Local Art Collector Donates Valuable Paintings to NWSA to launch School's Permanent Collection

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For immediate release: September 3, 2008

Valuable paintings are donated to New World School of the Arts by
anonymous local art collector to launch the conservatory’s permanent collection
MIAMI--- Five original large-scale paintings have been anonymously donated to New World School of the Arts. The works, by a  Enrique Campuzano, Coronación, 1990 broad spectrum of famous Latin American painters have a shared market value of over $100,000 and represent the seeds for NWSA’s budding permanent art collection. “This is a much appreciated gift and we are confident that it will grow to become a substantial collection for our institution,” commented Maggy Cuesta, dean of NWSA’s School of Visual Arts. NWSA Provost, Dr. Mercedes A. Quiroga, who along with Cuesta and NWSA arts faculty Rosario Martinez-Cañas embraced the valuable donation, expressed “This gift helps us materialize our vision of owning our private art collection and it sends a message to the South Florida community at large to think of NWSA as a worthy institution when it comes time to bequeath their own private collection.”

“Creating and curating our own collection has been a long standing dream for the school,” affirmed Rosario Martinez-Cañas, who was instrumental in securing the significant gift. “When we began conversations with the donor, we concurred that a collection of this magnitude and quality would undoubtedly serve as an inspiration and learning tool for our students, not just our visual artists, but also our performing arts students. It is important for them to be exposed to and have unrestricted access to such high craftsmanship.” The pieces of art will be housed in NWSA with the expectation that they may serve our student’s academic studies.

The work runs the gamut of styles, influences and techniques, but all have one thing in common. They draw their inspirations from the people and places of our hemisphere and reflect the many different backgrounds that make up the fabric of today’s Miami. The works include Antonio Armaral’s Trees, Guillermo Trujillo’s Guerreros, Siron Franco’s Brasil Central, Emilio Falero’s Blue and Gold and Coronación by Enrique Campuzano.

About the painters: Internationally recognized Brazilian painter Antonio H. Amaral is one of the most influential painters of our time. His vibrant works embody opposition to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and demonstrate elements of nature in symbolic and structural forms. Amaral’s paintings are among the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Architect by profession, Guillermo Trujillo has dedicated his life to his painting. Through his teachings and influence he is considered one of the most influential artists in his native Panama. On the other side of the ecological movement, Siron Franco, of Brazil, whose work may also be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, directs his art towards defending animal rights within the scope of his work. Emilio Falero, well recognized Cuban painter residing in Miami, lightly utilizes what is known as “art-on-art” in a beautiful display. Through his realism and quality of work, Chilean-born painter Enrique Campuzano, a contemporary artist in mid-career, reminds us of fellow countryman and renowned painter Claudio Bravo.

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature in 1984 as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3502 or visiting www.mdc.edu/nwsa.

Photo caption: Enrique Campuzano (b. 1948) Chile. Coronación, 1990. Oil on canvas. 75 inches by 51 inches. 

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