Deborah Hildinger-Young received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a double major in Printmaking and Painting in 1979. Upon graduation, WED Show Production employed her as a finishing artist during the construction of EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World. She believes this to be one of the greatest learning experiences of her life. Before moving to California in 2004, Deborah was administrator of the permanent art collection at Orlando International Airport and responsible for the works of art produced by internationally acclaimed artists such as Doris Leeper, Miriam Schapiro, Jacob Lawrence, Duane Hanson, and Dale Chihuly.
Deborah is an award-winning artist in her own right within the mediums of printmaking, painting, pastel, digital imagery, and fine crafts. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and sidewalk art festivals throughout the southeastern United States and in California.
Ms. Hildinger retired in 2016 from the City of Santa Maria, CA where during her tenure she held the positions of Cultural Events Coordinator and Library Artist. Within this positions, she managed the visual arts programs and galleries for adults and children. In addition, she retired from her position as an adjunct instructor at Allan Hancock College. From 2005 to 2016, Ms. Hildinger taught lecture and studio classes that included portraiture, drawing, digital fine art, art appreciation and American art history.
Returning to Florida in 2016, Ms. Hildinger is now working as a full-time artist, exhibiting within the HUB on Canal in New Smyrna Beach, FL with her fine art gourds.
Rebecca Sexton Larson
Rebecca Sexton Larson is a Tampa based studio artist working with various photographic processes. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Fine Arts and a degree in Mass Communications. She was awarded Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in 1998, 2002, and 2008. In 2006, she 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. Recently, Sexton Larson received a grant from the State of Florida to attend the recognized Creative Capital Professional Development Program that supports innovative artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.
Sexton Larson has taught, curated, lectured and exhibited work internationally at various arts institutions and organizations. Sexton Larson’s photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including: Polaroid, Progressive Corporate Art, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Holland and Knight Law Firm, Polk Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete, the Tampa Museum of Art, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Historical Museum and Candela Gallery, Virginia.
Velina Glass holds a BBA from Temple University, an MBA from LaSalle University and a Jewelry Certification from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work experience spans over two decades as a healthcare executive with firms such as Kaiser Permanente and Cigna Healthcare. In 2004, she left the healthcare industry to focus on a career in the arts.
In 2008, she launched ArtJewelryOnline.com, which grew to become the largest online retailer dedicated to Art Jewelry. Often recognized as one of the top Resin Artists in the country, Velina’s own work has been featured in numerous editions of Art Jewelry magazine, in 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of a Modern Material by Lark Books and on the cover of the Maryland Institute College of Art catalogue. In addition, she has taught courses at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Gemcutter Guild of America. She has been a contributing writer for Metalsmith, Art Jewelry, Facet and Polymer Clay Express magazines, and she has participated in many fine craft shows over the years, most notably the Baltimore and Atlantic American Craft Council show, Velvet Di Vinci Plastics show and Artscape. She is the former President and Secretary of the Metals Guild of Maryland and the former Secretary of the Gemcutters Guild of Maryland where she also acted as the editor of their quarterly newsletter.
Today, Velina resides in Tampa, FL and focuses full-time on her artwork, teaching, writing and spending time with her two twin grandsons.