At The Intersection of Art and Landscape: Panel Discussion
Alberto E. Alfonso
Tim Richardson is a London-based garden writer and historian, the author of a number of books on contemporary landscape and history, including Avant Gardeners, Futurescapes, The New English Garden and Great Gardens of America. He writes a column in the Daily Telegraph newspaper and serves on the gardens advisory panel of the National Trust. He is also founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, the 'alternative' gardens festival founded in 2012 which now has 'satellite' shows in 10 cities around the world. In 2011 he wrote an essay for Chihuly Garden Installations published by Abrams that year that features Fairchild on its cover.
Alberto E. Alfonso
Alberto Alfonso is a founding principal and President of Alfonso Architects, an award winning 35 member architecture firm located in Ybor City, Florida. Cuban born, Mr. Alfonso was educated at The University of Florida where he received his M.A. in 1983. With his brother Carlos and partner Angel del Monte, Alfonso Architects, Inc. was founded in 1988.Mr. Alfonso’s love of architecture developed at an early age as he was raised in the house of an Architect: his father Carlos E. Alfonso, Sr. Carlos Alfonso, Sr. began his career in Havana, Cuba and fled the country with his family in 1960 to begin a successful practice in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Alfonso recently received the prestigious American Institute of Architects State of Florida 2008 Medal of Honor for Design Award. This award is given an individual architect, who has, by the high quality and originality of one’s design and body of work over a period of 10 or more years, advanced the cause and public value of good architecture in the state of Florida, and, by one’s leadership, has provided an inspiration to colleagues. Mr. Alfonso received the 1987 Eduardo Garcia Award from the Florida Central Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. This award is given to the top Architectural Designer in the six county Central Florida area and is based on a submitted body of work.
Recent projects recognized by the State of Florida AIA Design Awards program include Mosaic Streamsong Resort, Tampa International Airport Airside C, Nielsen Media Research Global Technology Center (a 650,000 s.f. corporate campus headquarters), University of South Florida Center for Advanced Healthcare Frank and Carol Morsani Center, the University of South Florida Medical Office Building, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel, the University of South Florida School of Psychology building, and the Hillsborough County Downtown Partnership Urban K-8 school.
Mr. Alfonso is also an accomplished painter and was a featured artist at The Tuscan Sun Festival 2010 in Cortona, Italy. In December 2010 Mr. Alfonso’s paintings were featured at The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL in a collaborative exhibition titled “Painting the Poem, Poeming the Painting.”
In the summer of 2009 Mr. Alfonso was given a reception for the unveiling of his painting, “St. Francis and the Angel” which was on display in the Church of San Francesco in Cortona, Italy.
His other works, including a concrete etching and sculptured metal panels, can be found in the Nielsen Media Global Technology Center, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel, Carmel Café, and Tampa Covenant Church.
He has served for ten years as a governor’s appointment for the Florida Communities Trust, reclaiming endangered Florida land for the future generations. He has also taught and served on juries both at the University of Florida and University of South Florida schools of architecture.
Kate Brown is currently the Art Director of the Halcyon Gallery. Based in London she runs the International Art Programming and curation of Halcyon’s three London and Shanghai gallery locations, working with both leading and emerging contemporary artists.
Kate has implemented an active public sculpture program in the centre of London and since 2006 worked extensively in the Middle East, China and India managing large scale public and private installations. She works with a global network to source new artists for the gallery display programs and oversees the acquisition of Modern and Contemporary art, liaising with many leading museums.
She helped curate Dale Chihuly’s inaugural exhibition in 2012 at Halcyon Gallery’s New Bond Street flagship gallery. Following this she worked on Dale’s solo show ‘Beyond the Object’ in 2014.
David Ebony is currently a Contributing Editor of Art in America, formerly its Managing Editor, an association with the magazine spanning over 22 years. He is the author of a monthly column for Yale University Press online, and contributes frequently to Artnet, and the New York Observer. Among his many monographs on contemporary artists are: Arne Svenson: The Neighbors (forthcoming, 2015); Anselm Reyle: Mystic Silver (2012); Carlo Maria Mariani in the 21st Century (2011); Chihuly Garden Installations (2011); Botero: Abu Ghraib (2006); Craigie Horsfield: Relation (2005); and Graham Sutherland: A Retrospective (1998). He lives and works in New York.