309 Punk Museum Project is a collective of academics, writers, visual artists and musicians dedicated to creating space for future generations to appreciate their culturally rich community. They are creating an archive of Pensacola Punk History dating back to the early 1990’s so that they share the ways punk influenced our local community and the role Pensacola Punk has played in the national and international subculture. Valerie George, Eliza Espy and Scott Satterwhite will be participating in CUBED to represent the 309 Punk Museum Project.
Ashton Howard is a native of Florida’s Gulf Coast. After attending Savannah College of Art and Design, he packed all of his things and moved to California, beginning his career as a tropical artist. His art has been represented and viewed in some of the world’s most renowned galleries and in major cities across the U.S. Ashton’s art assimilates the reflective qualities of natural light, perspective of nature’s force and the power of the sea.
Ashton now lives in Pensacola with his beautiful wife Emilie and their son Hagan, where he and fellow artist Evan Levin adorn and enhance public spaces in the heart of downtown.
Austin Garcia creates so he can bring things into the world that would otherwise never have existed. He loves to travel and meet new people, which inspires him to create new things and approach his designs differently. Austin has always been a visual person and admired the work of other creative people. The idea of creating something that can outlive you is very rewarding and comforting to Garcia.
Florida-based artist Cecilia Lueza creates vibrant public art pieces in a varying range of artistic mediums. Born in Argentina, she graduated from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Shortly afterwards, Cecilia moved permanently to the United States. Since 2000, Lueza has been working on a variety of public art projects in many cities throughout the United States. Through a meticulous and careful process, she creates unique works of great visual impact.
Evan Levin is a Pensacola native and local artist. Evan attended Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. Evan is known for his surrealistic style of painting and drawing quirky, whimsical characters in dreamlike landscapes.
In 2015, Evan, along with local artist Ashton Howard, painted the "Fly Like Foo Foo" wings mural for Foo Foo Festival. In 2016 Evan and Ashton won a Foo Foo Festival grant to paint Pensacola’s first large scale public art project, a 3,000 sq. ft. mural on the Jefferson Street parking garage. Evan and Ashton were recently awarded another Foo Foo Festival grant to create Pensacola’s first mural festival, CUBED, in 2017.
Gabriel Smith has spent most of his life making art, but it wasn’t until he made Pensacola his home that his art felt more like him. Gabriel is excited to be a part of CUBED!
Jaime Diffee and Olga Silva are two University of West Florida students. Jaime recently finished her BFA in Studio Art and is currently working on her BA in Art History. Olga is a Brazilian student and is pursuing her BFA in Studio Art. Both artists have been featured in shows throughout Pensacola and Northwest Florida.
Jarrod Goldman is from Pensacola and has been drawing for as long as he remembers. He works at End of the Line Café and collect tiny houses.
Joe Hobbs was born in Chattanooga but grew up skateboarding and drawing on everything in the Bahamas, Key West, Camarillo and Monterey. Hobbs studied at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts and Pilchuck Glass School and earned his BFA in sculpture from the University of West Florida. Joe is currently creating a body of work utilizing illustration and molten glass. You can see more of Joe’s work at the First City Art Center and on his website.
Joyful Enriquez is a professional marine wildlife artist based in Northwest Florida. Joyful holds an MFA degree in Studio Art and Illustration, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America. Her work is inspired by the beauty of life underwater and its unique qualities of color, light and movement. The energy and authenticity that characterize her work is the result of personal encounters with the underwater world through scuba diving and collaboration with wildlife experts, conservation groups and aquariums. Her artistic goal is to build a connection between community and ocean life in order to promote its exploration and preservation.
Poppy Garcia is an artist born and raised in Pensacola, where he currently resides. His artwork bridges the gap between macabre and magical, using cartoonish style and color to convey much more serious themes. At first glance, Poppy’s work seems playful and spontaneous, though upon further examination this is merely a tool he uses to ease the viewer into a place of comfort in an attempt to help them reach new levels of understanding.
Selina McKane attends the University of West Florida and will complete a Bachelor of Fine Art in May 2018 before pursuing an MFA. Her studies concentrate on two-dimensional studio art, specifically drawing and painting, and she is listed on the Academic Honor Roll and is a member of the Mixed Arts Sights and Sounds Club. Selina has won the Blue Morning Gallery Award, which is both an honorarium and solo exhibition. She has exhibited in the 2017 Semi-Annual Pop-Up Art Exhibition, Artel’s Annual Cinco Banderas Exhibition and the 2017 TAGGED Student Art and Design Exhibition, where she received the People’s Choice Award.
Joseph Tempesta is a Pensacola based practicing artist and art student. He is pursuing a BA in Studio Arts from the University of West Florida and is graduation in December 2017. Joseph plans to continue working as an artist outside of school, producing work for shows and applying for internships. He has taken part in curatorial projects, such as the Good Fortune Art Show at O’Zone Pizza Pub, and collaborated with Greg Saunders in creating a sculpture, A Song of Appalachia, for the Siren Series at Pensacola State College. He is currently in the process of creating various works in many mediums, including a public sculpture for the University of West Florida as well as the Early Man series of various mixed media works.
Stef Skills was raised in Pensacola and is currently an artist, mother, curator and educator living in Chicago. She combines traditional graffiti style letters, figurative representations and elements from the community and environment around her to engage her audience in her studio work and murals.
When two brand designers with a love of hand lettering get together for happy hour to drink and draw, you end up with a few too many personal projects and late nights. When they’re not at their computers, Veronique Zayas of HatchMark Studio and Somi Choi of idgroup are always looking for opportunities to work big and create highly impactful, large scale design. They bring their latest project to Cubed, where the spirit of collaborative event comes to life in their mural— be sure to swing by and say hello!
The Wildcat Artists are art teacher Tanya Broom and art students Holden Touzet, Brennah Coffin and Addison Haskew from Booker T. Washington High School. They love street art and the effect it can have on its viewers. The Wildcat Artists believe that experience is the greatest teacher, and through this interaction they can all become better artists. They are totally stoked to be a part of the CUBED experience.
YehRim Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. The way she interacts with her work is directly connected to her background in ceramics. Her sculptures are hybrid bridges between cultures. They connect masculine and feminine, East-West, decorative/functional, and structure with fragility, allowing diverse aspects to blend and intertwine. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from Korea National University of Cultural Heritage (2013) and her MFA in Ceramic Art at Alfred University (2017). She is currently a visiting resident artist at University of Georgia.