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SF College To Announce New Lennie Kesl People's Choice Award for Spring Arts Festival

Following Anat Cohen's jazz concert in the Fine Arts Hall on Saturday, March 28, 2015, Santa Fe College will officially announce its new Lennie Kesl People's Choice Award that will be presented to one of the artists at the SF College Spring Arts Festival. The award is named for Visual Arts Professor Lennie Kesl, who taught at the college for many years before he died in 2012.

Kesl's friend and retired Visual Arts Department colleague, the painter Norman Jensen, will be present for the announcement along with other friends and associates of Kesl's. Refreshments will be available and there will be a cash wine bar.

To select the award winner, visitors to the Spring Arts Festival will vote for their favorite artist at the festival's information booth, located at the intersection of NE First Street and Seventh Avenue in downtown Gainesville. The winning artist will receive $1000 for artwork that will be added to Santa Fe College's permanent art collection.

"The Aspen Institute just recognized Santa Fe College for excellence, and the foundation of that excellence is the work done by our founders and all the faculty, staff and administrators who have worked here during the past 49 years," said Cultural Programs Coordinator Kathryn Lehman, who organizes the Spring Arts Festival. "We want this new award to honor those people and to honor all the exceptional fine art that has been shown at the Spring Arts Festival throughout the years."

The award is named for Kesl in recognition of the inspiration he provided to his students and the many years he spent mentoring emerging artists. "We're choosing to announce the award after Cohen's concert because Lennie loved jazz and was a great jazz musician himself," Lehman said.

Israeli clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader Anat Cohen, who has been voted Clarinetist of the Year for seven straight years by the Jazz Journalists Association, will appear in concert as part of the Santa Fe College Master Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adult orchestra and mezzanine seats; $12 for adult balcony seats; $9 for seniors, children, and University of Florida students and faculty; and $9 for faculty, staff and students of Santa Fe College. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181. Tickets may be purchased on line at:

http://www.sfcollege.edu/finearts/

The 2015 SF College Spring Arts Festival will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, on Northeast First Street and the grounds of the Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville. Jazz musicians the David Jones Jazztet and Chuchito Valdés will perform on the Main Stage at the Thomas Center from 5-9 p.m. Saturday evening. Admission is free.

The Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival is presented by the Santa Fe College Development Office and the Santa Fe College Foundation. The Festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and visitgainesville.com, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information, call Kathryn Lehman at 352-395-5355.