Miami, Sept. 20, 2016 –The exciting fall season of Miami Dade College (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design kicks off with the Ceramic League of Miami (CLM) 66th Annual Members Exhibition, which is currently on display until Nov. 3.
CLM is one of the oldest art organizations in South Florida with more than 150 members. The all-volunteer group has built a top facility with total organizational ownership. CLM has been the recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge grant as well as grants from The National Endowment for the Arts. The organization has a rich history of sponsoring exhibitions of ceramics, as well as, K-12 programing that has been recognized by the National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts.
This year’s exhibition, which features more than 100 works, was curated by internationally renowned potter Lisa Orr, who is a graduate of Alfred University and a Fulbright Fellow. She refined her own production process after studying clay production methods and pottery collections in antiquated factories, village potteries and museums in Bulgaria, Mexico, and the United States.
The exhibition is featured at MDC’s Kendall Campus Gallery at the Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, 11011 S.W. 104th St., Bldg. M. In addition to the 61 pieces of member work chosen, the exhibition will include a grouping of work from Orr as well as several pieces from The Ceramic League of Miami’s permanent teaching collection.
Following are the participating artists in the exhibition: Dee Alesi, Debrah Burch, Nadine Cook, Margie Culbertson, Sharon Dash, Susan Diaz, Elsa Este, Natalie Flores, Stacey Frisch, Zanze Fowler, Sandra Goldman, Anne Gordan-Vega, James Herring, Sharon Hine, Eve Konig, Edith Landowne, Carol Larsson, Pam Neuman , Lenor Obrian, Martha Ormes, Krisse Pasternack, Martha Pieto Larmier, Anabel Rub Peicher, Polo Ramirez, Linda Sands, Michele Seuren, Donna Sperrow, Susan Thomas, Jane Tinney, Mari Vales, Sandy Warshaw, and Patricia Winston.
Also included from the CLM archives are Warren MacKenzie, Rudy Autio, Pete Kuntzel, Wayne Higby, Jenny Mendes, Suzy Lindsay, Dora Tse-pe, Steven Hill, Ron Meyers, Joe Bova, Val Cushing, Nan Smith and Jean Walberg.
At the gallery at MDC’s Hialeah Campus, New Tapestries/Nuevo Tapices Works by Raimundo Travieso will open Sept. 21, 2016 and run through Dec. 9, 2017. The opening reception is Wednesday, Sept. 21 at noon. The MDC’s Hialeah Campus is located at 1780 W 49th St.
Born in Havana in 1946, Travieso is a self-taught artist whose first and abiding love is drawing. The driving force behind his mission as an artist which is seen in all of his work is the pure trace of line, its simple forms and aesthetic, which are the starting point in all of his work, including his latest, the tapestries.
His starting point for creating tapestries was in the tradition of tapestries in the West where they were used to glorify the monarch, ruler or wealthy patron but also served a real purpose in creating a physically and emotionally warm environment in the drafty and unheated castles, fortresses and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. In modern times, the function of the tapestry is often no longer relevant but Travieso sees in many of them, the silence and spirituality that inspires his own works.
At MDC’s West Campus, Paramo: Works by Ricardo Cardenas will run from Sept. 21 – Dec. 9 at the gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Cardenas’ art encompasses a combination of the elements of cubism, gestural abstraction, and traces of the figurative that re-enforces his renditions of daily life and the people who populate it.
Cardenas’ works – created from cement covered with mesh – portray great visual force and rich formality of structure that overlap in a synthetic language where autobiographic themes prevail and revolve around the stylizing of figures and symbolic compositions focused on search, experimentation, and inquiries into Aztec art – all of which have been instrumental in inspiring the young artist.
The Povera art movement, which focused on modern art in the 1960s and 1970s, has been influential in the construction of the sculptures Cardenas creates on cement that serves as a platform on which he mounts the heavy pieces onto the wall and employs his civil architectural knowledge. The exhibition, a collaboration between MDC Galleries of Art + Design and Contemporary Art Projects USA, is curated by Silvia Medina, and will be on display at the MDC’a West Campus Gallery at 3800 N.W. 115th Ave.
The Gallery at MDC’s North Campus will present Cu4tro Caminos (Four Paths) Oct. 6 – Oct. 26, with an opening reception Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Four Cuban-American artists living in Miami — Carlos Luna, Alvaro Labañino, Jefreid Lotti, and Miguel Saludes — celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a painting exhibition. The MDC’s North Campus Gallery is located at Bldg. 5, Lehman Theater, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave.