Jenny K. Hager, Director Magician, Master Illusionist
Jenny K. Hager is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Florida, where she has been teaching since 2006. She received her MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in CA. Interested in a variety of processes and materials, she finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life and other curiosities. She is also very interested in collaboration; the spirit of community important in both her teaching practice and in her own work. Hager’s work has been exhibited across the country and abroad, including Germany, Wales, Latvia, and Italy. Most recently, Hager created a twenty-foot tall steel mosaic giraffe sculpture for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Hager encourages her student to dream big as well and strives to create both professional and collaborative opportunities within the curriculum, including Seaside Sculpture Park, Josephine Sculpture Park in KY and Zoo Lights.
Sheila Goloborotko, Printmaking Wizard
Goloborotko engages in a restless, relentless material practice that allows singular ideas to emerge in the guise of numerous artistic actions. This multidisciplinary artist has exhibited in museums and galleries on four continents, and yet has remained firmly committed to community. Her printshops in Jacksonville and rural Pennsylvania are sites of print and poetic activism, empowering first-time printmakers and developing the vision of mid-career artists.
An experienced academic who thinks outside the box, Goloborotko is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of North Florida. Founder of Goloborotko’s Studio’s, a center for production and diffusion of printmaking that encourages the voice and vision of individual artists in a nurturing environment that supports the creation of works that push the boundaries of printmaking.
Goloborotko’s efforts serve as a bridge between individual mastery and community activism, exploring the shifting boundaries of the information age as it relates to multiples and collective Consciousness.
Jason John, Painting Lord
Jason has been affiliated with Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Arcadia Gallery in New York. Jason’s work has been on the front covers of Blue Canvas Magazine, Art Calendar, Poets and Artists Magazine, Visual Arts Overture Magazine, and Weave Magazine. Jason’s work has been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector Magazine, Manifest Gallery’s International Painting books 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Studio Visit Magazine, Creative Quarterly Magazine, and Aesthetica Magazine. Jason participated in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s exhibition ‘Get Real’, curated by Ben Thompson and was included in the Huntsville Museum of Art’s exhibition, Red Clay Survey. Since 2005, Jason has participated in 150 national and international exhibitions.
Cynthia Handel, Costume Aficiondo & & Choreography Expert
Cynthia has investigated sculpture and performance for the past 20 years. Her work combines fabricated steel, cast bronze and iron elements with silk, wood, beeswax and fire. All of which are "poetic and graceful, intuitive and intimate much like a dance of the body". Her work is inspired by natures organic forms, structures and hybrids of these forms. Each piece is a result of marks, gestures and multiple layers of decision making. Cynthia was an Assistant Professor at LSU and a guest artist at numerous universities throughout the US, she has presented her work internationally at The College Art Association, International Sculpture Center, and numerous International Conferences for Cast Iron. Handel's work has been exhibited in Wales, England, China, Italy and the USA. She has participated in artist in residencies in Wales, England, CA, MN, WY, MT and NM. She now maintains a studio in Montana.
Andrew Smith, Stilt Walker Extraordinaire
Andrew Smith currently resides in Jacksonville, FL where he works as an artist and an Adjunct Instructor at The University of North Florida. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in sculpture from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX. Smith works in a variety of different materials and processes including metal fabrication, installation art, and foundry practices. He works in collaborative efforts, such as his work in Tin Soldier Press, where he has helped develop a new and innovative relief printmaking matrix. Smith has participated in conference on a national and international platform including the Southeastern College Arts Conference in Greensboro, NC, the 6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Arts in Kidwelly, Wales, and the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Arts & Practices in Birmingham, AL, and the 2013 SGC International Conference at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Milwaukee, WI.
Nicole Bovasso, The Bride
Nicole Bovasso was born in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey and is presently a graduate student at Georgia Southern University. She holds the position of studio assistant and monitor in small metals responsible for maintaining the shop and assisting in instructing students. She received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture from the University of North Florida in 2015.
Bovasso works primarily with casting materials, from wax and resin to iron and bronze, but continually explores new processes— currently silversmithing. Fascinated with the duality formed by internalized struggles and suffering within the lives of women, her work explores the mask that conceals and untold invisibly woven connections. Many of her works have been exhibited in galleries throughout Jacksonville including the UNF Gallery of Art, Monroe Gallery in downtown Jacksonville, and 3rd Street Gallery in Jacksonville Beach and currently has work at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY.
Gillian Harper, Wedding Cake Cupola Queen
American artist Gillian Harper is a recent graduate from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She is interested in materials and design processes that allow her to represent her view and connection to the Earth. Often exploring the importance of slowing down, finding inner peace and an individual path. Her work is colorful arrangements of organic shapes influenced by marine plant life and also castings of her forest findings where she allows the natural process of rusting metal to take over.
Dylan Staley, Musical Maestro
Dylan Staley, American Percussionist and composer, was born in Jacksonville, FL, December 24, 1992. He studied percussion under Kevin Garry, Charlotte Mabrey, and Dr. Andrea Venet. He has seated principal percussion in the University of North Florida Orchestra and Wind Symphony. As a freelance musician, he has performed the musicals “Aida” and “Fame”, as well as various smaller group projects. As an educator, he has taught private lessons and taught local high school percussion sections during the marching band and concert band seasons. He is currently the director of the University of North Florida Drumline. As a composer, he has written works for a variety of instruments, mostly combinations of percussion and other instruments. He stays active in his field by constantly researching performers, composers and educators.
