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Libby is past president of the Florida Art Museum Directors Association (FAMDA) and former Secretary of the Florida Association of Museums (FAM) who gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.  In 1999, the Daytona Beach and Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce presented him with their prestigious Outstanding Leadership Award.  On April 8, 2000, he was presented with the National Junior League Community Advisory Board Award for Community Service, and he received the Florida Art Museum Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He served on the Florida Arts Council from 2005 to 2007 and as a Trustee at Stetson University from 2008 to 2011. He was also elected as a Trustee of the University of Florida Foundation serving from 2012 to 2014. He was elected to the Board of Visitors at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in 2013. He was also appointed as the at-large member of the 2014 Daytona Beach Charter Review Commission.


Libby also serves or has served on several Daytona Beach, Volusia County and regional boards including the Halifax Area Advertising Authority, the Daytona Beach Economic Development Advisory Board, the Main Street Redevelopment Advisory Board, the County ECHO (Ecological, Cultural, Historic, and Outdoor Recreation) Advisory Board, and the Cultural Council of Volusia County. He is the immediate Past President and former Board member of the Heritage Preservation Trust of Volusia County and is the Vice-President of Historic Pinewood.  He served on the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums, and served on grant panels for the Florida Department of State and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.  He represented all Florida Museums on the federal level for both FAMDA and FAM as chair of both organizations’ government liaison committees. He was the host and moderator of a 60 minute cultural information program on 1380 AM radio with a world-wide streaming broadcast each Saturday morning at 8:00-9:00 a.m.

University of Florida Focus Gallery

renamed to honor Gary R. Libby

Libby is a published author whose most recent hard cover books are a 2015 revised edition of Cuba: A History in Art, the 2009 Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, and Reflections II: Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000, winner of the Bronze medal in the 2012 Florida Book Awards. His Coast to Coast: The Contemporary Landscape in Florida was awarded a medal in 1999 as one of the best museum publications in the southeastern United States.  His book Cuba: A History in Art received the Silver medal in 1998 and in 1996 his book Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection was awarded the Silver medal from the Southeastern Museum Conference. He also authored A Treasury of American Art in 2003, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.



University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

B.A. - English Literature


Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisianna

M.A. - Humanities and 19th Century English Literature


University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

M.A. - English Literature


Tulane University

Ph.D. Candidate in 19th Century Humanities

Coursework and exams completed

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