Thursday December 14, 2017

First international awards to spotlight Cuban contemporary artists

The Cuban Art Awards are coming.

The new initiative was recently announced by the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation, the sponsoring organization for Cuban Art News. Comprised of two individual awards, the Cuban Art Awards are intended to recognize the achievements of Cuban artists internationally. Cuban Artist of the Year will spotlight a contemporary artist or collaborative who has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the past two years, and Emerging Cuban Artist of the Year will recognize an artist or collaborative under the age of 35 who has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the past two years.

The artists will be nominated by experts in the field and will be selected by an independent jury of curators, critics, and scholars. Jurors for the inaugural award will be announced this spring, and award nominees will be announced in September.

The awards are open to Cuban artists living on the island and elsewhere. Howard Farber, director of the Farber Foundation and publisher of Cuban Art News, noted that “Cuban art is an international phenomenon, and the Cuban Art Awards are intended to reflect that.”

The Cuban Artist of the Year award carries a cash prize of $10,000 US. The cash prize for Emerging Cuban Artist of the Year is $3,000 US. The first Cuban Art Awards winners will be announced in January 2015.

“In the past few years Cuban art and artists have become increasingly active in the global arts arena,” said Howard Farber in a prepared statement. “Our goal in presenting the Cuban Art Awards is to offer additional recognition for outstanding individual artists, and for the field of Cuban contemporary art in general.” The awards are expected to assist international curators and scholars in identifying outstanding Cuban art and bringing it to broader audiences.