Alumni Art Auction @ Faena Forum, with work of distinguished alumni artists, opens the season to benefit Artseen studios

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Painting by Nataleya Laskis.Painting by Michael Vasquez.

MIAMI--- The iconic Faena District, located in Miami Beach, will host New World School of the Arts’ Alumni Art Auction to raise funds for Artseen, the school’s off-site visual arts studios located in the heart of downtown Miami just minutes from Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Taking place at Faena Forum, the exhibition will have available for silent auction artworks from more than forty participating NWSA graduates, among which are world-renowned artists Hernan Bas, Adler Guerrier, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark, and Michael Vasquez among many others.
 
The New World School of the Arts Alumni Art Auction @ Faena Forum will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017; 7 PM – 10 PM. 3300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140. Admission tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/.  Limited tickets are available. Information at 305-237-3649.


The one-day exclusive exhibition is representative of the diverse and distinct artistic styles that define NWSA. Sponsored by Lin Lougheed, Juan Loumiet – Greenberg Traurig, and de la Cruz Collection, admittance to the exhibition is by RSVP invitation only with limited tickets available. The starting bid for each work of art will be equal to 50% of the value of the piece. The Alumni Art Auction event will also feature NWSA Dance, Music and Theater performances. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Prosecco will be served.
 
“Nine years ago, the New World School of the Arts visual arts faculty and I had a dream which became reality. We wanted to secure studio space for our NWSA visual arts students, and ARTSEEN studios was born,” explained Maggy Cuesta, Dean of Visual Arts at NWSA. “We were very fortunate that the Knight Foundation saw the value of supporting young artists in our program and funded the program for the first two school years. After the initial two years and an extremely generous silent benefactor supported the funding of Artseen studios for seven years. Unfortunately and unexpectedly NWSA was informed that it would not receive the funding beyond April 2018. The result could be disastrous for NWSA visual art students as ARTSEEN studios now runs the risk of closing its doors – a true detriment to the success of the visual arts program at NWSA.”
 
Dean Cuesta also explained the importance of Artseen Studios to the visual arts program as it offers the young artists the space needed to create large projects. “Our students were previously very limited in what they could create due to the shortage of space at our institution. Artseen studios changed that. They provide the necessary space, which has been a great resource for collaboration, faculty and community involvement, and a place for our visiting artists to hold lectures and workshops.”
 
Visual arts college student Richard Sanchez (BFA 2016) explains more about the benefits NWSA’s Artseen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj5mDVzAkUg&list=PLzj6t9vPFRdbKa_BTQQ16J4LQ0WhwB-5B&index=18
 
“As always, the response from the alumni has been overwhelming” proudly said Cuesta – “We sent out the call-for-submission and within a couple of days a great number of alums had already expressed their interest and commitment. Some of these students have been gone for many years, but they are eager to contribute because they understand the importance of this studio space. Many have visited the venue and have been part of workshops, lecture series and collaborative projects. A great number of these alumni have seen the interaction between students, faculty, and professional artists – they have been part of the creative process of their young peers and they want to help. Their loyalty and pride in the school is palpable and it is evident that they have never forgotten that it was here, at NWSA, where their craft was polished and their talent was nurtured.”
 
Distinguished NWSA alumni artists participating in the silent alumni art auction:
Zack Balber, Hernan Bas, Bhakti Baxter, Loriel Beltran, Tom Bils, Annie Blazejack, Nicole Burko, Autumn Casey, Leo Castaneda, Alejandro Contreras, Cynthia Cruz, Emma del Rey, Rafael Domenech, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Carlos Gallostra, Roberto Gomez, Vincent Granela, Adler Guerrier, Jessie Laino, Natalya Laskis, Rachel Lee, Alma Leiva, Josh Levine, Sofia Londono, Kandy Lopez, Ray Lopez, Michael Loveland, Jessica Martin, Jon Millan, Yamel Molerio, Guilherme Moraes, Jeffrey Noble, Hugo Patao, Jose Felix Perez, Beatriz Rodriguez, Bert Rodriguez, Camilo Rojas, Raymond Saa, Richard Sanchez, Javier Sasieta, Magnus Sodamin, Jackie Soir, Jen Stark, Lisa Torske, Juan Travieso, Frances Trombly, Alejandro Valencia, Michael Vasquez, Jovan Villalba, Yuhmi Collective, Zonia Zena.
 
Many of the artists that will be showcased have received critical and commercial success and currently exhibit their work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries including New York Metropolitan Museum, Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MOCA, and MAM, while others have been selected to participate in the Whitney Biennial in New York or have been named among the top 25US trend setters in art by ARTnews Magazine.
 
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 its rigorous 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.
 
About Faena Forum:
Faena Forum is a stunning new landmark designed by Rem Koolhaas and the OMA team, led by Shohei Shigematsu. Offering 8 flexible event spaces, Faena Forum is dedicated to showcasing groundbreaking work in fields ranging from art and entertainment to business and beyond.
 
Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program is available by calling (305) 237-3649. More information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/