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MDC’s Campus Galleries of Art + Design Opens 2013-2014 Season with Exhibitions that Explore Themes Ranging from the Political to the Satirical

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Ceramic Sculpture by Zak Hemsteger titled "Paul ‘n Babe."

Miami, August 30, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design are gearing up for another exciting season with nearly 20 exhibitions at each of the College’s campuses that will creatively explore themes like nature, human rights, U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and contemporary  art. The season kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, and runs through Sept. 2014. All exhibitions are free and open to the public!

 From August through March, several exhibitions will center on issues like human and women’s rights, Others are just plain old-fashioned fun, such as the works by sculptor and University of South Florida professor Zak Hemsteger, whose works offer satirical and biting commentary on contemporary life. Spring showings focus on student-based exhibitions. Visiting artists will be available during their exhibitions for gallery talks and workshops.

 MDC Campus Galleries of Art + Design serve as an interdisciplinary teaching laboratory for the exploration of diverse cultures through visual aesthetics and encourage interaction with art-related processes. With a mission to organize exhibitions and educational programs in collaboration with the students, faculty and local community, the Galleries of Art + Design provide a platform for public engagement and curricular development.

Dates and times of exhibitions are listed by campus below.

North  Gallery at the North Campus

Modus Perlucidus: New Works by Jorge Dager

Aug. 29 – Oct. 18

Opening reception:  Thursday, Aug. 29 at noon

Artist lecture:   1 p.m.

In Transparent Objects, Venezuelan painter Jorge Dager presents his latest works in a hyper-realistic style where the objects fool the mind into believing his pieces are photographic, when in fact, they are oil paintings. The artist donated a large painting, Libertad, as part of The Route for Human Rights—a project International Solidarity for Human Rights (ISHR).

 Horacio Silva: Naturalezas

Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 31, noon

Artist Lecture:  1 p.m.

The Spanish artist and professor, Horacio Silva, brings his unique works to South Florida, after years of exhibiting in Europe. This show includes original pieces created specifically for this North Campus show. In addition to these latest creations, the program will include Golden Tears, which he donated to the North Campus through ISHR/ The Route for Human Rights.  *The artist is expected to speak to students and will lead a Master class, while in Miami.

 Veterans Connect:  Dr. Wilma Bulkin Siegel’s Portraits and Conversations with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

Jan. 22 – March 15, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 22, noon

Artist Lecture: 1 p.m.

A medical doctor by profession and trained as an artist, Dr. Siegel’s work includes moving portraits and insightful interviews with young veterans returning from war. *Dr. Siegel, who will be on campus during several days of the exhibition, will also participate in the Women’s History Month program.

 MDC Emerging Artists 2014 Student Exhibition
March 27 – April 30, 2014
Awards Reception: Thursday, March 27, noon

Annual exhibition of student works chosen by visual-arts faculty members

 SEDT presents Aperture 2014
May 15 – June 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, noon
Photography exhibition by students at the School of Design and Entertainment Technology

 SEDT presents Graphic Design
July 10 – Aug. 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10, noon
An exhibition by students from the School of Entertainment and Design Technology
The North Campus is located at 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., North Gallery is located in Building 5, Lehman Theater Building. Tel. 305-237-6000.

 Wolfson Campus

Cristobal Gonzalez Guzman: Pintor de Caballete
Sept. 12 – Nov. 8, 2013
Closing Reception:   Thursday, Nov. 7, noon
Artist Lecture: Thursday, Oct. 24, noon

One of the best known colorists in Ecuadorian painting and formerly the head of the Visual Arts Department at Colegio Americano de Quito, Gonzalez-Guzman’s show will focus on his enigmatic and personal female portraits.

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage
Nov. 18 – Feb. 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Monday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.
Artist lecture:  6 p.m.   

Created by artist Cathryn Griffith, this exhibition documents the history, preservation and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces.  The city’s architecture provides an important window on the changing forces that have shaped the country’s history, from her settlement as a fortified tradition post through successive periods of Spanish colonial rule, independence, United States Protectorate, and revolution.

MDC League for Innovation
Feb. 26 – March 26, 2014
Awards ceremony: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m.

Curated by MDC Visual Arts Faculty, this  juried annual  exhibition of MDC  student work awards five finalist slots for the National League for Innovation Visual Arts Competition.

MDC Emerging Artists 2014
April 9 - April 30, 2014
Awards reception: Thursday, April 9, noon

The Wolfson Campus is located at 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 1, third floor. Tel. 305-237-3000.

Kendall Gallery , Kendall Campus at the Martin & Pat fine Center for the Arts

Ceramic Sculpture by Zak Hemsteger
Oct. 10 – Nov. 20
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 p.m.
Artist Lecture:  6 p.m.

Zak Hemsteger combines his talent as sculptor with the ability to work with his hands in many areas including metal fabricating, metal casting carpentry, heavy equipment operation, electrical work, kiln repair, clay mixing, firing and mechanical engineering.  In addition, he employs a keen wit with biting commentary on aspects of contemporary life.  A professor at University of South Florida in Tampa, he has also taught at Western Michigan University.

A Quest for Peace
Dec. 5 – Dec. 18, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.

A juried exhibition honoring philosopher and artist Robert Horwitz, late husband of Ilajean Horwitz, to promote awareness for peace across the globe.

Jonathan Beer: American Epic
Jan. 16 – March 21, 2014
Opening reception:  Thursday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m.
Artist lecture: 6 p.m.

Jonathan Beer's work represents the overlap of memory, landscape and architecture. Beer is partly inspired by the urban fabric that is the product of the perpetual rebuilding and decay of civilization.

MDC Emerging Artists 2014
April 3 - April 23, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m.

Synergy: Artists in Collaboration
May 8 – Sept. 25, 2014
Opening reception:  Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m.
Artist lecture: 6 p.m.

This exhibition will consist of about one hundred works and is an artist-based community collaboration. Participating artists include Aldo Menendez, Ramon Carulla, Baruj Salinas, Daniel Vinoly, Jorge Jrisinco, Julio Antonio, Cesar Santos, JAMA, Enrique Gay Garcia, and many others.

The Kendall Campus is located at 11011 S.W. 104 St., Building M. Tel. 305-237-2000.

MDC Homestead Campus
South Florida Splendor: Artworks by Luis Nunez
Sept. 16 – Oct. 18, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m.

Luis Nunez’s paintings capture the light, colors and mood of Florida’s beautiful landscapes, such as Biscayne Bay, Everglades, Big Cypress, and the Florida Keys. He has participated in numerous juried exhibitions in the United States. His works are displayed in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Australia.

Fresh AIRIE - Artists- in -Residence in the Everglades
Nov. 11 – Dec. 13, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday, November 14, 5 p.m.
Group show of the Everglades artists- in-residence program.

 Everglades Prep Project
Jan. 24 – Feb. 23, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.

 MDC Emerging Artists 2014
April 17 – May 23, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 p.m.

The Homestead Campus is located at 500 College Terrace. Tel. 305-237-5000

 MDC-West

Recent Acquisitions:  The Norma Niurka Collection
Oct. 4, 2013 – Jan. 17, 2014
Opening reception: Oct.  4, 5 p.m.

The Norma Niurka collection is a very personal eclectic collection of the works of important Latin American artists, which in many cases Niurka mentored . Several of the pieces are personally signed and dedicated to her on the back. Niurka was a Cuban journalist, actress and art collector. After her death, her estate donated her collection to the College.

The MDC-West is located at 3800 N.W. 115 Ave., Miami, Fl.  33178. Tel. 305-237-8918

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist




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