Emerging Florida Artists Highlight Rollins Museum Summer Schedule

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A showcase of six up-and-coming Florida artists will be among the new exhibits on the Rollins Museum of Art summer schedule. Now in its second year, Pathways 2024: The Carlos Malamud Prize continues a partnership with the UCF Art Gallery to foster success in the statewide creative community.

The competition is sponsored by Miami-based philanthropist Carlos Malamud and considers applications from emerging Florida-based artists who have not been the subject of a museum or major gallery solo exhibition. Entries are judged by an external panel of professionals specializing in various fine art mediums with six finalists exhibiting a selection of works at the Rollins and UCF galleries.

The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition at UCF Art Gallery in the fall of 2025, a $10,000 cash prize, and consulting sessions with professional and financial advisors to develop sustainable career support. This year’s finalists are multimedia artist Samuel Aye-Gboyin, sculptor Patricia L. Cooke, fiber artist Tenee’ Hart, photographer Diego Alejandro Waisman, multimedia artist Fernando Ramos, and video artist Clio Yang.

Rollins Museum of Art will kick off an exhibit of works from all six finalists with a reception on May 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit will run May 30–Sept. 1. The grand prize willer will be announced at a UCF Art Gallery reception, scheduled for May 30 from 5-7 p.m.

Rollins Museum of Art will also host the following exhibits, May 30–Jan. 5, 2025:

The Fantastical Mundane: Selections from the Grasset-Linares Collection

Nicolaes van Verendael, (Flemish, 1640-1691), Still Life of Tulips, Convolvulus, Rose and Other Flowers in a Glass Vase on a Ledge, ca. 17th Century, Oil on Canvas. Image courtesy of: The Grasset-Linares Collection

This selection of 10 paintings on long-term loan from The Grasset-Linares Collection – one of the largest collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings – represents the Dutch Golden Age of painting with traditional Dutch floral arrangements, banquet scenes, and detailed landscapes. Compositions of everyday Dutch subjects embody Dutch culture in the 17th century, when booming trade prompted the rise of a powerful middle class, and an art market that catered to their tastes.

Critical Reading: Book Arts in Dialogue with the Collection

William Kentridge, (South African, b. 1955), Second-Hand Reading, 2013, Single channel HD video, 7 min., The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Gift of Barbara ’68 and Theodore ’68 Alfond, 2013.34.142. Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In an exploration of the ways text functions as image, and vice versa, Chosen images present text as alternatives to objects that address relevant issues and storytelling. The works examine how the language is layered with multiple possibilities for interpretation, and present books as art objects. The pieces present viewers with an opportunity to draw their own conclusions to the use of text and engage in critical reading from diverse perspectives.

What’s New? Recent Acquisitions: The ongoing exhibit features newly acquired works to the Museum’s permanent collection. The latest season will include works by sculptor Tatsuo Miyajima, abstract artist James Siena, and sculptor Rose B. Simpson.

Rollins Museum of Art is also working toward a new 31,791-square-foot home at 200 E. New England Ave. that will be part of the Innovation Triangle project. Fundraising and design development are currently in progress.

Rollins Museum of Art features rotating exhibitions, ongoing programs, and an extensive permanent collection of approximately 6,000 objects that spans centuries. Open to the public year-round, its holdings include the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area, a sizeable American art collection, and a forward-thinking contemporary collection on view both at the Museum and The Alfond Inn at Rollins. For more information, call 407-646-2526 or visit www.rollins.edu/rma.

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