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Oct. 20, 2000 – No. 561

Reception opens Cuban art exhibit at University Center for International Studies

BY ASHLEY ATKINSON
UNC-CH News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s University Center for International Studies and the Institute of Latin American Studies will host a reception for the exhibit "Passion and Beauty: Three Artists from Cuba" 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 in the center’s conference room. The reception is free to the public.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 20 and coincides with a Cuba symposium at UNC-CH. The featured artists in the exhibit –Alberto Carol, Liliam Cuenca and Ciro Quintana – are all Cuban-born painters who have relocated to the United States to gain more freedom to express their artistic visions. Rodney Derrick, an art collector who loaned the paintings for the exhibit, will present a conversation on "Collecting Cuban and Latin American Art" at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 25.

This is the fourth UCIS exhibit in four years to draw paintings from Derrick’s collection. Derrick, who lives in Durham, is also one of the leading dealers of contemporary art on the Internet.

Carol, born in Havana in 1945, studied at Cuba’s National School of Art. He served as professor of perception at the School of Industrial Design, national advisor to the Ministry of Culture for the Plastic Arts and Artistic Teaching, professor of drawing at the Fine Arts School of San Alejandro and secretary of the presidency of the National Union of Writers and Artists. Expelled from the union because of his political dissent, Carol left Cuba for exile in Spain in 1991 and now lives in Florida.

Cuenca was born in Cuba in 1944 and studied at the San Alejandro Academy of Art and the Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana. She left Cuba in 1979 for the United States., and now resides in Florida. Cuenca has had solo and group exhibitions in Latin America, Europe, the United States and Japan. She has received the Institute of International Education’s Cintas Fellowship for creative artists of Cuban descent, and the Victor Manuel Prize for Etching at the first Trienal for Printmaking in Havana.

Quintana, who studied under Carol at the National School of Art, was born in Havana in 1964. He left Cuba in 1990 and resides in Florida. He has received a fellowship grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund (1997), a Visual Arts Fellowship award from the Southern Arts Federation (1996). His work, which represents the development of Cuban pop art in the 1980s, has been exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

The University Center for International Studies and the Institute of Latin American Studies are located at 223 E. Franklin St., across from Morehead Planetarium. For directions or parking information, call (919) 843-6842.

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Contact: Tessa Dean, (919) 843-6842