2017 Festival Judges 2017-06-29T04:12:05+00:00
Deland Fall Festival of the Arts 25th Anniversary 2017


November 18 & 19 | 10AM to 5PM


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.


Michael Milkovich is retired after 20 years as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. He studied at the universities of Madrid and Heidelberg.

He is a fluent speaker of German, Russian, Spanish, Italian and English and has a masters degree in art history. Before moving to Florida he was a founding director of the University Art Gallery at the State University of New York and the Dixson Gallery and Gardens in Memphis.

His last seven years as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg was marked by significant acquisitions for the collection and many successful exhibitions. One of his most successful was also closest to his heart, a show of naive Croatian art he brought from his homeland.

To paraphrase Mr. Milkovich: “People want culture, they want programs, they want museums. And this is part of life. It’s not luxury; this is a spiritual need which helps us to maintain a certain level of civilized life . . . absolutely I feel that way.”


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.

Funding and Support Services Provided in Part by The City of DeLand, The Cultural Council of Volusia County, The State of Florida Department of State-Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.