“ETCETERA” showcases cutting-edge works by BFA visual artists

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Urbina the artist in fornt of painting.Oleson's painting for the BFA.Melendez art work on display.

ETCETERA, New World School of the Arts’ 2019 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 24 visual artists of divergent disciplines, professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer. A culmination of four years of intensive study, ETCETERA reflects the hard work and dedication of a bold and dynamic group of emerging artists from whose objective for this exhibition is to explore and exploit hybridity in various ways.

This year’s BFA exhibition will be presented in five separate galleries housed by Mana Contemporary, a break from previous years’ one-gallery show. Situated in the heart of downtown Miami, the adjacent exhibition spaces will highlight the work of different graduating students encouraging the viewer to stroll from gallery to gallery in order to see the complete exhibition. “It’s a more unique experience,” said NWSA dean Cuesta. “This fragmented setting affords each student more exhibition space, which to them translates into a larger canvas for their body of work.” Live music will welcome guests to the series of galleries along with delectable Hors d'oeuvres and wine.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12; 7 PM - 10 PM.
Second Opening: Mana Contemporary Third Saturday: Saturday April 20, 6 PM – 10 PM.
Mana Contemporary - 32 SE 1 Street, Downtown, Miami, FL 33132.
Both Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
Exhibition on view: April 13, 12 PM – 5 PM; April 17 – April 19, 12 PM – 5 PM

Further expanding an existing collaboration with Mana Contemporary, New World School of the Arts aims to broaden awareness and the presence of the arts in the downtown Miami area. “We began our partnership with Mana three years ago through Artseen, the school’s off-site visual arts studio space. Moving this series of studios soon to 777 Flagler, Artseen - in collaboration with Mana - will continue to offer close to two dozen spaces to NWSA’s college senior visual artists so that they may continue to create large-scale work right in their own studios and engage with the arts community, both local and national, through dedicated and unique dialogue sessions and master classes. Presenting the New World School of the Arts BFA Show in Mana’s five galleries next month, which are easily accessible by public transportation, allows the community to meet the next generation of visual artists and enhances the arts and culture scene in the area,” said Cuesta.

Eugene Lemay, Artistic Director of Mana Contemporary said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with New World School of the Arts. Providing studios to communities of working artists is at the core of Mana’s mission, and it is a privilege for us to be able to offer NSWA students exhibition space in downtown Miami’s blossoming arts district. Etcetera marks a deepening of Mana’s engagement with the school and the city, augmenting the area’s status as a cultural hub.”

Among the works to be presented is Rockanisms, by Yusimy Lara Menedez – she explains, “Rockanisms are amorphous creatures that symbolize organism-habitat bonds. These sculptural assemblages of organic and inorganic materials reference synergistic interactions between living things and their environment.” The artist then invites the viewer to reflect on complex subjects such as interconnectivity and provenance. With Mírate En Ese Espejo (PT 2), Juan Urbina highlights that his large-scale works are representational. The sounds that is made with a certain tool decides the color that goes glazed on top. That very color then decides what shape of its complement will reside in its close proximity. Focusing in photography, BFA student Michael Lopez aims to rediscover his Cuban identity, and notes that “revisiting fragmented memories and bringing up a dialogue focused on the psychology of trauma and the subconscious.” Meanwhile, Lisbet Romero addresses the debilitating mental illness that is Alzheimer’s, its effects on a loved one and the impact of loss of present memories on the individual. Lisbet uses graphic design to illustrate how “something once complete and whole can begin to crumble as more and more fragments are eroded off the surface. Therein exists dualism between creation and degradation until by natural law, nothing remains.”

Diane Amaya, Gabriela Beltran, Maria Benitez, Carla Camejo, Annette Delgado, Faith Falodun, Maria Franco, Corey-Lynn Gomez, Alexis Hotchner, Jean Lopez, Lissette Lopez, Michael Lopez, Marianela Manzanilla, Oscar Medrano, Yusimy Lara Menendez, Nicole Mijares, Kara Nettleton, Patrick Olson, Keila Pimienta, Doralis Ponce, Lisbet Romero, Holli Salazar, Chazney Thomas, Juan Urbina.

About New World School of the Arts’ Visual Arts program:
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. Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.

About New World School of the Arts:
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. 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.

About Mana Contemporary:
Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States. Through its integrated architectural design, Mana offers exceptional services, spaces, and programming for the greater creative community. Mana’s integrated hive structure allows for the exchange of ideas between artists and art world luminaries. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines—including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance—work alongside each other in a forward-thinking environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration.

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