Audrey Michelle Gair, a June 2011 graduate of the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) high school, Miami was selected as the 2011 National Latino Art Beat competition winner. Gairs’ artwork titled “Mi Cultura”, is an acrylic on canvas self-portrait.
Gair states that she got her “inspiration for the Latino Art Beat competition from her Latino culture (Costa Rican, Puerto Rican and European) as well as from other Latin artists, one in particular Freda Kahlo”.
Audrey was awarded a combined scholarship, through the Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”) / Latino Art Beat scholarship partnership, of $168,000 the highest award ever given a high school artist through this milestone initiative. Audrey is currently a freshman at MICA in Baltimore, MD, her college of choice.
“As Latino Art Beat approaches its 15th anniversary competition it is pleased at the continuing enthusiastic participation in and the success of its regional and national competitions and initiatives. The dedication of students and teachers alike, across this great nation of ours, in entering this milestone competition is first-class. Latino Art Beat is grateful for the tremendous support which all its City, Department of Education and academic partners have given this initiative over the years. In particular, the great scholarship support afforded competition winners through its partnerships with Columbia College Chicago, Robert Morris University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (‘MICA’ Baltimore)”, states Don Rossi Nuccio, President of Latino Art Beat.
The 2011 National Latino Art Beat awards ceremony was hosted during 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami to honor Audrey Gair in her hometown where Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and the Miami city commissioners honored and feted the national winner; the other Miami competition winners and all the Latino Art Beat 1st Place regional winners in city hall. A further recognition of Audrey, the other Miami winners and all the regional 1st Place Latino Art Beat art competition winners was hosted the following day at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami. A gallery display of the winning artwork and a presentation made in front of a packed student audience honored all the student winners.
NWSA has produced six national winners in the Latino Art Beat competition in the last eight years, who have all indicated the Maryland Institute College of Art as their “college of choice”. The Maryland Institute College of Art is one of Latino Art Beats premier academic partners. Audrey’s “Mi Cultura”, was featured in Latino Art Beat national print media including the 2011 Commemorative “Hispanic Heritage” art poster/calendar traditionally unveiled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in the District of Columbia.
New World School of the Arts