Educators

Scott Bolendz

Scott Bolendz

Travel Photography

Scott Bolendz is an award-winning photographic artist and educator based in Bradenton, Florida. His expressive, concept-based images of physical environments explore timeless themes of human vulnerability, resilience and mortality. His work has been widely exhibited in museum, gallery and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.

 

Lance Rothstein

Lance Rothstein

Street Photography and Photography 101

Lance Rothstein is a photojournalist with more than 20 years experience and he has worked for numerous publications including The New York Times, the Miami Herald, and the Tampa Tribune. He was also a staff photographer for the Tampa Bay Times for nine years. After six years working as a freelance photographer in Europe, Lance is back in Florida, and specializes in teaching film & darkroom photography locally.

Simone Leal

Simone Leal

Cellphone Photography

Simone Leal is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her teaching career started in her teens, assisting her aunts. First graders taught her more than she could ever have imagined. She decided to never leave that space, where ideas are freely discussed. While pursuing her Ph.D., she taught Genetics to college students. In Tampa, she joined a very special body of educators: Museum educators. By learning to give tours about art history, movements and their main characteristics and artists, she learned how to teach Photography, and where its artistic value resides.

Gianna Russo

Gianna Russo

Ekphrastic Workshop

Gianna is a lifelong educator. She co-created the creative writing program at Blake School of the Arts in Tampa, where she taught for 10 years. Currently, Gianna is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the university’s literary magazine, Sandhill Review. A third-generation Tampa native, a mother and grandmother, Gianna lives in an almost 100-year-old bungalow with her husband Jeff Karon and their cat Gingko.

Jesi Cason

Jesi Cason

Digital Photography 101

Jesi Cason, a full-time commercial and personal branding photographer in Tampa, specializes in colorful, expressive portraits. Her clientele ranges from Grammy award-winning musicians to Olympic athletes to homegrown local legends, capturing the magic of Florida business owners and creative entrepreneurs. With 2 ADDY Gold Awards and recognition as a Gulfshore Business 40 Under 40 honoree, she recently earned first place in the Portraits category at the 2024 FMoPA Members Show. Passionate about community involvement and empowering women in commercial photography, she believes in creative collaboration and making art that is impossible to ignore.