Meet the Judge for 2016: Ife Williams

Ife Williams: 2016 Barefoot in the Park Judge Ife Williams is Executive Director of the Hudgen’s Center for the Arts in Duluth, GA. Williams has an impressive background in the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Metalsmithing from the University of Michigan, earned a Master’s in Museum Studies at Syracuse University, and received a Certificate of Nonprofit Organizational Management from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Her professional experience includes Museum Curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami; Development Consultant at the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami; Assistant Collections Registrar for the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle; and most recently, Program Development Specialist at Fulton County Arts and Culture (FCAC), Atlanta.

Williams joined FCAC as a Public Art Program Coordinator in 2005. She went on to manage the Contracts for Services Program and held the positions of Interim Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, and then Director of Arts and Culture.

She stated that through her tenure at FCAC she learned what it means to serve the public, facilitate genuine community engagement and provide guidance to elected officials.

Meet the 2015 Judge: Dr. Adolfo Santos

Barefoot in the Park is thrilled to announce that this year’s judge is Dr. Adolfo Santos:

Dr. Adolfo Santos

Dr. Adolfo Santos is the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at Georgia Gwinnett College. Dean Santos earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Houston in 1998.

Although a political scientist, Dean Santos is also an artist. He paints, draws, and occasionally sculpts. Before going into academia, he produced commercial art for billboard companies in the Houston area.

Dean Santos is a member of the Council of Fellows with the prestigious American Council on Education. He is also a protégé of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute.

Dean Santos is the co-author of Texas Politics Today, and the author Do Members of Congress Reward Their Future Employers? Evaluating the Revolving Door Syndrome.