34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook

October 13 - 14, 2018

10 am – 5 pm

The Judges

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.

Mallory McCane O’Connor  

Professor of Art History, Emerita, Santa Fe College

And President, oconnorartLLC


Mallory McCane O’Connor was born in Illinois and grew up in California.  She attended the University of California at Davis and Santa Barbara before moving to Mexico and then to Ohio where she completed her education at Ohio University.  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 subsequently taught courses in art history at the University of Florida, Gainesville from 1969-77 and at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida from 1994-2005. Currently she is Professor of Art History, Emerita, at Santa Fe College, having retired from her position as Professor of Art History in 2005. From 1983 through 1994 she was Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs and Director of the Thomas center Gallery. In 2010 she co-founded, with her husband, artist and UF Professor Emeritus of Art John A. O’Connor, a new company—oconnorartLLC. The company provides a wide range of fine arts services including exhibition design, consulting, fine arts lectures and other related services. From Dec. 2010 through November 2011 she served as Interim Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Gainesville Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Thomas Center Galleries. She recently curated an art exhibition focusing on the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art that was on display at the Thomas Center Gallery in Gainesville and traveled to several additional venues in Florida. She has been assisted in her research and curatorial activities by numerous grants from the Florida Humanities Council and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.


O’Connor is the author of numerous articles in magazines and scholarly publications including “Prehistoric Ceramics of the Florida Georgia Area,” American Indian Art Magazine, 1980; “Grave Goods of the Florida Elite,” Phoebus Magazine, 1986; “Woodland Pottery,” The Dictionary of Art, London, 1996; and “The Art of Hope: Florida and the WPA,” FORUM Magazine, 2005. The University Press of Florida published her book on the art and culture of the pre-Columbian Native Americans, Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast, in 1995. O’Connor’s second book, Florida's American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region, co-authored with photographer Gary Monroe, was published by the University Press of Florida in 2009. O’Connor’s essay “Before Bartram: Artist-Naturalist Mark Catesby,” co-authored with Dr. Arlene Fradkin, was recently included in Fields of Vision, an anthology of essays on Bartram’s Travels published by the University of Alabama Press.


 O’Connor’s current projects include organizing a sequel of the highly successful Region4: Transformation Through Imagination, an exhibition focusing on the science and emotions of living near the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site. The new exhibit, Region4.1.0: Remediation, will take place in Fall of 2015 at the Santa Fe College Gallery. O’Connor also serves on the Board of the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center and the Board of Protect Gainesville Citizens/The Superfund Art Project.