2017 Judges

John Wilton

As a mixed media artist, John Wilton has participated in over 90 group and 40 solo shows, winning a number of awards along the way. Wilton maintains a studio in DeLand and has served as a judge for more than 60 art shows throughout Florida. In 1995, he was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the state of Florida. Recent publications include Art Buzz and Picturing Florida.

Wilton has completed a number of public art commissions for Volusia County and the State of Florida over the years, including the Volusia County Justice Center in DeLand, the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, the pedestrian crossover at Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach, the Beach Headquarters building at Sun Splash Park, a collaborative sculpture project for the new DeLand City Hall and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

After a twelve-year career as an art director, he taught Visual Arts and Digital Media at Daytona State College for 27 years. Professor Wilton also taught digital media classes at Stetson University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has a degree in design from Florida State University and has done graduate work in printmaking, visual communication and education. Along with curating several exhibitions around central Florida, Dr. Wilton has published various art education essays and a dissertation on desktop video art. Current affiliations include Secretary of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Art – DeLand, the DeLand Sculpture Walk Committee and the Cultural Council Advisory Board for Volusia County.

Additional information can be found at www.johnwilton.com and all currently available work can be seen at www.johnwilton.net.


DIANE GUGLIOTTA Fine Arts, Graphics, Mixed Media art tour 2

Education: Montclair H.S. NJ ‘62 ; Rutgers University NJ, BA Fine Art ‘66 ; Grad credits: John Herron School of Art, Ind. IN and Syracuse University, NY ; Kutztown University PA, Masters in Art and Education ’83  

Diane is enjoying her status as an accomplished visual artist on both a national and international level. On the Florida art scene since 1985, after 4 years of European travel, she has reached investment stature through over 200 show wins and participation in special group and one-person shows around the state. Her successful workshops and innovative teaching has influenced many in NJ, IN, DE, IL, PA, and FL. In Florida, she taught at the Dali Museum, Morean Art Center, St Petersburg College and the public schools including the Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland.

Highlighting her career in the arts is the founding of the first nonprofit co-op gallery outside of N.Y. in Allentown, PA. “Open Space, Fine Art Resources” was formed in the ‘70’s, boasted 30 members and dominated the art scene throughout the 90’s. In Florida, the “Gugliotta Studio/ Gallery” opened in Madeira Beach, Apollo Beach and later to St Petersburg with a studio on Beach Drive. On Dec.11, 2011, Diane opened the “Gugliotta Studio/ Gallery & Portrait Atelier” on historic Pass-A-Grille’s 8th Ave. Here, she enjoyed a cosmopolitan audience, curated meaningful shows with area artists and has shipped many pieces abroad.  

After the PAG building sold to new owners, Diane took the opportunity to move and invest in an historic home in Deland, Fl. The new space, dubbed the “Monopoly House” is a fine home with a studio and gallery area open to visitors by appointment or invitation.

Recently she hosted many visitors to her space at the 2017 “Off the Beaten Path Art Tour.”

Gugliotta’s work is highly unique, surrealistic at times, skilled and surprising. She sometimes combines “Gyotaku” (fish rubbing) with painted surfaces. Collage, found objects and graphic techniques can share the same space and provide an unforgettable spiritual impact. She will often work historical symbolism into her contemporary fantasies-keeping the aesthetic values of the past but twisting in new meaning. Present day considerations include thoughts about aging and the broader aspects of environmental and political issues. She often includes poetry and words in her works to entice the viewer to explore more of the work’s meaning. Her sense of humor is often the viewer’s guiding light.

Four handmade books are slated for self-publishing. A “memoir”, My Life In Fish, is in the making.


“Beginning my 7th decade, I feel unbounded, finally free, totally courageous and confident of a new, great proliferation. Making Art is like making magic- When I finish a good painting or connect with a great work, it talks back to me. It makes me happy.”  Diane Gugliotta 2017                                                      



Lists available on request: public collections, shows, awards, grants, residences, workshops and publications

Contact Diane for Judging appointments, Commission painting and Curator services

Contact info: www.DianeGugliotta.com / email: dguglio@ yahoo.com / c: 727 455 -1510

                                       Diane Gugliotta Studio/Gallery

                                     245 North Clara Ave. Deland, FL 32720