ART UNDER THE STARS
TONYA CRIBB CURRAN
REBECCA SEXTON LARSON
Tonya Cribb Curran is the director of Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina and a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. She became interested in exhibition design as a young undergraduate student working as an assistant in the university gallery. Upon graduation, Tonya spent several years working in one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s premier contemporary art galleries promoting the works of regional and nationally recognized contemporary artists. The exposure to a variety of artistic media and the numerous individuals who inquired about the art-making process inspired her to further her education in museum science and expand her professional experience into the realm of education.
Today, Curran has over twenty years of experience planning exhibits for museums and galleries in states across the country, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Texas and Florida. She has relished the opportunity to work with significant historical art collections including the works of noted artists Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Jean Tinguely and Francisco Goya, as well as those bright innovators emerging on the art scene today. In her role as gallery director at the Hand Art Center, she chooses an exhibition program of works that are interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting a myriad of social, political and cultural issues that support academic teaching and underscore the significance of art as a tool for social change. She gets the greatest satisfaction from sharing her varied museum skills with students in the classroom and through the campus work-study program, exposing them to the possibility of an exciting career in the arts that they may have never considered.
Tyrus Clutter was born and grew up in Michigan. He holds a BA in art from Spring Arbor University and an MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University. He works with painting and printmaking media, as well as with mixed media assemblage. His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe.
Clutter’s work can be found in several hundred private collections as well as in the Print Collection of the New York Public Library, the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, the Museum of Biblical Art, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, and the permanent collections of several colleges and universities.
Images of Tyrus’s work have appeared in journals and magazines including The South Carolina Review, The Christian Century, and Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture. The Beginning: A Second Look at the First Sin and It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, both by Square Halo Books, also incorporate Clutter’s images.
Tyrus has taught at colleges and universities since 1995, including Northwest Nazarene University – where he was also the Director of the Friesen Galleries - and – Gordon College – where he spent a month teaching collage and assemblage for Gordon’s Orvieto, Italy program. From 2003-2008 he served as the Director of the International art non-profit CIVA. Clutter was also art critic for the Boise Weekly newspaper in Boise, Idaho from 1999-2001. He is currently Associate Professor at the College of Central Florida and serves on the governing board of Fine Arts for Ocala. Clutter continues to produce art, curate exhibitions, write and speak on topics of art, art history and aesthetics.
Rebecca Sexton Larson is a Tampa based studio artist and museum curator. She graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in both Fine Arts and Mass Communications.
During the past two decades, Rebecca Sexton Larson has taught, lectured, exhibited and curated at various arts institutions and organizations. Her most recent position was that of chief curator at Maitland’s Art & History Museums. Sexton Larson’s museum experience includes The Tampa Museum of Art (curatorial and educational), the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland (Education Curator) and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (Associate Curator/Registrar).
Sexton Larson has been awarded three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships (1998, 2002, and 2008). In 2006, she received an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida and, in 2005, was commissioned by the City of Tampa as its Photographer Laureate for a year. As Photo Laureate, she documented from her perspective the visual poetry of Tampa using a standard pinhole camera combined with hand-painting b/w photographs.
In 2015 Sexton Larson received a grant from the State of Florida to attend the prestigious Creative Capital Professional Development Program that supports innovative artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Sexton Larson's photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including: Polaroid; Progressive Corporate Art; Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young); Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland); Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg); the Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa); Historical Museum (Santa Fe); and Candela Gallery (Richmond). Many of her one-of-a-kind works is in many private collections as well.
Larson’s photographs have been featured in photographic periodicals including View Camera Magazine, Black and White Magazine, Silversshotz, Adore Noir Magazine, Afterimage and others.