Pictured Above: Sydney McKenna, artist Clyde Butcher, Jan Miller and David Engdahl
The Cultural Center curatorial committee was created to strengthen our organization’s mission of “bringing the arts into the life of our community.” An important element of our mission is to provide opportunities for emerging and professional artists to develop and showcase their artistic talents, including exhibiting work in our galleries. The Cultural Center embraces area emerging artists, as well as nationally recognized artists with extensive resumes. As the curatorial committee considers submissions, they expect to include a broad range of artistic practices for gallery exhibitions.
DAVID ENGDAHL BIO
An architect by education and vocation, I have been working with laminated wood sculpture since 1971, and have exhibited my works throughout the U.S. including over twenty states. My work is included in numerous corporate collections as well as permanent collections of the Orlando Museum of Art (FL), the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL) and Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, AL). I received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Fine Arts Council of Florida in 1978. From 1994 to 1997, two of my works were displayed in the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain through the U.S. State Department, and one each have been in U.S. embassies in Latvia, Angola, and Zimbabwe.
SYDNEY McKENNA BIO
Sydney McKenna holds a degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and attended graduate studies in 1996 at the Cortona, Italy campus of the University of Georgia. After her return to the States she relocated to St. Augustine, where she opened the Sydney McKenna Gallery in 1997.
She is the recipient of many competitive awards, and her paintings have been featured on the covers of numerous magazines, including “Florida Living Magazine” July, 1992 issue, and the coming issue of “Saw Palm”, the University of South Florida’s Art and Culture magazine. In addition, four of her paintings were included in Florida’s American Heritage River-Images from the St. Johns Region (2009), a 10 year project surveying the river’s affect on artists from prehistory to contemporary times, written by Mallory O’Connor, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Santa Fe College) and Gary Monroe, Professor of Fine Arts and Photography at Daytona State College.
Sydney’s paintings are found in corporate, public and private collections, including Capital One’s corporate collection of American art, (McLean, VA), The Museum of Florida Art, (Deland, Florida), The Contrarian Group, and the private collections of Admiral Kevin Delaney (ret.) and Patrice Munsel, retired opera star (Schroon Lake, NY).
JAN MILLER BIO
Jan has been an artist for about 35 years. Her career started in Chicago, Il. Where she exhibited widely in fine art fairs and galleries. Jan's work is widely collected. Major collections include The Illinois State Fine Arts Museum, Springfield, Il., The Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., The Union League Club of Chicago, Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, Mi. among others.
Jan Miller was the co-director of the ARC gallery in downtown Chicago; Owner of the Jan Miller Gallery in St. Augustine; Founder of the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Fl.,; and membership chairman of FLORIDA ARTIST GROUP. Miller does large scale still life paintings in acrylics....also mixed media collages and assemblage.
Exhibition submissions are accepted through the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. The curatorial committee does not take submissions directly; however, submissions will be forwarded by completing the on-line process