Artist Resume 
Wire Sculpture
Photography
Polymer Clay
Upcycled Materials

Award winning Metal Myths sculptures: neo-expressionist artworks depicting characters from world mythology. Weaving and wrapping techniques dialogue with the present through modern media – wire, alcohol ink, and found materials.
Photographs: familiar objects re-examined to evoke Zen-like calm.
Whimsical, fantasy-based, Folk Art inspired polymer clay sculptures.

Education

Master of Liberal Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL (2017)
Master of Arts, Humanities, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH (2011)
Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2000)
[Text Box: Awards and Exhibitions] Bachelor of Arts, History and Classics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (1998)           


Grants & Scholarships

2015        Duke Energy Community Partnership-$1000 Grant
2013        Creativity Grant, St. Petersburg College-$1,000 Grant
2012        Georgia O’Keefe Workshop, from the National Endowment of the Humanities/Community
                 College Humanities Association-$750 Grant
2009        Concord Workshop, from the National Endowment of the Humanities/Community College
                 Humanities Association-$750 Grant

Art Work

2018        Automatic Selection, World Fantasy Convention Art Show, selected wire sculptures, MD
Selected via national jury, Tales of the Sea, South Haven Center of the Arts, “Fire Hair
               Mermaid,” South Haven, MI
2018        Selected via national jury, Drawn from Nature, Audubon Society, “Reflections of a    
               Flamingo,” Great Mills, PA
2018        Jury selection for show, The Sugar Skulls of Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life, Florida CraftArt, St. Petersburg, FL
2018        Hon. Mention, Pasadena Spring Arts Show,” Shiva Nataraja,” Pasadena, CA
2018        Best in Show, Ants to Zebras, Stirling Gallery, “Reflections of a Flamingo,” Dunedin, FL        
                 Juror Selection, Locally Sourced, “Mermaid Queen,” St. Petersburg, FL
2017        Juror selection for three works, One Day Tampa Bay, “Rainbow,” “Skyway,” and “After   Irma,” Tampa Bay, FL    
2017        Juror selection Art Show, selected wire sculptures, TX
2017        2nd Place, Necronomicon Art Show, “Setting Out the Stars,” Tampa, FL
2017        Juror selection for solo art show, Photography and Wire Sculpture, Palm Harbor Library, August – September, Palm Harbor, FL
2017        Nomination for Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” Best Artist and Best Artist Not Regularly Covered by Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay, FL
2017        2nd Place, Necronomicon Art Show, “Setting Out the Stars,” Tampa, FL
                Awards & Exhibitions cont’d.
2017        2nd Place, photography contest, Rome, International Photography Contest, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL
2017        Hon. Mention, Pasadena Arts and Culture Show, “Flamingo Knows!,” Pasadena, CA
2016        Creative Exhibitor, Days of Dali Members Event, Dali Museum “Mermaid Queen, Octavious, “Nyx,” St. Petersburg, FL
2016        Merit Award, Still Life Show, Pinellas Park Art Society, ’Pug City,” Pinellas Park, FL
2016        3rd Place, Scapes, Pinellas Park Art Society, “Peering Through a Portal,” Pinellas Park, FL
2016        Amalie Arena open call for artists, “Flamingo,” Tampa, FL
2016        Hon. Mention, October Member’s Show, Suntan Art Center, “Shiva Nataraja: Lord of Death,”
                 St. Pete Beach, FL
2016        Merit Award, Mayor’s Choice Pinellas Park Art Society, “Flamingo Knows!,” Pinellas Park, FL
2016        2nd Place, 3-D Art, Necronomicon 36, “Octopus,” Tampa, FL
2016        Hon. Mention, Member’s Show, Suntan Art Center, “Are You Being Koi with Me?,” St. Pete Beach, FL
2015        1st Place, 3-D Art, Necronomicon 35, “Descending a Stairwell,” Tampa, FL 
2015        Hon. Mention, Double Digits, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, Artworks, “Robot Mermaid,”
                 St. Petersburg, FL
2014        Trailblazer Award, Westercon 67, “Mermaid in Glass,” Salt Lake City, UT
2014        Winner, Artist Challenge, Capricon Art Show 34,” Goat,” Chicago, IL
2013        Curator’s Choice, Dreams Art Show, “Sleeping Mermaid,” St. Petersburg, FL
2012        Best Fan 3-D Art, Windycon, “Kitty Keychain,” Chicago, IL
2012        3rd Place, Sculpture, Necronomicon, “Tat,” Tampa, FL                                                     
2010        1st Place, 3-D Art, Coastcon, “Pumpkin Kitty,” Biloxi, MS                                                          
2010        1st Place, 3-D Art, TESA Members Show, “Mermaid,” Safety Harbor, FL
2009        2nd Place, Necronomicon, “Southern Belle,” Tampa, FL                                                      
2008        1st Place, 3-D Art, TESA Members Show, “Cat and Mouse,” Safety Harbor, FL
2008        2nd Place, DeviantArt.com, Stamp Design Contest                                         
2008        Best Sculpture, RokCon Art Show, “Free Falling… or falling free?,” AR                                                        
2008        Best Concept & Best Sculpture, CoastCon, Mississippi Design, Biloxi, MS
2005        Most Original Humor, Capricon, “Cat Keychain,” OH                                      
2004        Best Sculpture, RokCon, “Mermaid,” AR
2002        Artist in Residence for art team, Flag Project, Bay Pines, VA

