Board of Directors
Shannon Annis is the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum where she has coordinated exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, and managed records for the more than 5,000 objects in the USF Collection. She is a member of the SEAworthy, a socially engaged art initiative at USFCAM that conceives and implements community-based projects designed to integrate the arts into the life of communities and discover innovative solutions to their shared challenges. Annis received a B.A., and M.A. in Art History from the University of South Florida, as well as Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Desmond J. Clark is a Managing Partner for Effusive Services, a multifaceted company the provides specialized arts handling, management and contract services to cultural arts organizations, municipalities, government and private art collectors as well as business technology, digital & social media support and graphics design. He is disabled Air Force Veteran that has lived in the Tampa bay area since 1992. Currently, he lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the founder of Side Door Cabaret at the Palladium where he served as the Chief Business Officer and most recently the former Director of Operations at the Morean Art Center. He is a former President of the Contemporaries, professional support group for the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL. He has significant hands-on experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit finance, administration and operations and has served on numerous boards including the Studio 620 and the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum, both non-profit arts and cultural organizations located in downtown St. Petersburg. Desmond was recently honored by the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum and named one of six "Pillars of the Community" in June 2017.
Timothy C. Garding is an attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, where his principal areas of practice are healthcare, employment and labor, administrative/government law, and commercial litigation. He is currently a Board Member of Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts and the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and is on the Development Council for The Springs of Tampa Bay. Named as a Tampa Bay Business Journal's “Up & Comers” in 2010 and a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013 and 2012, his professional and community affiliations include the following organizations: Stageworks Theatre, Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. Garding received his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law and a B.A. from University of Minnesota - Duluth
Jose R. Gelats is the Museum Coordinator at the Henry B. Plant Museum. He has over 30-years experience working for non-profit arts organizations and has held professional positions within the curatorial, educational, and administrative departments of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, Hillsborough Community College’s Gallery221, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A former practicing architect, he has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University and previously served on the City of Tampa’s Architectural Review Commission as the architectural historian for three consecutive terms.
Sarah Howard is the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at the Institute for Research in Art/Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida. Howard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. She has served on the Hillsborough County Artists Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of Flight 19 Gallery and SuperTest Projects. Howard has presented lectures and workshops at USF, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Southern Graphics Council Conference, and the Florida Educational Research Association Conference. Recent professional collaborations include visual art projects with internationally-acclaimed artists Christian Marclay, Los Carpinteros, and Mark Dion.
Tracy Midulla Reller is a faculty professor at Hillsborough Community College, which is based in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. She teaches various studio art and professional studies classes and manages the student art gallery MAZE. She has taught Drawing, Foundation Studies, Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking at The University of Tampa and St. Petersburg College in Pinellas County. An active studio artist, Reller’s work has been exhibited in various venues throughout the United States and in parts of Canada, published in a number of art publications, and commissioned for apparel design. She was a founding member of the Tampa artist collective art, which presented the work of established and emerging local, national and international artists in a variety of local venues. Reller is the Founder and Creative Director of Tempus Projects, an artist-run, community-focused incubator of ideas to promotes artists working in all media. Located in Tampa’s Seminole Heights, Tempus Projects has contributed greatly to the district’s emergence as a unique and creative local destination and was awarded Creative Loafing’s Best Alternative Art Space “Best of the Bay” award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Reller received a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Sculpture from The Atlanta College of Art and a M.F.A. from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida
Ann-Eliza Musoke Taylor is an attorney with the Yates Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, where she specialized in trusts and estates. Musoke Taylor is the current Co-Chair of the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in addition to serving as Co-Founder and Board Member of Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay and Board Member of arts group Experimental Skeleton. Her professional and community affiliations include the following organizations: Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Young Lawyers Division, The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. Musoke Taylor received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
Katherine Pill is the Assistant Curator of Art after 1950 for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Formerly the Assistant Curator and a Curatorial Fellow at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, she has also served as Communications Director and then Administrative Director of Student Union Galleries, curated booths at Art Chicago and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, Co-Director of the Concertina Gallery in Chicago, and Art Criticism Editor for Fnewsmagazine, the monthly student journal of art, culture, and politics at the School of the Art Institute. Pill has a BA with a double major in Art History and English literature from McGill University in Montreal and dual MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.