UF music professor Robinson receives state award

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.

Dr. Russell Robinson, professor and head of music education at the University of Florida, received the Florida Music Educators Association Leadership award at a state conference held recently in Tampa.

The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding and sustained skill in a leadership or an administrative capacity and who carry forward the mission of the Florida Music Educators Association throughout the state and/or the nation.

Robinson, who has served on the UF faculty since 1984, has written more than 250 publications, including compositions, arrangements, books and instructional DVDs.

He has made more than 300 appearances worldwide as a conductor and speaker.

Robinson, who served as president of the Florida Music Educators Association from 1995-1997, was nominated for the award by former student Julie Nelson, now a middle-school orchestra teacher in Orange County.


The Florida Museum of Natural History recently received two awards from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

“Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas” received an award of excellence for exhibits with budgets between $100,000 and $1 million, and the museum’s 2009-10 annual report received the gold award in the Publication Design competition.

Elecia Crumpton, Florida Museum graphic design coordinator, worked on both projects.

“Dugout Canoes,” which features artifacts, videos and interactive displays as well as model and life-size canoes, was inspired by the discovery of 101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake in 2000.

The Southeastern Museums Conference is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of museums from 12 Southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


The Gainesville Fine Arts Association, 2012 Florida Artists’ Exhibition recently presented the following awards:

Best of Show — fiber to Pat Kuminch, Naples; Award of Excellence, monotype, to Ann Guilliani, Spring Hill; Award of Merit — acrylic on paper to Jim Carpenter, Gainesville; Lindamood Landscape Award — oil on canvas to Karen Rose, Gainesville; Honorable Mention –—photography to Rory Brennan, Cedar Key; Honorable Mention — ceramic to Taylor Robenalt, Sarasota.

The exhibition, which was chaired by Roselie Tucker and curated by Jayne Grant, galleries manager at Santa Fe College, was held in the President’s Gallery in the Robertson Administration building at Santa Fe College northwest campus.

Eighty artists submitted 213 images including 42 works juried for exhibition.

The 42 works exhibition will hang through Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the President’s Gallery.

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