Success Stories: Visual Arts

The Visual Arts division has won Presidential Scholar awards for three years in a row.

Vera Arias (HS '04) was the 2004 Presidential Scholar. National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) $10,000 Gold Medal winner for visual arts. NFAA ARTS week winner. She won a full scholarship to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Chat Travieso (HS '03) 2003 Presidential Scholar. NFAA ARTS week Winner. He won the $10,000 first prize 2003 Latino Art Beat Competition and is now studying at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hilary Jacks (HS '02) was the 2002 Presidential Scholar as well as an NFAA ARTS week winner. She won a full scholarship to study at School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Hernan Bas (HS '95) and Naomi Fisher (HS '94) were featured on the cover of the Miami Herald's Tropical Life section January 19, in an article celebrating their success. Bas' work is in the 2004 Biennial of the Whitney Museum in New York, and Fisher's drawings were in the inaugural show at the Palais de Tokyo, the new contemporary art museum in Paris. Both artists have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, share a studio/gallery in the Design District and are represented by Miami Art broker Fred Snitzer, who also represents NWSA college visual artists Bhakti Baxter (College Senior) and Jaie Hwang (BFA'05).

Bernard Chang (HS '90) is responsible for much of what you see at Walt Disney, where he was a concept designer coming up with ideas that become the next theme parks, entertainment centers, attractions, shows and rides. He is currently selling his work on his website Before joining Disney, Mr. Chang was a successful widely-published comic book artist, (Valient and Marvel Comics, Regan Books) ranked among the top ten artists list in "Wizard the Guide to Comics."

Mike Loveland and Josh Levine, and Raymond Saa all high school alums from the Class of 1991 were back at New World teaching master classes to high school seniors in Spring 2004. This fall they are taking their collaboration "Urban Recipes Redux" to New York City. The work, which combines video and slides, documents the transformation of Wynwood, from a poor Miami neighborhood to cutting-edge art hot spot. It will be displayed at HEREart in Soho. Levine and and Saa also regularly exhibit their work in the Luxe Gallery in New York.

Martin Oppel (BFA '00) and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (HS '93) won fellowships from the 2004 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. Their works are on exhibit at the Miami Art Museum, which also included works of past winners since 1988: Hernan Bas, Natalia Benedetti (BFA '02), Ivan Toth Depena (HS '00), Naomi Fisher, Jason G. Hedges (AA '98) and Norberto Rodriguez (BFA '98).

Ricardo Zapata (HS '03) won the $1,000 second prize in the 2003 Latino Art Beat Award.