Latino Art Beat honors Francisco Gabuardi 2008 National "Hispanic Heritage" Competition Winner

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Latino Art Beat honors Francisco Gabuardi
2008 National “Hispanic Heritage”
Competition Winner

(Miami, Florida)—City of Miami Mayor, Manny Diaz, the Mayor’s Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with  Louise Romeo and Thomas Wyroba; Don Rossi Nuccio, Francisco Gabuardi; Frederic Conde; Maggy Cuesta; Robert Parente, 2008 Latino Art Beat Competition National winning poster “Hermanita,”Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Latino Art Beat, a Chicago based not-for profit arts organization, recognized Francisco Gabuardi of Miami, FL winner of the 2008 Latino Art Beat National “Hispanic Heritage” art competition during a recent session of the Miami City Commission meeting at Miami City Hall. Also in attendance were the other local Miami winners and the regional Latino Art Beat 1st Place winners, flown to Miami by Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Latino Art Beat; Carol Ann Patitucci,  Chicago; Josue Jacobo, Houston; Andy Hernandez, Los Angeles and Omotayo Akinbolajo from Washington, D.C.

Francisco attends New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, graduating in June, 2009.  His artwork entry called “Hermanita” was selected from over 1,000 art entries from high school artists nationally.  As the 2008 national winner, Francisco received a $1,000 cash scholarship award from fashion retailer, Nordstrom, one of Latino Art Beat’s 2008 national partners. Nordstrom presented window displays at 21 of their stores nationally featuring Francisco’s artwork along with the  artwork of all the regional Latino Art Beat 1st Place winners’ in celebration of 2008 Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15).

Francisco is eligible to also receive a minimum $20,000 scholarship award allocated over four years to attend, his college of choice, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD through the Latino Art Beat / MICA scholarship program. New World School of the Arts has produced four national winners in the Latino Art Beat competition in the last six years, who have all indicated the Maryland Institute College of Art as their “college of choice”. The Maryland Institute College of Art is one of Latino Art Beats premier academic partners. Additional to the scholarship support, Francisco’s “Hermanita” will be featured on Latino Art Beat national print media including the 2009 Commemorative “Hispanic Heritage” art poster/calendar traditionally unveiled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in the District of Columbia.

According to Francisco, “The title, “Hermanita” represents a beautiful child that is born when a Latina gets married to a person from a different country. My painting is very personal to me as it was inspired by my little sister, Ana Lucia who was born in the U.S. but of parents from different Latino countries. The spinning top’s varied colors represent our mix of culture all with the beauty and flavor, which makes Latinos unique.” “This recognition and award, through Latino Art Beat, will afford me an opportunity at higher education, that I might not have otherwise had, Gabuardi continues.”

Mayor Manny Diaz, recently appointed President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, commented, “Art is an important aspect of our vibrant community, and the City of Miami is very proud to have such a talented artist like Francisco represent our city and its Hispanic traditions.”

In addition to the Miami City Hall recognition and the unveiling of the Nordstrom Coral Gables window featuring the Latino Art Beat winners artwork, the City of Miami “pulled out all the stops” and further recognized Francisco Gabuardi and all the other regional and local winners at a formal Latino Art Beat Awards presentation and reception that took place at the Tower Theater, in Miami’s famed “Calle Ocho” district, attended by students and honored guests, followed by a display of the Latino Art Beat artwork at “Domino Park” (Maximo Gomez Park) as part of the City of Miami’s “Cultural Fridays”.  “This program is making a significant difference to young aspiring artists across this great nation of ours in recognizing their God-given artistic talents; giving them a national platform in which to celebrate cultural diversity through the visual arts and encouraging higher education through the award of college scholarships, says Don Rossi Nuccio, President and Founder of Latino Art Beat.” “I’m thankful for the enthusiasm and cooperation which all our participating cities afford this program, and greatly look forward to the continued support and expansion of this program in the years to come, he continues.”

Latino Art Beat is a Chicago based not-for profit national arts organization which runs a national art competition themed "What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me". Latino Art Beat celebrates heritage and the student’s artistic talents while encouraging higher education through the award of scholarships, nearly $2 million awarded since its inception in 1998. LAB’s program gives students from Chicago, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC opportunities for studies based on their artistic talent.

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.

For more information, please contact the New World School of the Arts visual arts division at 305-237-3649 or visit us at Questions about Latino Art Beat or the competition should be directed to Latino Art Beat at 773-291-6901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo caption (IMG_6622.JPG): (left to right) NWSA professors Louise Romeo and Thomas Wyroba; President of Latino Art Beat, Don Rossi Nuccio; 2008 National Winner-Latino Art Beat competition, Francisco Gabuardi; NWSA High School Principal Frederic Conde; NWSA Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta; Robert Parente, Mayor's Office-City of Miami. Featuring the 2008 Latino Art Beat Competition National winning poster “Hermanita,” by Fracisco Gabuardi from New World School of the Arts.

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