Elizabeth is an accomplished artist with degrees from both the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. Early in Elizabeth’s career, she received a Mobil Corporation Grant for the exploration of new materials. Over the past twenty-eight years, her diverse and varied work has developed in this same spirit of exploration through a variety of themes and a wide scope of materials and technology.
Elizabeth creates large-scale, award-winning Public Art projects, noted for “enhancing the quality of life, exhibiting long-term vision, innovation, design quality and environmental sensitivity.” Additionally, she was one of the 5,000 design teams in the world to contribute a proposal for the World Trade Center Memorial. Most recently, Elizabeth was selected as a feature artist for Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority’s future public art plans. To assist with that effort, she has joined the team at RS&H, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and consulting firms. Elizabeth is also an art instructor at St. Petersburg College.
Past Public Art projects include: The 13th Street Pedestrian Bridge, Gainesville, FL; Northwest Florida State College Sundial, Niceville, FL; Tampa’s Southern Transportation Plaza; Charlotte, North Carolina’s Eastland Transit Center; Tampa International Airport; The Gainesville Solar Walk; Fort Lauderdale, Florida Libraries and “Classical Divide”, an outdoor mosaic at USF’s Sarasota campus.
In addition, Elizabeth is an accomplished writer. Her writings include the award-winning multidisciplinary play, Waiting for Guacamole, inspired by and loosely based upon the literary classic, Waiting for Godot; and her prize-winning screenplay, Libertaire, a tale about a woman nobody wanted…the untold story of Joe Pulitzer, Auguste Bartholdi and Lady Liberty.
Winner of more than 100 Best of Show Awards, Greg has accumulated a list of more than one thousand awards in art competitions around Florida from such prominent jurors as Robert Hughes, art critic for Time Magazine; Elaine de Kooning, world-renowned artist and critic; Barbara Rose, author of American Art since 1900; and directors and curators of such prestigious institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian in Washington D.C..
Mr. Jones was born in Martinsville, VA in 1946 and received his undergraduate degrees from Polk Junior College (now Polk State College) in Winter Haven, FL in 1966 and the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1968.
Mr. Jones has participated in many shows and exhibits, most notably the Rosenquist Invitational Exhibition in Tampa where he was chosen by world-renowned artist, James Rosenquist, as his show favorite, and the 159th Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design in New York City where he was the only Florida artist accepted. His one-man shows have exhibited at the Polk Public Museum (now Polk Museum of Art) in Lakeland, FL; the Ridge Art Association in Winter Haven; and Arts on the Park in Lakeland. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art and Jacksonville Museum of Art. Greg’s festival experience includes the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Disney Festival of the Masters, Gasparilla Art Festival, Mayfaire By the Lake and Winter Haven Central Park Festival.
As a judge, Mr. Jones has participated in more than 40 festivals and exhibits, including the Vero Beach Art Festival, the Cape Coral Riverview Art Festival, the Lake Mary/Heathrow Festival, the Osceola Art Festival, the Mandarin Art Festival in Jacksonville and the Lake Wales Art Festival.
Suzanne is an award-winning artist whose work can be found in local, state and national exhibitions. Originally from Michigan, she has lived in Florida since 1985. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and she is a longtime member of several local art associations. Suzanne teaches watercolor, mixed media collage, and colored pencil classes at the Pasco Fine Arts Council in New Port Richey, FL. She also offers workshops and demonstrations on a variety of water media techniques.
All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through the Arts for Kids mini-grant program, which provides funding for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco schools. You can help us meet our goals by making a tax deductible contribution to Fine Arts of the Suncoast.
Suncoast Arts Fest is produced by Fine Arts of the Suncoast, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to its mission to develop a community culture that embraces the arts. All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through “Arts for Kids” mini-grants, which provide special project support for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco County schools. In total, SAF has awarded over $91,000 for the benefit of over 15,000 area children and teens.