We are very excited to announce our 2014 Judges for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival!
Aja Roache, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Florida A&M University, her M.A. from New York University in Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities and Social Thought, and currently is working on her doctorate at the Florida State University’s Art Education Program, with a focus in Art Administration. Currently, Roache is an Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University in the Art Department teaching classes in Nonprofit Art Organizations and Curatorial Studies. Her professional experience includes teaching, facilitating art exhibitions, and programs at the Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery. She has also worked with various nonprofit organizations including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York City, The Florida A&M University Black Archives, The 621 Gallery and currently serves as the Gallery Director at Florida A&M University’s Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery. Aja’s primary interests include community enrichment initiatives in art spaces and art museum education.
Holly Keris is the Chief Curator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She received undergraduate degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a graduate degree in the History of Art from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the staff at the Cummer in 2003, Holly worked at The Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, and for the City of Orlando’s Public Art Program. She spent three years as Curator of Collections at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Holly is an active community volunteer who serves on the City’s Art in Public Places Committee, is a trustee of the Memorial Park Association, and is a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 2014.
Currently the Chair of the Department of Art at Florida State University as well as the Associate Dean for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Carolyn Henne is also a practicing artist in sculpture. Henne’s sculpture is largely informed by anatomical studies and ranges from large, complex interactive installations and performances to more straightforward, discrete objects. She is also the Director of the new Public Art and Architectural Art program, the Sculpture Head and the Interim Director for FSU’s Facility for Arts Research. Henne was a faculty facilitator in VCU’s da Vinci center where a collaborative team worked with VCU surgeons to develop a prototype for a life-like surgical trainer, which is now being replicated and employed to train surgical students and shared at workshops internationally. She has a Courtesy Faculty Appointment with the Department of Medical Humanities in FSU’s College of Medicine.
Raised in the New England area, Emma Thurgood eventually found her way to Florida when she attended the Ringling College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in painting. She then travelled to Memphis, Tennessee, to attend Memphis College of Art for her Master’s in studio art. Her knowledge extends to a variety of art making processes including painting/mixed media, photography, sculpture, craft, and fiber arts. It was in Memphis that Emma worked her way into the behind-the-scenes life of the gallery and since then has devoted herself to a mission of presenting the young, the emerging and the under-represented artists and art forms to the community through her work as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Art Center Sarasota. She also works independently as an artist’s agent through her start-up business, Grey Aces Fine Art Agency, where she currently resides in Sarasota, Florida.