CINTAS Foundation and MDC Museum of Art + Design Announce Opening of the 2015-16 Fellowships Competition

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  • (1888PressRelease) June 20, 2015 - Miami - The Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design and the CINTAS Foundation announce the April 1st opening of the 2015-2016 CINTAS Foundation Fellowships Competition.

    The categories are:
    * 2015-16 CINTAS Knight Fellowship in Visual Arts - $15,000
    * 2015-16 CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition - $10,000
    * 2015-16 CINTAS Foundation Award in Creative Writing - $10,000
    * 2015-16 CINTAS Foundation Award in Architecture - $10,000

    All submission materials must be received by Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

    "CINTAS Fellows are found represented in all major museums, as well as in important private and corporate collections throughout the world", says CINTAS Foundation Board President, Hortensia E. Sampedro.

    MDC Museum of Art + Design will host a variety of events to showcase the works of this year's finalists, including the CINTAS Knight Fellowship in Visual Arts Finalists Exhibition. The exhibition, as well as the awards announcements, will be made on Thursday, October 10, at MDC's Freedom Tower.

    For competition details, program requirements, and application forms, please visit

    Past winners include:
    ~Visual Arts: Coco Fusco (2014), Angela Vallela (2013), Jillian Mayer (2012), Iván Abreu (2011), Guillermo Calzadilla, Félix González-Torres, Carlos Alfonzo, Teresita Fernández, photographers Andrés Serrano and Maria Martínez-Cañas, sculptor María Elena González, and filmmaker Mari Rodríguez-Ichaso.

    ~Creative Writing: Carmen Maria Machado (2014), Daniel Castro (2013), Reinaldo Arenas, multiple Obie awards winner Maria Irene Fornes, Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos.

    ~Music Composition: Yalil Guerra (2014), Yosvany Terry (2013), Ailem Carvajal (2012), Jorge Martín (2011), Latin Grammy- Nominee Tania León.

    ~Architecture: Marta Canavés and Marilys Nepomechie (2012), Andrés Martín Duany, and Tomás Luis López-Gottardi.

    About the CINTAS Fellowship Program
    The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. CINTAS (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts. In June of 2011, the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan to MDC's Museum of Art + Design of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963.

    About MDC's Museum of Art + Design
    MDC Museum of Art + Design is Miami Dade College's flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, located within the historic MDC Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. With more than 13,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum of Art + Design presents year-round exhibitions and educational programs, and is known for its presentation of exhibitions by emerging artists, designers, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. With a mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement, original works of art, design, and related creative processes; the Museum provides residents and visitors access to unique cultural, historical, and educational exhibitions that enrich our community, while building and preserving its expansive permanent art collection. Available to the public five days a week, and as an admission FREE institution with a diversity of patrons and visitors, the MDC Museum of Art + Design is one of the largest and most accessible institutions in the South Florida area devoted to visual arts and design.

    More information can be found on the Museum & Galleries website:

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