By: Sarah Cirelli and Luciana Paz

“Now I just paint vaginas all of the time,” Haley Haren, senior art therapy major said.

Haren’s free-spirited golden curls rest upon her shoulder, encapsulating how big her heart and artistic creativity are. She sits beside her paintings in the art studio and gets lost in the moment while stroking her canvases with a paint brush.

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Haley Haren is a University of Tampa senior art therapy major. She is standing in front of her gallery in the Bailey Arts Studio.

“I use art as a way of coping in my own life. So I make a lot of pieces of art that deal with my emotional issues, celebrations too, not just sad stuff,” Haren said.

She explained she went into art as an outlet for emotional, physical, and spiritual reasons to unload not only her baggage, but the baggage of others that began consuming her life.

“I needed to get this baggage out of me in a sustainable way that wasn’t an empty process,” Haren said. “Exercise and even eating food left me feeling gross so I decided to try art and took a class.”

Now, nine pieces of her art is mounted on the walls of the Bailey’s Art Studio until May 4. Each piece encapsulate Haley’s thoughts through abstract art on oil painted canvases or wood and mixed media art. 

Above are two pieces of art that Haren painted to hang in her art Gallery.

“I use larger pieces of oil painting to squeeze out what I couldn’t get into words to provide the deeper answers that would make sense for me to share with other people,” Haren said.

Haren considers herself a feminist and how it is incorporated into her art. She talked about how being a woman makes her excited to be a feminist, especially in America in 2018.

“There’s this new age of feminist movement and being excited about our bodies and owning our bodies and our choices emotionally, spiritually, and sexually. I totally think i’m a feminist because these are things i’m practicing with me and women around me.”

The purpose of her artwork is to break stereotypes within society. She wants it to be socially acceptable to talk about women and their bodies…So she paints vaginas. 

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Haren talks about why she paints vaginas from a feminist standpoint.

I love that she does abstract art as well as statement pieces that may be controversial. She does not let others put her down because she knows her worth,” said Natalia Beristain-Mayol, junior psychology major said. “Feminism is commonly affirmed to be a negative thing but in reality Haley is standing up for equal rights of the sexes. As a woman, I fully support Haley, she is truly redefining what feminism is, but with her own twist.”

FeministArt Movement

Haren explained that she went to an all girls school in Chattanooga, Tennessee and how she has always been super empowered by women since the age of 11 which shaped her into a feminist.

Haren went to Puerto Rico from Jan 11-15 with a group of art therapists from the Florida Art Therapy Association (FATA), including her professor Joe Scarce.

“Haley has excelled in her work and has grown in her exposure to many different events and work through her practicum work with St Joseph’s Hospital and her work with the children in Puerto Rico,” Scarce said, “She is outspoken and very committed to her art and her feminist beliefs…this is refreshing to see this kind of passion in a cause from a student.”

They collaborated with the Puerto Rico Art Therapy Association (PRATA) and volunteered in several shelters throughout the island to provide art therapy group service to those affected by the hurricane Irma and Maria’s destruction in September 2017.

“To me that was an amazing experience to see art as a healing outlet for people,” Haren said. “My art gallery is response to trauma and is inspired by my trip to Puerto Rico with feminist undertones.”

Haren explained her art gallery, “Perennial,” as a huge mess of pieces from her studio class. The name Perennial was inspired by her mother who encouraged her at a young age to be an artist. She would encourage Haren to “just make something” and not worry about what it would look like and hang it gallery style in her house.

A perennial flower is a plant that lives for more than two years that grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their rootstock.

They would garden together and her mother always planted perennial flowers and every winter they would die, but every spring they would watch them break through the earth and bloom.

“I felt like perennial was a word to describe my journey as a feminist,” Haren said. “A lot of my ideas about being a women to offer to myself and to others were suppressed and then coming to school with art has allowed me to find my spring and bloom up again.”

Haren’s favorite piece in her art gallery is number five. It’s a pink-flesh-toned piece that is meant to serve as emotional relations between people as friends or relationships.

Haren’s oil painting (No. 5) is her favorite piece for its feminist colors and texture.

“I feel like graduating from college and becoming a woman in the workplace is something i’m really excited about, but its very intimidating to me,” Haren said. “So I just had to squeeze out these colors and I chose a lot of soft pinks because they are colors that are traditionally related to feminism and just feminist kind of nature — soft, pink, and delicate. But I applied the paint in a more aggressive way so it juxtaposes the soft pink with intense action painting. So the brush strokes that are applied physically and attemptedly with depth are what make it feminist.”

Haren hopes people that look at her art take a break and look at it and feel it, breath, and release for a second. She explains how she doesn’t throw a meaning into her work because she wants the viewer to be able to relate and connect in a way that makes sense for them.

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Haren is using spray cans to portray color and free-form painting in both abstract and figurative styles.

“Her work expresses who she is as an artist and the use of art as therapy and art’s therapeutic value,” Sierra Kroeter, senior painting and art therapy major said.

Haren is not only an artist, but a certified yoga instructor that teaches classes at the UT gym.

