2015 Festival Judges


KYLE Press PhotoBorn in 1958 in St. Petersburg Florida, Kyle received his MFA at the University of Cincinnati. He currently maintains a studio in Orlando where he teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Studio Arts at Valencia College. While showing nationally, he is also involved with other artists and arts organizations of Central Florida as a partner in community exhibitions. Kyle was the last artist to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Maitland Art Center, originally an artist colony. To date, Kyle’s active exhibition record has included 31 select exhibitions and 19 solo shows locally and nationally including SCOPE NY 2011, and Art Basel Miami. KYLE has been recognized by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and United Arts of Central Florida with Grants for Individual Artists. His work has received over 30 awards including 12 Best of Shows, Awards of Excellence and Awards of Distinction. Kyle is represented by ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Miami. A full list of accomplishments can be found here.


Dan GundersonDan Gunderson, professor of art at Stetson for more than 35 years, teaches ceramics, drawing and sculpture. He’s shown nationally in every major city and been published widely. During his tenure at Stetson, he amassed for the university one of the finest contemporary ceramics collections in the state. Having spent 30 years almost exclusively in ceramics, his current works visually express his observation of pop culture. Via the medium of iconic movie characters, his work reflects that we are a composite of our experiences. To achieve this, Gunderson selects and arranges both colors and characters to create figurative amalgamations. A full list of his accomplishments can be found here.