Tonya Cribb Curran is the director of Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from Winthrop University and an M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University. She became interested in exhibition design as a young undergraduate student working as an assistant in the university gallery. Upon graduation, Tonya spent several years working in one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s premier contemporary art galleries promoting the works of regional and nationally recognized contemporary artists. The exposure to a variety of artistic media and the numerous individuals who inquired about the art-making process inspired her to further her education in museum science and expand her professional experience into the realm of education.

Today, Curran has over twenty years of experience planning exhibits for museums and galleries in states across the country, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Texas and Florida. She has relished the opportunity to work with significant historical art collections including the works of noted artists Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Jean Tinguely and Francisco Goya as well as those bright innovators emerging on the art scene today. In her role as Gallery Director at the Hand Art Center, she chooses an exhibition program of works that are interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting a myriad of social, political and cultural issues that support academic teaching and underscore the significance of art as a tool for social change. She gets the greatest satisfaction from sharing her varied museum skills with students in the classroom and through the campus work-study program, exposing them to the possibility of an exciting career in the arts that they may have never considered.

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Richard Colvin is an artist and museum professional who brings an alternative viewpoint to his work in both traditional and contemporary

Born in Olathe, Kansas (1957), Colvin’s family relocated to Florida in the mid-1960s. Colvin received an art education courtesy of a succession of mentors: Barbara Bassett at the Art Workshop in Winter Park, Thomas F. Peterson at Rollins College, and through observing Central Florida’s legendary painter/printmakers, including Maury Hurt, Bill Orr, Jerry Raidiger, and many others. In craftsmanship and spirit, Colvin’s greatest mentor is his father, Ronald P. Colvin.

During his 30+ year museum career, he has had the opportunity to study works by a wide array of masters. He continues over time to exercise his abilities in a variety of styles and mannerisms (in both painting and printmaking) and prefers to let the idea dictate the style and manner rather than external forces.

Florida Faience Gallery, Mount Dora
Crealdé School of Art, Lightsource: Richard D. Colvin, Fall 2016.  Winter Park Florida.
Leesburg Center for the Arts, Local Color: Richard Colvin, January 2016
Off the Beaten Path/Florida Art Tour, Guest Artist, 2013-14
University Club of Winter Park, The Country Life: Recent Works by Richard D. Colvin, February 2009
HP Leu Gardens Gallery, Richard Colvin: The Country Life, October-December 2008, Orlando, Florida
COMMA Gallery, Cows@Comma, July 2008, Orlando, Florida
King Center for the Arts, Richard D. Colvin: Recent Work, Melbourne, Florida, February 2008
COMMA, Landscape Exhibition, Summer 2007
COMMA, Little Pictures: Big Ideas, Orlando, June 2005, one-person exhibition
MAC Faculty Show, Wilfong-Remieres Gallery, Orlando, 2003
MAC, Sextet, Separated at Birth, 2000
Valencia Community College, Faculty Invitational, 2000
Seminole Community College, Printmakers 3, 1992
Crealde School of Art Invitational, 1986
The Face in the Mirror: The Artine Artinian Collection, 1984-85
Maitland Art Center, Stone Lithography Showcase, 1981

Leesburg Center for the Arts, Leesburg FL
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park FL
Florida Atlantic University, West Palm Beach FL
Maitland Art Center, Maitland FL
Private Collections

Executive Director, Lake Eustis Museum of Art (LEMA), April 2012-present
Curator of Art and History, Art & History Museums Maitland, 2010-2012
Curator/Instructor, Maitland Art Center, 1998-2010
Community Relations Coordinator, Maitland Art Center, 1997-98
Exhibition Designer, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1980-1997

All exhibitions, LEMA, 2012-present
All exhibitions, Maitland Art Center (MAC), March 2009-2010
2+2, MAC, 2006
Andre Smith@125, MAC 2006
The Glory of Venice, 2002
Permanent Collection, MAC, 2001-2009
Beyond the Woodcut, Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM), 1997
Portraits of Women, CFAM, 1987

Leesburg Art Festival, Judge, 2017
Lake Wales Art Festival, Judge, 2017
Mount Dora Art Festival, Judge, 2016
Apopka Art/Foliage Festival, 2014/2016
Leesburg Art Festival, Judge, 2015
Deland Art Festival, 2013
Naples Art Association, 2013
Villages Art Association, 2013
Apopka Art/Foliage Festival, 2013
Lake County Fair, 2013
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artists Awards, 2012
Maitland Art Festival, 2012
UCF Student Exhibition, 2009
Deland Art Festival, 2007
26th Festival of the Masters, WDW, 2006
Titusville Art League, 2006
Mt Dora Art Festival, 2005
Daytona Beach Art League, 2004
Vero Beach Art League, 2002
Osceola Art Festival, 2001
21st Festival of the Masters, WDW, 2001
City of Orlando Cultural Corridor Project, 1999-2000
UACF Individual Artist Awards, 1997-2000

BA Rollins College, 1980
Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), 1975
Winter Park High School, 1975

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Nofa Dixon has been a professional artist, an art educator and an active member of the Jacksonville community for over thirty years. She served as Curator of Education at the Jacksonville Art Museum, (MOCA) for twelve years. Presently Nofa is an Associate Professor of drawing, painting and art in public place classes at the University of North Florida. She served as an Artist-in-Residence for Duval County Schools, 1997-1999.

Her hand-instructed clay forms undergo multiple glad firings and are finished with a mixed media surface treatment resulting in a unique signature style. Her work is included in major corporate and private collections along with numerous art-in-public place projects. A few of those projects include eight floor murals which were installed on the floor of the lobby area of South Mandarin Branch Library. Another project was the creation of 29 clay bricks for the Maternity Ward of the Baptist South Hospital in Jacksonville; a wall mural for the Marriot Resort Hotel; Delta Airlines’ Crown Rooms in the Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Cincinnati Airports. Finally, Nofa created 25 plaques for the Jacksonville women Center to honor major donors who helped to purchase the building where the center is located.

Nofa’s vessels, paintings, collages, and clay work is included in major private and corporate collections and have been exhibited throughout the United States. Presently Nofa and her UNF students are working on the 17th art-in-public place projects at the UNF campus.

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