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2024 Emerging Artist Exhibition

May 9 - July 21

Discover the next wave of artists!

Join us for a diverse and innovative exhibition of work showcasing the dynamic creations of our 2024 Emerging Artist grant recipients. This eighth annual exhibition features original work by ten exceptional artists: Kaitlin Crockett, Vanessa Cunto, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Fran Failla, Tyler Gillespie, Antonia Lewandowski, David McCauley, Harriet Monzon-Aguirre, Gaby Rosa and Luci Westphal.

Don’t miss your chance to support and acquire stunning pieces from these up-and-coming artists!

The Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10am –5pm.

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Meet the Artists

David McCauley

By David McCauley

David McCauley is an interdisciplinary artist based in St Petersburg, FL. Since 2012, he has founded multiple 501c3 organizations such as the Rise Up Gallery, Laundromat Art Space, Artillery Residency and The Wynwood Tour Guide App. Each of these entities have been awarded numerous accolades for their programs which encompass art therapy workshops in the community, studio/exhibition space for artists, a live/work artist in residency, and a smartphone based walking tour of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. McCauley’s artwork…… Read More

Fran Failla

By Fran Failla

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fran’s personal artistic journey began at a very early age. Given the opportunity in elementary school to take up painting, she quickly showed a special aptitude for the medium. Her teacher recognized this and encouraged her mother to nurture her talent. Her mother wasted no time purchasing oil paints, canvas and easel for her to use. With this, she later went on to win several local and national art competitions for her work. In high…… Read More

Thomas Sayers Ellis

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Poet, photographer, and bandleader Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc,: Identity Repair Poems, He co-founded The Dark Room Collective and The Dark Room Reading Series in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, and Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2010, 2015). In 2015, he co-founded Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a literary Free Jazz band of artists who were awarded the…… Read More

Antonia Lewandowski

By Antonia Lewandowski

Growing up in the multi-lingual Yorkville section of New York City during the Fifties, Antonia Lewandowski had an easy walk to museums and libraries, concerts in Central Park, and East River events. She credits this rich environment for her love of reading and the development of her imagination. Antonia holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and graduate degrees in literature and the arts from Wesleyan University and Marquette University, as well as an undergraduate degree in…… Read More

Tyler Gillespie

By Tyler Gillespie

Tyler Gillespie is an award-winning writer and educator. He’s written for Rolling Stone, GQ, The Washington Post, The Nation, Salon, and Playboy. His poetry appears in anthologies such as In Absentia: Reflections on the Pandemic and Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology while his humor writing can be found in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny. He’s the author of a nonfiction collection The Thing about Florida: Exploring a…… Read More

Gaby Rosa

By Gabriela Rosa

For the past five years, Gaby Rosa has blazed a trail as a full-time, professional fire and circus performer. Her journey commenced with fire dancing, a mesmerizing art form that kindled her creative spirit and ignited her passion for the liberating beauty of performance art. From that moment, she delved into the captivating world of circus, ultimately discovering her love for the Cyr wheel. Gaby’s performances are a captivating blend of fire arts and circus spectacle, showcasing her profound connection…… Read More

Kaitlin Crockett

By Kaitlin Crockett

Kaitlin Crockett is a printmaker, writer, book artist, educator, librarian, and owner of Print St. Pete. Primarily using analog methods like Letterpress and Risograph printmaking, she creates zines, publications, broadsides, and other printed ephemera. Since 2013 Kaitlin has provided hands-on education and affordable access at Print St. Pete Community Letterpress, founded with Bridget Elmer. She has taught letterpress and book arts at Penland School of Craft, and Ringling College. Her work has been exhibited at Ringling College, Dunedin Fine Arts…… Read More

Vanessa Cunto

By Vanessa Cunto

Vanessa is a Florida native and local artist here in the city of St. Petersburg. She has always placed creativity at the core of her  life, from her formative years through her education and into her personal and professional endeavors. Vanessa holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida, with a specialized focus on painting; and in her professional career, she has worked as an Art Director. Her current body of work consists of intricate graphite drawings inspired…… Read More

Luci Westphal

By Luci Westphal

Luci Westphal is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, writer, and social artist with a focus on biophilic art to enhance people’s well-being by connecting with the outdoors through art, especially in unexpected places. Luci grew up in the big sky landscape of the Haseldorfer Marsch near Hamburg, Germany, where she got her first camera at age 8. After moving to America and graduating from film school in Tallahassee, Florida, she also lived and worked in Brooklyn, Berlin, and Colorado, and since…… Read More

Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

Harriet Monzon-Aguirre is an oil painter and aspiring surface pattern designer creating out of Bahia Studios in Safety Harbor. She spent her early childhood and formative years on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Harriet earned scholarships to study an International Baccalaureate at the United World College (UWC-USA) in New Mexico and then a Bachelor’s degree at Earlham College, Indiana, before completing her Master of Fine Art from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK in 2011. Her international background…… Read More

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So fortunate to be part of this cadre of artists for 2024.

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