Esteemed Miami Art Professionals serve as jurists for ACND Prep’s 4th Annual Middle School Art Show

Opening reception: January 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
From January 30 through February 28, 2013.

Marlene Quaroni, Florida Catholic
The “4th Annual Middle School Art Festival” at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep gives young artists the chance to experience life as professional artists. More than 30 pieces of work from Miami-Dade Catholic middle school students will be on view through February 18, 2013.

The Festival is an opportunity to showcase the value of art in education while giving participants an opportunity to learn what artists typically have to do to get their art displayed. The students first go through the selection process with art teachers selecting work to represent each school and, then, the artwork is reviewed by art professionals in the area. The event, however, is not a competition. Students receive a copy of their reviews and an award for their participation. Then, all artwork and young artists are celebrated at an opening reception for their friends and family.

Student artists represent the following Archdiocese of Miami schools: Participating schools include: St. Mary, Miami; St. Patrick, Miami Beach; Our Lady of the Lakes, Miami Lakes; Br. Rice Honors Academy at ACND, Miami; St. Rose of Lima, Miami Shores; St. Lawrence, Miami; St. Hugh’s, Coconut Grove; Sts. Peter and Paul, South Miami; and St. Lawrence, North Miami Beach.

“We welcome this opportunity to connect our budding artists with the vibrant cultural arts scene in Miami that is developing so close to ACND,” commented Douglas Romanik, ACND Principal.  “As the future of education changes toward creativity and right brain thinking, the link between the arts and education becomes all the more. ACND is committed to partnering with the local arts community and fully integrating the arts into our daily curriculum.”

Members of this year’s art jury are:

Gerry Stecca was born in Caracas, Venezuela and received his B.A. degree in Visual Arts and Biology from the University of California, San Diego. After 15 years of doing murals, paintings, installations and sculptures, his work using clothespins have earned him the most attention – some of his sculptures (that he often refers to as mangroves) contain more than 12,000 hand-drilled clothespins connected by wire. Since 2003, he has displayed at two South Florida Bloomingdale’s stores and at dozens of exhibitions including the Frost Art Museum, the Savannah College of Art and Design (where he is currently finishing a MFA), Arts Alliance in Fort Myers, and the Central Terminal Gallery at the Miami International Airport. His work has twice been featured on HGTV’s Color Splash. Mr. Stecca works from his studio located at the Bakehouse Art Complex in the Wynwood Arts District.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sandra Garcia- Pardo has been involved in art since an early age that began with private art classes, a fine arts school, and university. Ms. Garcia hold a BFA from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón – one of South America’s most prestigious art schools located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is here where she began an intimate and instantaneous relationship with steel and the ability to create challenging art pieces that associate with the abstract expressionist movement as well as conceptual art. Her work is characterized by the duality of strong and delicate. Ms. Garcia has exhibited her work locally and abroad including: Red Dot Art Fair|Sculpt Miami 2011, Giants in the City|Miami Dance Festival 2012, the ArtLink Gallery, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Latinamente|Rome, Italy. Sandra works from her studio located at The Art Link in the Wynwood Arts District.

Miami artist Caryne Havican-Mender is a figurative painter, abstract assemblage artist and former Adjunct Professor who currently creates artifacts pulled from the urban landscape. She finds discarded man-made objects in abandoned houses, junkyards, and flea markets and allows the viewer to re-discover the discarded in her works of art providing hints of traditional art subject matter such as landscapes, as well as contemporary abstract works. She received her BFA at College of Creative Studies, her Masters in Theater Design at University of Detroit, where she taught set design courses on the Island of Spetses, Greece. She continued on to Aquinas College for a K-12 Art Certification and a MFA at MIU in 2011. Apart from her work as an artist, Ms. Havican-Mender teaches art at the high school level and is the ACND Gallery’s manager and chief curator.

Tiffany Chestler is the Manager and Curator for the Craig Robins Collection — a private contemporary art collection that includes works from John Baldessari, Richard Tuttle, and Paul McCarthy, among others. Ms. Chestler oversees the placement of artwork from the collection in a variety of Dacra properties and produces full scale exhibitions year round. (Dacra is an innovative real estate company that uses architecture, art, design and cultural programming to build creative international destinations. The Design District office is located south of ACND at 3841 NE 2nd Ave.) Ms. Chestler also manages the cultural programming for the Miami Design District’s monthly Art and Design Night, working closely with emerging artists, performers, curators and cultural institutions. She is responsible for vetting and coordinating all the art exhibitions that come to the District as part of the annual Art Loves Design / Art Basel Miami Beach program. Ms. Chestler holds a BA in Humanities from Florida International University.

Carmen Aguirre is an alumna of Notre Dame Academy (the girls’ school once separate from Archbishop Curley and now merged as ACND Prep.) Ms. Aguirre is the Editor of Diario las Americas, a daily Spanish newspaper that covers local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events. She also serves as board member of Arts for Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources. Although Ms. Aguirre has pursued a career as a journalist and editor, she holds a BFA from Barry University and continues to work as a professional artist.

Cecilia Paz is an accomplished Portrait, Figure Painter and former Adjunct Professor. She has over 20 years of professional art and design experience. Ms. Paz holds a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and a MFA from the Art Institute: Miami International University (MIU) with a concentration in painting. Ms. Paz has received several awards and her work has been exhibited at the ArtCenter South Florida, MIU Art Institute, and at the Miami Dade College Faculty Shows. As well as teaching at both the high school and college level, Ms. Paz is editor-in-chief of the Miami Art Blog – an online magazine that connects artists with collectors as well as information about fashion, philanthropy, and society. Last year, Ms. Paz wrote the prologue to the exhibition catalogue for the “I Witness” photography exhibit that was curated by ACND alumnus Carl Juste and gallerist Bernice Steinbaum.

Dominique Breard is the Program Coordinator for Cannonball (formerly known as LegalArt) – an organization dedicated to provide artists with affordable legal services, grants and educational opportunities. Ms. Breard has an extensive background in the art industry as a professional artist, curator, art teacher, gallery manager, and exhibition coordinator. She has worked as curatorial advisor with Spinello Projects on the Littlest Sister Art Fair and served as manager of Wolfga
ng Roth & Partners Fine Art, where she produced and curated exhibitions including blue-chip artists such as David LaChapelle, Bert Stern, Helmut Newton and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Prior to moving to Miami, she served as manager and co-curator of Isidro Miranda Gallery in Buenos Aires making it one of the city’s most prominent galleries within five years. Ms. Breard has a BFA in Visual Arts from IUNA National Art University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Yuval Ofir is the founder of Yo-Miami, a promotional blog and social network that strives to bridge creative people with those in need of creativity. His Yo Space gallery, located near ACND at 294 NE 62 St, is a communal space where artists can have their studio, office, and exhibitions all in one space. With 7 individual artist studios and a gallery space, the goal is to create an intimate environment where artists can come in order to flourish and interact with people who will help them take their craft to the next level, both creatively and professionally. Each month, Mr. Ofir holds and art event called the “Average Joe Sale” featuring the works of 12 artists who all sell custom-made artwork, all for under $250.00. Mr. Ofir holds a BBA specializing in entrepreneurship from the University of Miami.

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