Team Member Tuesday: Hillary Crawford

This Team Member Tuesday, let’s meet someone who just couldn’t stay away!Hillary

Name: Hillary Crawford

Position: Arts Consultant

How long have you been with the Division?

I started working for the Division in July of 2015. Previously I worked for the Division from January 1999 to October 2002 in various capacities.

So what exactly do you DO?

As a program manager, I assist grantees in the media arts, multidisciplinary, and presenter categories of the Discipline-Based arts grants. I see the grantees through the entire life of their grant, from their application and eligibility, to the panel process, and then with managing their awards throughout the year until the final report.  I also assist with the installation of art for the Capitol Complex Exhibition program and am beginning to work with Fellowships, Endowments, and Art in State Buildings. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Patty Warren

It’s Team Member Tuesday again!  This week we’re talking with Patty Warren.

Keep your eyes peeled, by the way, for new NON-Team Member stories coming soon!

Name: Patty Warren       Patty

Position: Operations Management Consultant II

How long have you been with the Division? 10 years

So what exactly do you DO? I manage the Division’s budget, prepare all annual documents for the Legislative Budget Request, oversee the grant payment process and manage the National Endowment for the Arts State Partnership Award while supervising assigned staff. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Gaylen Phillips

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re deep into panel season here at the Division of Cultural Affairs, and almost every day we have a panel meeting via teleconference.  The panels review grant applications, then recommend the best applications for funding by the State of Florida.

In light of this, this week’s Team Member Tuesday features Gaylen PhillipIMG_0051s, who oversees our grants program:

Position: Arts Administrator

How long have you been with the Division? 25 transformative years

So what exactly do you DO? At this time, I manage the grants services which means I supervise the program managers. I am involved in the guidelines and application procedures for most of the grant programs and I manage several very large contracts. And a lot more stuff that’s too much to mention. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Elsie Rogers

Gosh, we missed Team Member Tuesday yesterday!  Let’s make up for it now with a little bit about Elsie Rogers:

How long have you been with the Division? Since October 2012

EJR CroppedSo what exactly do you DO? I am the Program Manager for Cultural Facilities and Cultural Endowments

What’s your favorite part of your job? Working with and helping grantees and working with my co-workers.  I also love seeing the Cultural Facility projects when they are completed. Being involved with people who love the arts.

Are you an artist yourself? Yes, I am a poet and my MA is in Creative Writing.

What do you like to do for fun? Play tennis, have dinner with family and friends, active vacations… Continue reading

Welcome back!

Welcome back to our blog, which has been too quiet for too long!

We’re starting a new ongoing feature: welcome to Team Member Tuesday! We’ll be spotlighting a Division team member every week. This week, we’ll kick off with one of our newer program managers, Michelle Smith Grindberg.michelle-bentley

Position: Arts Consultant

How long have you been with the Division?
I began my position in April 2015.

 So what exactly do you DO?
I manage grants for Arts in Education and Underserved Cultural Community Development, as well as serve as the Art Education Specialist. In this capacity, I want to engage in collaborative conversations with other state and national arts education managers and educators, regarding best standards and advocacy avenues for arts integration in our schools and creative, lifelong learning methods. Continue reading

Video Postcard from: The Florida Sculptors Guild and “From Start to Finish”

by Tim Storhoff

Recently, Florida artist Brian R. Owens created this video of a sculpture exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and shared it with the Culture Builds Florida blog. The show entitled “From Start to Finish” took place last year and featured the work of the Florida Sculptors Guild, which aims to be the “go to” place for all things sculptural in the state.

The sculptures presented in “From Start to Finish” can be seen in the video below, which Owens and edited. He describes the exhibition as follows:

The title of the show embodies its theme. Each sculpture was accompanied by a printed description with photos of the process used to create it. The methods and materials of sculpture are diverse. Materials included bones, paper, fired clay, plastilina, bronze, plaster, ceramics, steel, stone, wood, fabric and wood branches. Methods varied from direct modeling (which is how I made my piece) to more complicated processes such as “lost wax” bronze casting. Pieces varied greatly in size. The intent of the sculptors varied as well. Marla E’s playful work included a sign inviting people to touch and rearrange it. Linda Brant’s work flows from deeply held beliefs about our relationship to other forms of life. The exhibit space was small but this shortened the distance between the viewer and the work, making the experience more intimate, less formal. The work was good and the presentation unusual. This may be why curator Rachel Frisby reported that the show was more than well received. It was a hit!

I asked Owens to discuss the current status of sculpture as an art form in Florida and what role the Guild plays in promoting it.

When you say “sculpture in Florida” my mind hears it as “opportunities to do sculpture commissions in Florida in the immediate future and be paid properly.” Such opportunities appear to be rare. I can only see things from my perspective and I don’t have a birds-eye view of the State, but it is possible to manage without one. The Guild is diverse so I’m speaking for myself when I say I consider Florida as my backyard and this time zone as my neighborhood. Florida may be in its infancy as a market but I’m working on my first transatlantic commission, albeit a small one. Systems that worked for me before, such as gallery representation, are now just another tool in my tool box.

The ability to share sculpture through film is an additional tool that Owens plans to use moving forward. “Given the unusual space and the lush surroundings, the decision to make a movie was an easy one,” he said. “Getting it done was a bit harder than I thought. I had to borrow a camera, build some gear, learn how to use apps and find music to license.” The video documenting this exhibition was designed for YouTube and small screens, but Owens says the next movie will be in high definition.

The Florida Sculptors Guild was established in 2008 and was the brainchild of Amy Wieck and Linda Moore. Wieck explained, “Our mission is to enrich, include and educate our community about the sculptural arts. We provide emerging and established sculptors the space, education, exposure, and connections they need for artistic, creative and professional advancement.” The Florida Sculptors Guild is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to purchase a sculpture by connecting them with its professional members.

You can find the Florida Sculptors Guild on Facebook or at You can learn more about Brian Owens and his artwork at