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Miami Dade College and CINTAS Foundation Announce the 2012 CINTAS Fellowship Competition

Finalists’ Exhibition to be held at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower in October

Miami, May 21, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) and the CINTAS Foundation announce the 2012 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship Competition, administered by the Foundation and the CINTAS Fellowship Program at MDC. Fellowships will be awarded this year in three categories: visual arts, architecture and music composition.

The competition opens May 20. All materials must be received by August 1, 2012. MDC will host a variety of events to showcase the works of this year’s finalists. There will be a special exhibition opening on Wednesday, October 10, at the college’s Freedom Tower for visual art finalists. The exhibition will run through December during regular exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, from 12 – 5 pm.

Competition details and all program requirements and application forms are posted on the CINTAS Foundation web site at

The only one of its kind in the nation, the CINTAS Fellowship program has honored some of the world’s most talented Cuban artists outside Cuba. The winner of each category will receive a $10,000 award and the opportunity to complete the project outlined in his or her proposal. 

Fellowships in Visual Arts and Music Composition are awarded annually. Fellowships in Architecture and Creative Writing are awarded in alternating years.

“As we look back on 49 years of fostering and supporting Cuban artists outside Cuba, we feel humbled by the advancement of the CINTAS Fellows within their respective fields,” said Hortensia E. Sampedro, President of CINTAS Foundation Board. “The CINTAS Foundation is honored to partner with Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Miami Dade College to present our 49th CINTAS Fellows Competition at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.”

Past winners include:

Visual Arts: Iván Abreu (2011), Gladys Triana, Guillermo Calzadilla, Félix González-Torres, Carlos Alfonzo, Teresita Fernández, Anthony Goicolea, Ernesto Oroza, photographers  Andrés Serrano and Maria Martínez-Cañas, sculptor María Elena González, and filmmaker Mari Rodríguez-Ichaso. Music Composition: Jorge Martín (2011), Tania León, Sergio Barroso, Armando Bayolo, Mario Bauzá (known as the father of Afro-Cuban jazz), José Bernardo, Aldo Rafael Forte, Julian Orbón, and Orlando Jacinto García. Architecture: José Bernardo, Luis Calzadilla, Roberto de Alba, Andrés Martín Duany, Miriam Gusevich, and Tomás Luis López-Gottardi.

About the CINTAS Fellowship Program

The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. CINTAS (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts. In June of 2011, the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan to MDC’s Art Gallery System (AGS) of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious Cintas Fellowships, awarded since 1963.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Prometeo Theatre, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, the Miami International Sculpture Park, a renowned art gallery system, several campus theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. It is also the home of the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower.

For more information about the CINTAS program at MDC, please contact Jessica Brodsky at 305-237-7722, or

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