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MDC Museum of Art + Design inaugurates new alumni exhibition series - swing/SPACE/miami

Alumni Exhibition Series

Liliam Dominquez's Chromogenic digital photograph titled "Saturn."

Miami, August 1, 2013 - Miami, July 31, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will inaugurate a new exhibition series featuring the work of distinguished Miami Dade College & New World School of the Arts Alumni. swing/SPACE/miami features five solo or group exhibitions per year in a dedicated gallery space at the College’s flagship institution for the presentation of visual arts. The series opens with a public inauguration and reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Providing a platform to honor former alumni who have excelled in their respective artistic careers, the swing/SPACE/miami aims to foster opportunities for further engagement with the next generations of young and emerging artists. Organized by the Museum, program participants were nominated by current and former MDC and NWSA faculty and selected by an independent curatorial advisory committee composed of arts professionals. The committee selected five singular artists to present solo exhibitions based on a wide variety of criteria. Artists in the inaugural season include: Leandro Vazquez, Liliam Dominguez, Lauren Pascarella, Tatiana Vahan and William Cordova.

“Since its’ inauguration, the MDC Museum of Art + Design has always had the vision to present and support exciting projects by our many important alumni,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, MOAD’s executive director and chief curator. “Timely in its nature and like the artists within the series, the program reflects our young institution’s ability to take risks that establish and cultivate our identity as a cultural institution. The fast pace and flexibility of the series is directly linked to the exciting and ever changing landscape of contemporary art.”

swing/SPACE/Miami exhibition series runs from Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 through Saturday, July 12, 2014. Museum hours are Wednesday - Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available.

About the artists:

Leandro Vazquez     9/20 – 11/2/2013

Leandro Vazquez (b. Port Belgrano Naval Base, Argentina) received a degree in Graphic Design from S.E.N.A.C., Rio de Janeiro, R.J., Brazil in 1986, his BFA from the New World School of the Arts in 2007, and attended MDC’s Kendall Campus. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout Miami, including exhibitions at Fredric Snitzer Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Arts Incubator. Leandro currently lives and works in Miami, FL.

Liliam Dominquez         11/21 – 1/11/2013

Liliam Dominguez (b. Havana, Cuba) started her advanced education in Cuba and received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2002. Liliam is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Barry University. She has been in numerous group exhibitions in Miami since 2002 and her work is in the permanent collections of the Bass Museum of Art and many local collectors. She currently lives and works in Miami, FL. 

Lauren Pascarella    1 /23 –  3/8/2014

Lauren Pascarella (b. Hollywood, FL) received her MFA from Parsons School for Design in photography in 2009 and her BFA from New World School of the Arts in photography in 2007. Her work has been part of group shows in New York including “States of Flux” in 2010 at Aperture, in New York. She is currently working in cross disciplinary genres, including New Media and digital photographic installations. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Tatiana Vahan          3/27 – 5/10/2014

Tatiana Vahan (b. Miami, FL) will receive her MA from the California Institute of the Arts, Critical Studies: Aesthetics and Politics, in 2013. In 2009, she was awarded a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Drawing and Photography. She has been in numerous group exhibitions in Miami including “Open Process” at MOCA, North Miami in 2011; the Yard @ Casa Lin Art Basel 2010; the Bass Museum of Art Project Space. Her work has also been screened at the American Airlines Jumbotron in 2010’s “Home Videos”; and is part of the Sagamore collection. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

William Cordova      5/22 – 7/12/2014

William Cordova (b. Lima, Peru) earned his MFA from Yale University in 2004, his BFA from the Art institute of Chicago in 1996 and attended MDC’s North Campus. He has participated in multiple artist residencies including  Artspace, San Antonio, TX; The Core program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX,; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. William has presented numberous solo exhibitions around the United States and Internationally and has participated in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Menil Collection, Houston, TX,  and was included in the2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

WHAT:             MDC’sMuseum of Art + Design (MOAD) Inaugurates Alumni Exhibition Series

WHEN:             Friday, Sept. 20 – Saturday, July 12, 2014

WHERE:          MDC Museum of Art + Design

The Freedom Tower at MDC
600 Biscayne Blvd.

About MDC’s Museum & Galleries of Art + Design

The MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design is a network of venues and initiatives at the College's campuses located throughout South Florida, including MDC’s flagship exhibition venue, the MDC Museum of Art + Design, housed at the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. MDC's Museum & Galleries of Art + Design has more than 15,000 running feet of exhibition space in its network of galleries and public art spaces, making it one of the largest and most diverse institutions in the country devoted to the visual arts.

The MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design utilizes its gallery spaces, its art in public spaces, its staff and visual resources (exhibition and permanent collections), as well as the expertise and artistic talents of faculty and students at MDC, to provide year-long programming of activities that offer a unique learning experience through direct contact with the visual arts. Art, concerts, lectures, film, video and much more are part of its network of art spaces, with events that are free and open to the public.

  • WHEN: Friday, Sep. 20, 6:00 PM - Friday, Jul. 12, 5:00 PM

For more information about the exhibition series, please call 305-237-7700. Specific gallery locations and hours can be found on the Museum & Galleries website:

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
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Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director

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