Along with Gary Bone, I am a co-curator of the Cofrin Gallery in Gainesville. At the Cofrin we strive to present exhibitions that educationally and culturally enhance our community.

One of our proudest exhibitions was the publicly unifying, "One Mountain Many Paths: The Art of Spirituality". This exhibition was organized in response to the threats of Gainesville's infamous "Quran Burning Preacher".  This exhibition was centered around a peace pole mounted in a steel salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage, and featured work by artists of every faith, (and non-faith).  At a time when so much negative attention was being brought on our city, we were proud to come together to make a unified, creative stand against intolerance.  

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  Current Exhibition:       ¡Celebrate the Santeros!    Selections from the Hector Puig Collection   September 17 – October 17, 2014  The Cofrin Gallery is proud to be part of a community collaboration of exhibitions, which simultaneously celebrate an outstanding collection of Puerto Rican art! Represented are a variety of Puerto Rican art forms, most notably a collection of small wooden sculptures created in the Santos Tradition.  These carved wooden Saints held tremendous historic and spiritual value for the people of Puerto Rico since the 16th century, and have been particularly important for use in rural home altars.  We are also pleased to welcome guest artists , J  osé Luis Peña Burgos, Orlando Luque,   Xavier Colón Marrero,  and  Eric Saunders  to our gallery on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12:30-2:30, where, these “Santeros” will demonstrate their carving processes and discuss their work.   Please join us for a reception honoring these artists and Mr. Puig on    Friday, September 26 from 5-7pm   _____________________________________________________________________________________________   Also visit our collaborating venues to view the diversity of the Puig collection, which includes work from many influential international and regional artists:    UF’s University Gallery:   Come Home; Selections from the Collection of Hector Puig,  September 2-November 7, 2014.   Reception: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.  featuring DJ music by John Polefko, dancing in the University Gallery courtyard, carving demonstrations by guest artists (santeros) and a special film screening at 8 p.m. of “La Churona” by the Latino Film Festival in the Fine Arts B theatre, which will be attended by the film’s director, Maria Cristina Carrillo.   UF’s Grinter Gallery :  Come Home; The Santos of Pedro Pablo Rinaldi, Jose Luis Pena Burgos, Orlando Luque and Eric Saunders  will be on display Sept. 8-Oct. 31, 2014.    Thomas Center Gallery:    THE HEART OF A CULTURE The Santos of Xavier Colón Sept. 27, 2014–Jan. 3, 2015  Reception: Saturday, Sept. 27, 6:00–9:00 pm      4Most Gallery at the UF School of Art and Art History:   Featuring selections from the Puig Collection during Artwalk Gainesvillle, Friday, Sept. 26, 6-10pm

Current Exhibition: 

 ¡Celebrate the Santeros!

Selections from the Hector Puig Collection

September 17 – October 17, 2014

The Cofrin Gallery is proud to be part of a community collaboration of exhibitions, which simultaneously celebrate an outstanding collection of Puerto Rican art! Represented are a variety of Puerto Rican art forms, most notably a collection of small wooden sculptures created in the Santos Tradition.  These carved wooden Saints held tremendous historic and spiritual value for the people of Puerto Rico since the 16th century, and have been particularly important for use in rural home altars.

We are also pleased to welcome guest artists, José Luis Peña Burgos, Orlando Luque, Xavier Colón Marrero, and Eric Saunders to our gallery on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12:30-2:30, where, these “Santeros” will demonstrate their carving processes and discuss their work.

Please join us for a reception honoring these artists and Mr. Puig on

Friday, September 26 from 5-7pm

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Also visit our collaborating venues to view the diversity of the Puig collection, which includes work from many influential international and regional artists:

UF’s University Gallery: Come Home; Selections from the Collection of Hector Puig, September 2-November 7, 2014.  Reception: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m. featuring DJ music by John Polefko, dancing in the University Gallery courtyard, carving demonstrations by guest artists (santeros) and a special film screening at 8 p.m. of “La Churona” by the Latino Film Festival in the Fine Arts B theatre, which will be attended by the film’s director, Maria Cristina Carrillo.

