2014 FESTIVAL JUDGES
Jennifer Coolidge has over 27 years of experience as an arts administrator and currently serves as the Director of Development, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida. She has served as the Executive Director for the Museum of Florida Art (2001-2012); Executive Director for Florida Alliance for Art Education, FAAE (1995-2001); Education Coordinator for the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL and served in arts positions for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem-Forsyth County Arts Council, Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston Salem, NC and others in North Carolina. She has also served as a consultant, presenter and grant panelist for such organizations as The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at The University of Southern Mississippi; Arts Extension Service, University of Massachusetts; ICARE, Initiative for Cultural Arts and Education in Cleveland, Ohio; United Arts of Central Florida, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center in Rochester, NY and the Arts Council of Asheville, NC. Jennifer also has served as a freelance curator for museums and art festival judge and juror for such Florida festivals as Ocala Arts Festival, ArtWorks: Eau Gallie Fine Art Festival in Melbourne Beach, FL, Mt. Dora Festival of the Arts, Maitland Art Festival, Leesburg Art Festival, Melbourne Art Festival, Lake Eustis Art Festival and others. Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and completed a fellowship with the Denali Initiative on Social Enterprise in 2000 through The Kauffman Center on Entrepreneurial Leadership. Coolidge has received such awards as an Ambassador of the Arts Award from Florida First Lady, Columba Bush, in 2005; Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Music Educators Association in 2002, and the ACE of Hearts Award from FAAE in 2001. She serves as Past President for the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida House in Washington, DC and a member of the Florida Chamber Foundation's Six Pillar Planning Caucus.
Ray Azcuy was born in Havana, Cuba and lives/works in South Florida. He received his BA and MA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
He was a recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Summer Fellowship. His work is in several corporate, private, and museum collections including the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami. Recent solo exhibitions include mia Gallery, Miami International Airport, Miami, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Fl., Miami-Dade College, Kendal Campus, Miami, and St. Petersburg Art Center, St. Petersburg, Fl. Azcuy’s work has also been in numerous group exhibitions including: New Art South Florida, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami; Big Juicy Painting (and More), Miami Art Museum, Miami; PUSH PLAY Redefining POP, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, Fl.; Constructing Realities, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota; That Place, Moore Building, Miami; Aesthetics & Values, Florida International University, Miami; Building Forms: Architectural Reference in Sculpture, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach; The Florida National, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Fl. Additionally, Azcuy has taught art at the secondary and college levels and was visual arts supervisor and director of museum magnet programs for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.