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Deborah Hildinger

Deborah L Hildinger: Fine Art Gourds Gallery

"My work utilizes an intuitive approach where the key is to let the artwork in process guide the way as it comes to fruition through a variety of materials and techniques."

Deborah L. Hildinger has been involved within the creative arts since she was a small child. Her mother recognizing her daughter's talent, made available Craypas and compressed charcoal along with numerous sheets of blank paper to create art upon. While in the second grade at Smallwood Drive Elementary School in Snyder, NY, her tempera painting showing children of different nationalities...

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... holding hands was on the cover of School Art magazine.

Ms. Hildinger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in printmaking in 1973. Followed by a Master of Arts in 1978 and Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a double major in printmaking and painting in 1979. Upon graduation, Disney Imagineering employed her as a finishing artist during the construction of EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She believes this to be one of the greatest learning experiences of her life. Before moving to California in 2004, Deborah was administrator of the permanent art collection at Orlando International Airport and responsible for the works of art produced by internationally acclaimed artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Doris Leeper, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Jacob Lawrence, Duane Hanson, and Dale Chihuly. Ms. Hildinger is an award-winning artist in her own right within the printmaking, painting, pastel, digital imagery, and fine art craft mediums. She has exhibited in gallery, museum, and sidewalk art festivals throughout the southeastern United States and in California.

Ms. Hildinger retired in 2016 from the City of Santa Maria, CA where during her tenure she held the positions of Cultural Events Coordinator and Library Artist. Within these positions she managed the visual arts programs and galleries for adults and children. In addition, she retired from her position as an adjunct instructor at Allan Hancock College. From 2005 to 2016, Ms. Hildinger taught lecture and studio classes that included portraiture, drawing, digital fine art, art appreciation, and American art history.

Returning to Florida in 2016, Ms. Hildinger is now working as a full-time artist, exhibiting within The HUB on Canal in New Smyrna Beach, FL with her fine art gourds.

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Award Listing

1987 Autumn Art Festival; Winter Park, FL Award of Honor
1990 Award of Honor
2002 Judges Selection
1992 Hyde Park Art Festival; Tampa, FL Best in Show
1994 First in Graphics
1992 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fest.; Winter Park, FL Second in Graphics
1992 Marketplace Art Festival; Orlando, FL Best in Show
1993 First in Graphics
1994 First in Graphics
1992 Mainsail Art Festival; St. Petersburg, FL Award of Distinction
1994 Vero Beach Art Festival; Vero Beach, FL Third in Graphics
1995 Award of Honor
1995 Apopka Art Festival; Apopka, FL Judges Distinction
1996 First in Graphics
1995 Florida Pastel Assoc. Exhibit; Hollywood, FL First - Non-Members
1996 DeLand Art Festival; DeLand, FL First in Graphics
1998 DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts; DeLand, FL Honorable Mention
1999 Lake Wales Art Festival; Lake Wales, FL Award of Merit
2001 Award of Distinction
2000 Osceola Arts Festival; Kissimmee, FL First in Graphics
2001 First in Mixed Media
2002 Award of Merit
2003 Second in Graphics
2002 Winter Haven Art Festival; Winter Haven, FL Honorable Mention
2002 Autumn Art Festival; Winter Park, FL Judges Selection
2002 Lake Eustis Fine Arts Festival; Eustis, FL Second in Graphics
2003 Second in Graphics
2004 Images Art Festival; New Smyrna Beach, FL Award of Merit
2007 LVAA Fall Art Show; Lompoc, CA First Place
Second Place
2014 LVAA Fall Art Show; Lompoc, CA Third Place
2015 LVAA Fall Art Show; Lompoc, CA Third Place
2017 Fall Fiesta in the Park; Orlando, FL First Place
2018 Isle of Eight Flags Art Fest; Fernandina Bch, FL Judges Choice
2019 - Isle of Eight Flags Art Fest; Fernandina Bch, FL Award of Distinction
2020 Cape Coral Art & Music Festival; Cape Coral, FL Third Place
2020 Arts Fiesta; New Smyrna Beach, FL Honorable Mention