Selected Presentations

2017        “Preservation St. Petersburg,” tours for historic Crescent Heights, St. Petersburg, FL
2017        Interviewer, Doug Chiang (VP Lucas Films), Start Wars and the Power of Costume, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
2014        “Creativity & The Arts on Campus,” All College Day, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL
2003        “Role of Art in Death,” “Miro’s Use of Found Objects in Art,” Photography & Creating with Found Objects workshops, Dali Museum, St.                            Petersburg, FL

Selected Press

Whelan, A. (June 19, 2011). “Submissive, weak? Kapow!” St. Petersburg Times.
Horvath, S. (November 10, 2011). “Outdoor Learning.” Seminole Beacon.
Mendelsohn, D. (January 25, 2010). “But enough about me.” New Yorker, 68.
Lattman, M. (Sept 16 – 22, 2010). “Off the wall art show.” Gulfport Gabbler.

Related Professional Experience

B. Stark Art: Metal Myths & More • St. Petersburg, FL                                                            1997 - Present
Owner/Artist
Founded solo art business to sell original art work.
Art Making: create original sculpture, photography, and more.
Marketing:  develop and execute presentation materials (website, social media, flyers, signage).
Sales/ Accounting: completion and fulfillment of all sales (internet, shows); manage books.   
Grant Writing: write grant proposals and submission applications.
St. Petersburg College • St. Petersburg, FL

Full-time faculty: Humanities and Fine Arts                                                                                  2010 - Present
Adjunct faculty                                                                                                                                   2001 - 2010                                     
Community Building through Art: instituted art show program; created Allstate Campus & Downtown Art Spaces; transformed Downtown Campus art space into Gallery @244; created “Internship in the Humanities” course for Museum of Fine Arts (HUM 2249) and supervised interns; coordinated with local arts groups to create campus art shows; led historic tours for College students of Palladium 2014, 2015, & 2017.  
Study Abroad Italy: guided student tour of art and religious sites as part of credited course.
Course Delivery/Curriculum Development: created and taught curriculum integrating arts and religion; developed and taught courses, e.g., Western Humanities I & II: Ancient to Renaissance (HUM 2210) and Renaissance to Modern (HUM 2230); Intro to Humanities (HUM 1020); East/West Synthesis (HUM 2210), a non-western perspective on art and culture.

Citilife Magazine • St. Petersburg, FL                                                                                            2006-2008
Arts Writer (online)
Arts reporting and article writing for Arts and Community Section (reported to art critic), Perspective Section (book reviews).

Caroline York World of Art • St. Petersburg, FL                                                                             2004-2008
Arts Writer (online)
Featured articles “Brandy Stark, State of the Arts in Tampa Bay.”
Manager of events and local announcements.

St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL                                                                                        1998-2002
Arts Correspondent
Teamed with art critic, Maryanne Marger, to cover arts shows and conduct artist interviews.


Professional Organizations

Art Loft Studios - Present
Florida Craft Art - Present
Pinellas Park Art Society, 2015 - Present
The Morean Arts Center, 2000 - present
The Exhibiting Society of Artists, former board member
The Suntan Arts Center, Board of Trustees, 2013-2016
 


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