Institute for Research in Art News | New Faces, New Titles

We have a few staff updates to share with you! Some new titles for long time employees, and some new additions to the IRA staff.

New Additions

David Fries

Visiting Research Associate / Integrated Creative Technologies / Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio

David Fries Visiting Research Associate / Integrated Creative Technologies Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio
David Fries
Visiting Research Associate / Integrated Creative Technologies Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio
David Fries is Director of the Ecosystems Technology Group at the USF College of Marine Science, President of the non-profit SciFlies, and CTO of Spyglass Biotechnologies. He was an original member of the USF Center for Ocean Technology, and the founder of Intelligent Micro Patterning, Bioplex, Inc., Voda LLC, and Savu, Inc. He was the original creator of the National Forensic Science and Technology Center, holds 34 patents, licensed 12 technologies while at the university, and has over 60 publications in oceanography, analytical chemistry, medical technology, biotechnology, chemistry, microtechnology, electronics, and robotics. He previously held an appointment at Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin. He received the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and the Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Florida.

Carol Mickett

Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies / Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum

Carol Mickett  Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum
Carol Mickett
Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum
Carol Mickett received the Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy. She works as a visual artist in collaboration with Robert Stackhouse, producing paintings, prints, and large-scale architectural sculpture. Their work is commissioned by museums, private collectors, and state and local governments. In addition to Mickett’s work in the visual arts, she is the host/curator of the series Our Town, a conversation with notable St. Petersburg, FL, citizens, at the Dalí Museum, and she sits on the Arts Advisory Committee for the City of St. Petersburg. Her past work includes host and producer of Art Radio; producer and director of the documentary film, Robert Stackhouse: an artist at work; director of History Speaks, a video archive of the history of Kansas City; guest editor/writer for a special issue on the history of the arts in Kansas City for Kawsmouth, a journal of history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; a producer/writer for Uniquely Kansas City, a five-part documentary on the arts in Kansas City for Kansas City Public Television; and director/speech writer for the American Business Women’s Association’s annual conferences. Mickett is the recipient of numerous grants and has published essays, poems, and interviews in Canadian Philosophical Review, Hypatia, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters, among others.

Taylor Pilote

Research Associate / Sculpture Fabricator Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio

Taylor Pilote Research Associate / Sculpture Fabricator Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio
Taylor Pilote
Research Associate / Sculpture Fabricator Institute for Research in Art / Graphicstudio
Taylor Pilote hails from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the LeBel School of Visual Art at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives and works in Tampa, FL, where he completed his Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida. His exhibition history includes the Toronto Sculpture Center, the Canadian Sculpture Society, the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, and most recently with Miami Independent Thinkers at Miami Basel 2012.

Megan Voeller

Visiting Research Associate / Program Director, Art in Health Jointly-held Appointment: Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum & Morsani College of Medicine

Megan Voeller Visiting Research Associate / Program Director, Art in Health Jointly-held Appointment: Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum & Morsani College of Medicine
Megan Voeller
Visiting Research Associate / Program Director, Art in Health Jointly-held Appointment: Institute for Research in Art / Contemporary Art Museum & Morsani College of Medicine
Megan Voeller currently works at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum to develop interdisciplinary educational programs, including symposia with visiting artists such as Trenton Doyle Hancock and Kate Gilmore. She also coordinates an innovative series of art-based workshops designed to sharpen the observation skills of USF Health graduate students, which she oversees as USFCAM’s Associate Curator of Education. Since 2006, she served as Visual Art Critic for Creative Loafing, the Tampa-based weekly newspaper, authoring more than 250 exhibit reviews and feature stories about visual art and culture. Her criticism is recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists- South Florida Chapter, and the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists. She is co-host of WEDU Arts Plus, a weekly public television series devoted to arts and culture in Tampa Bay and beyond. She holds the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with honors from Williams College, the Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School, and the Master of Arts in Art History from the University of South Florida. She will oversee the Art in Health program to initiate and sustain collaborations between the USF Institute for Research in Art and USF Health.

We are very happy to have David, Carol, Taylor, and Megan as additions to the Institute for Research in Art! We look working to working with all of you!

New Titles and Responsibilities

We have new titles and responsibilities for IRA’s longtime employees, Alexa Favata and Randall West. Randall is now the Deputy Director of Finance and Strategic Planning. Alexa is now the Deputy Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum. The pair have devoted over 40 years to the IRA and are the solid foundation upon which our success has been built. Here’s a bit more about the two and their contributions to the IRA and the arts in the Tampa.

Alexa Favata

Deputy Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum | with IRA sincce 1982

Alexa Favata promoted to Deputy Director of the USFCAM
Alexa Favata
Deputy Director of the USFCAM

Alexa Favata is now the Deputy Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum. She has been with the Institute for Research in Art since graduating with an MFA from the USF College of the Arts in 1982. That’s over 31 years of commitment to the Institute and Art in the Tampa area.

Favata has successfully managed nationally and internationally important exhibitions and artists’ projects for installation and tour beginning in 1990, when she traveled to Barcelona, Spain to organize special events related to the presentation of the exhibition, Made In Florida.

She has organized the logistics for all international exhibitions, including: Eleven Moscow Artists (Russia). The Belgian Accident (Belgium), Transparence Transcendence (Germany), Perfect Speed (Britain/Scotland), Translucent Writing (Austria), Cross/ing (Africa/Europe), Atelier Van Lieshout (the Netherlands) Lucy Orta: Nexus Architecture (Paris), The Field’s Edge and Los Carpinteros.

Favata also has extensive experience in design and editing publications and has numerous catalogues to her credit, all of which have been distributed nationally, and she oversees the Institute’s grant submissions to foundations and agencies.

Randall West

Deputy Director of Business Operations and Strategic Planning | with IRA since 1996

Randall West promoted to Director of Business Operations and Strategic Planning
Randall West
Deputy Director of Business Operations and Strategic Planning

Randall West has over 15 years of combined experience in educational finance and financial aid through work with the DeVRY Institutes of Technology, Inc. and the University of South Florida.

West is responsible for the fiscal operations of the Institute, which includes policies and procedures for all E&G Expense funds, Division of Sponsored Research grant funds, auxiliaries and Foundation accounts.

West manages all cash flows, budget preparations and expenditures for a multitude of accounts in accordance with University and State guidelines. He prepares all financial reports to the University and Granting Agencies, State and Federal, as well as to private foundations and works with the Director on membership and development opportunities.

On behalf of the entire staff of the Institute for Research in Art, I’d like to thank Alexa and Randy for their commitment to the work we do! We would not be able to accomplish all we do without you!

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