Artist Derek Donnelly is a Florida native and grew up in St. Petersburg Fl. He graduated from PCCA (Pinellas County Center for the Arts) at Gibbs High school in 2001. Donnelly has produced murals for AARP, Achieva Credit Union and countless local businesses and organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area. He continues to create large scale beautification projects with an alliance of artists and community leaders through Public Art Project Inc., a non-profit organization that creates, facilitates and educates the public on the social and economic impact of the arts.
St. Petersburg college is working with Donnelly to create a large scale mural on the SS building at the SPC Gibbs campus. Initial involvement from the Ethics in Action and Phi Theta Kappa groups helped facilitate this project. The proposed idea will feature one of Donnelly’s popular sea turtles as the focal point of the mural, representing the incredible and unique journey each student of SPC will have in their lifetime.