Fairgrounds TV, Video Content for Fairgrounds TV
Jeff’s Fairgrounds contribution is TV video for the two retro TV sets in Fairgrounds. The video content includes news, an education program, weather and commercials from broadcast TV. It’s black and white, takes place around 1960 and it’s broadcast from the city where the Mermaid Star motel is located.
In his four-decade career, Jeff Whipple has created acclaimed artwork that is uniquely distinctive and immediately recognizable. He has had 84 solo exhibitions in galleries, colleges and museums including the Tampa Museum of Art, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Museum of Art – DeLand and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. His art has been in dozens of group exhibitions across the USA and has received 51 top awards in competitions. He won two state artist fellowships from Illinois and four from Florida. In 2018, Whipple was awarded a $25,000 Pollock-Krasner artist grant. Jeff also won several playwriting awards including five Florida statewide competitions. He’s had dozens of public art commissions and his paintings for a New Orleans library were selected as one of the 50 best public art projects in 2012 by the Public Art Network. The Tampa Museum of Art commissioned Whipple to create a large-scale outdoor video and art installation in Miami Beach during the week of Art Basel Miami in 2006. Whipple’s artwork is in dozens of corporate, municipal, college and museum collections. He has taught at several colleges including Arizona State, Florida State and Northern Illinois University.