John Margerum is currently serving as a Friend in Residence at Pendle Hill in Philadelphia where he is working on a new line of large scale charcoal drawings on painted wood panels. He is a true veteran of the "art show circuit," having actively attended juried art shows throughout the United States since the mid 1970s. He is a familiar face to many. At the age of 72, he has been through many stages of fine art, beginning in the early 1960s in university where he took courses in painting and sculpture. By the early 1970s his interest shifted to stoneware pottery, learning from master potter Charles Counts at Lookout Mountain, GA and later apprenticing for potter, Barbara Jones. His career as a potter extended until 2002 after having made over 55,000 pieces, winning over 150 awards and being collected by many. Since 2002, John has been producing 2D art works in 5 distinct media, including photo-collage, mixed-media, pastel abstracts, digital paintings and charcoal on wood panels. He has continued to win over 60 awards for his 2D work. John also owned and managed Folkstone Gallery in Oviedo Florida for 21 years. He also was a founding member of a successful cooperative gallery, Gallery 142, in Deland Florida for 5 years. In 2008 until 2010, he took up residency in the Chiltren Hills near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England where he developed his current line of work. He brings his knowledge and experience of working in a variety media to the table as a judge.
Jennifer Coolidge is a an experienced arts administrator, advocate and fundraiser currently serving as the Director of Development, College of the Arts, University of Florida. Coolidge has served as the Executive Director for the Museum of Florida Art (2001-2012); Executive Director for Florida Alliance for Art Education, FAAE (1995-2001); Education Coordinator for the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL and served in arts and education positions for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem-Forsyth County Arts Council, Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston Salem, NC and others in North Carolina.
She has served as a planning consultant, presenter or grant panelist for such organizations as The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at The University of Southern Mississippi; Arts Extension Service, University of Massachusetts; ICARE, Initiative for Cultural Arts and Education in Cleveland, Ohio; United Arts of Central Florida, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center in Rochester, NY, the Arts Council of Asheville, NC, Associated Artists of Winston Salem, NC and the National Association of American Pen Women, Washington, DC. Coolidge also has served as a freelance curator and art festival judge and juror for a variety of Florida festivals and museums.
Coolidge graduated with a B.A. in studio art from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and completed a fellowship with the Denali Initiative on Social Enterprise in 2000 through The Kauffman Center on Entrepreneurial Leadership. Coolidge has received such awards as an Ambassador of the Arts Award from Florida First Lady, Columba Bush, in 2005; Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Music Educators Association in 2002, and the ACE (Arts for a Complete Education) of Hearts Award from FAAE in 2001. Coolidge is a past President of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance, past member of the Board of Trustees for the Florida House in Washington, DC and a past member of the Florida Chamber Foundation's Six Pillar Planning Caucus. She is active in her role as past President and Secretary serving on the Board for Directors for the Florida Alliance for Art Education.