Alison Schaeffler-Murphy has a wide-ranging academic and experiential background in the visual arts. In 2012 she completed two graduate degrees with foci in art museum administration and modern/contemporary art history. Prior to this, Schaeffler-Murphy owned Tints and Reflections Studios where she designed and fabricated one-of-a-kind fused and leaded art glass creations. Her artwork has been exhibited at regional and national glass expos, as well as at art-in-public places venues, indoor and outdoor art shows, and at galleries and museums. Some of her arts leadership roles have included serving as director of art festivals and exhibitions, art show juror and judge, cooperative artists gallery manager, art educator, assistant curator and arts association board member. Her art historical research interests involve the relationship between artistic intent and spectator reception. Alison strongly believes in the importance of the arts in every persona’s life; she is dedicated to sharing appreciation for and knowledge about art and its significance.
Schaeffler-Murphy is an alumna of the Art History and Art Education departments in the Florida State University College of Fine Arts. She currently works as an arts consultant and program manager for Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs. At the DCA she works with the Individual Artists Fellowship Grants, Citizens for Florida Arts, Poetry Out Loud and Capital Complex Exhibitions. Prior to that, while interning and serving as a special projects staff member at Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts, she assisted several of the Museum’s departments.