2018 Professional 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.

Kristy Andersen
Media Art

Kristy Andersen is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work is centric to Florida, where she has worked for more than 40 years. The documentary, Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, is her legacy film, the seminal story of the pioneering Florida anthropologist, and author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” It was awarded…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Sheila Cowley

Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer based in St. Petersburg. Current projects include collaborative work with choreographers Helen Hansen French and Paula Kramer. . . The Burlesque Astronomy Play about women, science and art. . . plays onstage in Charleston, Austin, NYC, Dubai and Sydney. . . and new plays involving…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Kevin Grass
Visual Art

As a young boy, Kevin Grass was intently drawing at the kitchen table in his family’s small home in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, when his mom rushed in, asking: “Didn’t you see all the smoke?” He was so engrossed in his sketches of dinosaurs that he never noticed that his mother had washed some sneakers and had put them in the oven to dry and…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Lenore Myka

Lenore Myka is the author of King of the Gypsies: Stories, winner of the 2014 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and a finalist for the Chautauqua Book Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Pinellas, the City of Somerville Arts Council, and Hawthornden International Writer’s Retreat. Her…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Clayton Swartz
Visual Art

Clayton Swartz is a sculptor who works primarily in welded metal, layered and lacquered to create colorful and vibrant pieces that blend modern abstract sensibilities with more formal subjects that often reveal an ocean life theme. Swartz has lived in Pinellas Country most of his life. After starting his artistic pursuits as a painter at St. Petersburg College…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Catherine Woods
Visual Art

Catherine Woods is a sculptor who builds pieces from architectural glass and metal. These large, public-art works aim to respond to, and transform, the environments around them. Woods earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland. She continued her education at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, where she studied advertising. Since 2003…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Michael Conway
Visual Art

Michael Conway is a photographer and photo mixed media artist based in St. Petersburg, FL. His work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally, recently exhibiting work in the 2017 Songzhuang International Photo Biennale in Beijing, China. He has been producing fine art photography since the early 70’s discovering new works…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Donald Gialanella
Visual Art

Donald Gialanella is a sculptor who focuses on turning metal and found materials into large-scale shapes, figures, and symbols. His body of work includes elegant steel horses, towering, abstract totems, and wry orbs made up of discarded consumer objects, and can be found both in public sculpture gardens from California to New York, and in…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Jason Hackenwerth
Visual Art

Jason Hackenwerth received his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 and Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. 1997. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world including the Solomon R Guggenheim New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum London, and…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Ric Savid
Visual Art

Ric Savid was born in New York City, served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He worked as a police reporter for the St. Petersburg Times upon first moving to Florida, and currently lives in Clearwater. Savid has taught darkroom photography at Tampa Bay area art centers and for…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

Natalie Symons

Natalie Symons’ plays have been developed and produced at freeFall Theatre, ACT, Aurora Theatre, American Stage, New American Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Florida Studio Theatre, Bridge Street Theatre, Theatre22, Amas Musical Theatre, New Century Theatre, and Urbanite Theatre. Natalie’s commissioned play Schooney’s Home for Girls and John, inspired…Read More and Find the Artist’s Blog Here

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