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Jerome Chesley
2024 Fellowship Award Recipient
Jerome has art degrees from  SUNY College at Buffalo and studied at the University of Art in Siena, Italy, Scottsdale Art School and with distinguished teachers throughout the U.S. In addition, he has created multiple art projects benefitting community organizations. He has taught in both public schools and college throughout his life and served on Boards of Art organizations which include Historical Society of Sarasota County, ArtCenter Manatee, co-president of the Friends of the Chautauqua Visual Arts(FCVA). He is a signature member and 2018 President of the Florida Watercolor Society, Master Signature Member and past president of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and  teaches painting throughout Florida and at the renowned Chautauqua Institution summer program. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, many of which are in private collections. He has been twice selected as an exhibitor and Artist in Residence at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota. Malbi Decor on Osprey St. in Sarasota also carries his Artwork. Jerome currently is a Public Arts and Art Crawl tour guide for Discover Sarasota Tours