CIFO presents its 2009 Grants and Commissions Awards

From Sept 13th through Nov 8th, 2009.

This fall, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presents Shifting Constructs, its 2009 Grants and Commissions Programs exhibition on view from September 13th to November 8th at CIFO Art Space.

CIFO will present newly commissioned works by the award recipients of both programs in one single exhibition. The six emerging artists who were awarded grants are: Miguel Amat (Venezuela), Gabriel Antolínez (Colombia), Suwon Lee (Venezuela), Juan León (Ecuador), Ricardo Réndon (Mexico) and José Ruiz (Peru).  The two mid career artists selected as recipients of the Commissions Award are Dora Longo Bahia (Brazil) and Oscar Muñoz (Colombia).

As in the previous grant cycles, the artists for this exhibition were not selected based on a specific curatorial structure. This exhibition is the culmination of a year-long process during which the Foundation’s international Advisory Committee (consisting of leading artists, curators and art professionals) and the Board of the Directors identified the grant and commissions recipients (from over 250 projects proposals), and where the artists developed new highly innovative work to share with audiences in Miami. Only after this chance happening of sorts is created does a common link between the pieces in the exhibition become evident and the striking dialogue between works surfaces. 

CIFO founder Ella Fontanals-Cisneros noted, “These artists each communicate a unique vision of contemporary, cutting-edge art and are themselves becoming a part of the larger global art context.  Our goal at CIFO is to offer these artists a platform in Miami to increase their exposure, and offer opportunities for others to witness their groundbreaking work.”

Now in their sixth year, CIFO’s Grants and Commissions programs provide critical funding and visibility for contemporary artists from Latin America, helping to broaden global appreciation of their work while challenging stereotypical notions of Latin American art.  These programs and related exhibitions give artists from Latin America a new platform to show their work, and present them in the context of the international contemporary art community. 

CIFO Art Space
1018 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
305.455.3380
www.cifo.org

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