41st Annual Leesburg Art Festival Judges

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David Fithian  






David Fithian grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida and was surrounded by artists and creative people from an early age.  Beginning in 1967 he studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York and then the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the early 1970’s.  In 2000, Fithian returned to Florida and opened a fine art gallery in DeLand, Florida. Now as Curator of Art and Exhibitions at the Museum of Art – DeLand, since 2001 his accrued fine arts experience has proved invaluable.

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Award-winning Orlando, FL artist, Mindy Z. Colton, originally from New York City, was classically trained in all the traditional Arts. She pursued a career in Graphic Design & illustration while still finding time for her fine art. Mindy eventually chose to leave behind her successful design career to follow her true passion as a full time fine artist. Her love of sculpture is where she has found her greatest artistic satisfaction, recognition and success. 
Mindy graduated with honors from the reknowned High School of Music & Art in New York City, and attended Parson’s School of Design, pursuing her passion in three-dimensional design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, and an M.A. from the University of Central Florida.  



Awards & PRizes

Judges will view each artist's work. Prize ribbons are awarded on Saturday at the Artist Dinner and checks are distributed on Sunday afternoon. All prizes are awarded without regard to category. 
Best in Show is $1,000
First Place is $750
2D Judge's Choice is $500
3D Judge's Choice is $500  
10 Merit Awards at $250 each.