2018 Emerging Artist Grantees

Creative Pinellas honors our County’s working artists, their accomplishments to date and supports their efforts to advance their careers with the promise of future achievement in their chosen medium in its widest sense.

Daniel Barojas
Visual Art

Daniel works in various artistic mediums including painting, mixed media illustration, watercolor, graphic/product design, jewelry, photography and murals. The creative works from the mind of Daniel Barojas seek to cultivate a visual world that is a brew of elements from traditional cultures, ancient mythologies and…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Brandie Dziegiel
Visual Art

Brandie Dziegiel is a printmaker and art educator based out of Clearwater, FL. Before she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in art education with minors in studio art and art history she was active duty with the United States Coast Guard for four years. Recently, her relief prints were published in Military Experience and the…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Reid Jenkins
Visual Art

Reid Jenkins, El Ren Sloe, is a contemporary artist who lives and works out of St Petersburg, Florida and was in “Shine” St. Petersburg Mural Festival. Reid was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida graduating from the P.C.C.A. at Gibbs High School. He holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Reid has shown in numerous group shows…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Ari Robinson
Visual Art

Ari Robinson is a collage artist who currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work is approached by a creative execution driven by process and spontaneity; focused on form, color, and energy. Informed with an intuitive sense of color and space, she then establishes the direction of each piece, layer by layer until the work feels grounded with a…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Jonathan Talit
Visual Art

Jonathan Talit grew up in Lakeland, FL. He went to the International Baccalaureate High School in Bartow, FL, where he took art classes and participated in arts-related community service. After graduating high school, he moved to Boston to attend Boston University. After taking classes in many fields, he decided on a BFA in Sculpture and…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Saumitra Chandratreya
Visual Art

Saumitra Chandratreya is a Fiber-Installation artist who lives in Largo, FL. He was born in Mumbai and he considers Bangalore, India as his other home. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 with a degree – Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment. He has a BFA in Textile Design from the Srishti Institute of Art…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Marquis Floyd

Marquis Floyd is an amazing artist from Clearwater, Florida. He is a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Marquis is also a Pinellas County Center for the Arts graduate of the class of 2013. Marquis has been a scholarship student at numerous prestigious schools for dance such as Boston Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Tenea Johnson

Tenea D. Johnson is the author of Starting Friction, a poetry/prose collection, as well as the novels, R/evolution and Smoketown, of which Publisher’s Weekly wrote “the understated, lyrical prose makes even small moments feel triumphant.” Smoketown went on to win the Parallax Award while R/evolution received an honorable mention that year…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Xina Scuderi
Visual Art

Xina Scuderi is a self-taught fine art photographer based in St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay), Florida. She is a St. Pete native and has a Bachelors Degree in Geography and Anthropology from University of South Florida. Scuderi is most known for her Macro Collection of wildlife and nature. Capturing the smallest details challenges and excites her. Macro offers a…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Suzanne Wieland
Music Composition

Suzanne Wieland (MA) is a composer who lives in the Tampa Bay area. Her compositions have been recorded by Ablaze Records. Suzanne received her education at Florida State University, University of North Texas, and Florida Atlantic University. Recent performances of original works include Sinfonietta by the Brno Philharmonic in…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

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