Meet Our 2014 Uptown Art Expo Judges
Henry Sinn is a rare icon on the Central Florida art scene. Armed with a B.A. in Painting from Rollins College in 1979, he has made a living with his art ever since. Along the way, he has studied with some of Central Florida’s most well known and accomplished artists, most notably the great Tom Peterson at Rollins College and the venerable Grady Kimsey, whom he considers his mentor. His work has been the subject of no less than 12 solo shows since 1981, with venues throughout the southeast. In 2000, Mr. Sinn was commissioned to create a floor mosaic at the then-new 4th airside terminal at Orlando International Airport. The resulting piece, titled Field of Ferns, measures a remarkable 17 by 94 feet and has since been admired by literally millions of travelers. He currently serves as Chair of Painting and Drawing at the renowned Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park. His work resides in many important corporate collections, the Westin and Wyndham Hotel chains among them.
The art of whimsy is a formidable art to master, regardless of the medium. The artist can very easily slip off the edge, and the work simply becomes whimsy for whimsy’s sake and all meaning is lost. Interpretation becomes impossible and the work is not seriously taken. Working in mostly 2D and 3D Mixed Media, Mr. Sinn has created work that can only be described as whimsical masterpieces. Unlike much such work that is quickly dismissed, Mr. Sinn’s work demands that we pay attention, if only to recognize his consummate skill in communicating what he calls the “mystical, metaphysical, and earthly sides of life,” which, he says, “make up the fabric of life.” And whether it’s his 39” Beau and Rilla, hand beaded, mixed media sculptures, or his 50x96” Yellow Ladies painted on silk organza, they all speak with a genuine warmth of human heart, a sly sense of humor, and a sincere desire to share his simple pleasures of life with us. Mr. Sinn resides in Winter Park, FL.
Armed with a doctorate (PhD) in education and a perennial love of art, John Wilton has had a distinguished career spanning 12 years as an art director in South Florida and 27 years as Professor of Visual Arts and eventually Digital Media at Daytona State College, after which he taught similar classes at Stetson University in DeLand (Florida) and at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach). His current affiliations include Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Florida Art (MFA) in DeLand and Chair of the Cultural Council Advisory Board for Volusia County, Florida. Dr. Wilton has judged more than 50 art shows throughout Florida and, as an artist, has participated in more than 90 group and 40 solo exhibitions. He is a past recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and recent publications include Art Buzz and Picturing Florida.
As an artist himself, Dr. Wilton redefines the word multi-talented. Proficient in photography, digital art, painting, and printmaking, with graduate work in visual communication and education, his work is included in many public art commissions and private and corporate collections. John Wilton’s M&M (Mix and Match) exhibition at MFA in 2011 was a seminal stroke of brilliance that permitted the audience to participate in the design and structure of the finished work. The exhibition consisted of fifty 12-inch wide panels arranged in groups according to length. Attendees were encouraged to swap individual pieces as they saw fit and to create, or re-create, re-imagined pieces of artwork. Museum patrons became the artist’s creative partners, not only in the final manifestation of the artwork, but also in the overall appearance of the show, which changed on a daily basis. His newest body of work, which he describes as Neo Pop, is a cacophony of color, iconography, and messages within messages. The work often jars the senses, and its multiple meanings can be interpreted and reinterpreted again and again. When not creating his own work, Dr. Wilton generously devotes time and effort to other art related activities and organizations.