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BFA exhibition showcases innovative artwork and engages the audience through compelling interaction


Miami— New World School of the Arts [NWSA] presents “THRU”, – the 2012 BFA candidates’ visual arts exhibition. The 25 BFA candidates of 2012 have created cutting edge, new contemporary artworks for the show ranging from painting, photography, video art, animation, sculpture, graphic design,printmaking and digital media. An interactive exhibition, the show offers the audience the opportunity to become subjects in the artwork by inviting them to interact on a personal level.

Graciously sponsored by Northern Trust, the opening reception is on Saturday, April 14, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO),1018 N. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136. The exhibition is free and open to the public and it will remain open through Sunday, April 29, 2011. Exhibition Hours: Thursday 12-9pm, Friday-Sunday 12-5pm.

“The work of our graduates is both compelling and innovative. They are constantly taking creative risks to take their work to a new level” stated Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at NWSA. “This show in particular is full of surprises designed to draw the audience into the artwork. From a rock-climbing wall comprised of four larger-than-life paintings, to a set reminiscent of a dilapidated world, to a video installation where guests become active participants as well as the background – as technology fuses with its environment to create a unique piece of art – THRU is without a doubt an extraordinary display of innovative artistry.”

NWSA has fostered a legacy of graduates that excel in the visual arts, becoming prestigious figures in both the local and international art world. Participating in Art Basel and the Venice Biennale, their works are acquired by renowned collectors.

2012 Exhibiting BFA Artists include: Diego Alegre, Dona Altemus, Miguel Alvariño, Adriana Assera, Barbara Bollini, Joseph Baum, Steven Baum, Chad Cunha, Leanne Gardner, Diana Garcia, Godfrey Hibbert, Niuvus Martin, Michael Matamoros, Julio Miranda, Johann Muñoz, JustinNuñez, Sabetty Patterson, Jessica Ramos, Stephanie Redondo, Renata Rojo, Magnus Sodamin, Monica Tabora, Alfredo Useche, Vasessa Vallejo, Victor Velasquez.

CIFO, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family, to foster cultural and educational exchange among the visual arts. In six years CIFO has become a dynamic institution promoting cultural exchange through its exhibitions and events.

About NWSA: 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. 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.

New World School of the Arts (NWSA) was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program Information about THRU is available at is available by calling (305) 237-3649, or at nwsa.mdc.edu or link: http://bit.ly/HxsMLx.

For CIFO information call: 305-455-3380 or visit our (Interact) CIFO Blog in our website, www.CIFO.org.

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