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2015 Recipient of Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award is Susan Gott

Local Glass Artist Susan Gott Wins 2015 Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award, Plans Installation of Art/Glass Terrazzo Benches Along Tampa’s Green ARTery

Three Benches Planned for a Trio of Seminole Heights Area Parks Along the Hillsborough River.

 

TAMPA, Fla., March 10, 2015 – Carolyn Heller Art (carolynhellerart.com), a popular artist in the Florida visual arts community, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, today announced that local glass artist, Susan Gott, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Carolyn F. Heller Grant award. Gott is the fourth artist to win the grant as well as the first female and the first to have known the artist, Carolyn Heller.

“Carolyn was a fan of mine,” said Gott, who owns Phoenix Glass Studio Inc. in Seminole Heights. “She came to my studio during open houses and bought some of my work. (Winning this grant) means that much more to me having known her.”

Gott said the grant money will be used as a springboard to a project that she will begin in earnest this summer but that could take as much as a year to bring to fruition. She wants to install three art/glass terrazzo benches along the Green ARTery perimeter trail, which follows the Hillsborough River and aims to connect 22 neighborhoods along 22-miles from 40th Street to downtown Tampa. The plan is to place one bench each in River Boulevard Park, Ignacio Haya Linear Park and Rivercrest Park.

Gott envisions cyclists and pedestrians will use these sculptured benches to relax, rejuvenate and ponder.

“Most people involved with the Green ARTery don’t have that much experience with public art,” said Gott. “I’ve always wanted to make terrazzo and glass benches.”

Gott will work closely with Steward-Mellon, a Tampa terrazzo flooring and public art company that has pledged time and materials to fabricate the benches.

“It’s exciting that our mother’s legacy is able to touch another Tampa artist whom she knew, particularly for a public art installation” says Fran Heller, Carolyn Heller’s daughter who founded Carolynhellerart.com in her mother’s honor. “She would be one of the first to utilize these benches for their intended purposes.”

Some of Gott’s local public art can be seen in cast glass panels along a landscape trellis system on Zack Street, a chandelier in the Spring Hill Community Center in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa and in the waiting room of All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Gott was the highest scoring visual artist as determined by a panel of judges convened by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. The panel judged applicants based on impact of the artist or proposed project on the community, evidence of the artist’s commitment to personal artistic development, the potential for the proposed project to contribute to the artist’s personal growth, a realistic and well-defined budget and the quality of the artist’s work samples.

CAROLYN F. HELLER GRANT WINNERS:

2015 – Susan Gott 2014 – Michael Covello 2013 – Michael Parker 2012 – Arnolkis Turro

ABOUT THE CAROLYN F. HELLER GRANT AWARD The Carolyn F. Heller Grant, an award supported by a fund initially created by donations to Hillsborough Arts, is presented annually to the top-scoring artist in the Council’s Individual Artist Grant Program. The program funds accomplished artists or those with promising potential, providing support for specific projects that would further advance the artists’ professional growth. Carolyn’s daughter, Fran Heller has recently pledged that the award will become a permanent gift to the Hillsborough Arts Council. Carolyn F. Heller was a Florida artist who created works of bold shape and vivid color. She was influenced by abstract expressionism early in her 60-year career, yet her style evolved to embrace an unambiguous and playful vitality that mirrored her personality. She started drawing and painting in the 1950s at Newcomb College in New Orleans. Beginning with printmaking, wood-cuts and acrylics on canvas, she expanded into mixed-media on fabric, furniture and other everyday items. In every context, her work was sensual and full of energy. Passionate about public art, she was a long-serving member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She also helped establish the county’s Public Art Committee, which selects and purchases artwork for public display. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com for opportunities to view and purchase works from Heller’s private collection. See more of her work at www.facebook.com/carolynhellerart.

ABOUT SUSAN GOTT Susan Gott is an award-winning artist who has owned and operated her Phoenix Studio just north of Tampa since 1991. Gott earned her Bachelor of Science in art education from Radford University in Virginia in 1981 and her Master of Fine Arts in glass from Kent State University in Ohio in 1992. See her works at http://gottglass.com/.

2014 Recipient of Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award is Michael Covello

Local Artist Michael Covello Wins 2014 Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award, Plans Various Public Art Installations In Abandoned Tampa Buildings

The Potter’s Field Project to focus on Seminole Heights with 5-10 thought-provoking installations.

 

TAMPA, Fla., March 19, 2014 – The family of Carolyn F. Heller (carolynhellerart.com), a popular figure in the Florida visual arts community, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, today announced that local artist and installer Michael Covello has been named the 2014 recipient of the Carolyn F. Heller Grant award. Covello is the third artist to win this perpetual grant and wants to bring attention to the Seminole Heights neighborhood he has called home since 2010.

Covello will spearhead five to 10 art installations, called The Potter’s Field Project, starting within a month and spanning the entire summer, each taking a week or two to complete. He will use paint, fabric, canvas, wood, metal, paper and other materials, then thoroughly document the finished pieces with new photography equipment purchased with his award winnings.

