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For more than two decades, the South Florida Cultural Consortium has been a trend guru, recognizing local artists who are leaving deep footprints. Each year the alliance awards $7,500 to $15,000 grants to top talent in the Sunshine State. It also offers winners of the juried South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship the opportunity to exhibit their opuses in area museums. Two thousand ten was a bumper year for homegrown creative types, says Klaudio Rodriguez, assistant curator at the Frost Art Museum, which hosts the Cultural Consortium’s exhibit. On display are close to 30 works ranging from “the profound to the mundane and everything in between,” Rodriguez says. “It runs the gamut from drawings to photography, painting, video, installation, sculpture, and even an artist who is presenting an alter ego she has created on the Internet.” The year’s crop of consortium geniuses includes Cooper, Michael Genovese, Francie Bishop Good, Nolan Haan, Sibel Kocabasi, Beatriz Monteavaro, Glexis Novoa, Jonathan Rockford, Bert Rodriguez, FriendsWithYou, TM Sisters, and Tonietta Walters. “There are definitely some names local art followers will recognize, but also some fresh faces — like Rockford, who has crocheted a skateboard for this show, and Haan, who paints hyperrealistic images of bricks that are amazing — that give a great indicator to the level of talent emerging here,” Rodriguez adds.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: May 25. Continues through Aug. 21, 2011


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