34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook

October 13 - 14, 2018

10 am – 5 pm

The Judges

Kerry Oliver-Smith

Kerry Oliver-Smith is the Curator of Contemporary art the Harn Museum of Art where she has overseen the contemporary collection. She has curated and coordinated  over sixty exhibitions, published several catalogues and publications and has  been awarded important grants from the Andy Warhol foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. . Prior to this position, she served as the Curator of Education. Oliver-Smith was born in Argentina and brought up in Latin America. A founder and artistic co-director of Florida’s Hippodrome State Theatre, she has a degree in Film and Media Studies and has worked extensively in theatre and film including projects in the United States, England, Scotland and Spain.

Denise A. Gross

Denise Gross is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Florida Gateway College. At Florida Gateway College she currently teaches courses in digital illustration and computer graphics. She is part of a panel that juries and curates two student art exhibitions a year, and all student art displayed on campus. She also works with the local art communities in Lake City and Columbia County.

Her professional art education consists of studies at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and Savannah College of Art and Design. She received her M.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012. Having had a background in medicine and science before pursuing formal art training, her approach to art is truly eclectic like her background. She is a person who derives ideas, inspiration, and style from a broad and diverse range of sources. Before becoming an art educator, she worked professionally as a scenic artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Currently she works in both traditional and digital illustration, fabric design, fiber art, and quilting design.