OUR 2018 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.
MALLORY MCCANE O’CONNOR – BIO
Professor Emerita of Art History, Santa Fe College, is a writer, curator and educator. She received a B.F.A. in art with Honors, an M.A. in American History, and an M.F.A. in art history from Ohio University, Athens, and taught courses in art history at the University of Florida (1969-1978), and at Santa Fe College (1995-2005). She also served for ten years as director of the City of Gainesville’s Thomas Center Gallery (1984-1994).
Mallory is the author of two books on Florida art and culture, Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast and Florida’s American Heritage River, both published by the University Press of Florida. She has organized numerous exhibitions and has received grants from the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Humanities Council. She also designed exhibitions for the Florida Park Service and the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since 2006, Professor O’Connor has participated in the Florida Humanities Council Roads Scholars Program, lecturing on Florida art and artists at museums and libraries throughout the state. Mallory has received awards for her service from the National League of American Pen Women and from the Environmental Protection Agency. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women and five additional biographical directories.
When Mallory and her husband, artist/teacher John O’Connor, retired in 2005, they started an art consulting business, oconnorartLLC. They work together to provide art-related services including transitional administration, exhibit organization and jurying, catalogue essays, and lectures. Since retiring from academia, Mallory has also been writing fiction. Her first novel, American River:Tributaries, was published in 2017.
For a more comprehensive review of Mallory’s career, please visit her website at www.mallorymoconnor.com
MICHELE TUEGUL – BIO
Most recently, Michele was owner and director of Michele Tuegel Contemporary, a gallery of fine art, craft, and design located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. She opened the gallery in October, 2012, and represented 100 nationally and internationally-recognized artists from throughout the U.S. Prior to the gallery, she was an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City (Tampa) teaching Design Foundations. She has served as an independent juror, curator, arts administrator, lecturer, and art consultant, and began her career in the arts as a practicing, professional artist.
Michele was Special Projects Coordinator and Media Relations Manager for the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department (2004-2011) and the founding Executive Director of Florida Craftsmen, Inc. (1986-2004), promoting the work of artists throughout Florida and helping them grow in their professional careers. She established the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in downtown St. Petersburg, representing over 150 of Florida’s fine craft artists and presenting exhibitions of national and international notoriety. Michele received her BA and an MFA in Printmaking/Papermaking from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida in 1986, using that opportunity to study at Dieu Donne Paper Mill in New York City, which provided the framework to take her visual art career in hand papermaking to new heights.
As a professional artist, Michele participated in over 75 exhibitions, including “Paper as Medium,” Smithsonian Institution; “Paper Today,” USA TODAY Headquarters in Washington, DC; and “Paper: Finland/USA,” an international traveling exhibition. She organized a cultural exchange exhibition of Florida artists in San José, Costa Rica and curated a national traveling exhibition in 2004-06 sponsored by FiberArts magazine titled “Twist + Shout: The New Needle Arts.” She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida and a Friends of the Arts Award from the Pinellas County Arts Council. Her work is in many corporate and private collections throughout the U.S.
Michele is well-versed in a broad range of fine art and fine craft media, and she seeks artwork in others that is innovative and technically-proficient — work that exhibits a strong understanding of art principles and work which clearly displays a personal visual language.