"Benjamin Cañas: A Selection of Works" showcases paintings from NWSA’s Art for New Art Permanent Collection.

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Painting by Benjamin Canãs - Untitled, 1974BENJAMIN CAÑAS: A SELECTION OF WORKS showcases a vast display of work by world-renowned painter Benjamin Cañas. The exhibition is part of New World School of the Arts Art for New Art Permanent Collection donated to the school more than five years ago by an anonymous benefactor, through the efforts of Rosario Martinez-Cañas, graphic design professor at NWSA. "Benjamin Cañas (1933 - 1967) is one of the most important visual artists of modern Latin America. His works are included in many museums and permanent art collections and it has left a strong artistic influence not only in his own country and Latin America but has transcended internationally," explained Jose Martinez-Cañas, Latin American Fine Art expert.
 
OPENING RECEPTION “BENJAMIN CAÑAS: A SELECTION OF WORKS” - Thursday, October 22; 5:00 – 9:00 PM. New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, Lobby, downtown Miami. Free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3649. On view October 22 – December 18, 2015 – New World Gallery 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
 
JoseMartinez-Cañas added, "Donors to NWSA's Art for New Art Permanent Art Collection's main intention is to help the school build an art collection that exposes fine arts students to works by world-renowned artists within their own environment. This collection will definitely distinguish NWSA in a way seldom found in other art schools."
 
Composed of more than a dozen Latin American painters, the NWSA collection includes a vast list of celebrated artists such as Mario Bencomo (Cuba), Enrique Campuzano (Chile), Antonio H. Amaral (Brazil), Emilio Falero (Cuba), Guillemo Trujillo (Brazil), Siron Franco (Brazil), Elmar Rojas (Guatemala), and Benjamin Cañas (Salvador) among others.
 
Benjamín Cañas was a Salvadorian painter who studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of San Salvador and architecture at the National University in San Salvador. The artist also studied sculpture with Enrique Salaverria and Benjamin Saul, and pottery with Cesar Sermeño. His works have been exhibited in international museums including the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Solo exhibition venues include the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC; Elites Fine Arts, Miami, Florida; Museum Form, San Salvador, El Salvador; and Art Gallery 80, Panama City, Panamá. Group exhibitions include Elites Fine Arts, Miami.
 
During the opening reception, New World School of the Arts will also launch its sixth season of Make Art Work (MAW) lecture led by Dr. Adriana Herrera, recognized art critic, writer and curator. Herrera will engage in a dialogue with visual arts students alongside Willy Castellanos - prominent Cuban art historian, curator and artist. The dynamic conversation will explore curatorial opportunities in Miami, offering students and faculty invaluable testimony about their own professional journey and how they haveutilized their media knowledge and institutional alliances to establish themselves in the arts community. Construyendo visiones curatoriales en Miami: alianzas y estrategias (Building curatorialvisions in Miami: alliances and strategies) will be presented in Spanish and it is open to all NWSA and MDC students, faculty and the general public, free of charge.
 
MAW LECTURE “CONSTRUYENDO VISIONES CURATORIALES EN MIAMI: ALIANZAS Y ESTRATEGIAS” - Thursday, October 22; 7:00 – 8:00 PM. NWSA Dance Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3649.
 
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. 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 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.
 
Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3539 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
 
Photo:
Painting by Benjamin Cañas (1933-1987), El Salvador
Untitled, 1974
Oil on Canvas on Board
20" x 24"