Ms. Deits comes to St. Petersburg from Florida’s east coast where she was the executive director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery and School of Art in Tequesta for more than six years. She is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), writer and art critic whose expertise includes public relations, marketing and organizational management. She has served on the State’s Division of Cultural Affairs grants panel that reviews grant applications and on Palm Beach County’s public art committee.
She is also a ceramics aficionado, having taken workshops at Penland School of Crafts and the Train Station (now the Morean Arts Center for Clay). She has been a longtime fan of Florida CraftArt and the city of St. Petersburg.
“Of particular importance is her proven ability to grow membership and donations, and her ability to expand awareness of Florida CraftArt,” says Kathryn Howd, President of the board for Florida CraftArt. “Katie brings us already established connections with arts centers and craft facilities statewide. Our board feels very fortunate to have attracted someone of Katie’s caliber to lead Florida CraftArt as we meet the challenges of growing the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work.”
Ms. Deits has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida; holds the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence and a Master of Photography from Professional Photographers of America. She has served on the faculties of Barry University, Palm Beach State College and The Society of the Four Arts.
In 2007 she was a recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Palm Beach County. She is a juried member of the International Association of Art Critics.
Currently she serves on advisory boards for the Wild Dolphin Project and the North County Artists Association and is a member of the Florida Association of Art Museum Directors and the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals.
Florida CraftArt is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization representing established and emerging fine craft artists. For more than sixty years, it has advanced and celebrated Florida’s fine crafts, in St. Petersburg and throughout the state, through exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, making it Florida’s most important destination and primary authority for fine craft art. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Visit Florida CraftArt at 501 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg or at FloridaCraftArt.org.