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EXHIBITIONS
2018       Bamboozle Café, "A New Year of Art," Tampa, FL

2018       Carrollwood Cultural Center, "Divine Collective," Tampa, FL

2017       Art Fair, “Art Crawl,” Lakeland, FL
2017       Carrollwood Cultural Center, “Artists:  The Soul of the Community,” Tampa, FL
2017       Bamboozle Café, “Downtown Arts Invasion,” Tampa, FL
2016       Stirling Gallery, “I Did it My Way,” Dunedin, FL
2016       Carrollwood Cultural Center, “Possibilities of Perception,” Tampa, FL
2016       Rare Hues Gallery, “Local Spring Art Show,” Tampa, FL
2016       Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Emerging Artist Category, Tampa, FL
2015       Art Fair, “Winter in the Park,” Vero Beach, Florida
2015       Art Fair, “Art Crawl,” Lakeland, Florida
2015       William Johnson Gallery of FSU, Juried International Exhibit,

                  “Social Selfies: Constructing Community,” Tallahassee, FL
2014         621 Gallery, “Ewha Cultural Exhibition,” Tallahassee, FL
2011         Arts Clayton Gallery, “Juried Art Competition,”  Jonesboro, GA
2010        Art Institute of Atlanta, Juried Art Show “High School Art Educators of Georgia,” Atlanta, GA
2007       Sharptop Arts Center, “Water,” Jasper, Georgia
2006       Harris Arts Center, “Juried Annual Art Show” Calhoun, Georgia
2006       Sharptop Arts Center, “Fiber Arts Show,”Jasper, Georgia


HONORS/AWARDS

2018        Professional Development for Artists Grant, funded by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners

                   and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County

2016        Honorable Mention for "Ruptured Adolescence," Stirling Gallery, Dunedin, FL

2016        Emerging Artist Recipient of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

2010        Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Art Teachers,

                   Clayton County Board of Education, GA

2004       Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2004       Graduated with Honors and "Distinction" on Competency exam, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

MEMBERSHIPS

Professional Association of Visual Artists

National Art Education Association

North Tampa Arts League

      



Biography

Curriculum Vitae

     Carla Wilkins grew up in Tampa, Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Science in visual art from The Florida State University followed by a Masters in Art Education from The University of New Mexico.  She has taught in elementary and secondary schools, and loves bringing out the creativity in all children and in every kind of medium.  She claims teaching art was the best gift she found in life, and fervently believes that "art can save the world”!  
      Carla’s drive to create has always been inherently therapeutic, which at one point led her to study art therapy under art therapist Maxine Hull in Atlanta as well as a year of graduate work at Florida State.  Her greatest influences have come from relationships with people, outdoor adventures and a few curve balls that are inevitable in everyone’s life, good and bad.  In other words, she paints her own experiences.  In this regard, she finds Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits and the narrative paintings by Jacob Lawrence among the most inspiring art.  Expressing her stories is a personal process in hopes of always moving forward, which can often take years of revisiting the same work adding new layers of oil paint, oil pastel, linocut prints, chalk pastels and hot glue.  Another approach she uses to improve herself as a human being has been painting overlooked patterns in rocks, tree bark, waves and leaves, attempting to reflect the metaphors found between nature and the human psyche.  Peaceful perspectives are the gifts in these studies.  Carla’s passion for hiking, rock climbing, swimming and kayaking allowed for intimate discoveries in the beauty of earth’s elements, from beaches to boulders, from rivers to deserts. She appreciates the landscape wherever she lives which has been Kansas City, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Tallahassee and currently in Tampa, Florida.