VINCE FAZIO, MFA
Executive Director, Sedona Arts Center 2017 – 2020
As Executive Director I worked with 10 Board Members and a Staff of 8 to bring the Arts Center to a never-before-seen level of operational profitability while creating new dimensions to exhibitions and events that engaged the community and attracted patronage and support. After three years as ED I was able to leave the Arts Center in excellent standing when I moved to Florida into a new realm of semi-retirement allowing me to spend time with my father and focus on my artwork and teaching.
- Established fundamental alignment between the board and the staff allowing the energies of each to contribute in a dynamic way to the betterment of the organization.
- Managed the events and fundraising celebrating the Arts Center’s 60th Anniversary, including numerous special events and a new annual 48 page catalog completely funded by sponsoring advertisers.
- Funded and developed a new website for the center on the WordPress platform. This allowed all staff to develop their own content on the web for various departments and alleviated a serious bottleneck in the workflow of the organization.
- Through the website we were able to create a new online gallery open 24/7 where an expanded audience of patrons from around the country purchase artwork.
- Created a new model for special exhibitions with an enthusiastically funded “31 Women Artists” show in January of 2020.
- Elevated grant writing success to new levels.
- Restructured staff to new more strategic roles based on their interests and skills while implementing a successful incentive pay program.
- Managed the Arts Center through the Covid-19 crisis pivoting from in-person programming to online programming opening a new ongoing avenue of adventure for faculty and gallery artists.
Director Programming and Operations, Sedona Arts Center 2016 – 2017
This position expanded the previous responsibilities to include oversight of all programming in the Arts Center’s galleries and events as well as the school’s programming.
Director School of the Arts, Sedona Arts Center 1999 – 2016
Guided curriculum and marketing for community art school which had 40 year history in Sedona. Initiated a profitable art workshop program creating a national audience for the school while working with artists from all over the country. This evolved into a program of 50+ workshops per year including a robust set of field expeditions nationally and internationally. Created successful Summer art camp for youth exploring digital filmmaking, ceramics and painting. Initiated relationships with the public school system resulting in multiple art projects per semester bringing art projects to over 720 students many times per year. Successfully wrote grants for educational art projects with the public schools, summer camps, and other non-profits. Managed a faculty of 50 – 70 instructors annually. Chaired the Sedona Plein Air Festival for 10 years, managing every aspect of the 8-day annual event serving a national audience of artists and collectors. Periodically taught workshops in various aspects of painting and drawing and was represented in the Sedona Arts Center Gallery.
Sedona Art Escape ‘97 – 2003 Sedona, AZ
Created and taught one session, outdoor landscape painting class to visitors in Sedona.
Front Range Community College ‘92 – ‘96 Broomfield, CO
Taught classes at all levels of Drawing, Painting, Design, Graphic Design and Art Appreciation. Successfully represented the school in seeking, with other schools, statewide accreditation for Art Appreciation Classes.
University of Kansas ‘88 – ‘90 Lawrence, KS
As a graduate student, taught classes in Drawing, painting, and figure drawing.
Baker University ‘90 Baldwin, KS
Visiting Instructor teaching drawing and art history.
’88-91 UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, Lawrence, KS – MFA (concentration painting)
’85-88 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, Ft. Collins CO – BFA (concentration painting)
’82-84 ART STUDENTS LEAGUE, New York, NY (anatomy, drawing, figure painting)
’81 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, Boulder, CO (majoring in art and literature)
’79-80 DOANE COLLEGE, Crete, NE (majoring in art and literature)
’78-79 ACCADEMIA CARRARA DI BELLE ARTI, Bergamo, Italy (life-drawing , painting)
’78 DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH, Castle Rock, CO