2013 FESTIVAL JUDGES
Stefan Alexandres is a sculptor and jeweler. From 1964 to 1972 he apprenticed for the metal arts in the traditional ways of the old world, as guided through organized guilds of Greece. His training was based on the Byzantine Art as well as involvement with museum reproductions in archaic designs.
In 1974 he opened his first studio in Athens, Greece. He specialized in repousse and Mediterranean filigree. He has continued with both processes and recently began experiments in the use of titanium for jewelry design. He immigrated to America in 1988 with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Alexandres teaches at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park Florida, as well for other institutions. Among his many awards, he received a United Arts of Central Florida individual artist award in 2007 and 2010, was invited to participate in the 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show, and the 2011 Museum of Florida Art VI Florida Biennia. He has many corporate commissions, and his work is in public permanent and private collections.
Mr. Alexandres is a member of SNAG, FSG, Crafthause, Florida sculptors Guild and Crealde School of Art.
Michael W. Haga
Michael W. Haga is Associate Dean at the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts, where he is responsible for the School’s ongoing administration as well as activities such as donor relations. Mr. Haga received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College and a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College (now Hollins University). He also is a member of the adjunct faculty in the School’s Art History Department.
Mr. Haga has served on the boards of the Lowcountry Arts and Cultural Council, Print Studio South, and the South Carolina Artisans Center. He also has served on the Charleston County Magnet School of the Arts’ School Governance Council as a community representative and as Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Mr. Haga currently is a member of the board of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and is a past-president of that organization. He also is the immediate past Chair of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans' Advocacy Task Force.
Mr. Haga has written exhibition reviews for The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Carolina Arts, and The Charleston City Paper. He has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition and the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival and judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States. Mr. Haga has served as a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, and the Coastal Community Foundation. In 2011 Mr. Haga joined the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC and became President of that group in March of the following year.