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UNF art professor awarded a 2022 Art Ventures Grant for impact on Northeast Florida

Sheila GoloborotkoSheila Goloborotko, University of North Florida associate professor of art, is one of the 14 individual artists in Northeast Florida who was recently awarded a 2022 Art Ventures Grant as part of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Art Ventures initiative. 

Artist proposals were reviewed by a panel of judges and predominantly evaluated on artistic excellence, with additional consideration for how the artist is influenced by and impacts Northeast Florida.

Goloborotko’s prints are currently included in the exhibition “Picture Window” on display at Centro Espositivo San Vidal in Venice for two months during the Venice Biennale and at the Fortezza Orsini, in Sorano, Italy, during the Saturnia Film Festival Activism Biennale “The Dream.”

She is also one of the 26 artists selected to exhibit in the 2022 Florida Biennial, at the Art and Culture Center, in Hollywood, Florida. This year, Florida Biennial received over 1,000 submitted works from 349 artists.

Her creative research focuses on print media as the graphic science of democracy — a tool that fosters community building and information sharing to create new socio-political ecologies. As a multidisciplinary artist, her practice engages in a relentless auto-ethnographic examination of contemporaneous issues as a form of resistance and poetic activism.

Resulting works take symbols of intransient, impermanence, and stasis — natural systems, founding documents, language, and democracy itself — and make them changeable, shifting, active, and unsettled. In an ideal merging of method and message, Goloborotko’s work invites us into the chaos to find meaning and to engage in important questions about our relationship with nature, information and one another.