Artist Bio

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I was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida.  I was a creative child surrounded by creative people who supported my artistic interests. In 1967 I attended the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York, and then went on to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1968 to 1972. As a Philadelphia artist I also worked in various art galleries and frame shops before becoming manager of the Graphics Department at Drexel University from 1974 to 1980.  My first one person show was held at the original Painted Bride Gallery on Philly's legendary South Street in 1975. During the Old City Arts Renaissance Movement in Philadelphia from about 1975 to 1980 I was Film Maker in Residence at ETAGE - Experimental Theater and Gallery.

 

Throughout the 1980’s I lived in Orlando, Florida where I taught photography at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park and conducted a watercolor class at the Maitland Art Center from 1984 until 1990.  In 1991 I moved back to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and was a special feature writer/photographer for the local newspaper while painting, drawing and operating Fithian Studios as a commercial and fine art photography studio. 

 

In 2000 I returned to Florida and briefly opened a fine art gallery before becoming Curator of Art and Exhibitions at the Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida. In 2020 I retired after 19 years but remain an independent Museum curator for special exhibitions. Over the last 15 years I have had the privilege of being invited to judge or co-judge many state wide exhibitions. This experience has given me a real appreciation for so many other artists and their unique works. 

 

I currently maintain an active painting studio and regularly exhibit locally and nationally. Freelance curatorial and consulting services are available upon request.  Check out Fithian Art on Facebook, Instagram and the FITHIAN ART YouTube channel.

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Resume - David Fithian

 

Education – 1967 to 1975

 

Art Students League, Woodstock, NY

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

 

 Exhibitions

Englewood Art Center - Englewood, FL - Solo Exhibit - 2021

Jane's Art Center - New Smyrna Beach, FL - (ongoing)

Art League of Daytona Beach, FL - ( 2 exhibits) 2021

Penn. Academy of the Fine Arts Fellowship Juried exhibit – Philedelphia, PA  2020

Combined Talents Juried Exhibit – Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL 2019

Solo Show – Blake Elliot Salon and Gallery – DeLand, FL – 2017

The HUB, New Smyrna Beach, FL - 2016

The Art Alliance, Fort Myers, FL - 2014

Art Space at SWA – New Smyrna Beach, FL – 2010

Peabody Auditorium – Daytona Beach, FL – 2009

Portrait – Loyola University - Diboll Gallery - New Orleans, LA– 2009

More Postcards from Paradise – Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL – 2006

Gibran Gallery – DeLand, FL – 2005

DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts – Featured Artist and Merit Award – DeLand, FL – 2003

Central Florida Juried Show – Mt. Dora Center for the Arts – Mt. Dora, FL 2002

Wolfe Gallery – DeLand, FL – 2001

Penn. Academy of the Fine Arts Juried Fellowship Exhibit – Philadelphia, PA – 1998

Juried Regional Exhibition – Springfield Museum of Art – Springfield, MO - 1997

Zarks Gallery – Eureka Springs, AR – 1996

Arkansas Press Association - Excellence in Photography Award – 1994

Strawberry Spring Art Festival – Merit Award – Winter Park, FL – 1989

Maitland Art Center – Maitland, FL – 1984

PBS Channel 29 Art Auction and Exhibit – Best of Show – Orlando, FL 1982

Casements Cultural Center – Ormond Beach, FL – 1981

University of South Dakota – Viridian, SD – 1979

Painted Bride Gallery – Philadelphia, PA – 1975

Numerous juried exhibitions throughout the Philadelphia area from 1968 – 1980

 

 

Collections

 

Woodstock Artists Association – Woodstock, NY

Governor Kimura – Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Porter Paint Company  

Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL

RCA Corporation

Orlando International Air Port

Birmingham Museum of Art

Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, FL

Volusia County Parks and Recreation – DeLand, FL

Dr. Dale Batten – DeLand, FL

Linda Pinto – DeLand, FL

Judy Thompson – DeLand, FL

Historic Arkansas Museum – Little Rock, AR

 

Bibliography

 

The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Supplement – DeLand, FL – November 2014

Inside Art New Orleans – June, 2009

West Volusia Magazine – Featured Artist – Daytona Beach, FL - September 2008

Backstage Pass Magazine – Featured Artist – Daytona Beach, FL – July 2007

At Home in Arkansas – May 1998

Coin Age Magazine – Cover Photograph – February 1998

Central Florida Magazine – Orlando, FL - 1990

Winter Park Outlook – Winter Park, FL - 1983

Arts Exchange – Philadelphia, PA – 1979

Vile International Art Magazine – San Francisco, CA – 1977

Philadelphia Review – Philadelphia, PA – Summer Edition – 1975

 

Professional Experience

 

Curator of Art and Exhibitions – Museum of Art, DeLand, FL – 2001 – 2020 (retired)

Fithian Studios Fine Art and Commercial Photography – 1984 – 2000

Photographer/contributing writer– Times Echo Newspaper -

Eureka Springs, AR – 1993 – 1996

Watercolor instructor – Maitland Art Center – Maitland, FL – 1984 – 1991

Graphics Department Head – Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA – 1974 – 1980

 

Selected Judging Invitations

 

Leesburg Fine Arts Festival – Leesburg, FL – 2005

Visual Arts Center – Annual Juried Photography Exhibit - Pamama City, FL – 2007

Canaveral Port Authority, Parking Garage Mural Juror - Brevard Cultural Alliance – Brevard County - FL – 2008

Thomas Center Annual Juried Exhibition – Gainesville, FL – 2010

28th All Florida Juried Exhibition – The Art Alliance, Fort Myers, FL

Uptown Art Expo – Altamonte Springs, FL - 2013

St. Johns River Festival of the Arts – Sanford, FL – 2014

Villages Members Exhibit –The Villages, FL - 2015

Under The Oaks – Vero Beach, FL – 2016

Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show – Gainesville, FL - 2017

41st Annual Leesburg Art Festival – Leesburg, FL – 2018

Ridge Art Association - Dress Code Juried Show - Winter Haven, FL – 2018

Flagler County Art League – Textures Juried Show – Palm Coast, FL – 2018

Cocoa Beach Art Show – Cocoa Beach, FL – 2018

Florida Women’s Art Association – Fabrication – Ormond Beach FL – 2019

35th Melbourne Art Festival – Melbourne, FL – 2019

Villages Members Exhibit –The Villages, FL – 2019

45th Mount Dora Arts Festival – Mount Dora, FL – 2020

One Daytona Festival – Daytona Beach International Speedway – 2020

Flagler Art League Animal themed exhibit – 2020

Florida Women’s Art Association – Ormond Beach, FL – 2021

Artists’ Workshop Members Show – New Smyrna Beach, FL - 2021

Apopka Art and Foliage Festival – Apopka, FL - 2021

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival - Winter Park, FL - 2021

Florida Women's Arts Association - Ormond Beach, FL - 2022