Returning Paths” Faculty Art Exhibition highlights NWSA professional talent

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Luisa Basnuevo artist work.Aramis O'Reilly art work.New world School of the Arts opens its visual arts season with “Returning Paths,” a varied art exhibition featuring 23 NWSA visual arts faculty members. The showcase is an extensive and varied body of work featuring sculptures, painting, drawing, photography, and installations. The NWSA visual arts faculty are all well recognized artists in their own field exhibiting in numerous galleries and museums throughout the nation and internationally. Exhibition will be open through October 19, 2018 at the New World Gallery. Free and open to the public Monday - Friday; 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM.
An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 13; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.
“The faculty’s extensively diverse background allows them to actively pursue different artistic views which are expressed in this exhibition,” said Maggy Cuesta, dean of the visual arts division at NWSA. "The faculty's extensive background allows them to actively pursue different artistic views which are expressed in this exhibition," said Maggy Cuesta, dean of the Visual Arts Division at NWSA. "Not only is this exhibition important for the faculty, it is a source of inspiration for our students who are given the opportunity to experience classroom theory, technique and conceptualization realized in a diverse professional setting, by those who train them and foster their craft."
Among the work to be presented is Luisa Basnuevo’s “Lost in a Cloud with too Much Rain.” Inspired by Lorenzetti’s fresco: “Allegory of Good and Bad Government” and current political events, the 88” x 66” explores power & corruption and order & chaos. In “Vestígios,” photography professor Maria Martinez-Cañas deviates from photographic processes, using unique 1940's Gelatin Silver Prints from her archives. She transforms the images into ghostly suggestions of figures by sanding and erasing the surfaces. What remains of the image are selected traces of its original subjects that resemble unfinished graphite sketches. In Aramis O’Reilly’s “Come Play in the Milky Way”, 52” x 92,” the artist attempts to paint the play between the acts of creation and the underlying forces of design with purpose and further explains “I depict nature in vails of abstraction as a means of linking form with time. In all, I hope to re-present the exuberant energy of life, through these and other processes.”
NWSA exhibiting faculty includes: Luisa Basnuevo, Carol K. Brown, Oliver Casse, Hans Evers, Antonio Fernandez, Carlos Gallostra, Reinier Gamboa, Jenny Gifford, Kathleen Hudspeth, Donald Lambert, Maria Martinez-Cañas, Rosario Martinez-Cañas, Juana Meneses, Carlene Muñoz, Aramis O'Reilly, Annette Piskel, Alisa Pitchenik-Charles, Louise Romeo, Yasmine Samimy, Nabila Santa-Cristo, Lauren Shapiro, Fred Snitzer, Carol Todaro.
Through gifted, emerging artists and unique programs, New World School of the Arts has become an educational and creative beacon of the arts. Trained by nationally renowned practicing artists, students are encouraged to develop a personal, artistic and aesthetic vision while mastering their own technical skills in traditional and new media. Areas of concentration for students seeking a four-year BFA college degree include drawing, digital media, graphic design, painting, photography 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.
Further information available by calling the NWSA Visual Arts division at (305) 237-3620 or at
Photo captions:
“Lost in a Cloud with too Much Rain” by Luisa Basnuevo
Photo: Courtesy of NWSA by Maggy Cuesta