New World School of the Arts [NWSA] is once again among the exhibiting institutions of Miami's internationally attended art fair week. Developed by Miami-based Wet Heat Project, A Piece of Me is the second edition of an exhibition that pairs visual arts students from the NWSA high school honors class with an acclaimed alumnus from their school, who this year will be Hernan Bas. The NWSA students will produce site-specific installations in response to a significant artwork created by Bas. A Piece of Me is a Wet Heat Project (Bill Bilowit, Director) in association with New World School of the Arts, Visual Arts Program (Maggy Cuesta, Dean; Donald Lambert, Faculty Advisor). A Piece of Me is the first project selected for a new program initiative at CONTEXT Art Fair, dedicated to a new generation of artists producing work that challenges their developing practice and reaches beyond their emerging viewership.
A Piece of Me is presented at CONTEXT Art Fair through the generous support of Nick Korniloff, Partner and Director Art Miami LLC | Executive Vice President CONTEXT Art Fair; Julian Navarro, Show Director CONTEXT Art Fair; Pamela Cohen, Director of Marketing, VIP Relations, Sponsors + Partners ArtMiami LLC.
“Bill Bilowit of Wet Heat Project understands the importance of collaborations between pupils, and gaining some exceptional experiences in the art world at a young age. Working with faculty and providing mentorship he augments the educational experience in exceptional and exciting ways,” said NWSA Dean Maggy Cuesta. “In this project, Hernan Bas' unique and accomplished artistic perspective comes into play with a work that 10 yearslater challenges our students, who are so very enthused to use it as a point of departure for their own creative process. This helps them develop a growingartistic voice and broadens real possibilities for their own careers.”
The source artwork for A Piece of Me is a signature Bas video in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, “All By Myself” (2004, single-channel video, courtesy of the artist and Frederic Snitzer Gallery). In keeping with the approach of art student challenges developed by the exhibition’s producer Wet Heat Project, these young collaborators must employ a materially antithetical medium outside the comfort zone of their emerging practice. The new artworks’ response medium will be paper-based, of any scale, mass, composition and circumstance. The student installations will be presented together with the original video artwork by their predecessor, Hernan Bas.
Participating students include: Khadine Caines, Andres Cazalis, John Chiaverini, Timothy Eutsay, Juan Garcia, Samantha Grenier, Maria Lopez, Bernadeta Majauskaite, Luz Orozco, Caroline Radell.
About Wet Heat Project: Wet Heat Project produces independent and commissioned documentary films that personify artists and art professionals shaping the contemporary art world, and special exhibitions that place exceptional young artists' work at uniquely influential events, venues and circumstances. Bill Bilowit (Director) and Grela Orihuela (Executive Producer) established Wet Heat Project LLC in late 2007 with an original focus on the burgeoning art production, expanding collections and rising market stature of their home-base city of Miami. The Project has developed special events for, and produced documentary films of large-scale commissions by exceptional New World School of the Arts students since 2010. http://www.wetheatproject.com/
About CONTEXT Art Fair: CONTEXT is the sister fair to Art Miami dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. Launched in 2012, CONTEXT's open atmosphere creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for the presentation of mid-career, emergent and cutting-edge talent by emerging and established galleries. Eighty international galleries, vetted by the CONTEXT Selection Committee, exhibit highlights from their gallery programs, solo artist exhibitions and curated projects. The combined efforts of CONTEXT and Art Miami provide a unique and alternative opportunity for leading primary dealers and their artists to be marketed and promoted internationally during the most important week for contemporary art in America.
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 itsrigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. At New World School of the Arts, visual artsstudents 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 invaluableunderstanding 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 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.
challenges our students, who are so very enthused to use it as a point of departure for their own creative process. This helps them develop a growingartistic voice and broadens real possibilities for their own careers.”