Rise of the MasterMinds: Meet the Ten Astounding 2015 Finalists

They wrap neon lights in intricate crochet. They stage guerrilla ballets in abandoned stadiums and empty fields. They invite the homeless to act in theater performances, bolt poetic street signs above parking meters, and blast South Florida's best underground acts across the internet.

They are this year's finalists for New Times' MasterMind Awards, and they each add a soul-stirring dose of artistic genius to the simmering local creative scene.

They also represent the best of the best from a record crop of entries. More than 130 artists, musicians, dancers, sculptors, and others submitted entries for the sixth edition of our annual arts competition.

A group of editors and critics chose these ten finalists from that pool. The winners, who will each receive a $1,000 grant, will be announced live onstage at Artopia, presented by Miracle Mile and downtown Coral Gables this Thursday at the Coral Gables Museum. The finalists will show off their work at the event. Here's a taste of what they'll bring.

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Miami New Times staff