Director & Chief Curator
Amy Bowman-McElhone is the Director and Chief Curator. She is also a teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate in art history at Florida State University. Her research areas include modern and contemporary art, curatorial practices in Latin America, art in the public realm, and curatorial practice and theory. Her dissertation is on contemporary artist Mike Kelley and Los Angeles's "Post-Sunshine" scene of the 1980s and 1990s. She received her M.A. in art history from West Virginia University. Her thesis was on the sectarian murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She recently co-authored with Gabriela Germana, an exhibition review “VACÍO MUSEAL: MEDIO SIGLO DE MUSEOTOPÍAS PERUANAS (1966–2016) Curated by Gustavo Buntinx, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima” published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies.
From 2009-2012 she served as Director and Curator of TAG (The Art Gallery) at UWF. Prior to joining UWF, she served as Exhibitions Assistant and Registrar for the Art Museum at West Virginia University. She received her B.A. in art history from Penn State University and worked at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and interned at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Bowman-McElhone also teaches art history courses for the UWF Art Department and the Art History Department at Florida State University. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Felicia E. Gail
Felicia E. Gail is Assistant Curator. Gail taught photography at UWF and is an instructor in Photography and Humanities for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC. Gail was curatorial assistant for TAG UWF in 2010. She served as curatorial intern for Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, BC, and she participated as artist and curator for Canadian artist run centres, and served as a board member to Unit/Pitt Projects. Her interdisciplinary art practice takes up writing, photography, installation, performance, sculpture, and curation as she investigates the intersections between memorialized events and place.
Gail received her MFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2013. Her thesis, “Close Your Eyes: Investigations of Space: Three Letters” focused on Gail’s written and visual art practice. She received a BA in Art History at UWF in 2010, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities in 2004 from UWF. Gail is originally from Milton, Florida. Her work has been shown and read nationally and internationally, most notably with Wil Aballe Art Projects in 2016, Gallery 295 in 2015, 221A Artist Run Centre’s semi-public outdoor exhibition space, and at the David Wisdom’s Summer Slideshow series at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Her most recent project, Travel Back to Blue, is an ongoing collection of written and ephemeral works made during a semi-solo motorcycle journey from the Pacific Northwest of Canada to West Texas, USA.
Registrar & Curatorial Assistant
Suzanne Slabaugh is the Curatorial Assistant. She is a recent graduate from Towson University and earned her BS in Art History and Museum Studies. A Maryland native and an avid traveler to cultural centers of the world, Suzanne brings a unique skill set to the team at PMA. From education services at San Lorenzo Basilica in Italy to registrarial work at the Walters Art Museum in Maryland, Suzanne shows her well-rounded experience throughout her programs and is always eager to pass on her enthusiasm and passion for art to all.