UF’s Grinter Gallery: Come Home; The Santos of Pedro Pablo Rinaldi, Jose Luis Pena Burgos, Orlando Luque and Eric Saunders will be on display Sept. 8-Oct. 31, 2014.

Thomas Center Gallery: THE HEART OF A CULTURE The Santos of Xavier Colón Sept. 27, 2014–Jan. 3, 2015 Reception: Saturday, Sept. 27, 6:00–9:00 pm

4Most Gallery at the UF School of Art and Art History: Featuring selections from the Puig Collection during Artwalk Gainesvillle, Friday, Sept. 26, 6-10pm


Recent Exhibitions:

  "Stetson Kennedy: A Life of Purpose" this January 2013 exhibition followed the arc of Stetson’s life of accomplishment and the people that he collaborated with as he spoke truth to power. He was the author of eight books, among them Palmetto Country, Klan Unmasked, The Jim Crow Guide, Southern Exposure and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War.    He collaborated with a diverse universe of people such as Zora Neale Hurston, Woody Guthrie, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sarte and Alan Lomax. Kennedy was an author, folklorist, environmentalist, labor activist and human rights activist who won numerous national and international awards. He was active in all of these areas until his death in 2011 at the age of 94.

"Stetson Kennedy: A Life of Purpose" this January 2013 exhibition followed the arc of Stetson’s life of accomplishment and the people that he collaborated with as he spoke truth to power. He was the author of eight books, among them Palmetto Country, Klan Unmasked, The Jim Crow Guide, Southern Exposure and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War.

He collaborated with a diverse universe of people such as Zora Neale Hurston, Woody Guthrie, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sarte and Alan Lomax. Kennedy was an author, folklorist, environmentalist, labor activist and human rights activist who won numerous national and international awards. He was active in all of these areas until his death in 2011 at the age of 94.

  Look Up  was a show about the sensation of flying. Kites are instruments of the wind. They are sensors that can connect us directly to our atmosphere. These are artifacts of playing, dancing, and sculpting in the sky. This work is both retrospective, and a look to the future. Showing more than 20 years of development, these original designs inspired by the natural world have evolved around Elverston's and Whiting's constant studies of the wind.  After long apprenticeships with two top kite design studios, Jordan Air Kites in Gainesville FL, and GuildWorks Flight Studio in Beverly MA,Tim Elverston met artist Ruth Whiting. Together Elverston & Whiting founded WindFire Designs, a handmade technology company and fine arts studio. Their innovations in wind arts have been recognized and shown around the globe for their beautiful styles, unique designs and refined systems that make their work possible.  http://windfiredesigns.com

Look Up was a show about the sensation of flying. Kites are instruments of the wind. They are sensors that can connect us directly to our atmosphere. These are artifacts of playing, dancing, and sculpting in the sky. This work is both retrospective, and a look to the future. Showing more than 20 years of development, these original designs inspired by the natural world have evolved around Elverston's and Whiting's constant studies of the wind.

After long apprenticeships with two top kite design studios, Jordan Air Kites in Gainesville FL, and GuildWorks Flight Studio in Beverly MA,Tim Elverston met artist Ruth Whiting. Together Elverston & Whiting founded WindFire Designs, a handmade technology company and fine arts studio. Their innovations in wind arts have been recognized and shown around the globe for their beautiful styles, unique designs and refined systems that make their work possible. http://windfiredesigns.com

  Southern Soul: Unchained and Expressed  was an survey of contemporary African American artists in our region. For many years these artists struggled to make their art and achieve recognition. Historically, in public schools attended by African Americans students, art instruction was not available. Art supplies were not locally available nor affordable. Even so, artists innovated and persevered to record important moments in the life of their communities.  The Harlem Renaissance changed forever the position of the African American artist in society by elevating all of the art forms that the artists of those times were working in; music, theater, literature and the visual arts. The art created by members of the Harlem Renaissance eventually spread throughout the world. Florida generated its own African American art genre of landscape painters known as "The Highwaymen." Today many African American artists are still largely self-taught, but a growing number are academically trained.   Southern Soul: Unchained and Expressed  presents seven visual artists from this region who work in a wide range of styles, from naïve to academic. African American Artists  Ayleen Harris ,  Emmitt Williams ,  Rootman ,  Ernest Lee , Ruben Wilkenson ,  Turbado  and  Roy McClendon, Jr.  contributed their art for this exhibition.  A reception for the artists in the Cofrin Arts Center was held on on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 6-8 p.m with Angela Terrell, noted gospel vocalist, who provided entertainment for the evening event.   Additionally a  fundraiser for Bluesman Willie Green featuring the R. Mutt band and Bluz Rebellion follows the opening from 8-10 p.m.  The concert will be held in the Edith D. Cofrin Theater..

