The Cintas Foundation announced Gladys Triana as the winner for the 2009 Cintas Foundation Emilio Sanchez Award in the Visual Arts and Sergio Barroso as the winner for the 2009 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition. Each award carries a $15,000 cash prize, which is used by the winner to further his or her creative development. The awards were announced at a reception at the Frost Art Museum upon the opening of the 2009 Finalists Exhibit.
In 2005, the Emilio Sanchez Foundation endowed an award in the visual arts, through 2009, in honor of the late Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez (1921 – 1999) who received a Cintas fellowship in 1989. This will be the fifth and last such award in the series of five donated by the Emilio Sanchez Foundation. It was first awarded in 2005 to Christian Curiel, then in 2006 to Glexis Novoa, in 2007 to Gean Moreno, and in 2008 to Ernesto Oroza.
The 2009 jury for the visual arts fellowship award included Elvis Fuentes, curator, Museo del Barrio, New York; Rene Morales, associate curator, Miami Art Museum; Alma Ruiz, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Robert Storr, dean of Yale University’s School of Art, New Haven; Gilbert Vicario, assistant curator of Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Past visual arts fellows include Cundo Bermudez, Maria Brito, Liset Castillo, Jose Chardiet, Luis Gispert, Quisqueya Henriquez, Gean Moreno, Mario Petrirena, Baruj Salinas and Lydia Rubio. A complete history and listings of the fellows may be found in the Cintas Foundation web site at www.cintasfoundation.org
The 2009 jury for the Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition included Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music at University of Miami; independent composer Steven Burke and Paul Chihara, composer and professor of theory and composition at the University of Los Angeles. Brandon Fradd, managing director of Apollo Medical Partners, generously funded the endowment for the fellowship in music composition, which is now an annual fellowship.
Past music fellows include Mario Bauza (known as the father of AfroCuban jazz), Jose Bernardo, Aldo Rafael Forte, Julian Orbon, Tania Leon and Orlando Jacinto Garcia.
Since 1963, the Cintas Foundation has awarded more than 300 fellowships to artists of Cuban lineage who reside outside of Cuba. The only one of its kind in the nation, the program has honored top Cuban artists, many at the start of their careers, who have gone on to play an influential role in the development of their disciplines.