Raymond Olivero
Adjunct Professor/Art

Degrees & Institutions Attended
MFA University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
BA University of South Florida,
AA St. Petersburg Junior College
Ball State University, Graduate Course Work

Awards & Honors
Award of Merit, Gasparilla Art Festival
Award of Honor, Ocala Arts Festival
Merit Award, Mayfaire By-the-Lake Arts Festival
First Prize, 2D/3D Fine Art Juried Exhibition
Merit Award, The 5th Annual Tri-County Exhibition
Award of Merit, Ocala Arts Festival
Second - Place Award, 2D/3D Fine Art Juried Exhibition
Tara Materials Award, 58th Florida Artists Juried Exhibition
Mary Hulitar Award, 58th Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
Juror’s Award, 43rd Annual All Florida Exhibition
First - Place Award, Hollywood Art Guild All Member Competition
Westmoreland Award, Westmoreland National; Award of Merit, Westmoreland National
Honorable Mention, W & J National Painting Show
Best Painting Award, Marietta National; Plaque of Distinction, Marietta National
Second-Place Award, National Cape Coral Annual Exhibition
Juror’s Award, Oklahoma Art Center Art Annual
Juror’s Award, Arizona National
Merit Award, Mid-States Art Exhibition
Purchase Award, Illinois State Fair Exhibition
The Florida Individual Fellowship Award in the Visual Arts
The Broward County Cultural Affairs Division/Duane Hanson Artist Fellowship in Public Arts
The Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting and Work on Paper
Wichita State University Summer Grant, Literal Content and the Aesthetic Object
Wichita State University Research Grant, Aesthetic Content

Artist Statement
Over the years, I have written and given many talks on my art. Each time my comments have differed depending on my particular interests at the time. Now that I have been painting for thirty-five years, I can clearly see that there have been three qualities that have always been present in my art – three qualities that I have felt were needed before I could ever considered my paintings finish. The first quality is presence. I have always wanted my paintings to have a visual life and vibrancy. Secondly, I have always wanted my paintings to possess an intrinsic beauty which is spiritual in character and which transcends the subject matter being represented. Lastly, I have always wanted my paintings to convey a feeling and sense of mediation. I have concluded that these three qualities are reflections of my inner world.