Bill is a frequent judge in the Florida festival scene, having served on the panels at Walt Disney World’s Festival of Masters, Ocala Arts Festival, Miami Beach Arts Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival and Arts on the Park to name a few. Bill’s own work has received over 1,600 awards, including Best of Show awards at New Smyrna Beach, Kissimmee Art Festival, Riverside Art Festival, Brooksville Art Festival, Manatee Art Festival, Artfest of Port Orange and the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival. Bill has been commissioned to paint portraits for Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Henry Winkler, Hulk Hogan and President Jimmy Carter, among others, and his work is included in permanent collections in Lake Wales; Sebring, Ocala; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Dayton, Ohio. Bill holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and continued his studies at the Dayton Art Institute School of Art.
Susan Maxon founded the jewelry department at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Although she made her first piece of forged jewelry in 1949, she began her career as an arts educator in 1968. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and earned her PhD in Oklahoma and Texas. Before moving to Florida and teaching for the Dunedin Fine Art Center, she was the Chairman of the Art Department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Susan is also an active artist and designer owning and operating Honors Gran Jewelry since 1989 in Oklahoma and now in Florida. Visit her website at www.HonorsGran.com to see her work.
Jack King is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Tampa. Professor King came to the University of Tampa in 1992 after previous faculty appointments at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia and Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
An accomplished artist, Professor King’s works may be found in numerous museums, as well as corporate collections. His work is noted for its powerful mastery of raw materials such as bronze, iron, stone, and wood, which he adapts with precision to construct sculptural forms and relief wall pieces. Combined with other mixed materials and an innate sense of design, King creates dynamic compositions using familiar imagery in unexpected ways – transcending his sculptural object-making into current, cultural themes.
“Jack King makes the most out of sculpture’s provocative power of presence. His work — which, in his words, represents “an inseparable marriage between the medium, the processes, and the idea”– radiates the sheer confidence of its own necessity, which stems from a refusal to put it into any reductive, interpretive box that might be applied. It leads our minds, if we let it, in directions we never quite knew were there before — and, intrigued, we follow, contemplating the possible meanings of the poetic titles King gives his works; or pondering the exuberant juxtaposition of King’s materials, forms, and references; or, as King says, he happily allows, mapping our own meanings onto the experience of the work.”
– excerpt from The Power of Presence: Face-to-face with the sculpture of Jack King by Stephen Greco, New York.
Visit Jack’s website to view his portfolio.