ABOUT
Brandy B. Stark 
Brandy Stark moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1992.  As an undergraduate, she took a course in sculpture at the University of Tampa where she discovered her wire wrapping abilities. Utilizing welding rods, she made three wrapped wire figures:  a triton, a dragon, and a centaur. These constituted the first generation of her “Metal Myths” series, established in 1995.  A lifelong lover of world mythology, her works often manifest as ancient characters, legends, and deities.  Tying past to present, Stark sees herself as a Neo-expressionist with the weaving and wrapping process she uses transferring her own energy into the piece.  Inspired by the sculptures of Joan Miro, she also utilizes found objects in her pieces.  These promote an awareness not only of upcycling, but symbolize that everything and everyone has a place in this world. ​

As she expanded her visual arts career, she also became an arts correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times (1998 to 2002). She also wrote for other local publications, including Bayside News, Sterling Powell's City Life, and several art based websites. This gave her invaluable insights to the local artist community and inspired her to work even harder on her own artistic vision.

Much of her creativity intertwines with her educational endeavors.  Her undergraduate studies produced a double major in History and Classics from the University of South Florida.  She holds a graduate degree in Religious Studies, also from the University of South Florida, and a second graduate degree in Humanities from Tiffin University, Ohio.  In December 2017 she completed her third graduate degree in Liberal Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.  She obtained a doctorate in Leadership and Education from Barry University in 2010.  She won two National Endowment of the Humanities grants to further her research; Transcendentalism (Concord, Massachusetts, 2009) and Georgia O’Keefe (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2012).

She is a full time faculty member at St. Petersburg College in the Fine Arts and Humanities Department.  She teaches Religious Studies and Humanities courses at the Downtown and Gibbs/St. Petersburg campuses as well as online. She also teaches in the Honors College and for the Study Abroad and Interdisciplinary Studies programs.  In her effort to increase student-artist interaction, and to provide a free location for artists to share their works, she secured supplies and funding for art display areas at the Downtown and Allstate Center campuses. 

Stark served as an artist-in-residence for Bay Pines VA Hospital in 2004, and on the boards of The Exhibiting Society of Artists and the Suntan Art Center.  She has won “People’s Choice”, “Best 3-D” and “Best Concept” awards for her wire works. The wire pieces have also placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd for multiple art shows, and were selected to show in the Twelve Nights of Dali in December 2016.  Her photography has won multiple awards, including  Are You Being Koi With Me? (Honorable Mention), Shiva Nataraja (Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award), and Peering Through A Portal (3rd place).  Flamingo was juror-selected to show at Amalie Arena for the 2016 season and also won multiple awards. Its sister piece, Flamingo Knows won Honorable Mention; in 2017 it was selected for publication of the Best of Tampa Bay photography by Tampa Bay Magazine. Her work, Reflection of a Flamingo has also won multiple awards including Best of Show at Stirling Art Gallery (2017).
  
Current and upcoming shows:

Furs, Fins and Feathers, Pinellas Part Art Society

Member's Show, Morean Art Center

Comic Con International:  San Diego