Michele Kidwell Gilbert hails from New York where she taught Ancient and Renaissance art history at The New School for Social Research, New York University, and the College of New Rochelle. A published writer, her lectures have been offered in diverse venues including the United Nations and in association with missions, consulates, cultural centers, charities. She participated with the African Burial Ground National Monument in a Parks Department Long-Range Interpretive Plan and selected for The Congressional Arts Caucus paintings by high school student which temporarily adorned the walls of the United States House of Representatives.
As founder and chair of the Archaeology Committee at The National Arts Club, Michele presents numerous talks including those featuring Ambassadors and Consul Generals, who discuss their Nations' heritages with members of the Diplomatic community in attendance. Michele also arranges programs with renowned visiting archaeologists, orchestrating dinners and receptions as well as providing liaison between international and cultural leaders. Furthering her passion for bringing diverse groups together, Michele created an Educational Initiative for young people to comprehend more fully their shared humanity through archaeology with an ambassador and international scholars serving on its advisory board.
Since arriving in St. Petersburg nearly four years ago, Michele has spoken at Eckerd College about Aphrodisias and on the Parthenon and analyzed the "Ten Plagues from the Egyptian Perspective" for Hadassah. A board member of the Museum of Fine Arts' Collectors Circle, the St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah, and the St. Petersburg Opera, Michele and her husband Dr. Gordon J. Gilbert organized the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.
Sarah Howard is the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, and Research Associate at the Institute for Research in Art, administering the USF Public Art Program and contributing to program initiatives at both the USF Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio. With two decades of experience as a researcher, artistic collaborator, project manager and cultural event producer in Tampa Bay, Howard works with national and local partners galleries, city agencies and civic organizations to organize and produce community-based projects and public art installations exploring the intersection of art, politics and social justice. Trained as an artist, Howard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. Howard has served on the Board of Directors for Tempus Projects since 2012, and local arts education organization Community Stepping Stones since 2017.
Judy Kreith is a professional dance educator and choreographer. She received her MA Degree from Stanford University. Her mother, Marion Finkels Kreith, is the key inspiration for the documentary film, Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: a haven in Havana. Judy has extensively studied Cuban dance and while in Cuba, began research into the Jewish refugees' diamond polishing industry that flourished in Havana during the Second World War, working on-site with Cuban historians. Judy contributes her research and knowledge, along with her personal connection and passion for this project and its potential impact. She has spoken on this topic to many groups, including a conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Margaret Miller is a Professor in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The Institute for Research in Art is dedicated to organizing and presenting exhibitions and commissioning works by internationally significant emerging and acclaimed artists. Miller holds an MA degree from the University of Hawaii in Asian Art History. Since 1978 she has served as Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and in 2001 was appointed to also serve as Director of Graphicstudio, USF's renowned art production atelier. The Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and USF's Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts. During her tenure at USF she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and curated numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues.
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