FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Armory Art Center to Host Exhibition of Caribbean Artists Living in South Florida.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, November 22, 2016. The Armory will present Champions: Caribbean Artists Breaking Boundaries in South Florida from January 14 through February 11, 2017. The opening reception is on Friday, January 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Champions celebrates the work of contemporary Caribbean artists living in South Florida. As Liza Niles, Chief of Education and Exhibitions at the Armory says, “the influx of immigrants from Caribbean countries to Florida is not a new phenomenon. However, we are witnessing a surge of expression in the work of contemporary artists who are part of the movement. Whether the artists have relocated here for their art career or as part of a generation immigrating to the United States—their work can find no other urban art arena that more fully supports their vision than South Florida.” In this exhibition artists will present complex identity narratives through their use of space, location, and observation. The exhibition will host a range of work in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation art. A series of educational programs will complement the exhibition and artists.
Jane Hart, the curator of this exhibition, has over 30 years of professional experience and expertise and is active in the contemporary art field in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and South Florida. For nearly a decade she served as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida. During her tenure at the Center, Hart curated over 100 exhibitions. Most recently Ms. Hart was named Curator of the Year by the New York Times. Her experience around the world and a decade of service at the Cultural Center of Hollywood, FL make her uniquely qualified to direct this exhibition. About this upcoming exhibition, Jane says that “Artists will exhibit their work for the first time as a group. Visitors have the opportunity to view a dynamic collection of artistry flavored by Caribbean roots and combined with the broader cultural landscape of Southern Florida.”
Jane Hart will also present at the Armory Art Salon on Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Art Salons presenters show their work and talk about their influences followed by stimulating discussions.
Participating artists are Yanira Collado, Franky Cruz, Rafael Domenech, Morel Doucet, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Adler Guerrier, Jessica Martin, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Johanne Rahaman, Damian Rojo, Leyden Rodriguez Casanova, Jamilah Sabur, TM Sisters, Misael Soto Clara Varas, Jean-Michael Vissepo Ocasio, and Brian Wood. Artists country of origin and website addresses can be found below.
Champions: Caribbean Artists Breaking Boundaries in South Florida
January 14 – February 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 2017| 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Exhibition and Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Art Salon with Jane Hart, Curator: A Life in Art
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Armory Art Center Library | $10 payable at the door
Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About The Armory Art Center: The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.
ARTIST LIST WITH THEIR WEBSITES
- Yanira Collado, Dominican Republic
- Franky Cruz, Dominican Republic
- Rafael Domenech, Cuba
- Morel Doucet, Haiti
- Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Coast of Columbia
- Adler Guerrier, Haiti
- Jessica Martin, Cuba
- Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Haiti
- Johanne Rahaman, Trinidad
- Damian Rojo, Cuba
- Leyden Rodriguez Casanova, Cuba
- Jamilah Sabur, Jamaica
- TM Sisters, Puerto Rican Descent
- Misael Soto, Puerto Rico
- Clara Varas, Cuba
- Jean-Michael Vissepo Ocasio, Puerto Rico
- Brian Wood, Barbados