"Alumni Series: Photography" kicks off the season in celebration of NWSA’s 30th Anniversary

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A black and white photograph of a cementary with a sign advertizing a bank in the center.Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts kicks off the 2016-2017 season of events with the Alumni Exhibition Series – Photography, curated by NWSA Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta and Professor Maria Martinez-Cañas. The exhibition highlights the work of nine graduates from both the high school and college program that will be presenting new work that consists of traditional photography, whileothers will focus on photo installations and videography. The exhibiting alumni, who are coming back to NWSA from around the globe to join the celebration, will also offer lecture series and critiques for current photography students from the high school and the college programs. The visual arts series of celebratory exhibitions scheduled for NWSA’s milestone year are Photography, Art & Technology, Drawing + Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Design.
 
“This is an exciting initiative for New World School of the Arts because it gives us an opportunity to bring back the alumni that molded NWSA into the school that it is today,” explained Cuesta. “We always have great participation when we enlist our alumni to showcase their work at NWSA, or to work alongside our current students, but this is a special year. We are not limiting our events to just one arts discipline or one specific program. Dancers, musicians, actors and artists - since the beginning of our 30 year history - will have the opportunity to return to the home that fostered their passion and celebrate their own accomplishments with us and with our community during our 30th commemorative birthday.”
 
The visual arts Alumni Series: Photography exhibition will be on view from September 8 to September 30, 2016. The Opening Reception will be on September 8; 6 pm - 9 pm at New World Gallery. 25 NE 2 Street, Miami. The show is free and open to the public. Information about the show is available by calling 305-237-3620.
 
Tammy Cedre, one of the exhibiting artists explains the work she will be exhibiting in the show: "Recently, I began a body of work in Puerto Rico that discusses the colonization of the island in relationship to its current economic troubles. As Puerto-Ricans, we have endured our scattering to the states. In a twist of irony, the "rich port" that once fed the U.S. with booming agricultural resources and pharmaceutical labs is now in the midst of food shortages and a healthcare crisis. Using an advertising aesthetic that was popularized during the height of tourism on the island in the 1950s, I seek to reconstruct the exoticizednarrative of Puerto Rico as a travel destination and reveal the sordid histories behind America's last colony."
 
To celebrate more than three decades serving arts students in the South Florida community, New World School of the Arts will be hosting more than a dozen commemorative concerts and exhibitions featuring distinguished alumni from the high school and the college programs during 2016-2017. A call to action has been sent nationally to high school and college alumni that have roamed the halls of New World School of the Arts since its inception in 1986, to join in this very special and well-anticipated series of concerts and exhibitions, where theywill not only showcase their work, but will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and alongside current students of New World School of the Arts, through lectures, critiques and master classes. Our complete season calendar of events is available at: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/Flip_Newsletters/calendar_2016_17/
 
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 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.
 
Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or you by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.
 
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Photo by Tammy Cedre.