After attending the High School of Art and Design in New York City, Fiber Artist Andrea Huffman moved to Florida, and received a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida International University. She taught art for thirty-one years in Broward County Public Schools and retired from full time teaching in 2011 to pursue her own art practice. Ms. Huffman has since exhibited her mixed-media textile art locally and nationally in solo, juried and group shows. Receiving several awards for her work, including several Broward County Creative Investment Grants, Ms. Huffman was selected as one of only two Florida art educators for the first State Teachers Artist in Residence (STAR) program at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, awarded through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in 2011. She continues to share her passion for art through new teaching opportunities, including The Boca Museum Art School, Bailey Contemporary Art in Pompano, where is a resident studio artist, as well as various other guilds and art centers throughout Florida. Ms. Huffman is a member of the Surface Design Association and a co-founder of 6 Hands Collaborative, creating, exhibiting, curating, and teaching art in collaboration with other artists.