Prominent and emerging Florida artists submitted more than 500 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ 34th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit. After consideration from juror Amanda Poss, 60 pieces were unveiled to the public during an opening reception on March 6. The exhibit was scheduled to run through March 28 but cut short when the Alliance campus shut down mid-month.
Thomas Roth was awarded $1,000 Best in Show for LS1. Taylord Dezeme won a $250 Golden Colors Gift Certificate for second place for A Slice of Life, and Joel Shapses won $100 for third place on Fantasia. Richard Stanton was awarded the Juror’s Choice Award for Deco Beach.
Full list of exhibiting artists include: Eileen Amster, Cynthia Barbanera-Wedel, David Belling, Della Boynton, Mila Bridger, Stephen Bufter, Deborah Butler, Marcy Calkins, Dennis Church, Carol Coates, Steve Conley, Michael Danley, Taylord Dezeme, Kathleen Durdin, Sharon Eng, Alejandro Estrada, Stacey Fletcher, Muffy Clark Gill, Kristin Herzog, Del Holt, Priscilla Jeffcoat, Pamela Jones, Jay Lana, JoAnn LaPadula, Jean Mau, Dave McFarlane, John Merchant, Kellen Mills, Lucy Nesheim, Gregory Presley, Whit Robbins, Roy Rodriguez, Sherry Rohl, Thomas Roth, Rita Schwab, Cree Scudder, Joel Shapses, Dale Smith, Paul Stackpole, Richard Stanton, Erin Stein, Grayson Stoff, Daniel Venditti, Christina Wyatt, Barbara Yeomans and Peter Zell.
This year’s juror was Amanda Poss. Amanda Poss received her MA in Art History from the University of South Florida in 2015 specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art, and a BA from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2011. Poss currently holds the position of gallery director at Gallery221 @ Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus, where she also manages the Public Art Program, Grounds4Art@HCC, and oversees a growing Permanent Art Collection. She is the former Gallery Director at Blake High School, where she organized and curated exhibits from 2015–2017.
Poss has also held positions at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa as a gallery assistant, adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, and adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College.
All Florida exhibit was sponsored in part by Family Thrift Center.
Maria Collier’s work was on display in the Member Gallery, with photography by Katy Danca in the Theatre Lobby.
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