and use the reference codes above.

 Participant requirements:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Able- bodied and capable of standing for 2 hours
  • Must bring work tools, brushes, rags, hats, bottled water, gloves, work clothing, etc.

For further information contact Raquel Vallejo, Project Coordinator at: vallejor1@cityofgainesville.org