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Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design Presents Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation


Miami, April 9, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will present Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation, an exhibition encompassing 50 years of the famed foundation’s support of Cuban-born artists, writers, architects, and composers working outside of Cuba. Opening Friday, April 25, the exhibition is organized and curated by the Museum and includes more than 160 works spanning five decades from the foundation’s prestigious collection.

Impact and Legacy is the capstone to the Museum’s exceptional season featuring local and international artists. Housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, the exhibition runs through July 12. It is free and open to the public. 

As the first large-scale exhibition of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, Impact and Legacy will highlight CINTAS Fellows from all eras and includes works from the Foundation’s expansive collection. MDC Museum of Art + Design, steward of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, is composed of works by CINTAS Fellows, the Foundation’s renowned annual competition and fellowship award administered by the Museum every October. To date, the Collection has grown to more than 400 works and represents the depth and magnitude of how CINTAS Fellows continue to exemplify the contributions and impact that artists of Cuban decent have made over the past 50 years. Past visual art fellows include: Jose Bedia, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Carlos Alfonzo, Teresita Fernandez, Carmen Herrera, Anthony Goicolea, Luis Guispert, Jillian Mayer, Ernesto Oroza, Andres Serrano, and Maria Martinez-Canas, among others.

“These CINTAS Fellows are found represented in all major museums, and important private and corporate collections, as well as recipients of Pulitzer, Guggenheim, NEA, Obie Awards, exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Rockefeller and Fulbright Residencies, Latin Grammy nominations And many, many more too numerous to list,” said CINTAS Foundation President Hortensia Sampedro.

In support of the exhibition, the Museum will host a lecture and discussion by Latin American art scholar and professor of arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rachel Weiss, at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10. The lecture will explore the magnitude of contemporary artists of Cuban descent and will present a larger project Weiss is currently working on about artworks that revisit traumatic histories. In addition, Weiss will sign copies of her recent book, To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), available for purchase at the Museum. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at, or call 305-237-7700.

Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

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 Museum of Art + Design of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 400 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963.

About MDC’s Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, located within the historic MDC Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. With more than 13,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum of Art + Design presents year-round exhibitions and educational programs, and is known for its presentation of exhibitions by emerging artists, designers, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. With a mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement, original works of art, design, and related creative processes; the Museum provides residents and visitors access to unique cultural, historical, and educational exhibitions that enrich our community, while building and preserving its expansive permanent art collection. Available to the public five days a week, and as an admission FREE institution with a diversity of patrons and visitors, the MDC Museum of Art + Design is one of the largest and most accessible institutions in the South Florida area devoted to visual arts and design.

Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation

  • WHEN: Friday, Apr. 25, 12:00 PM - Saturday, Jul. 12, 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College 600 Biscayne Blvd.

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