About the Artist
Jim Draper grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1974. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1978. Now based in Jacksonville, Florida, Draper served as Gallery Coordinator and Curator for the University of North Florida's galleries for five years and also taught drawing and painting at UNF, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Flagler College in St. Augustine. Exhibitions include his seminal work Feast of Flowers at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Jacksonville, Florida) and Image Gathering + Disseminating the Natural Experience at Florida School of the Arts (Palatka, Florida). Draper's work appears in hundreds of corporate and private collections.