Southern Soul: Unchained and Expressed was an survey of contemporary African American artists in our region. For many years these artists struggled to make their art and achieve recognition. Historically, in public schools attended by African Americans students, art instruction was not available. Art supplies were not locally available nor affordable. Even so, artists innovated and persevered to record important moments in the life of their communities.

The Harlem Renaissance changed forever the position of the African American artist in society by elevating all of the art forms that the artists of those times were working in; music, theater, literature and the visual arts. The art created by members of the Harlem Renaissance eventually spread throughout the world. Florida generated its own African American art genre of landscape painters known as "The Highwaymen." Today many African American artists are still largely self-taught, but a growing number are academically trained.

Southern Soul: Unchained and Expressed presents seven visual artists from this region who work in a wide range of styles, from naïve to academic. African American Artists Ayleen HarrisEmmitt WilliamsRootmanErnest Lee,Ruben WilkensonTurbado and Roy McClendon, Jr. contributed their art for this exhibition.

A reception for the artists in the Cofrin Arts Center was held on on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 6-8 p.m with Angela Terrell, noted gospel vocalist, who provided entertainment for the evening event.

Additionally a fundraiser for Bluesman Willie Green featuring the R. Mutt band and Bluz Rebellion follows the opening from 8-10 p.m.  The concert will be held in the Edith D. Cofrin Theater..

 The citizens of Gainesville have gained a national reputation for their vital, creative culture. Our city is blessed with individuals in many fields whose knowledge, professionalism and innovative pursuits make up our  “Creative Class”.  This March 2014 exhibition featured an eclectic group of visual and performing artists who came together to share their skills and experience during the UF sponsored, “Creative Capital” workshop in Oct. 2013. Creative Capital is an organization that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country.   This exhibition also celebrated and recognized these artists for their cultural contributions, which help make our community such a vibrant place to live and work.    Featuring the Artwork of:   Elif Akcali  - Mixed Media,  Dave Becker  - Music,  Tony Berry  - Clay,  Quintina Crawford  - Music,  Erin Curry  - Visual Art,  Joan Frosch  - Video,  Dawn Gaietto  - graphite on paper and photography,  Giang L Pham  - Photography,  Nicole Gugliotti  - Sculpture,  Rob Kolhouse  - Ceramics,  Dylan Klempner  - Mixed Media,  Logan Marconi  - Painting,  Tony Offerle  - Music,  Robert Ponzio  - Painting,  Tiffany Rhynard  - Video,  Cheyenne Rudolph  - Sculpture

The citizens of Gainesville have gained a national reputation for their vital, creative culture. Our city is blessed with individuals in many fields whose knowledge, professionalism and innovative pursuits make up our  “Creative Class”.  This March 2014 exhibition featured an eclectic group of visual and performing artists who came together to share their skills and experience during the UF sponsored, “Creative Capital” workshop in Oct. 2013. Creative Capital is an organization that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country.   This exhibition also celebrated and recognized these artists for their cultural contributions, which help make our community such a vibrant place to live and work.  

Featuring the Artwork of:

Elif Akcali - Mixed Media, Dave Becker - Music, Tony Berry - Clay, Quintina Crawford - Music, Erin Curry - Visual Art, Joan Frosch - Video, Dawn Gaietto - graphite on paper and photography, Giang L Pham - Photography, Nicole Gugliotti - Sculpture, Rob Kolhouse - Ceramics, Dylan Klempner - Mixed Media, Logan Marconi - Painting, Tony Offerle - Music, Robert Ponzio - Painting, Tiffany Rhynard - Video, Cheyenne Rudolph - Sculpture