April 2015, Volume 19, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight


Excellence on a Pedestal

Ranging from master artists to standout students, photography to painting and drawing, the works showcased in recent exhibitions at the MDC Galleries of Art + Design all have one thing in common: excellence in artistry.

This spring’s Emerging Artists annual exhibitions may be the finest yet. Highlighting many of the best works by Miami Dade College students at Homestead, Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses, the shows give much-deserved exposure to the incredible talent cultivated by the College’s dedicated faculty.

The Galleries recently celebrated a new addition to its family of campus venues with the grand opening of Hialeah Gallery at MDC’s Hialeah Campus. The inaugural exhibition, Black Ink, featured ink-on-paper works by renowned Cuban artists including Enrique Riverón, Rene Portocarrero and Cundo Bermúdez from the collection of Gustavo Orta. Part of a nascent cultural center at the campus funded in part by a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the new gallery drew an impressive attendance with members of the tight-knit community visibly enthusiastic about the unveiling of the new cultural institution.

Two local greats were the focus of exhibitions at campus galleries as well. The faces of artists, writers, actors and filmmakers came to life in 39 portraits by award-winning photographer Mario Algaze at West Gallery. Mario Algaze: Master Photographer remains on view through April 28.

North Gallery paid homage to the legendary Overtown painter Purvis Young in Purvis on Paper, which showcased rarely seen works on paper gifted to MDC’s Permanent Art Collection by collector Richard Levine. The expressive works conveyed themes familiar in his other works from his first-hand perspective on his community and life in Miami.

For more details on these and other MDC gallery exhibitions, visit mdc.edu/galleries.

— MR

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