Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Miami Dade College Inaugurates New International Sculpture Park at North Campus
Look to the north for the dawning of Miami Dade College’s newest treasure, the Miami International Sculpture Park.
True to our reputation as a major convener and promoter of arts and culture, Miami Dade College's North Campus will inaugurate the Miami International Sculpture Park at 9:30 this morning.
The Sculpture Park is an installation of 21 art pieces previously exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Arts, the Denver Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Civic Center in Washington, D.C. It includes works from four internationally prominent artists: MDC alumnus Rafael Consuegra, Uruguayan artist Alfredo Halegua, Florida sculptor William King, and Cuban-American artist Mario Felipe Almaguer.
Representing an exceptional Art in Public Places venue for the College, the Park constitutes the largest donation of art to MDC in our 47-year history, and one of the largest of its kind in Florida. The Miami International Sculpture Park merits consideration for accreditation by the American Association of Museums, and a formal application is being submitted.
I am proud to acknowledge Miami International Sculpture Park as MDC’s very own. If you think for just a moment about the unique opportunity that now exists for students, children, residents and visitors throughout South Florida to experience an outdoor museum through first-hand observation and reflection, you’ll agree that this is something truly special.
The very first invitation is cordially extended to you, your family and friends. I hope you will make the time to visit and enjoy North Campus’ brilliantly created sculptures.
Please join me in congratulating and thanking North Campus President Dr. José Vicente, Administrative Dean Cristina Mateo, Art Gallery System Director Jorge Gutierrez, and all our colleagues involved in this effort, which is truly part of a cultural renaissance in northern Miami-Dade County being spearheaded by the College.