Anne Gilroy is the curator of the Thomas Center Galleries and 352Arts for the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Anne also works as a painter and writer, having completed a successful career writing and designing campaigns of public awareness for social justice issues.
Julia Morrisroe is an artist and Associate Professor of painting and drawing at the University of Florida. Morrisroe holds a BFA from Northern Illinois University and a MFA from the University of Washington. Julia has exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.
Curator of Photography
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Carol McCusker is currently the Curator of Photography. For nine years, she was the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, where she curated more than thirty-five exhibitions. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego and the University of California San Diego.
McCusker received her B.F.A. in studio art and art history at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She then received an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on the history of photography at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In 2009, she was invited to curate at the Lishui Photo Festival in China where her exhibition of photographs by L.A. photographer, Stephen Berkman, won the festival’s First Prize. Along with Peter MacGill and Chris Boot, she was 2010 Juror for the International Center of Photography Infinity Award/New York. McCusker has received the Beaumont Newhall Award, the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship Award, and two National Endowment for the Arts Awards.
Some of her essays and exhibitions include American Noir: The Photographs of James Fee (book & exhibition, 2003); Phil Stern: A Life's Work (powerhouse, 2003); Andrea Modica: Treadwell/Fountain (2005); Terry Falke: Observations in an Occupied Wilderness (Chronicle Books, 2006); “Depth Charge,” Communication Arts (2006); Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism (book & exhibition, 2006); Public Privacy: Wendy Richmond’s Surreptitious Cellphone (2007); Jennifer Karady: In Country – Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq & Afghanistan (book & exhibition, 2010); and “The Emperor’s River: Philipp Scholz Rittermann Along China’s Grand Canal,” Public Culture: Duke University (2012).
Between 2009 and 2011, McCusker was a staff writer for Color and Bl & Wh magazines. In 2009, she was invited to curate at the Lishui Photo Festival in China where her exhibition of Stephen Berkman’s photographs won the Festival’s “First Prize.” Along with Peter MacGill and Chris Boot, she was 2010 Juror for the International Center of Photography Infinity Award/NY.
Writing and curating from photography’s complete history, from William Henry Fox Talbot’s first calotypes to cellphone videos, defines McCusker’s enthusiasm for the medium’s inspiring range and relevancy.
Raquel Vallejo has a background in the arts, cultural affairs, event planning, fundraising, institutional development and project management. She is currently a consultant for the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and project coordinator for 352walls.
Russell Etling is the Manager of Cultural Affairs for the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Russell oversees the Cultural Affairs Division, which is responsible for numerous cultural events and historic sites. Prior to joining the City team, Etling enjoyed over 24 years of leadership in the museum field.