The Farber Foundation Announces Finalists for First International Cuban Art Awards
Nominators single out artists on the island and abroad
CONTACT: Nadine Covert
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY—January 15, 2015. The Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation today announced the finalists for the first Cuban Art Awards.
The Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards were created to recognize the achievements of Cuban contemporary artists internationally. Awards are given biennially in two categories: Cuban Artist of the Year and Young Cuban Artist of the Year (35 and under). In each category, the award recognizes a contemporary artist or collaborative that has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the previous two years.
The 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.
For the 2015 Cuban Artist of the Year, the finalists are:
Luis Cruz Azaceta
For the 2015 Young Cuban Artist of the Year, the finalists are:
Celia y Yunior
The short-listed finalists were nominated by a panel of curators, critics, and scholars based in Cuba and abroad. A separate jury of curators, scholars, and collectors will select the winners from the list of nominees. The jurors include Caridad Blanco, Elvia Rosa Castro, Howard Farber, Alejandro de la Fuente, Corina Matamoros, Ron Pizzuti, Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas, and Rachel Weiss.
The winners will be announced in May.
“With last month’s historic announcement of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the timing for the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards is particularly apropos,” said Howard Farber, director of the Foundation and a juror for this year’s awards. “The selection process for nominees and finalists has been characterized by a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, with all of us working toward the common goal of bringing additional recognition to outstanding artists and the field of Cuban contemporary art.”
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 covers Cuban art and culture worldwide, and which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
For more about the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Award finalists, see the Cuban Art Awards background sheet. For more on the jurors, see the Farber Foundation website (thefarberfoundation.org).
For additional information, contact Nadine Covert, coordinator of the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards, at firstname.lastname@example.org.