Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Art Education, 1989
Ed.S. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Educational Administration & Supervision, 1985
M.F.A. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Studio Art (Painting), 1980
B.A. Hampsire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Studio Art Painting/Printmaking), 1977
Dr. Vigilante has been Director of the University Galleries since 2002. She also serves as campus administrator for Florida’s Art in State Buildings program, overseeing committees formed for the selection of public art at the University of Florida. Vigilante has published articles about the interdisciplinary art exhibitions she curates in the University Gallery that discuss her research in cognitive style and creativity. In fall, 2009; Integrating Thinking through Aesthetic Learning appeared in Academic Exchange Quarterly, and in winter, 2011; Future Intersections, Dynamic Roles for Academic Museums was featued in Museum History Journal.
Arts Administration work has enabled Vigilante to network widely in Florida. She was a mentor for the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, a Regional Arts Consultant for the Florida Department of State’s Underserved Arts Community Assistance Program and an Arts Consultant for the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs in Tallahassee, as well as a consultant for many individual projects. As a professional Grant Writer, Vigilante represented the Marion County Public Schools Foundation in Ocala, Florida and the Florida State University Center for Arts Administration in Tallahassee.
Curator of Exhibitions, Collections, and Education at the Brevard Art Center and Museum in Melbourne, Florida was Vigilante's first museum/gallery position. She directed galleries in Tallahassee's City Hall and Airport, and the Thomas Center Gallery in Gainesville. Dr. Vigilante has served on numerous boards of directors and statewide committees. She is a founding Board member of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals and an active participant in the Florida Art Museum Directors Association.
Currently Dr. Vigilante teaches an e-learning course at UF that was developed through the Provost's Initiative Program. A Taste of the Arts: Behind the Scenes is a Humanities offering that has attracted students from all over campus. Vigilante taught Drawing as an Adjunct Professor at Brevard Community College in Melbourne. Vigilante taught art in many other capacities for over ten years. She was an Adjunct Professor in Art Education at Florida State University and Florida A&M University, an Art Specialist for both Leon County Schools in Tallahassee and for Very Special Arts Florida, and a High School Principal and Art Teacher in Carrabelle, Florida. In Atlanta, Georgia, Vigilante was an Elementary Art Teacher for Fulton County Public Schools.
As a practicing artist, Vigilante has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, and has received several awards including a State of Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship. Her current work in textiles has traveled to eight venues in Florida and Georgia since 2008. Dr. Vigilante has served as a juror for over 100 art shows in the southeast.