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Press Release for Wednesday, June 12, 2013

UNF Art Instructor Fills National Arts Organization Leadership Role

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102



     Raymond Gaddy, an instructor of painting and drawing at the University of North Florida, was selected by the membership of the national arts organization Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) to serve on its Board of Officers.


     Gaddy, a resident of Savannah, was confirmed by the FATE membership to serve on the Board of Officers as vice president for development April 5 at the 2013 FATE Biennial Conference in Savannah. In this position, he will maintain and create new relationships with industry-standard vendors that make a major contribution to the future of the organization.


     “The Department of Art and Design is delighted that Raymond’s dedication to the importance of foundations in the visual arts and his leadership in this area are being recognized at the national level,” said Dr. Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art and Design at UNF.


     In 2011, he studied at the Riksmuseum as part of the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University. Raymond has exhibited in more than 50 exhibitions and received several grants and awards. His work, which deals with the stories and stereotypes of the South, is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Library of Congress.


      In addition to his work as a professor and artist, Gaddy has dedicated much of his time in arts outreach and promotion. He currently serves as chair of the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission and served as director of Galleries at UNF from 2009-12. Gaddy is organizing a FATE regional conference to be held in the spring of 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF.


     Gaddy earned both his MFA in Painting from the University of Alabama and a BFA in Painting from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He recently earned an MA in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


     FATE is a national association dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history. FATE members represent independent colleges of art and design, university art departments and community colleges throughout the United States.


     UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.