Kelly Sturhahn, MFA
Assistant Professor of Art & Foundations Program Director
“I am committed to facilitating the artistic development of my students, and preparing them to become professional artists. It is my responsibility to impart knowledge, to create a challenging curriculum, and to serve as a mentor artist. Through engaged, hands-on learning, students are motivated to explore and master a variety of materials and techniques, and to participate in the larger, critical dialogue surrounding modes of contemporary art.”
Kelly Sturhahn is Foundations Program Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Southern College. A former New Yorker, Professor Sturhahn brings professional experience in the art world through her posts at the Michael Werner Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art. After joining FSC, Sturhahn quickly became active in the local art community. She has juried several exhibitions including the Polk Museum of Art's annual "Mayfaire-by-the Lake". She currently serves on the board of Platform Art, as well as the Art Selection Committee for the Florida Art in State Buildings Program. In addition, she is a member of the Polk Museum of Art and the College Art Association. On campus, Sturhahn heads the Foundations Program for the Department of Art and Art History, and has partnered with a colleague to develop a strong Visiting Artist Program. She also co-directs the FSC Film Discussion Series and serves on the Library and Archives committee.
A nationally recognized artist, Sturhahn's artwork has been widely exhibited, including solo shows in New York and Florida. Highlights include solo projects at Ann Street Gallery, Skylight Gallery, Sarasota Arts Center, and Times Square Gallery in New York. Her work was recently on view in Florida at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and at the Melvin Art Gallery. Her artwork may also be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Switzerland. Recently, Sturhahn was a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at The Ringling College of Art and Design, and she received grants to be an Artist-in-Residence at both The Vermont Studio Center (VT) and at Salem Art Works (NY).
M.F.A., Hunter College
B.F.A., Ringling College of Art and Design
Honors and Awards
- Visiting Artist & Lecturer, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota - 2011
- Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT - 2010
- Artist-in-Residence, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY - 2007
- Artist Gallery Talk/Lecture, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY - 2007