Teaching Artist Exhibit at the ACND Gallery of Art closes Oct 29, 2011

South Florida Art Journalist, Anne Tschida was guest speaker at the opening reception of “Teaching Artists – A Catholic Tradition” held in September at the ACND Gallery of Art. Ms. Tschida stands with (l to r): Yunier Oliver Cervino (ACND 6 to 12 Prep); Kerry Ware (St. Patrick); Catherine Wichmann (St. Anthony); Vivian Macia (St. Agnes); Daniela Blanco ( ACND Gallery Intern); and Wilma DeVoe (St. Agnes.) The exhibit runs through October 29, 2011.

The ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep opened its 2011/2012 season with a show of paintings and sketches by six teaching artists who work at Archdiocese of Miami elementary and middle schools. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public and media, closes October 29, 2011.

The six artists whose works are on display are: Kerry Ware, Vivian Macia, Wilma DeVoe, Catherine Wichmann, Don Clerveaux, and Yunier Cervino Oliver representing Broward and Miami-Dade Catholic Schools.

South Florida Art Journalist, Anne Tschida was guest speaker at the opening reception of “Teaching Artists – A Catholic Tradition” held in September at the ACND Gallery of Art. Ms. Tschida stands with (l to r): Yunier Oliver Cervino (ACND 6 to 12 Prep); Kerry Ware (St. Patrick); Catherine Wichmann (St. Anthony); Vivian Macia (St. Agnes); Daniela Blanco ( ACND Gallery Intern); and Wilma DeVoe (St. Agnes.) The exhibit runs through October 29, 2011.


The ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep opened its 2011/2012 season with a show of paintings and sketches by six teaching artists who work at Archdiocese of Miami elementary and middle schools. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public and media, closes October 29, 2011.

The six artists whose works are on display are: Kerry Ware, Vivian Macia, Wilma DeVoe, Catherine Wichmann, Don Clerveaux, and Yunier Cervino Oliver representing Broward and Miami-Dade Catholic Schools.

Catherine Wichmann, an art teacher at St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale comments: “Teaching Artists – A Catholic Tradition” was a varied, well-organized exhibit which provided a very rich experience for me as an artist and teacher. Lisa Morales [ACND Public Relations] did a wonderful job putting all the varied elements together, and the curators were adept at selecting works that complemented each other and told a story about each of the artists. The exhibit worked on many levels. It provided fellowship and an exchange of ideas with fellow teaching artists, as well as an introduction to the active art community at the ACND Gallery of Art. The Miami art scene was well represented by art journalist Anne Tschida, who gave an excellent speech and provided a forum for the artists to expand upon their works. Principal Brother Patrick Sean Moffett then summed it all up with an inspiring talk on the importance of the arts in education, in our society in general, and of the Roman Catholic tradition of continuing commitment to the arts.”

The exhibit is curated by Stefano Campanini who owns two fine art galleries: Etra Fine Art and Wine By The Bay. Campanini brought to this exhibit gallery and international art fair experience, as well as first-hand wisdom in advancing teaching and learning through the arts as board member for Arts for Learning (A4L.)

He explains, “We wanted to bring the teachers to the fore and give them the possibility to express themselves before a larger crowd than the one they have at school, they deserve it; we wanted to give them the opportunity to teach all of us their skills, their insights and show us their sensitivity. At the end they’ll get an ‘A’ from all of us”

Daniela Blanco, a Florida International University art major and ACND Gallery of Art intern, is assistant curator.

Wichmann concludes, “I believe as many schools as possible throughout the Archdiocese of Miami should participate at this and other events at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep. The participating schools and artists will gain much from the experience, as well as having the opportunity to contribute their own insights, ideas and talents. I believe that it is vitally important for art teachers to continue to develop their professional skills as artists, as they need to nourish their own art and professional growth to be able to inspire their students.”

The ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep seeks to serve its immediate community (Buena Vista, Design District, Upper Eastside, Midtown, and Wynwood) by promoting the value of the arts in education and providing an opportunity for enrichment and development.

On Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., the gallery will hold an opening reception for a photography exhibit titled “Faces of China.” Professional photographer, Tom Salyer presents 32 photographs documenting annual trips to China since 2004. This unique and vibrant display of cultural color is complemented by natural, field-recorded sound. For more information on this exhibit, visit www.acnd.net.

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