The Orlando Museum of Art will present the fourth exhibition of Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. This exhibition will feature 10 of the most progressive and exciting artists working in the State today. Additionally, one of these outstanding artists will be selected to receive a significant monetary award.
The award and invitational exhibition recognizes the achievement and potential of these artists and encourages their continued innovation and creation of new work. With this initiative, the Orlando Museum of Art underscores its commitment to support talented emerging and mid-career artists, while celebrating the vibrant cultural life of Florida.
The 2017 artists in the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art are: Domingo Castillo, William Cordova, Coco Fusco, Mark Gerstein, Aramis Gutierrez, Dana Hargrove, Lisa Iglesias, Carl Juste, Ralph Provisero, and Chase Westfall. Each artist featured in this exhibition will be represented by a recent body of work that provides an in-depth...view of their practice. The Presenting Sponsor for this exhibition is Sam Flax.
These artists are making a difference and range from emerging to mid-career—some with substantial international recognition. In all cases, they are artists whose achievements are marked by a record of significant exhibitions and awards. Included in this year’s exhibition are painters, sculptors and photographers, along with artists working in multiple disciplines that bring together conceptual art, video, performance and installation.
As a group these artists are responding to many of the difficult issues of the moment. With some artists, these issues are as specific as political violence in Syria or the urgency of an election in Haiti; while other artists engage more universal concerns of social justice, cultural identity and the importance of art in interpreting the challenges of contemporary life. The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is an opportunity to explore a range of ideas that are relevant today as expressed by these artists in exciting and visually provocative works of art.