For the past 29 years, Jim Santamour has held a variety of positions in the design field. Jim earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior and Industrial Design from The Rochester Institute of Technology. He began his career in Syracuse, New York, working for Architectural and Design firms, planning corporate spaces and primary educational facilities. After the 1993 “Storm of the Century” dumped over 50” of snow on Syracuse, Jim relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked on corporate interior space planning for firms in the Research Triangle Park. Since settling in the Tampa Bay area in 1996, Jim has worked for local design firms specializing in corporate space planning as well as full service interior design and furniture selection for a variety of restaurant and hospitality clients. Most recent projects include the MicroLumen office and manufacturing facility, Relache Spa at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee and The Birchwood Inn, St. Petersburg.
One of Jim’s hobbies is amateur photography, an interest “developed” while studying at RIT – taking courses in the technical and artistic aspects of black & white and art history of photography. He advanced his studies while in Raleigh. There, he began to exhibit his work, winning several awards and earning the cover photo of the Wake (North Carolina) Review Literary Magazine. Jim is a member of the International Union of Mail Artists – a loose knit global community of artists who connect with their art through the postal system. Using his photos as a base, he has created postcard art which has been sent throughout the world. Some pieces have been displayed in art galleries and Mail Art shows in far flung places such as Western Australia, France, Istanbul and Des Moines.
Jim is also a board member and neighborhood volunteer for the Old South East Neighborhood (St. Petersburg). He enjoys gardening and travel.