Four distinguished artists, instructors and curators were appointed to select the works included in the 48th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. We thank them for their time and thoughtful consideration of each and every artist application.

Barbara Stubbs

Barbara Stubbs is a mixed media artist. She works in bronze, oil and ink.

Stubbs has had solo shows at the University of Oxford and Dartmouth College. She participated in group exhibitions that include the Theatre of Speaking Objects, Sydney Biennale; Passion for Freedom, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, England; Foundations in Art Biennial Exhibition, Savannah, Georgia; and Spectrum at Art Basel, Miami, Florida. She was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Awagami International Print Exhibition in Tokushima, Japan.

Stubbs earned an MA from Dartmouth College and a BFA in Painting from the University of Tampa.

Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art

Dr. Pevnick has been Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Tampa Museum of Art since 2009, and advanced to Chief Curator in 2013. He previously worked in the Antiquities Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa and has been involved with archaeological excavations in Greece and Albania. Pevnick earned his AB from Dartmouth College and PhD from UCLA, where he studied the ancient Athenian pottery industry. His publications include the exhibition catalogue Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life (2014), as well as numerous articles in museum and academic books and journals. Pevnick serves on the public art committees for both the City of Tampa and Tampa International Airport. He lives in Tampa with his wife, two children, and a dog.

Katherine Gibson, Art Consultant, ArtHouse3

Katherine (Kathy) Gibson was born in Miami, grew up in Lake Wales, and currently lives in St. Petersburg.

After working in government, corporate, and formal office environments, she took a professional hiatus and backed into showing regional artwork in her Tampa home. This evolved into Gibson’s art consulting business, Arthouse3.

From 2011 through spring of 2014, she served as Gallery Director for the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and rebranded it Gallery221@HCC, where she doubled the exhibition space, established a permanent art collection, and organized 30+ exhibits.

Since 2014, Gibson has created and curated pop-up galleries in Polk and Hillsborough counties, and has guest curated exhibits at the Lake Wales Art Center, HCC Ybor Art Gallery, Morean Art Center and Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Petersburg.

Edgar Sanchez Cumbas

Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in seven east coast US cities that shortly followed, Edgar Sanchez Cumbas developed keen observation skills needed to adapt to constantly changing surroundings. The most impactful memories he pulls from spawn from the cultural and visual transition from the South Bronx to the central Florida region as a young teen in the 80’s. Continuous exposure to new environments and cross-cultural experiences over three decades presses Cumbas to explore his own inner landscape and plumb it for the rich narratives he employs during his artistic career.

His paintings have been collected throughout the United States and abroad over 20 years, including a private collection in the North Kowloon Magistracy of Hong Kong. Those who are familiar with Cumbas’ work have come to recognize his unique mark no matter the style or story he leads us through as his work progresses.

In 2015, Cumbas was nominated by the advisory committee for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) program which supports contemporary latin-american artists. He was also awarded the Graduate Deans Scholarship from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design where he received an MFA in painting in 2013.

The exploration of identity has driven the underlying content of his work and how our differences in perspective directly relate to our own interpretation of our environment as living beings. Cumbas searches for metaphors to interpret the changing forces between the conservative Old South and a new era of multiculturalism.

That force is the foundation of his current work. “Through painting, I can communicate the changes, observation, and experiences I encounter which help me better understand who I am, and who we are as a people, by way of many cultures. My motivation is to present these complex current issues with an austere aesthetic principle.”