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Photo of artist Rebecca Sexton Larson

"I always knew I would be an artist. Art was the one consistent in my life, growing up as an only child in a military family. We moved a lot - about every two years, but there was always art wherever we landed. By the time I was in high school, my father had put in for an extension so that I could graduate high school in one location, a high school that allowed me to study at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC."

I attended college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Horrified that I was going to graduate from college with a painting degree, my dad convinced me to get a second degree. So I stayed around and majored in photojournalism. Don't get me wrong; my dad was always proud of my abilities, but he envisioned me working as an engineer or doctor. In the end, I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts (painting) and a degree in Mass Communications (photojournalism).

Upon graduation, I used my photography degree with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Moffitt Cancer Center as a medical photographer.  Later, I would dedicate myself full-time to being a photographer, creating large hand-painted black and white pinhole photographs. Over the past several years, my creative practice has afforded me Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in 1998, 2002, and 2008. In 2006, I received an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida and, in 2005, was commissioned by the City of Tampa to be Photographer Laureate for a year.

Along the way, I have curated, lectured, and exhibited work internationally at various arts institutions and organizations. My photographs are in numerous significant collections throughout the country, including Polaroid, Progressive Corporate Art, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill NC, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Historical Museum, Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete, Candela Gallery, Richmond VA and the Tampa Museum of Art.

Selected Collections

Polaroid International, Boston, MA
Progressive Corporate Art, Mayfield Village, OH
Graham Nash, Nash Editions/Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Pinhole Resource, San Lorenzo, NM
PharMerica, Inc., Tampa, FL
Holland and Knight Law Firm, Tampa, FL
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Belleair, FL
City of Orlando, Florida Artists Collection, FL
Coopers & Lybrand, Tampa, FL
Arthur Anderson, Tampa, FL
First Fidelity Investments, Tampa, FL
Hillsborough County Commission, County Building, Tampa, FL

Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL
South Trust Bank, Orlando, FL
Thermal Ceramics, Augusta, GA
Orlando County Commission, Orlando, FL
Amsouth Bank, Tampa, FL
TECO Reality, Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Business Committee of the Arts 2004
Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Historical Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL
Candela Gallery, Richmond VA
Frank Konhaus, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill NC
Rick Mears, 4-Time Indianapolis 500 Champion, Jupiter, FL

Grants, Fellowships and Awards



Professional Development Artists Grant, Arts Council Hillsborough County

Professional Development Artists Grant, Arts Council Hillsborough County

Creative Capital Professional Development Program, Winter Park, FL











Creative Capital Professional Development Program, Tampa, FL

Artist Enhancement Grant, Arts Council Hillsborough County

Florida Individual Artist Fellowship

Florida Artist Enhancement Grant

Photographer Laureate, City of Tampa

Florida Individual Artist Fellowship

Featured artist for Polaroid Corporation “Test” On-Line

Florida Individual Artist Fellowship

Emerging Artist Grant, Tampa-Hillsborough Arts Council

Emerging Artist Grant, Tampa-Hillsborough Arts Council

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo Exhibitions
2022             Playback Theatre, Arts on Douglas, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
202            Rebecca Sexton Larson, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
2021             How to Build a Manmade Cloud, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
2019             Idioms: Photographs by Rebecca Sexton Larson, Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, FL
2012             'Pinhole Photography” Harris House-Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL 
2012             Rebecca Sexton Larson, In One Instant Gallery of Photography, Ft. Myers, FL
2007             Rebecca Sexton Larson, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2006             Photographer Laureate Exhibition, Bailey Gallery, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
2005             Rethinking the Possibilities: Rebecca Sexton Larson, Curator Todd Behrens, the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
2004             New Work, Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL
2002             Rebecca Sexton Larson, Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL
2000             Rebecca Sexton Larson: Women’s History Month, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
1999             Nostalgic Glances, Museum of Arts and Science, Melbourne, FL 

Group Exhibitions
2023            Beyond the Horizon, curator Christine Wytko Marchington, from the Cassilhaus Collection Chapel Hill, NC
2023            Group Show, Arts on Douglas, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2023            Photonola Group Exhibit, Gallery for Photography, San Lorenzo New Mexico
2022            The Curated Fridge, curator Aline Smithson from Lenscratch
2022            Hambidge Fellows Exhibition,  The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun Gap GA.
2021            30 over 50 | In Context, juror Arnika Dawkins (Arnika Dawkins Gallery), Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2020            Picture in Picture, curator Frank Konhaus, from the Cassilhaus Collection Chapel Hill, NC 
2020            Photoville, Fence Installation Sarasota, FL
2020            THE ALTERED IMAGE curated by Dina Mitrani (Dina Mitrani Gallery) Miami, FL 
2020            Unbound9 Invitational, juror Gordon Stettinius, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond VA
2020            Members Juried Exhibition (online) Juror Ann Jastrab, executive director CPA, and Laura Sackett, creative director and co-       

                       founder of LensCulture, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2020            41st Annual Paper in Particular, curators by Scott McMahon, Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
2019             International Juried Exhibition, juror Paula Tognarelli, Center Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2019             A Certain Uncertainty from Cassilhaus Collection, curators Lori Vrba and Tama Hochbaum,  Horce Williams House,

                       Chapel Hill, NC

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