OUR 2017 FESTIVAL JUDGES!
We are honored two have two of the finest judges, as they grace us with their astounding level of experience, knowledge and respect in the understanding and appreciation of the world of art.
DANIEL E. STETSON – BIO
Daniel E. Stetson has over 30 years of executive museum and curatorial leadership experience. In 2016 Stetson assumed the position of Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has overseen the full re-installation of the permanent collection and curated the exhibition Exploring Photography this year. Before coming to LSU, Stetson served as executive director of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN and prior to that, he was the executive director of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL for nearly 15 years. He has additionally served as executive director of the Austin Museum of Art/Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas (now Austin Contemporary); director of the Davenport Museum of Art in Davenport, Iowa (now the Figge); director and instructor at the Gallery of Art at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; and acting director of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. when finishing his graduate program.
Stetson holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a minor in studio art and a Master of Fine Arts degree in museology, or museum studies, from Syracuse University. He is a 2010 participant in the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles.
While at the Polk Museum of Art Stetson inaugurated the national exhibition, the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. He served as the President of the Florida Art Museum Directors Association and the Florida Association of Museums. While at the Polk he oversaw Mayfaire-by-the-Lake Art Festival and actively supported art and artists in Florida and the region. In 2010 Stetson received The Friend of Art Education Award from the Florida Art Education Association. He continues to believe that all art is local and that good art happens everywhere.
ROBERT EBENDORF – BIO
Robert Ebendorf attend the University of Kansas where he receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1960, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1963. After graduation, Ebendorf received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to study abroad at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Oslo, Norway.
In 1999, he was named the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Art at the East Carolina University School of Art and Design and is a board member of the National Endowment for the Arts.
His work has been published extensively, and displayed in galleries around the world. He was one of the founding members of the Society of North American Goldsmiths in 1970, and is an inductee of the National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame.
Ebendorf has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and American Crafts Council Award, and in 2005 was named a Master of the Medium by the Renwick Alliance. In 2014, he was given the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Lifetime Achievement Award.