Presenting Artists

Presenting Artists

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph

Cheyenne’s work blends functional ceramic objects with campy performances, retro installations, and satirical videos. Her absurd domestic scenarios illustrate one-dimensional assumptions about family, relationships, and cultural expectations.

Cheyenne received her MFA from the University of Florida and her BFA from Murray State University. She is originally from Paris, TN, Home of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry!

Nicole Hays

Nicole Hays is a visual and performance artist based out of St. Petersburg, Florida. She specializes in professional face and body art, canvas and mural art, circus acts such as partner acrobatics and flexibility, dance improvisation and alternative modeling. Hays is known for her unique fine art bodypainting, and was a cast member of Game Show Network's hit bodypainting competition reality show, Skin Wars, which aired in August of 2014.

Nicole holds a Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technology from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is a GCSC alumna, with an Associate of Arts degree in Pre-Theatre. She sees herself as a serial entrepreneur focusing on creating jobs and opportunities for both visual and performance artists, as well as creating unique performances for live audiences. 

She has also been involved in directing, choreographing, acting and singing in live theatrical productions for over 14 years. She has written, produced and starred in original productions that include circus performance, burlesque and dance.  

Tammy Marinuzzi

In 2005 Tammy received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from the University of Florida. Currently she is a Professor at Gulf Coast State College. She has also taught at the University of Florida in Gainesville, abroad at Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry India, and at Skopart Foundation in Greece. In addition to working as an educator Tammy is a studio potter, her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and can be found in numerous galleries around the country.

Tyler Nicholson

Tyler Nicholson hails from the small agrarian town of Blythe, California. Raised on a farm, Nicholson spent his formative years learning the fine arts of shade-tree mechanics and relying on his imagination for entertainment. At the age of 18 in July 2001, he enlisted in the US Army as an Artilleryman. During his enlistment, he obtained the rank of Sergeant and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Nicholson’s current body of work focuses on subverting the heroic and often mythic portrayals of a soldier’s life by reimagining the monument and military themed childhood toy. Instead of the heroic portrayals of combat or sacrifice, his work focuses on the more mundane aspects of military service—the hurry up and wait, the lull between action, the time for introspection. 

He received his AA from Gulf Coast State College, a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of West Florida, and an MFA in Ceramics at Georgia State University. Currently, Nicholson is the Studio Manager at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Erica Passage

Erica Passage is a maker living in Tallahassee, Florida.  She is currently employed as the Director of the Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center.  In her free-time Erica enjoys riding her mountain bike in the Apalachicola National Forest, and swaying in her hammock with a great book and a cup of coffee under the Live-Oaks.  She is also the curator of AdventurePots, an Instagram feed dedicated to images that highlight the use of handmade ceramic objects in the outdoors.

Erica graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Ceramics and a BS in K-12 Art Education from Central Michigan University.  In 2013 she graduated from West Virginia University with an MFA in Ceramics. 

Forrest Sincoff Gard

Forrest Sincoff Gard received his BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2009, completed postbaccalaureate studies at the University of Florida in 2011, and earned his MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University in 2014. He has been a short-term resident artist at Red Lodge Clay Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In 2014, Forrest co-founded the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.

Forrest has shown his interactive installations and ceramic artworks in over 30 exhibitions across the United States and South Korea including the 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale at the Incheon World Ceramics Center in South Korea; the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Ponama, California; the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana; and The Clay Studio of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Currently, Forrest maintains a studio in Columbus, Ohio, where he works as an Associate Editor for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

Mandy Yourick

Mandy Morgan Yourick was born and raised in Point Washington as a sixth generation local to the Florida Panhandle. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a featured artist at the Korea Burn Festival in Gijipo Beach, South Korea in 2012 and Artist in Residence at The Bubbler in Madison, Wisconsin in the summer of 2015.  She is currently a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor of Art at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.