‘Walls of Artseen’ to come alive during Art Basel fair

Rafael Domenech plans his contribution to the “Walls of Artseen” project.

“Walls of Artseen” exhibition highlights the work of six New World School of the Arts visual students during the Art Basel Miami Beach international fair in a unique show where inside structures become blank canvasses for each of the artists.

Charged with the task of incorporating the actual walls of the gallery into their work of art, each artist will utilize the allocated space to execute his or her work.

“I wanted the students to conceptualize a subject meaningful to them,” said Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at NWSA. “When we first met to brainstorm about the project, they all displayed strong feelings about different and unique topics — issues that resonate in some passionate way with each one of them. The operative word was “emotions” and the challenge — how to use bare structural space to illustrate this concept in a meaningful way in order to shape their work and propel their ideas.”

Walls of Artseen will be on display from Dec. 6 through Dec. 9 at Artseen Gallery, 2215 NW Second Ave. in Wynwood. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Participating college students Kayla Delacerda, Junli Kato, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Rafael Domenech, Stefanie Lopez, and Jeffrey Noble were selected by Dean Cuesta based on their work, dedication and ability to conceptualize and deliver their work. The artworks, which are in their embryonic stage at the moment, will be comprised of painting, digital media, installation, sculpture and found objects.

More information regarding NWSA’s visual arts program is available by calling 305-237-3649. More information about New World School of the Arts is available at 305-237-3135 or at www.nwsa.mdc.edu.

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