BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Maureen Bloodworth - Vice President
Fred Donovan, Jr.
Meredith Doyen - Executive Director
Krist Lien - President
Jane Switzer - Secretary
Choh Man Teng
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
Bonnie Bradley - Ceramics
Georgia Beliech - Gallery
Meredith Hartsfield - Glass
Vivian Lamont - Belmont Youth Band
Meredith Doyen - Executive Director
Meredith Doyen grew up visiting Pensacola from Georgia with her family every year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at The University of Georgia and then her Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. Meredith served as an Island Institute Fellow on Fishers Island, New York from 2004-2006, working with the Fishers Island Community Association to develop a Town Office to be staffed by an Island Administrator. As Administrator she helped conduct a Hamlet Study that became a master plan for the island and worked to establish a large community center. After the Fellowship she remained on the island and was hired as the Executive Director of the Island Community Center, where she was responsible for fundraising, membership and oversight of the facility until 2012 when she moved her family to Pensacola. She was hired as Executive Director of the First City Art Center in early 2013 and has enjoyed learning about the Center’s exciting mission and finding ways to help the Center grow.
Devon Murphy - First City Art Center Glass Fellow
Devon Murphy began working with glass in 2004 he received his Bachelors in Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008. Devon received his Masters in Fine Art in 2016 from Tulane University. He has studied glass at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington and at the Northlands Glass School in Lybster, Scotland. Devon Murphy is a mixed media sculptor; he works predominantly in glass, metal, wood, concrete and stone. You can view Devon’s artwork on his website DevonMurphyArt.com.
Ben Twingley - Ceramics Department Head/Instructor
Ben Twingley was introduced to clay at an early age by his father, who was a potter and art teacher for almost 30 years. He spent time on the wheel as a kid and later immersed himself in ceramics in his early college years. He put ceramics on hold for a while to pursue a career in photography and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications, from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Twingley has been working as a staff photographer for the Pensacola News Journal for the past seven years and has freelanced for publications around the country. Since 2006 he has been active with the Pensacola State College ceramics department and is an active member of the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. He has shown his work regionally for the past four years. In 2009 and 2010 his work was accepted into the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival where he has had pieces chosen for judging. His work has been sold nationally as well as donated for local charity efforts like Manna Food Bank’s “Throw a Bowl” fund raiser.
Sam Nettles - Sculpture Instructor
Sam Nettles received his B.F.A. from the University of South Alabama and did intensive figurative studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut. His major and private commissions, among many, include the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial in Milton, a fiberglass bas-relief celebrating the diversity of life on earth and an attempt to understand it through DNA, located at the University of West Florida and of course, the Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial in Pensacola. His work has also garnered a myriad of awards nationally.
Pearl VanHoove - Pottery Instructor
Pearl was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. After falling in love with drafting in 7th grade, she continued that path and obtained a B.S. in Technology Education with a minor studio concentration in Sculpture from California University of Pennsylvania. Throughout this time she entered sculptures in many juried art exhibitions throughout the Pittsburgh area, receiving awards of merit. Her sculptures were primarily composed of earthen materials including clay, twine, concrete and metal, often of figures. Pearl began pottery while attending Cal U and continued classes at the Belmont Arts Center after moving to Pensacola in 2006. Pearl enjoys making functional pottery and learning new techniques and forms.