2016 Art Contest Juror Panel Biographies

Pat Drew

Pat Drew taught high school art for 41years in the Fulton County Schools. After retirement, Ms. Drew was invited to teach elementary and secondary art education in an adjunct capacity at Georgia State University. While at Georgia State, she began painting classes with Larry Walker. She studied two years with Mr. Walker, during which time she created “The American Quilt” series. She was invited to travel with this exhibit throughout the Eastern United States, which she did for a number of years. She continues to teach some drawing and painting privately.

Ms. Drew is currently investigating sculpture with an interest in the human figure. She continues to strengthen her drawing skills as well.

David Cohen

David Cohen is an artist who has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Washington DC, New Jersey, Baltimore and Atlanta. He received his MFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and was selected as the Official Doodler for the TEDxPeachtree conference in 2011.

He calls the drawings doodles, but despite that silly sounding name, he’s very serious about this as a form of expression.

They dance, they hug, they float and they fly. They soar in spaceships and share quotes and thoughts meant to inspire kindness, wonder, personal empowerment and empathy. Each plays their part in communicating his fundamental outlook: that despite a world of threats, ambiguity and danger, there is always a place for whimsy, joy, hope and love.

Libby Devine

Georgia artist, Libby Devine creates figurative sculptures and reliefs in clay. Surface treatments feature atmospheric fired work, painterly cold finishes and textural, layered glazes with washes of underglaze, slips and oxides.

As a high school educator for 32 years, she helped hundreds of students tell their story.

Now she is telling hers, by focusing on remembered moments of experience. Her sculptures capture a small pause or glimpse of an event, a relationship, thought, dream or imagined fantasy that may remind viewers of familiar, shared memories.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3-D Design from the University of Georgia in Athens and a Master of Visual Arts in Fibers and Art Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta.