MDC Professor’s Artwork Recognized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Alberto Meza, MDC fine arts professor.
Miami, November 9, 2010 -
A Miami Dade College (MDC) fine arts professor has earned the recognition of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Veteran educator Alberto Meza’s print work, “Dwarfs Encounter Velazquez’s Mirror” is now part of the museum’s exclusive print collection. The professor’s work was also selected to be featured in Taiwan’s 14th International Biennial Print Exhibition, a highly competitive contest that attracted more than 1,400 artists from 69 countries this year.
His work was juried by two sets of international judges and was not only selected as a finalist to be a part of the exhibit but will also be featured in a printmaking educational tour through China.
“To continually be recognized at the international level is quite an accomplishment and is another well-deserved honor for Professor Meza,” said Dr. Lourdes Oroza, MDC Kendall Campus president. “He has a sincere passion for teaching and the arts, but more importantly, he is an excellent example for his students.”
Meza’s commitment to teaching art reflects the life of a man who has been in many places, both geographically and educationally. A native of Chile, Meza’s family legacy is deeply rooted in the arts - his father was a fine cabinet maker and his mother an award-winning toy maker. He earned a bachelor’s in literature from the University of Chile, and then obtained graduate degrees from Syracuse University and Northern Illinois University.
His literary interests led to the publication of four volumes of poetry: “Al Fondo del Alma” (1991), “Cantos del Caminante” (1985), “Visiones de Ciego” (1984) and “Ejercicios para Suicidas” (1969). While on the road to becoming a lawyer, Meza shifted his attention back to the arts when he enrolled at the Santiago Museum of Fine Arts. In artistic fashion, it is no surprise that he has crafted a distinguished career as both an artist and accomplished educator.
Meza is devoted to working with his students on special, outside-the-classroom projects that combine the visual and performing arts. In 2007, Meza worked with his printmaking students on a successful art exchange with Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. The school is one of the oldest art education institutions in Florence and credits legendary artist Michelangelo as one of its prominent students.
In addition to his recent honor from the Taiwan museum, Meza has been recognized nationally and internationally with printmaking awards from Georgia State University and accolades at three Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints.
Among his honors: 2008 Bonnie McCabe Endowed Teaching Chair in Humanities; the Frances Wolfson Endowed Teaching Chair of Excellence in Arts in 2002; named the CASE/Carnegie Florida Professor of the Year in 2003; and was the Citibank of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair in 1998. Meza has been teaching fine arts at MDC’s Kendall Campus since 1996.
Founded in 1999, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is the nation’s nerve center for the development of modern and contemporary art in Taiwan. Its focus is on the visual arts as it boasts a fine collection of representative pieces. In addition to hosting its own exhibits, the Museum conducts exchanges with overseas art museums.
As a many-splendored public space in which to appreciate art, the Museum spares no effort in hosting exhibitions and art education activities on a variety of themes. The International Biennial Print Exhibition is a competitive exhibition open to participants from around the world. Organizers of the competitive exhibition make every attempt to merge the artistic values of the east and west, and to infuse an appreciation of art in society.
"It not only reintroduced the art of printmaking to Taiwan, but is also the central hub for art sharing among international printmaking artists,” said Tsai-Lang Huang, director of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
For more information about MDC Kendall Campus’ Fine Arts department, call 305-237-2281 or visit http://www.mdc.edu/kendall/artandphilosophy/.
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