End of year cutting-edge exhibit showcases work of high school visual arts seniors

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Black and white photo by Gail Jacques titled My Grandmother # 1MIAMI --- An impressive High School Senior Showcase culminates the 2013 visual arts, in the heart Wynwood, featuring the work of 24 talented college-bound artists. The works, representative of the various art disciplines emphasized in the visual arts program, encompass painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installations.

The exhibition will be presented to the public on Friday, May 31 with an opening reception at the NWSA Artseen Gallery, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The show will remain open through Friday, June 21 and it is free and open to the public. Artseen Gallery is located at 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood. Information about the show is available by calling 305-237-3620.

Among the exhibitors is Ariel Canino. Influenced by a recent trip to Cuba, Canino sculptures represent the current dilapidated state of the island. “He was very moved by his visit to Cuba,” said Susan Banks, professor of visual arts at NWSA. “Ariel’s strong connection with the people and his exposure to the architectural landscape gave him a clear vision of what he wanted to create.” Of Cuban descent, Ariel explained that he has always been intrigued by Cuba as a result of his parents stories, however, just this past summer he decided to take action by visiting his relatives still living there. After graduation Ariel plans to attend the University of Miami on an academic scholarship to pursue political science. He hopes to continue his artwork with an emphasis on social commentary.


Other must see works include Imani Nixon and Gail Jacque’s pieces. Both photography majors, these students’ works explore powerful subjects through various experimental mediums. Their expression of every-day situations revealed through the lens of their cameras has garnered them recognition by leading universities across the nation. This has led them to receive full scholarships and housing to Kansas City Institute, where they will both be attending this coming fall.

Jacques’ recent photography work, which was exhibited at the NWSA Rising Stars Showcase Exhibition, was acquired by the Cricket Taplin Collection and is now being showcased at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, alongside other renowned artists.

More information and portfolios of the 24 exhibitors is available at http://wcis.mdc.edu/nwsaweb/va/seniors.php

Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at NWSA, confirmed that all graduating students have been accepted to renowned universities across the nation to continue their field of study, the majority of them with fullscholarships – “In total, the high school senior class of 2013 has received more than $9 million in scholarship offers to attend the top arts universities in our nation and we’re still getting word that more offers will be extended to our students,” stated Cuesta. Some of the universities that will be claiming NWSA students include Cooper, MICA, Art Center, RISD, School of Visual Arts and Kansas City Institute among others.


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 andrefine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art anddesign 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 was created by the Florida Legislature 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.

Information about the NWSA Visual Arts Program is available at 305-237-3649, or at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/.

Photo captions:

Ariel Canino - Artemisa , fired clay with glaze, 66" x 26" x 18"

Gail Jacques - My Grandmother # 1 , trip to Haiti series, 20" x 30"