Covello said he wants to spark thought and debate about not only his work, but the unique locations the installations will appear. That’s why he has chosen to work in abandoned buildings, including foreclosed homes. The Potter’s Field Project takes its name from the term for valueless areas of land turned into burial sites for the unknown.

“I knew it would be a project that would be difficult to do without support,” said Covello, 28. “I want to start a dialogue about the art, but also the locations and the socio-political aspect of what’s happened to the properties and the people who once dwelled there.”

Because the installations won’t last very long, Covello wants to center most of his effort around documenting the final product. He plans to exhibit the final documentation of this project at Tampa’s Community Stepping Stones, an after school art program for children. He hopes to host future art talks, centered on these installations, at local colleges and universities, including the University of South Florida where he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts last year and currently works in the art department.

“Our mother had a special affinity for public art and also trained at USF,” says Fran Heller, Carolyn Heller’s daughter. “She would be delighted that a USF alumnus is applying the award in the local community through an artistic vehicle that meant so much to her. We look forward to seeing the results of Michael’s work.”

Covello, born and raised in New York, was the highest scoring visual artist as determined by a panel of judges convened by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. The panel judged applicants based on impact of the artist or proposed project on the community, evidence of the artist’s commitment to personal artistic development, the potential for the proposed project to contribute to the artist’s personal growth, a realistic and well-defined budget and the quality of the artist’s work samples.

2013 Recipient of Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award is Announced

Michael Parker, Fran Heller and Art Keeble

TAMPA, Fla. – (March 12, 2013) — Michael Parker, a visual artist specializing in painting and public murals, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Carolyn F. Heller Grant, awarded through Hillsborough Arts, Inc., a support organization for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. The announcement was made today at the reception for the Carolyn F. Heller exhibition that opened March 1 at the Tampa Museum of Art.

“A passionate supporter of public art, our mother was a longtime member of the Arts Council and would be happy to know the grantee will be using the award for public murals,” says Fran Heller, Carolyn Heller’s daughter and executor of her estate.  “We look forward to supporting Michael in his work.”

The Carolyn F. Heller Grant, a permanent award supported by a fund created by donations to Hillsborough Arts, is presented annually to the top-scoring artist in the Council’s Individual Artist Grant Program. The program funds accomplished artists or those with promising potential, providing support for specific projects that would further advance the artists’ professional growth. Parker’s proposal was to execute a series of medium-scale murals in Ruskin as a collaborative piece, with participation open to community members and a specific target group from the South County Career Center.

“South County Career Center represents for all students an opportunity to achieve academically and to more forward toward a career of choice,” says Parker. “I chose this school to offer students a chance to work as a team on a community-based project and to reveal art as a potentially viable career choice.”

Mural by Michael Parker

Parker received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He studied painting in Cortona, Italy, through a program with the University of Georgia. Director and resident artist at the Big Draw Studio, he has taught at the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College and the University of Montana; received and earned a number of fellowships and residencies and held solo or group exhibitions at such venues as Tampa Museum of Art, Hillsborough Community College Gallery, Missoula Art Museum, Acadiana Center for the Arts and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Acccording to Art Keeble, executive director of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Parker was one of eight artists in the final round of judging. Criteria included:

– Impact of the artist or proposed project on the community
– Evidence of the artist’s commitment to personal artistic development
– The potential for the proposed project to contribute to the artist’s personal growth
– A realistic and well-defined budget
– The quality of the artist’s work samples

“We are pleased to join with Carolyn’s family in presenting this grant award,” says Keeble. “Michael is the type of artist Carolyn would have enjoyed and supported.”

Tampa Museum of Art to Host Exhibition of Works by Local Artist, Carolyn F. Heller

TAMPA, Fla. – (Feb. 18, 2013) — The Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by local artist Carolyn F. Heller from March 1-10, 2013. The first weekend of the exhibition coincides with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Heller, a well-known Florida artist, created works of bold shape and vivid color. Her art will be on view in the Saunders Foundation Gallery.

“We are so pleased to be working with the Tampa Museum of Art to share our mother’s art with her friends and the broader community,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “This exhibition is a perfect opportunity to allow local residents and art lovers to see these special works in person.”

“We love the energy of Carolyn’s art and are looking forward to this exhibition and meeting her many friends and admirers,” says Todd Smith, executive director, Tampa Museum of Art.

A preview reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28. Those interested in attending should consult the online gallery website, www.carolynhellerart.com, to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller Grant presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.

