UPDATE: The Miami Herald reviewed the Rising Stars exhibition:
Wet Heat Project’s Producer Grela Orihuela has curated the 2013 edition of New World School of the Arts‘ Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition.
The school’s dean Maggy Cuesta asked Grela to select exhibition-quality artwork of the most ambitious and accomplished visual arts students and design the show’s arrangement for the downtown Miami building’s main gallery. Grela selected the work without knowing any information about the artists– not their names, genders, whether they were high school or college level, or their primary disciplines.
The resulting exhibition is a dynamic representation of the strong ideas and techniques that thrive at the school.
Make your way to visit the gallery for opening night on Friday March 15, or anytime during business hours through Friday March 29.Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Friday, March 15, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Through Friday March 29) NEW WORLD GALLERY 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public
An essential part of an art student’s education is to be exhibited, and to be seen. But being seen is an experience no school can guarantee, it depends on a local and greater art community to show up. To the advantage of these students, showing up is something Miami is often good at, it’s a quality that keeps the city’s art scene genuine. And showing up for nascent and emerging artists is just that much more meaningful, for them and the community. (FYI, visual arts alumni of this school include Hernan Bas, Bert Rodriguez, Michael Vasquez, Jen Stark, Loriel Beltran, Naomi Fisher, and many more.)
Keep in mind this exhibition is not just about being seen: some artworks are for sale. Being collected is another essential artist experience no school can provide on its own!