Phone: 352-291-4000 Ext. 56701
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Art, English and History from Stetson University MFA in Ceramic Sculpture UoF
Mr. Gene P. Hotaling
Gene Hotaling was born in Athens, Greece in 1956. After the death of his mother in 1965, he and his father moved to the Daytona Beach area where he attended Seabreeze Senior High. He married his wife of 42 years Helene(also a Marion County teacher at Madison street Academy) in January of 1975. He attended Stetson University on an early admissions program and graduated in 1979 with a BA in English, History and Art. In 1980 his family moved to Athens, Georgia where he attended the University of Georgia’s graduate Art program on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. In 1982 he began working in the advertising industry in Atlanta, GA as a creative artist and eventually worked as a creative manager and advertising director. He moved to Ocala in 1990 with his wife and three children. In 1991 he attended the University of Florida as a graduate student and teaching assistant in Ceramics and was awarded an MFA in Ceramic sculpture in 1994. The same year he began teaching in Marion County at Belleview Middle School where he taught Graphic Arts. In 2002 he was named Marion County’s Teacher of the Year. He was fortunate to receive a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship in the same year and spent five weeks in Japan with Japanese and American Educators. Also in 2002, he participated in the Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever project with the creation of “Mosaic” a horse sculpture decorated entirely with broken and discarded tile, plates and coffee cups. He repeated his participation in Horse Fever 2 in 2012 with the creation of “Quarterhorse” and again with his West Port High School students with “Artquestrian”. In 2003 he was selected as an artist for the Marion County Public Library mural project in 2003 for the “Technology” mosaic on the front of the library. He is an active graphic and ceramic artist and has recently illustrated three Florida Gator books and participates in national and international ceramic shows.
Mr. Hotaling is an active member of the Florida Educators Association and sits on the Executive Board and Contract Bargaining Committee for the Marion Educators Association. He is in his twenty second year of teaching in Marion County where he has taught, Graphic Arts( Belleview Middle School-‘94-‘03) TV Productions( Forest High School ‘03-‘11) and Fine Art( West Port High School “2011 to present). His current assignment is at West Port High School where he is Director of the Marion County Center of the Arts Visual Arts program. He is the proud husband of Helene Hotaling( also a teacher in Marion County at Madison Street Academy), three wonderful children( all graduated of Marion County schools), and four grandchildren.