Bio & Accomplishments

Curt Sneary painting plein air at Anna Maria Island, FL


Curt Sneary was born in Columbus, OH

on June 6th, 1964 

He graduated from Grandview High School with a scholarship to The Columbus College of Art and Design. The scholarship was awarded to him by his mentor and teacher

Lee Eckleberry. ''If not for Lee, you wouldn't be seeing any of these paintings; I'm not sure what I would have done with my life, I really didn't have any direction. Eckleberry noticed my talent during my senior year, I never drew or created outside of school, I was more into sports and friends.''  

Mr. Sneary earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Advertising Design with a

Minor in photography. ​ '' I always loved the painting classes, those were the classes I really looked forward to.''  

After college he worked for Gunder and Associates advertising agency in Dublin, OH. Before leaving Columbus for Atlanta, GA, Curt worked for a few corporations in advertising and for the Columbus Dispatch newspaper in their Creative Services department under his boss and admired Sculpturist Bob DeLay. Curt's first job in Atlanta was with the Atlanta Business Chronicle and then with the Atlanta Journal Constitution in their Ad Creative Department. ''Atlanta was a very creative place, everyone I worked with at the newspaper was extremely talented; they were all very influential in my development as an artist.'' Sneary lived in Atlanta between 1992 and 1999. ''My art did well in Atlanta, I had International sales from

V. Reed Art Gallery and many local buyers; this gave me the confidence to pursue fine arts on a deeper level.''  

Before delving into his paintings fulltime he was working as a Creative Director for Inez Cooper and Associates and had just met his former wife, Beth. ''We went back up to Ohio for a spell, I was painting and Beth was working on getting her Masters degree from Ohio State University.''  

The couple relocated to Florida. ''My father lives on the East Coast, I had visited often and quickley gained an affinity for the beauty of Florida. There were three newspapers in this area so I decided there wasn't much risk because of my advertising background.'' Sneary quickly found work with the St. Pete Times and Cox Target Media.

''Newspapers have been hit hard with the advent of the Internet; the climate became very production oriented;

I needed creativity on a daily basis.''  

Mr. Sneary now paints fulltime out of his St. Petersburg studio.  

The harder paths in life are the paths less taken; you have to have a balance and try to do what you love. For me this has made all the difference :)


 Chronological order: 

Graphics: First Place award for the official Columbus Marathon Poster. Columbus, OH  

Graphics: First Place award. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra  Picnic with the Pops logo. Columbus, OH  

Advertising: Creative Director for Inez Cooper and Associates, Atlanta, GA  

Advertising: Eckstein, Summers & Company Award for Best TV  Campaign.Red Bank, New Jersey  

Fine Art: Represented by VReed Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA  

Fine Art: The Reidal Stiedal Memorial Award from the Ohio Arts Leaugue, Columbus, OH  

Fine Art: Featured artist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Book of Lists  

Fine Art: Two Best of shows, Treasure Island Arts Guild, Treasure Island, FL  

Fine Art: Best of show, Suntan Arts Center, Pass A Grille, FL  

Fine Art: Best of show, South Pasadena Fine Art Exhibit, Pasadena, FL  

Fine Art: First place award for Historic Kenwood Mural Competition  

Fine Art: Mentioned in numerous articles in the St. Pete Times Newspaper, St. Pete, FL  

Fine Art: Selected for two group show at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Fine Art: Tarpon Springs, FL  

Fine Art: Represented by the Donna Gordon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: Selected for a group show and a holiday show at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL  

Fine Art: Featured artist at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: Selected for the 100 best Art Show at the Sarasota Arts Center, Sarasota, FL  

Fine Art: Represented by the Diane Gugliotti Gallery, Pass A Grille, FL  

Fine Art: Awarded ''The People's Choice Award'' at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: One man show at Articles Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: Featured Artist on Channel 10 News, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: Featured Article in The Creative Loafing, St. Petersburg, FL  

Fine Art: Represented by the Jim Woodfield Fine Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL