HOTBED 2014 site-specific installation places NWSA in the center of the Art Basel tour

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Art Basel NWSA installation at Casalin The Colony, en Plein Air

MIAMI – 2014 HOTBED, the annual exhibition of exceptional New World School of the Arts BFA visual arts seniors and alumni, will be presented at Lin Lougheed’s CasaLin outdoor art space in Wynwood on the opening morning of Art Basel Miami Beach, following the project’s successful staging there last year. This is the fifth consecutive year for HOTBED, developed and produced by Wet Heat Project’s Bill Bilowit under the guidance and oversight of NWSA Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta. This year’s concept explores the phenomena of the art colony as rooted in historical tradition, its core aspects of peer community, fundamental patronage and zealousness remaining at the core of artist, art professional and collector relationships today.

HOTBED opens with a Breakfast Reception on Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 AM. Casalin is located at 55 NW 30 Street, Wynwood. The reception and show are free and open to the public.
 
HOTBED challenges its student participants to produce a site-specific performative installation, applying ideas and skills outside the comfort zone of their major practices, for a viewership of high-profile art professionals that reach far beyond the local community. The BFA senior artists participating in HOTBED 2014 are: Leticia Corea, Rafael Domenech, Michael Fernandez, Rebecca Flor, Ruben Gabeau, Denisse Gorrio and Alden Solis.  Alumnus artist Christina Pettersson will present an elaborate site-specific performance evoking the social and cultural dynamics of an art colony as it was a century ago.
 
Each year, the Yard@Casalin bustles with outstanding cutting-edge exhibitions carefully curated by NWSA and other collaborators. This unique exhibition site was founded in 2003 by Lin Lougheed to showcase the work of local artists, particularly during Art Basel week. The Yard, however, features permanent exhibitions that can be appreciated 24/7 from the sidewalk adjacent to the intriguing area. With innovative installations and trailblazing performanceworks, NWSA has been in the forefront of Casalin, consistently showcasing the work of its visual artists, graphic designers, and web designers. Lougheed, a sponsor of the arts and national philanthropist has been instrumental in getting NWSA visual artists highlighted and recognized during Art Basel. Todate, New World School of the Arts is the only school to be featured officially listed in the Art Basel International Show delegation package.
 
About Casalin: Set as an urban garden, The Yard at Casalin is one of the most frequented exhibition sites in the area and it has been recognized nationally by Art Basel enthusiasts who each year make it their first stop during the Wynwood showings. Just a few steps from other major galleries, Casalin boasts luscious yet tranquil and serene landscaping reminiscent of an oasis in the midst of a bustling city.
 
About NWSA: 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 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.

About Wet Heat Project:  Wet Heat Project produces independent and commissioned documentary films that personify artists and art professionalsshaping 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 theburgeoning 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.  
 
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Further information regarding NWSA’s visual arts program is available by calling (305) 237-3649.
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