2007 Festival Judges

Nancy Irish


Irish’s commitment to the fine arts has exhibited itself in many facets over her 40-year career, including her most recent position as Director of Fine Arts at the prestigious Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Highly respected as a teacher of art, Irish is equally regarded as a producing artist. Viewers appreciate her versatile style, which ranges from traditional water media of landscapes and nature studies to dynamic collage paintings. Her work exhibits an emphasis on strong design and bold yet sensitive color. Fellow artists refer to her as a “colorist.”

Irish has been a Florida resident for 49 years and is a graduate of Stetson University. Her paintings have been exhibited in both central and south Florida in juried shows and one-man exhibitions. Numerous works of her art are in private collections. She has recently relocated to the Sanford area where she is enjoying the beauty of central Florida.

Henry Sinn


Henry Sinn was born in Florida in 1956 and lives in the Orlando area. He is Department Head of Painting and Drawing at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL. Sinn received a B.A. in Painting from Rollins College in 1979 where he studied with Tom Peterson. He also studied extensively with local sculptor Grady Kimsey whom he regards as a mentor.

Sinn has held twelve solo shows since 1981. Venues include Valencia Community College, Seminole Community College, Crealde School of Art, Maitland Art Center, Museum of Florida Art in DeLand, Davis-McClain Gallery in Houston and the Cameron-Cobb Gallery in Atlanta. He also participated in a three-person show at Orlando Museum of Art.

In 2000, Sinn received a public commission to create a floor mosaic at the 4th Airside Terminal at the Orlando International Airport. The piece entitled “Field of Ferns” measures 17 by 94 feet.

Sinn’s work is represented in corporate collections such as Orlando City Hall, Sun Bank and the Cornell Museum in Winter Park. In Houston, his work has been bought by Amoco Oil, Century Development, Sunbelt National Bank and Harold Farb Co. His work can be seen at Austin’s Wyndham Hotel, Chicago’s Westin Hotel and numerous Florida collections.

Laurence Veinneau


Vienneau received his BFA from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMASS Dartmouth) in 1977. He took a year off after undergraduate before heading to Southern Illinois University where he earned a MFA in Painting /Printmaking in 1981. His thesis was on Native American art and Vienneau used the artifacts as models for large scale paintings and prints.

Vienneau has been teaching art since 1981.


While teaching in Alaska he worked closely with an Ahtna native write and scholar and collaborated on eleven books on Alaska Native oral traditions.

Vienneau has won 26 awards for publications and artwork, and he has exhibited throughout the USA as well as Canada, Russia andHong Kong.

Having taught in Massachusetts,Alaska, Minnesota, Vienneau is now with S eminole Community College in Lake Mary, Florida.