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Miami Dade College’s Galleries of Art + Design Presents La Sultana at the West Gallery

Expansive wood masterpiece pays tribute to Caracas

Miami, May 6, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design (GOAD) will showcase Antonio Perez Melero’s Venezuelan-influenced masterpiece in wood, La Sultana, from May 16 – July 18 at the MDC West gallery in Doral. The highly-anticipated exhibition, featuring La Sultana and several related works, will open with a reception at 6 p.m., Friday, May 16. The reception is free and open to the public.   

La Sultana is a three-dimensional work, which from different angles the viewer can see various symbolic elements important to those who know and love Caracas: statues, squares, buildings from one angle and from the other an explosion of colors. The center of the curved work attracts most of the attention: it is the representation of The Avila, an indigenous woman lying down with the sky above split into night and day. Completed in 1988, the work stands 23 feet long and over six feet in height.

Born in Spain, Melero began his career in Venezuela, where he lived from the late 1950s until the early 1980s. He is an artist who exhibits his work internationally and is in public collections, including the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, CANTV, Fundarte, the American Institute of Architects, Intel Corporation and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

About MDC Gallery of Art + Design at West

The Gallery at West emerged as the first gallery created under the MDC Art Gallery System. In the five short years of its existence, the gallery has displayed diverse expressions of the visual arts of South Florida, mirroring the creative spirit of the community. Past exhibitions have included emerging artists as well as nationally and internationally renowned contemporary artists.

The campus’ permanent collection has more than 100 artworks, including original pieces, archival photographs, as well as the Miami Book Fair International and Miami International Film Festival commemorative poster collection. The creativity, diversity and cultural expression represented in this collection enhance the experience of the students at West. 

La Sultana exhibition

  • WHEN: Friday, May 16, 6:00 PM - Friday, Jul. 18, 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC West 3800 NW 115 Ave.

For more information, please call the Galleries of Art + Design at 305-237-7700.

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