The Farber Foundation Names Jurors for 2015 Cuban Art Awards

First International Awards to Focus Exclusively on Cuban Contemporary Artists

NEW YORK, May 15, 2014 – The Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation today announced the jurors for the first Cuban Art Awards.

The Farber Foundation established the Cuban Art Awards to recognize the achievementsof Cuban contemporary artists internationally. Awards are given in two categories: CubanArtist of the Year and Young Cuban Artist of the Year (under the age of 35). In eachcategory, the award recognizes a contemporary artist or collaborative that hasdemonstrated exceptional creative power over the past two years.Artists are being selected for consideration by anonymous nominators in Cuba andabroad. A short list of their highest-ranked finalists will be presented to the jurors laterthis year.

The awards will be announced in January 2015. The Cuban Artist of the Year awardcarries a cash prize of $10,000, The cash prize for Young Cuban Artist of the Year is$3,000.

“This year is proving to be a pivotal one for Cuban contemporary artists in the global artsarena,” said Howard Farber, director of the Farber Foundation. “There are more Cubanartists engaging with arts institutions internationally, more solo museum shows byCuban-born artists, and more Cuban artists participating in prestigious internationalexhibitions.

The Cuban Art Awards are intended to build on this momentum, bringing additionalrecognition not only to outstanding artists but to the field of Cuban contemporary art ingeneral.”

Jurors for the 2015 Cuban Art Awards are:

Caridad Blanco de la Cruz, curator, art critic, and researcher who is currently aspecialist at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (Center for Development ofthe Visual Arts) in Havana.

Elvia Rosa Castro Martín, art critic, curator, independent editor, and adjunct professorof art history at the University of Havana.

Howard Farber, director of the Farber Foundation and publisher of Cuban Art News, anonprofit website covering Cuban art and culture worldwide, who has been collectingCuban contemporary art since 2001.

Alejandro de la Fuente, director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute atHarvard University and a curator of art exhibitions focusing on issues of race in Cuba.

Corina Matamoros Tuma, art historian, author, and curator at the Museo Nacional deBellas Artes in Havana, where she has promoted the collecting of contemporary art.

Ron Pizzuti, founder of the Pizzuti Collection, a museum of contemporary art inColumbus, Ohio, who has been traveling to Cuba and collecting Cuban contemporary artfor the past five years.

Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas, program director for the New York City Pivotal Placeprogram of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and co-founder and chair of the Cuban ArtistsFund.

Rachel Weiss, educator, curator, and author of books on Cuban and Latin American art,currently professor of arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute ofChicago.

Full biographies of the jurors follow on the page below.Established in 2010, the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation is a nonprofitorganization with 501(c)3 status. The Foundation sponsors the nonprofit website CubanArt News (cubanartnews.org), which debuted in early 2010 and covers Cuban art andculture worldwide.

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CUBAN ART AWARDS 2015
Juror Biographies

Caridad Blanco de la Cruz holds a Master’s degree in Art History. She is a curator, art critic, and scholar, and is currently a specialist at the cutting-edge Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (Center for Development of the Visual Arts) in Havana. She was awarded the Guy Pérez Cisneros prize for art criticism in 2000 for her reviews and in 2012 for her essays. She received the National Prize for Curating in 2003.

Elvia Rosa Castro Martín holds a degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in Art History from the University of Havana, where she is an adjunct professor of art history. She is an art critic, curator, and independent editor. Her publications include La conjura de los fieles, El mundo como ilusión y apariencia, Erizando las crines, El observatorio de Línea. Repasos al arte cubano and Aterrizaje: Después de la crítica de la razón cínica. She received the National Prize for Curating (2005), a 2007 grant from the IFA-RAVE Foundation in Germany, and the Guy Pérez Cisneros prize for art criticism in 2011 for her reviews.

Howard Farber is director of the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation, which was established in 2010 to advocate for and promote greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary Cuban art and culture. With his wife, Patricia, he has been actively involved in international culture for the past forty years. Having previously assembled major collections of American modernist painting and contemporary Chinese art, the Farbers began collecting Cuban contemporary art in 2001. Mr. Farber is the publisher of Cuban Art News, a nonprofit website sponsored by the Farber Foundation, which has been covering Cuban art and culture worldwide since 2010.

Alejandro de la Fuente is the director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University. A historian of comparative slavery and race relations, he is the curator of two art exhibitions addressing issues of race: Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (2010-12) and Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba (currently touring).

Corina Matamoros Tuma is an art historian, writer, and curator at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. She studied at the University of Havana and at the School of the Louvre in Paris. She is the author of Mirada de curador (Letras Cubanas, 2009) and Raúl Martínez: La gran familia (Vanguardia Cubana, 2012). She has curated the work of noted Cuban artists and promoted the collecting of contemporary art by the Museo Nacional. She is a member of the Unión of Writers and Artists in Cuba (UNEAC) and of the Cuban committee of ICOM. She has been awarded two national prizes for curating.

Ron Pizzuti is the founder of the Pizzuti Collection, a museum of contemporary art in Columbus, Ohio. He has been traveling to Cuba and collecting Cuban contemporary art for the past five years.

Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas has spent the last 25 years in philanthropy. Currently he is the program director for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's New York City Pivotal Place program, which focuses on arts and culture, environment, and democratic practice. He is also responsible for developing an artist residency program at the former Rockefeller Family estate in Tarrytown, New York. He is co-founder and chair of the Cuban Artists Fund.

Rachel Weiss is a writer, educator, and curator. She is currently Professor of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Major publications include Making Art Global: The Tercera Bienal de la Habana, To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art, Por América: la obra de Juan Francisco Elso (co-author and editor) and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias, by Luis Camnitzer (editor). Major curatorial projects include Global Conceptualism 1950s-1980s: Points of Origin (Queens Museum of Art, NYC: co-director with Luis Camnitzer and Jane Farver), Ante América (Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá: co-curator, with Gerardo Mosquera and Carolina Ponce de León), The Nearest Edge of the World: Art and Cuba Now (co-curator with Gerardo Mosquera) and Imagining Antarctica (funded by the National Science Foundation).

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© 2014 The Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.