Cuban Art Awards Announced by the Farber Foundation
First International Awards to Focus Exclusively on Cuban Contemporary Artists
NEW YORK, January 6, 2014 – The Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation today announced the establishment of the Cuban Art Awards to recognize the achievements of Cuban artists internationally.
Artists will be nominated by experts in the field and selected by an independent jury of curators, critics, and scholars. Jurors for the first award will be announced this spring, and award nominees will be announced in September.
Two awards will be made: Cuban Artist of the Year, for a contemporary artist (or collaborative) who has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the past two years; and Young Cuban Artist of the Year, for a contemporary artist (or collaborative) under the age of 35 who has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the past two years.
“In the past few years Cuban art and artists have become increasingly active in the global arts arena,” said Howard Farber, director of the Farber Foundation. “Our goal in presenting the Cuban Art Awards is to offer additional recognition for outstanding individual artists, and for the field of Cuban contemporary art in general.” Another aim in achieving greater international recognition is that the awards will assist curators and scholars worldwide in identifying some of the most interesting Cuban work and bringing it to broader audiences. As a field, Cuban contemporary art is largely seen as emerging in the late 1970s and early 1980s, particularly with the milestone Volumen Uno exhibition in Havana in early 1981.
The Cuban Artist of the Year award carries a cash prize of $10,000; the cash prize for Young Cuban Artist of the Year is $3,000. The two awards will be presented biennially, with the first Cuban Art Award winners to be announced in January 2015.
Howard Farber noted that the Cuban Art Awards are open to Cuban artists living on the island and elsewhere. “Cuban art is an international phenomenon,” he said, “and the Cuban Art Awards are intended to reflect that.”
Established in 2010, the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. The Foundation sponsors the nonprofit website Cuban Art News (cubanartnews.org), which debuted in early 2010 and covers Cuban art and culture worldwide.