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Ms. Maria Emilia Faedo

Hillsborough County | 1/26/2018 - 12/31/2018

Appointed by: Governor Rick Scott

Maria Emilia Faedo is an artist, retired arts administrator and educator. Her career chronicles a number of multidisciplinary partnerships that engaged the arts to celebrate community and promoted economic development.

Welcomed to Florida as an exiled child in 1961, Maria Emilia is honored to be one of six Latino artists to share experiences on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s public-school curriculums Quilted Landscapes: Expressions of Assimilation. She earned degrees in Sociology and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida where, in 1996, she was invited to return as a Visiting Assistant Professor and commissioned by the University’s Institute For Research Art - Public Art Program.

She has collaborated with international interests such as Smith Nephew Int., the Salvador Dali Museum and Washington’s British Embassy to involve Florida artists in multiple celebrations of Florida’s medical professionals, educators and community leaders. She has also served on the Florida Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, the City of St. Petersburg’s Public Arts Commission, the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of The National Conference for Community and Justice and as Executive Director of Florida Craftsmen, Inc.  Maria Emilia most recently served on the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Action Planning Task Force.

Ms. Faedo is the recipient of an Art Matters, NY Fellowship, and a former writer for the Atlanta ArtPapers. Her art work can be found in the permanent collection of the American Art Museum, Florida international University, The Leepa Ratner Museum of Art and a number of other private and public collections. Now retired, she writes and illustrates poems and novellas.