About Carolyn Frohsin Heller

Carolyn F. Heller was a Florida artist who created works of bold shape and vivid color. She was influenced by abstract expressionism early in her 60-year career, yet her style evolved to embrace an unambiguous and playful vitality that mirrored her personality. She started drawing and painting in the 1950s at Newcomb College in New Orleans. Beginning with printmaking, wood-cuts and acrylics on canvas, she expanded into mixed-media on fabric, furniture and other everyday items. In every context, her work was sensual and full of energy. Passionate about public art, she was a long-serving member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She also helped establish the county’s Public Art Committee, which selects and purchases artwork for public display. In 1997, the Tampa AIDS Network commissioned her to create its annual signature work of art for its Art for Life benefit, due in large measure to her longtime advocacy for human rights issues. Carolyn’s family seeks to honor her memory in an online gallery, permanently exhibiting works from her collection. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com for opportunities to view and purchase works from Heller’s private collection. See more of her work at www.facebook.com/carolynhellerart and http://pinterest.com/CFHellerArt/.

About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events.

Tampa Museum of Art general hours and admission
The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission prices are: adult $12; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $10; students $5 and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum’s address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

Family of Florida Artist, Carolyn F. Heller, Launches Online Gallery of Her Work

Website serves as the family’s living tribute to her art and her memory

TAMPA, Fla. – (Nov. 14, 2012) – The family of Florida artist Carolyn F. Heller has launched a virtual gallery to exhibit and sell her art and gift items at www.carolynhellerart.com.

“We grew up with our mother’s art all around us and now we want to share it beyond the family and our mother’s many friends and previous clients,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The online gallery shows paintings divided into the three periods that best define her style. We hope the art on the website is as meaningful to her new audience as it is to those of us who knew and loved her.”

Heller’s early career, 1950-1979, was characterized by more classic impressionism. Her mid career, 1980-1999, reflects a transition into more color and bold shapes, while in her late career, 2000-2111, she had become comfortable in her style, which her daughter describes as “colorful and full of life, just like the artist.”

In conjunction with Tampa’s 2013 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by Carolyn Heller from March 1-10, 2013. Times for the exhibition are Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an invitation-only preview reception on Thursday, February 28, and those interested in attending should consult the website to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller grant presented through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.

Family of Popular Tampa Artist, Carolyn F. Heller, Partners with Kate Jackson Community Center to Announce Online Art Gallery

Carolyn Heller family will donate art for permanent display following an instructional after-school painting class for children

TAMPA, Fla. – (Oct. 22, 2012) – The family of Tampa artist Carolyn F. Heller, a popular figure in the Florida visual arts community, today announced it will donate select pieces of her art to the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S. Rome Ave. On Oct. 25, members of the Heller family will join the Center’s After School Activity Program for a painting class with children 6-12 years old.

Three pieces from Carolyn Heller’s personal portfolio will be on loan that day and the children will learn about her works during an instructional painting class from Parks and Recreation Team Supervisor Katharine Walker-Herbert, who directs the Hyde Park and North Hubert Art Studios for the city.

“Carolyn loved teaching her five grandchildren to paint,” said Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The idea that her style of painting will be taught to the children and to have her art exhibited in the community she called home is a great way to remember her contributions and inspire the children who play and learn there every day.”

The event will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children will start painting at approximately 3:30 p.m. and their finished works will be featured alongside Heller’s originals at approximately 5 p.m. Friends, family and Tampa art enthusiasts are invited to view the works until 6 p.m. The Heller family will work with the City of Tampa’s division of public art to select and exhibit child-friendly pieces of her art on a permanent basis.

In November, a memorial “virtual art gallery” is scheduled to go live. The online gallery will feature paintings and other art from Carolyn Heller’s 60-year career. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com starting in November for opportunities to view and purchase items from Heller’s collection.

In conjunction with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by Carolyn Heller from March 1-March 10, 2013. Times for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sat and Sun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Those interested in the invitation-only preview reception on Thursday, Feb. 28 should consult the website to request an invitation.

Artist Receives Inaugural Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award

Arnolkis Turro was highest scoring visual artist for Arts Council of Hillsborough County grants

TAMPA, Fla. – (Feb. 24, 2012) – Arnolkis Turro of Brandon, a five-year resident of Hillsborough County, was selected to receive the inaugural Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award offered through a fund established with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

“We are so pleased to honor our mother’s memory through this annual award and are grateful to her many friends who have contributed to this fund,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “Our mother was such a supporter of emerging artists and we know she would have been happy to help Arnolkis achieve his goal of furthering his development as a professional artist.”

In his application, Turro proposed to use the proceeds of this award, along with his grant from the Arts Council, for a four-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where he will study different advanced techniques and work with other professional artists. Born in Cuba, he studied at the National School of Art in Havana and the School of Visual Art in Guantanamo. Selected solo exhibitions include the Chelsea Gallery in New York and Las Positas College, Livermore, Calif. His group exhibitions have included Idealistic Notions at the Harrison Gallery in Lakeland.

Ten artists were awarded grants by the Arts Council of Hillsborough Country as part of its 2012 Individual Artist Grants program. Applications were reviewed by a panel of art professionals and the Arts Council’s board of directors approved their recommendations. As the highest scoring visual artist, Turro also received the Heller award.

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