“‘I’ve always struggled with my body image, and I think that’s something I will always struggle with,” Haren said. “I know a lot of women struggle with it and I want my classes to be a safe place and where you can use your body as a tool for relief and a tool to release and not worry about if I’m breathing too much, or do I have a roll on my tummy in this pose? I want to create a  space where they can just be women and just be present with their breath.”

Haren said she started yoga and art around the same time in her life getting into college. She used yoga as an outlet and after her first class at UT she cried. She enjoys having something where she can control her body movement and breath to better herself. Now Haren is a certified yoga instructor.

“I can see that she values me as much as I value her,” Olivia Reeb, senior science education major said. “Haley inspires me to be myself. I have never met anyone as true to themselves as Haley and the way she loves herself makes me love myself.”

She said that her classes are meant to encourage body positivity for women and tries to incorporate working out the mind, body and soul with an undertone of feminism encouragement.

“Her delicate and soft voice carries the rooms aurora with self love. She lets you know that ‘you are enough’ and ‘Right here, right now, you are loved,’” Beristain-Mayol said. “ As an individual that struggles with self love, she never fails to lift my spirits.” 

Haren is teaching two University of Tampa seniors yoga in their free time.

Haren said her biggest inspiration in art is Tracey Emin because she makes graphic feminist art.  

She said Emin uses intense imagery paired to capture the viewer’s senses and emotions with charged pieces of modern feminist art.

Haren will be continuing onto graduate school in the Fall of 2018 in Colorado to pursue her education in Art Therapy. If you’d like to know more about Haren’s artwork check out her website.

Haren looked up from her stitches of vaginas on canvas and said,

“I was thinking of putting a bunch of vaginas on my graduation cap, would that be pretty or would that be vulgar?”


Shirts By Sab

Sabrina Greco is a senior finance major. She’s graduating in May 2018 and is staying in the Tampa Bay area. Greco plans to begin an internship and hopefully go back to graduate school on the side.

Greco is devoted to her work, sorority (Delta Gamma), and extra curricular’s (such as Student Government) all while keeping a professional look.  However, she has always managed to express herself in her sense of style.

Greco bleaches, rips, cuts, and distressed her articles of clothing to appear vintage. After time and numerous compliments.

“I never thought that my sense of fashion and what I wore could turn into a potential business for myself,” Greco said. “I started doing shirts for my friends and before I knew it I had strangers recognizing my clothes on campus and people asking to partner up with me for business ideas.”

Greco takes items of clothing brought to her and tailors them to the person. She said she tries and get a sense of their personality and style and creates her work. Greco explained that there’s no rhyme or reason to what she does, but that’s the beauty of it.

She only charges $10-$15 for clothing (prices vary on extensive work).

“My main point in opening it up to other students was to make it affordable,” Greco said. “People always go to the store and try and buy vintage t-shirts for 50 dollars or more so why not just take a basic t-shirt and simply make it look that way for a fraction of the cost?”

Greco now has an Instagram page, @shirts_by_sab where her friends feature some of her designs for people to get a better feel of what she can create.

In this video Greco will be bleaching shirts, but she also does ripped jeans and cuts shirts into funky patterns and ties upon request.

She said that it stresses her out from time to time and doesn’t plan to grow the business too big because she’s very particular in how the final products come out and doesn’t trust anyone else to do them.

Greco said she does it because she loves fashion and a way to express yourself and the business just came along with it. People now wear her signature items on campus.


Hawaiian Luau


Student Productions put on a Hawaiian luau party on March 16 from 5-7pm at the UT pool.

The purpose of this event was for the diversity chair in Student Productions, Michelle Mooney, to have a cultural gathering and to teach people about the Hawaiian lifestyle. Mooney teamed up with the recreation chair, Anna Buccafuri, to make this event financially possible.

Both Mooney and Buccafuri pulled their budgets together and invited other organizations to come out and support. Members of Student Government stopped in as well as people tabling for 1000 people to sign a petition to bring recycling to campus under the campaign of “Recycling is beaUTiful.”

Mooney put on this event to showcase her Hawaiian heritage. The event consisted of authentic Hawaiian food, snow cones, smoothies, and hula and limbo contest.

Students who won any of the contests got to pick out Student Productions “swag” – such as free sunglasses, totes, and a coconut or pineapple souvenir cup.

Students also had the option to take pictures with the Hawaiian cutouts and backdrops. There were colorful grass skirts and leis provided to get students in the hawaiian spirit.

The students were able to swim with floating devices in the pool and use beach balls to play around with in their free time.

Mooney judged the hula hooping and limbo contests. She also taught people how to hula dance and had anyone interested follow her lead as WUTT (the school radio) played hawaiian music for everyone to dance along to. Once students proved their skills she let them come to the front and lead others with their dance moves.

As the event progressed, students gathered around WUTT to dance to songs. They UT radio played traditional hawaiian music as well as Jesse McCartney and T-Pain to get students excited about the two artists performing at Party in the Park, a free concert for UT students, on March 23.

The evening concluded with the Student Productions marketing chari, Julia Calandra, announcing all of the upcoming events for students. They consisted of Party in the Park, a movie night, and Casino Night.


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