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MDC Students Put Best Artwork Forward to Earn Frances Wolfson Scholarships; Awards Luncheon Set for April 11

~ Original Paintings, Mixed Media Sculpture and Digital Collage, Among Winning Submissions

The late Frances Wolfson was an internationally renowned artist and Miami civic and cultural leader, whose cultural influence in South Florida spans nearly 50 years.

Miami, March 26, 2013 - In honor of a late South Florida artist and philanthropist, the Miami Dade College (MDC) Foundation will host its annual Frances Wolfson Art Scholarships Awards Luncheon at noon, Thursday, April 11th at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The luncheon is by invitation only, but is open the working media.

This year’s winners are: Ryan Gonzalez (Wolfson Campus), Jeiddy Lopez (New World School of the Arts), Lisa Shairi (Kendall Campus), Jacqueline Muao (Homestead Campus), Carlos Fleites (North Campus). The winning art submissions range from a mixed media sculpture to a pastel painting, among other original work.

More than 200 Frances Wolfson Art Scholarships have been presented to MDC and New World School of the Arts (NWSA) art students since the scholarship was incepted in 1964. Each scholarship recipient receives $1,500 that will be used for tuition, books, fees, and necessary art supplies for the next academic year.

 The late Frances Wolfson was an internationally renowned artist and Miami civic and cultural leader, whose cultural influence in South Florida spans nearly 50 years. Her works have been shown at many solo exhibitions, reproduced by a major greeting card company, selected by the U.S. Information Agency for a tour of Asia, and exhibited in numerous public buildings. 

In 1964, using the proceeds from the sale of her paintings, she established the scholarship fund to help student artists. In 1980, the Miami-Dade Community College District Board of Trustees named the art gallery at the Wolfson Campus the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery, in recognition of the outstanding service and contributions she made to the community and the world of art. 

To be considered for the award students submit portfolios of their visual artwork, which is reviewed by a panel of judges from MDC’s faculty. To qualify for the award, students must be full-time and in good academic standing. The Miami Dade College Foundation supports the mission and values of MDC by encouraging gifts from a wide variety of sources, particularly in the areas of scholarship and program support. In addition to the Wolfson Art Scholarship Awards, the Foundation will be hosting its annual Saul Eig and Lois Eig Watson Scholarship Luncheon on April 10.

MDC’s Frances Wolfson Scholarships Awards Luncheon

  • WHEN: Thursday, Apr. 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus (Building 6) 300 NE Second Ave., Room 6100

For more information contact Wilson Martinez at 305-237-3801 or

Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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