Anthony Sznakowski

Enriching Lives Through The Visual Arts

Newest Painting to benefit the Cathedral Arts Project

My most recent painting was inspired by the request of Cathedral Arts Project. I was asked if I had a painting I would like to donate for their upcoming fundraiser. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything I wanted to part with. Instead, I took it as an opportunity to create something new. I decided to use the theme of the fundraiser as my inspiration and developed the painting below. Please consider supporting the  Cathedral Arts Project and their 12th Annual Spring for the Arts. I am a big fan of Cathedral Arts Project and all they do for our students.

“Spring has Sprung” Mixed Media on Canvas 24″x 24″ 2016

Spring Has Sprung Acrylic

Elementary Visual Art Specialist

I am happy to say that I recently started a new job and I am back in the Arts! I am now working as Elementary Visual Art Specialist with Duval County Public Schools. I began on July 1st and I’m loving my job.

One of my main duties is to oversee the elementary art programs and supply professional development opportunities for teachers. My main goal is to help every teacher become the best art instructor possible.

I am looking forward to this school year. I will post photos and commentary and I progress through my first year as Visual Art Specialist.

Fundraiser to support Visual Art Education in Northeast Florida!

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Visual Art Educators Volunteer Time to Raise Money to Support Local Students

The Northeast Florida Art Education Association (NeFAEA) will host its annual fundraising event, Flamingos on the River, on Saturday, May 16, at Jacksonville University’s River House. Proceeds from the event and donations throughout the year directly support the regional chapter of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national contest that has hosted previous winners such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and John Lithgow.
Visual Art teachers from across Northeast Florida come together to spend their very scarce hours away from the classroom ensuring students have opportunities to participate in exhibitions, compete for college scholarships and perhaps be included in the winner’s circle in New York City each year. According to Gerie Leigh, a retired DCPS educator and NeFAEA board member, “over the past four years, this group has not only revived the local chapter of Scholastics, but also encouraged more than 1,500 students to enter over 3,800 works of art; seen 35 local students win national recognition and awards, and offered more than $1.5 million in college scholarships.”*

This particular event is the largest source of income for the group’s year-round work to support its students and fellow educators. The highlight of the evening will be a silent and live art auction featuring major artists and art educators such as Tony Wood, Mac Truque, Ginger Sheridan and Jason John, who have all generously donated their work to support the next generation of artists. The event will also feature a Jacksonville musical favorite, Tropic of Cancer, who, in their words, specializes in a mix of “jazzy jams, worldly beats and saucy rhythms.”

The $25 price of admission includes entry to the event, plus a complimentary drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Click here to purchase your tickets

Flamingos on the River – An Art Auction for the Visual Arts of Northeast Florida
Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 6-8 p.m.
The River House at Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North, Jacksonville, FL 32211

*value based on scholarships offered not those acted upon
Media Contact
Anthony Sznakowski, NeFAEA President

Scholastics Art Awards sponsored by the Northeast Florida Art Education Association

This past week was an exciting one. The past Saturday the Northeast Florida Art Education Association sponsored the North East Florida Scholastic Art Awards. This event brought in hundreds of students and parents from six counties in the North East Florida region.

As President of NeFAEA, I was given the privilege of shaking hands and congratulating each Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention winner personally.

After the award ceremony, students, parents and guests were invited to the Main Library and Cathedral Arts Project’s Community Gallery to view the award winning artwork.

It was a day full of art and enthusiasm.

Leading up to the event I had the opportunity to promote Scholastics Art Awards with an interview on First Coast Connects. You can listen to the interview by clicking this link.