Cutting-edge collaborative exhibitions with Wet Heat and Casalin celebrate NWSA's 25th birthday

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Cutting-edge collaborative exhibitions with Wet Heat and Casalin
celebrate NWSA’s 25th birthday during Art Basel

Miami – In celebration of its 25th anniversary, New World School of the Arts’ visual arts division has leaped into Art Basel mode with three  Art from HOTBED Miami at Casalinground-braking cutting-edge exhibitions. In collaboration with WET HEAT, NWSA will present two shows simultaneously: HOTBED MIAMI 2011, a performance-based exhibition, and A PIECE OF ME an interpretative collection of installations. As in years past, NWSA has also joined CASALIN to present RAPTURE: THE DAY AFTER in the luscious gardens of The Yard at Casalin, the recognized urban garden exhibition site that has become one of the first stops for arts enthusiasts during the Wynwood showings.

Exhibition Details:
1.    HOTBED MIAMI 2011: Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 4. NWSA Artseen Gallery. 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami.
2.    A PIECE OF ME: Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 4. NWSA Artseen Gallery. 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami.
3.    RAPTURE: THE DAY AFTER: Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 4. Yard at Casalin. 55 NW 30 Street, Miami. Opening Reception, December 1, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3649

“These three exhibitions give us the opportunity to showcase the work of our current high school and college students during the pivotal Art Basel season, where all eyes are on Miami,” commented Maggy Cuesta, dean of the visual arts division at New World School of the Arts. “Moreover, it is important that we highlight the important role that our alumni play in the lives of these students. As mentors, collaborators, and peers, our alumni continue to come back to share the knowledge, experience and insight they have acquired over the years. It is precisely this coming together of the arts and minds that enables us to celebrate 25th years of artistic success.”

HOTBED MIAMI 2011 showcases the talents of four art students whose mission is to engage the viewer through purely ephemeral creations. In this challenge, each student must conceive, plan and produce a one-day only performative installation – each to be presented consecutively. Every artist participating in “Hotbed Miami 2011” must install overnight, present their piece to actively engage the crowds of viewers the following show day, and strike their piece immediately afterward to make room for the next artist's work.

A PIECE OF ME is an annual multi-modal exhibition of visual conversations between established artists and art students. Across a generation, an artist's work speaks to nascent artists. In its inaugural 2011 presentation, "A Piece of Me" exhibits a prominent artwork from four renowned alumni of New World School of the Arts, and showcases a new, commissioned-work response to those pieces from four NWSA visual arts high school students. Each of the four "A Piece of Me" students will choose one of the four significant artworks of their predecessors in a one-to-one engagement of ideas and forms, but with a very specific modal challenge: their creative response must be in the form of a video art piece / installation. The prescribed electronic format of this challenge emphasizes the student's idea and its manifestation through distinct contrast to the established original (the alumni artworks will not include video work). Showcased alumni include Hernan Bas, Jen Stark, Loriel Beltran, and Michael Vasquez.

RAPTURE: THE DAY AFTER. A series of installations have been designed to illustrate what the end of the world might look like after the Rapture. With a wide range of works from ten NWSA faculty and alumni, the show illustrates this theme through creature-like animals reminiscent of what the world might be after this epic event. Levine’s clusters are an infestation of twelve non-native spices of small mammal-like animal whose fluorescent colors offers stark contradiction of their sleep or dead-like posture.  What are these creatures and what is happening with them? A surrealist approach is taken by Mones through his life-size “sheep”, while Michael Loveland offers guests palpable realism with his coveted sculptures of caged life fauna. Among the artists that will be showcased at Casalin are COOPER, Loriel Beltran, Fred Snitzer, Jessica Laino, Asher Mones, Joshua Levine, Michael Loveland, Christina Gast, Cynthia Cruz and Alejandro Contreras.
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, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. At New World School of the Arts, visual arts students are able to explore and develop their personal artistic and aesthetic vision while being guided by a dynamic and distinguished faculty who are all practicing artists. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students also develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration in visual arts include Drawing, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. 

New World School of the Arts (NWSA) was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program is available by calling (305) 237-3649, or at

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