Bleeding Palm, Rosie Herrera, and Jesse Perez Win MasterMind Awards at Artopia

The submissions New Times received for this year's MasterMind awards, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center, were the most diverse to date, including artists, filmmakers, musicians, theater groups, writers, curators, and even one guy who makes balloon animals. So it's fitting that the 2013 MasterMind winners, announced last night at Artopia, represent a wide range of culture.

Arts and filmmaking collective Bleeding Palm, dancer and choreographer Rosie Herrera, and musician Jesse Perez took home the giant checks last night, winning $1,000 each and the title of New Times MasterMind.

See also:

- Photos: Artopia 2013 at Coral Gables Museum

- MasterMind 2013 Finalists: Bleeding Palm

- MasterMind 2013 Finalist: Rosie Herrera

- MasterMind 2013 Finalist: Jesse Perez

New Times editor Chuck Strouse announced the winners last night from the Artopia stage, calling each of the winners up to receive their prizes.

Art collective Bleeding Palm, made up of Christina Felisgrau, Ronnie Rivera, and "two secret members," creates dizzying neon masterpieces in several forms: films, websites, and the Internet's beloved animated GIFs. The group caught the attention of the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh last year when the player's lawyers threatened to sue over their short animated film Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse, which killed at the Borscht Film Festival.

Rosie Herrera attended Artopia fresh off a trip to New York City, where her company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, staged its debut at the prestigious Focus Dance festival. Herrera's unique aesthetic, incorporating elements of cabaret and drag shows into her choreography, was described by one MasterMind award panelist as "Hialeah Pina Bausch." Later this year, she's taking her tour on the road, visiting the Baryshnikov Arts Center and American Dance Festival.

An award for Jesse Perez is an award for the very things that have made Miami famous: booty, bass, and booty bass. So naturally Perez, the man behind tracks like "Hialeah House Party" and "Miami's My Town," took home the prize. Few Miami artists have the skills to, as he puts it, "make chongitas dance" the way Perez can. And with his label, Mr. Nice Guy, Perez is also helping to develop the Miami music scene, putting out records by Hectik Rivero, Sex Sells, and Mika Materazzi.

Congratulations to Perez, Herrera, and Bleeding Palm, as well as to all of the 2013 MasterMind finalists and honorable mentions. The submissions New Times received for this year's award were overall the most interesting and engaging to date. Miami creatives, we're awed by what you do.

And readers, if you're new in town and looking for some local culture, the list below is a great place to start.

2013 MasterMind Award Winners:

Bleeding Palm

Jesse Perez

Rosie Herrera

2013 MasterMind Award Finalists:

Alma Leiva

Andrew Hevia

Antonia Wright

Other Electricities

Miami Performance International Festival

TM Sisters


2013 MasterMind Award Honorable Mentions:

Kevin Arrow

Pioneer Winter

The Overthrow

The Gutter Film Series

Daniel Reskin

Manny Prieres

Nate Delinois

Reed van Brunschot

Bookleggers Public Library

Ruben Ubiera

I'm Not Gonna Move To LA

Magnus Sigurdarson

Autumn Casey

Andrew "Zig" Leipzig

Brookhart Jonquil

JeanPaul Mallozzi

Kyle Trowbridge

Farley Aguilar


Agustina Woodgate

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