D. Lance Vickery, Furnace Sorcerer
D. Lance Vickery is an artist and instructor at the University of North Florida. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Kentucky. Lance's work balances between formalist aesthetics and conceptual considerations of materials. His work has been exhibited across the country, including several outdoor sculpture exhibitions in GA, TN, and FL. Lance has worked on a number of private and public sculptures in Kentucky, California and Florida. He has a strong background creating functional artwork for homes, including outdoor seating, custom gates and decorative iron work. Lance is on the Board of Directors for Sculpture Walk Jax, which is located in Main Street Park and has hosted over 26 outdoor sculptures, bike racks and sculptural benches by international, national and local artists since 2014. He created a bike rack and outdoor sculpture for the inaugural exhibition of Sculpture Walk Jax. Additionally, he has created a Sculptural Bike Racks and Benches Program at UNF.
Andy Kozlowski, Printmaking Warlock
Andy Kozlowski, Printmaking Warlock
Andrew Kozlowski is an artist and teacher who has been living and working in the southeast for over a decade. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 and his BFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2003. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the duPont Gallery at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg VA, 1708 Gallery in Richmond VA, and the Philadelphia Print Center in Philadelphia PA. In 2009 he completed a residency at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and was awarded 2011-2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for his work in printmaking. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida.
Allen Peterson, Musical Mechanomancer
Allen Peterson is an artist who works in various media, from iron that is melted and shaped during performance art, to hand-cast paper and iron oxide printing, to raw beeswax that is placed on his sculptural work by live honeybees. During the late 1990’s he immersed himself in the foundry process at the Metal Arts program of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama. Until 2001 he was a Resident Artist in that program, serving as a teacher and resource for the creation of cast metal sculpture. He left Sloss to get his Master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota. After grad school, Allen Peterson taught sculpture at several colleges and universities including Atlanta College of Art. His current role as an artist and educator balances full-time artistic practice with the role of part-time professor at Kennesaw State University.
Susanne Roewer, Moving Sculpture Specialist
Susanne Roewer was finishing the undergraduate studies in material sciences (Non-metallic-Inorganic Materials) at Freiberg Technical University before starting her artistic career. She graduated from Berlin University of the Arts in 1999 with a Meisterschueler-degree in sculpture. For several years, she has run a studio in Berlin and the famous G7 Berlin network gallery before relocating to Switzerland, to pursue investigations in different materials supported by several art programs and collectors. Her artwork has been shown in different national and international galleries, museums and artassociations. She completed four art-within-architecture projects. Residencies and grants took her to Tasmania, California, Florida, Indiana and Scotland. Susanne lives now in Berlin and is represented by Gallery Kornfeld, Berlin.
Julie Chabrian, Wood Guru
Julie Chabrian’s extensive hands-on background and industrial knowledge base lend sensitivity to the materiality shown in her work. Her large-scale work utilizes industrial materials and processes, and the resulting compositions reference their commercial uses. This approach explores and emphasizes the formal characteristics of raw – gritty – industrial devices.
Julie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture at The University of North Florida, where she developed a formal and experimental body of work. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Southern Illinois University, where she studied printmaking, glassblowing, blacksmithing, and precious metal-smithing and refined her skills in woodworking, metal casting, and metal fabrication.
Julie Chabrian is a professional sculptor working at her studio in Cocoa, Florida. She has established a working relationship with companies across Florida who design and fabricate custom architectural elements, furnishings and decor. Her sculptures and furniture are featured in private and corporate collections.
Nikolaus James, The Groom
Nikolaus James was born in Melbourne, Florida and currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia where he attends graduate school and holds the position as gallery assistant at Georgia Southern University. From the Fall of 2015 to the Summer of 2017, James served as the Photo Lab Teaching Specialist at the University of North Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography.
Much of James' work includes fabricated scenes made before the camera, most of which are influenced by science fiction, fantasy, video games, and mythology. The use of miniatures and toys play a common role in his picture making process. His obsession with the use of small objects brought James to the Atlantic center for the Arts’ 26th Annual University Student Exhibition - being the first photography student from the University of North Florida to exhibit at the ACA Student Exhibition.
Mary Ratcliff, Wedding Cake Cupola Queen
Mary Ratcliff recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Sculpture and Minor in Professional Education. She has earned a wide array of awards, commissions, and recognition as an exemplary student and artist. Mary currently serves as creative assistant to multiple studio artists in Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District, while anticipating a pursuit of graduate studies. She exhibits her artworks both regionally and nationally, as well as creates custom designs for local, private collectors.
Mary’s ambitious sculptural visions come to life with no limitation of size, material, or process. From casting iron miniatures to constructing towering outdoor sculptures, she merges a variety of mediums to communicate her aesthetic aspirations. Her artworks, often presented as abstract images of nature and plant life, depict biological dependence and reference individual physiological and emotional connections to the people and world around us.