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INSIDE ART - FloodZone + Sponge Exchange

Anastasia Samoylova, Gator, 2017/2020, from the FloodZone series. print on vinyl film; site specific installation dimensions variable. photo: Will Lytch

Anastasia Samoylova, Gator, 2017/2020, from the FloodZone series. print on vinyl film; site specific installation dimensions variable. photo: Will Lytch

The Spring 2020 edition of InsideART focuses on the USFCAM exhibitions  FloodZone and Sponge Exchange.

USF Contemporary Art Museum, part of the USF Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts, presents two new solo exhibitions, Sponge Exchange with artist and educator Hope Ginsburg and FloodZone with artist Anastasia Samoylova. These exhibitions document vulnerable and threatened environments both above and below the sea’s surface to reveal human interventions into our natural ocean ecology and the ocean’s intrusion into our constructed landscape. Submerging viewers within these habitats spotlights the critical issues surrounding our climate crisis, rising temperatures and sea levels; their impact on the health, sustainability and resiliency of Florida’s environment; and the social and economic life of South Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Sponge Exchange expands artist Hope Ginsburg’s work with ecology and knowledge transfer in two new collaboratively-produced video and sculpture installations. Historic sponge diving and contemporary coral restoration inspire these explorations of climate crisis impact on coastal ecosystems. Sponge Exchange is curated by Sarah Howard, organized by USFCAM, and is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Dr. Allen Root, and the USFCAM ACE Fund.

FloodZone presents Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova’s ongoing photographic series reflecting the impacts of sea level rise in South Florida, and highlighting the friction between natural and constructed landscapes by focusing on the relationship among environmentalism, consumerism, and the picturesque. Capturing the precarious psychological state of living in a paradise sinking towards catastrophe, Samoylova’s work reveals the role photography plays in obscuring reality and crafting perception. FloodZone is curated by Sarah Howard, organized by USFCAM, and supported in part by an Oolite Arts grant, a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Dr. Allen Root.

InsideART FloodZone + Sponge Exchange lessons are written by USF College of Education faculty Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor of Social Science Education and Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock, Associate Professor of Middle Grades and General Secondary Education; and Shannon Peck-Bartle, M.A. and Cristina M. Viera, M.A. & M.Ed., Doctoral Students in the USF College of Education. The program is co-directed by Dr. Cruz and Noel Smith, Deputy Director, USFCAM.

Common Core State Standards – In addition to Visual Arts and Social Studies curriculum standards, lessons in the InsideART curriculum cover Common Core standards related to:

  • Reading: Informational Text
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies


The links on this page allow you to download the index and lesson files of the FloodZone + Sponge Exchange InsideART.

  • Click ONCE on links to open, or right click (control click) to download
  • Files can be downloaded individually or as a complete archive (.zip) at the bottom of the page.
  • Curriculum and readings are available as both Microsoft Word documents (.docx) and Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf)
  • Presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.pptx)


FloodZone + Sponge Exchange files

Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Curriculum_Overview+Crosswalk.docx (.pdf)

Day 1
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_1.Hope_Ginsburg_Overview_&_Bio_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)

Day 2
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Swirling_Stories_lesson_plan.docx (.pdf)
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Worksheet_A_Swirling_Stories.docx (pdf)
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Worksheet_B_Swirling_Stories.docx (.pdf)
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Document_Analysis_Sheet_Swirling.docx (pdf)
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Monument_and_Memorial_Analysis_Sheet_Swirling.docx (.pdf)
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_2.Monument_Proposal.docx (pdf)

Day 3
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_3.Anastasia_Samoylova_Overview_&_Bio_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)

Day 4
Sponge_Exchange+FloodZone.Day_4.FloodZone_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)

Download Complete InsideART Spring 2020 FloodZone + Sponge Exchange Lessons (.zip - 47 MB)

Further Resources:

Download the FloodZone exhibition brochure in pdf format

Download the Sponge Exchange exhibition brochure in pdf format

If you have questions about the lesson plans or about the FloodZone or Sponge Exchange  exhibition email an expert