Spring Arts Festival Poster Artist Announced

Spring Arts Festival Poster Artist Announced

A vibrant design featuring a blooming flower amid text that reads, "Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival."

February 6, 2024 –Molly Kempson has been selected as the poster artist for the 52nd annual Santa Fe College (SF) Spring Arts Festival. The poster unveiling reception will be scheduled soon.

About the Artist

Molly Kempson poses for a photograph while standing in front of a colorful brick wall and wearing an apron.

Molly Kempson is an artist and educator making relief prints in and about the American South. Her work spirals through architecture, language, flora, fauna, preservation, and conservation to highlight the complicated history of the region through artist’s books, letterpress posters, and limited-edition reduction linocut prints. She has been awarded several funded residencies, including the Coffey Residency in Book Arts at the University of Florida in 2016, the letterpress residency at Ashantilly Press in 2018, and is an In Cahoots artist-in-residence for 2024 in Petaluma, California.

Kempson holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and graduated from the University of Florida with an M.A. in Art Education in 2016. In addition to her personal artistic practice, she teaches courses in the College of the Arts at UF, is an artist-in-residence at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and was an elementary art educator for a decade. She teaches printmaking workshops at museums and schools to children, adults, docents and art educators. Her free time is spent paddling, hiking, and reading historical markers across Florida.

About the Festival

This year’s Spring Arts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 on SF’s Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Launched in 1970, the SF Spring Arts Festival soon became one of the community’s most popular annual cultural arts events. Artists and craftspeople from around the world come to highlight their talents in mediums including painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and ceramics. The two-day festival includes experiences that everyone can enjoy, including local music and art, kid zones, food trucks and more.

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