For immediate release
November 27, 2001
Contact Hal Howland, 305-295-4369


The Florida Keys Council of the Arts has elected five community leaders to its boards:

New to the arts council’s board of directors is former advisory board member Robert L. Pierce, Jr.  He has over twenty-five years’ experience in art education, as well as in theater and music.  Mr. Pierce taught at Pembroke High School in Pembroke, New York.  He is a graduate of Albright Art School and of the State University College at Buffalo.  He did extensive graduate study at the University of Buffalo.  Mr. Pierce is a member and past president of the Key West Art Center and of the Florida Keys Watercolor Society; he is a member also of the Purple Isles Art Guild and of the Key West Art & Historical Society.  His work is on display at Art Lovers Gallery in Islamorada and at the Key West Art Center.  Mr. Pierce has lived full-time in Marathon since 1982.

Four other active Monroe County citizens join the arts council's advisory board:

Kenneth J. Domanski is vice-president of the Key West Symphony Orchestra.  His graduate studies were in filmmaking and screenwriting.  As an advertising agency creative director Mr. Domanski has worked in Melbourne (Australia), Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit.  He was named to Adweek’s National U.S. All-Star Creative Team in 1986 and has received over 180 industry awards.  Mr. Domanski authored U.S. campaigns for AT&T, USAir, and General Motors, including designing Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” television campaign.  His clients have included Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Nabisco, Goodyear, L’Oreal, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Ford, Chrysler, and Black & Decker.  Mr. Domanski is currently an advertising and marketing consultant and offers his services through Domanski & Associates LLC.

Photographer Carol Ellis earned her B.A. from the University of Florida College of Journalism.  For the past fourteen years she has performed a variety of photographic services for businesses, publications, and families at Ocean Reef and in the Upper Keys.  Ms. Ellis has specialized in photographing at-risk natural areas, including Key Largo Hammocks Botanical Site and Fisheating Creek (the latter project recognized by Governor Jeb Bush).  She worked on the national television documentary The Fragile Keys.  Thirteen pieces of her work are on display in Commissioner Murray Nelson’s office, as part of the Art in Public Places program.  Ms. Ellis has served as a site-management review team member for the Department of Environmental Protection in Monroe and Dade counties.  She is a class IX graduate of Leadership Monroe County.

For the past four years Patricia Hall has been the Monroe County School Board district teacher leader for art.  She is an adjunct professor of art education at Barry University.  Ms. Hall has taught at Glynn Archer Elementary School since 1993, and from 1981 to 1993 she taught at Sugarloaf Elementary and Middle School.  Her B.A. in art and art history is from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction is from Florida Atlantic University.  She is a member of the National Art Education Association and the Florida Art Education Association.  Ms. Hall sits on the arts council’s education committee.

Writer, poet, and artist Larry Sullivan is a retired administrator with the State of California.  He is president of the Big Pine Key Civic Association, treasurer of the Key West Writers’ Guild, and vice-president of the Lower Keys Property Owners Association and of the Key Deer Protection Alliance.  Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Monroe County Citizens’ Code Committee and of the Key West Southernmost Runners Club.  He is a volunteer with the Florida Keys Nature Conservancy and a former volunteer and board member of Big Pine Fire and Rescue.  Mr. Sullivan’s B.S. and M.S. are from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  He is listed in Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets, and his poetry has been published in both English and Spanish.  He edited and wrote for alternative newspapers in Atlanta and in Venice Beach, California.


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