Rotary of Maintland Art Festival


2019 JUDGES

Glen Gentele

Glen Gentele is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Orlando Museum of Art. He has over 20 years of experience in museum administration, art, fundraising, education, and community engagement. Previously he served as the President of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, a 110,000 square-foot cultural center that supported a broad-spectrum of exhibition, film, education, and special event programming. Prior to that held a joint-appointment as Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park & Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri—a 105-acre open-air museum focused on cutting-edge art—and as the Aronson Endowed Professor for Modern and Contemporary Art, at University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Earlier in his career Gentele was the Head of Collections Management, and Curator of Exhibitions, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, a 66-acre cultural complex located on Sarasota Bay. He received an MFA degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest continuously degree granting art school in the United States; and earned his BFA degree from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

 

Shannon Fitzgerald

Shannon Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of the Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando. She is a modern and contemporary art curator, museum professional, writer, and educator whose work focuses on international emerging and mid-career artists and thinkers. She was Executive Director of Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, a non-collecting contemporary art museum and prior to that Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where she directed the exhibition and publication programs. For over 18 years, she has created exhibitions, community-focused initiatives, and publications with a diverse roster of artists from across the globe. She has taught art history and curatorial practice and been a visiting critic, curator, lecturer, and juror nationally. Fitzgerald’s research interests include exploring the diversity of global art-making and how culture informs art, which impacts society, and improves communities.

 

Debbie Komanski

Debbie Komanski has served as the Executive Director of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens since January 2004. She received her degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. As a native of Winter Park and graduate of Winter Park High School, she brings a deep knowledge of the cultural arts and history of the area to the Polasek Museum and the city of Winter Park. Over the past 35-plus years, Komanski has served as president of a number of organizations including the Rotary Club of Winter Park, UCF Alumni Association, Volunteer Center of Central Florida, Town and Gown Council, and held other key leadership positions on multiple boards of directors for non-profit organizations, such as the International Committee for the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague, Czech Republic. She was named in 2015 by Winter Park Magazine as one of Winter Park’s most influential people and was the honoree of the 2015 Winter Park History Museum’s Peacock Ball. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce awarded her the 2016 Community Leader of the Year award and the Polasek Museum as the Community Organization of the Year.

 

2019 YOUTH ART SHOW JUDGES

Victoria Walsh

Victoria Walsh picked up knotting during her time spent serving as an activities therapist at various mental health facilities in Central Florida. While developing projects and calming fiber art projects, she began to stretch into the streets of Orlando and "Fiber Bombed" the city with collaborative installations and workshops for all ages. She has become community focused, street-art savvy artist who takes pride on educating others on the meditative art that is Macrame! Victoria is a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Action at Art & History Museums - Maitland, tying herself into synergistic projects representative of local community.

Jacoub Reyes

Jacoub Reyes is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Orlando, Florida. He has been featured in several publications such as The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Number Magazine, Centric Magazine and Artborne Magazine. A recipient of the Awesome Grant, Southern Graphics International grant award, J.R. Hopes scholarship, Master Scrounge Printer award by Ke Francis and other accolades. Jacoub is a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Action at Art & History Museums – Maitland.

Nicholas Kalemba

Nicholas Kalemba Nicholas Kalemba is a contemporary painter living and working in the land of cartoon mice and simulated reality, Orlando, FL. He graduated with a BFA in 2016 and an MFA in 2019 from the University of Central Florida. Specializing in acrylic and oil painting on a large-scale, he works as a muralist, studio painter and adjunct professor, as well as exhibiting locally and regionally. Nicholas is a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Action at Art & History Museums – Maitland.

Ericka Sobrack

Ericka Sobrack Ericka Sobrack was born and raised in a small mid-western town in Minnesota. She specializes in small and large-scale paintings portraying suburban domestic scenes of America in both acrylic and oil paint. Sobrack has participated in local and national juried exhibitions. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida and graduated in 2019 with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. Ericka is a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Action at Art & History Museums – Maitland.

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