Orlando Museum of Art Opens Florida Prize Exhibition June 4th
The Orlando Museum of Art (website) celebrates the opening of the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art 2021 all in one Exhibition preview party Friday 4th June from 6pm to 10pm with a live DJ, the opportunity to meet this year’s participating artists, and food inspired by this year’s exhibition by a range of local chefs and restaurants.
The Florida Contemporary Art Prize is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art to draw attention to the most progressive and cutting edge artists in the state. With the 2020 exhibition suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is now the seventh Florida Prize exhibition. Each year, the OMA presents working artists from across the state of Florida with a prize of $ 20,000.
“DIXON LAUNDROMAT” BY LAUREN MITCHELL
Artists range from aspiring to mid-career, often with excellent records of exhibitions and awards that reflect recognition both nationally and internationally. In all cases, these are artists who deal with significant ideas of art and culture.
This year’s artists include Tra Bouscaren, Tallahassee; Matthew Cornell, Orlando; Richard Heipp, Gainesville; Sean Miller, Gainesville; Lauren Mitchell, Orlando; Marielle Plaisir, Miami; Robert Rivers, Maitland; Anastasia Samoylova, Miami; Clara Varas, Miami; and Kedgar Volta, Jacksonville.
2021 PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTISTS OF THE FLORIDA PRIZE
The work of these artists is as varied as the range of practices and media they use. Tra Bouscaren and Kedgar Volta have created interactive multimedia installations. Richard Heipp and Matthew Cornell paint in styles that invite the viewer to contemplate the nature of photographic and painterly realism. Sean Miller’s portable Gulf Coast natural history museums examine the threat of climate change and mismanagement in the area, while Anastasia Samoylova’s large-format photographs examine the imminent threat of sea level rise in Miami. Lauren Mitchell’s documentary photographs deal with life in central Florida. Transformations of the ordinary also take place in Clara Varas’ complex, impressive installations, which are composed of found and discarded materials that are animated by dynamic abstract painting. Memory and Loss follow Robert River’s epic cycle of drawings about an American soldier killed in the war in Afghanistan. Marielle Plaisir’s multimedia works confront the viewer with the history and ongoing trauma of colonialism in the Caribbean and her homeland, Guadeloupe.
For more information on the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, the artists, sponsors, and the opening preview party, please visit www.omart.org. Funding from the event will support the Florida Prize’s exhibition and educational programs.
“I-DRIVE” BY LAUREN MITCHELL
“R. BRIDGES ”BY MARIELLE PLAISIR