Culture and Identity in Visual Arts
Culture and Identity in Visual Arts The Betsy's Escribe Aquí Program, funded by The Knight Foundation, has partnered with Warehouse 4726, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, and the Bird Road Art District to host a panel discussion on the visual representation of culture, identity and sense of place. Participating artists Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Abdon J. Romero, and Ignacio Font will present their work, and discuss if/how cultural identity manifests itself in the work. We will explore the concept of cultural identity and look at who the participating artists look to for inspiration and direction in figuring out their own identity and place in the world. Panel moderated by Rosie Gordon Wallace, Executive Director and Founder of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator. The event includes an exhibit of works and a light reception.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
ROSIE GORDON WALLACE is the founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, which specialize in cultivating Caribbean and Latin American art with a focus on supporting emerging artists for 20 years. (dvcai.org)
ALETTE SIMMONS-JIMENEZ received a BFA from Newcomb College in New Orleans, began her studio practice in the Dominican Republic and is now based in Miami. She has exhibited in museums and galleries globally. Alette is a recipient of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant, a Florida Fellowship Grant, a Florida Artists Enhancement Grant, a Miami-Dade Tourism Development Grant, a Miami-Dade Community Grant, and many others. (alettesimmonsjimenez.com)
ABJON J. ROMERO Born in Venezuela, Abdon J. Romero is a professional artist recognized internationally as one of the most distinguished painters of his generation. His works demonstrate a wide range of expertise in accordance with the Renaissance tradition of versatility and mastery of various disciplines. Master Romero has served as a professor of Morphological Anatomy, figure and portrait drawing, painting and commercial illustration for more than thirty years. (abdonjromeroartstudio.com)
IGNACIO FONT is an artist/teacher in Miami, Florida. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Ignacio’s works concentrate on a need to create visual spaces that give the viewer a sense of belonging, countering the residue of Ignacio’s early childhood feelings of exclusion, of never fitting in anywhere. (ifontart.com)
This event is made possible through partnership with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, The Betsy Community Fund / Escribe Aquí Program, and the Bird Road Arts District, with additional support from Font Squared. (betsywritersroom.com)