The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is honored to announce that local professor, visual painter, installation artists and muralist Ya La’Ford will serve as the selection juror for this year’s Emerging Artist Program.

La’Ford maintains studios in both Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg) and New York.  Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College. La’Ford holds her BFA from Florida State University, an interdisciplinary MFA from the Art Institute of Boston, and a JD from the University of Florida. For more information on Ms. La’Ford, please visit her website:

Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Arts Alliance