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The Deering Estate welcomes their 2015-2016 Artists in Residence

MIAMI (September 28, 2015)

The Deering Estate seeks to continue Charles Deering’s legacy of art patronage by supporting emerging and mid-career artists who work in a multitude of disciplines and media. The prestigious and competitive Artist in Residence Program is a direct extension of this legacy and acts as wonderful incubator for creative ideas, unique experiences, and collaborative opportunities that engage the public.

The Artist in Residency program currently welcomes professional Visual, Performing, and Literary Artists who are self-motivated and focused. The primary basis for selection of our artists is the strength and quality of the applicant’s work as well as a clear objective for the time of their residency. Both Artist in Residence Studio Residencies and Non-Studio Project Residencies are available and are competitively selected through a jury process using leading professionals from our family of galleries, collaborative arts and cultural organizations.

We are very proud of the role that our program has had in our artists’ careers, the positive measurable interactions with the public, and even in our growing cultural partnerships. We have had the privilege of presenting and collaborating with internationally acclaimed artists, composers, musicians, playwrights, authors, and performers.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 Artist in Residence Program:
Studio Residencies are housed in our Artist Village Buildings Carriage House and Power House and were awarded to: Literary Artists, Alejandro Nodarse and Nicole Hospital-Medina; Visual Artists, John Bailly, Karla Caprali, Loren Santiesteban; and Project Residencies consist of specific interactions with the Estate and its resources and were awarded to mixed media artist Regina Jestrow, Expressive Arts practitioner Antonia Dimitrova, Composer Juraj Kojs, painter Suzanne Martinson and filmmaker Juan Carlos “JC” Velazquez, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble, Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Lost Girl’s Theatre Company.

Alejandro Nodarse, Literary Artist in Residence
Studio 1 – Carriage House East
July 2015 through June 2016
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Alejandro Nodarse is aMiami born (Florida, USA) literary artist with an MFA in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Miami as well as creator of the Hialeah Hikus project. His work focuses on deconstructing the American dream, fairy tales, and myths that are part of childhood and adult culture in Miami. In his residency, he will create a poetic scavenger hunt that encourages guests to seek out and interact with locations, as well as his personal penning of flash fiction pieces that trace the property’s history.

Nicole Hospital-Medina
Studio 1 – Carriage House East
July 2015 through June 2016
Nicole Hospital-Medina earned her MFA at the University of Miami where she now instructs writing fulltime. Born in the unique landscape of Florida, surrounded by the rich variances in its cultural history, Nicole intends to examine the intricacies of this humid, subtropical, near-paradise from the inside out, to lay them out tellingly on the pages of her literature.

Loren Santiesteban, Visual Artist in Residence
Studio 4 – Carriage House West
July 2015 through March 2016
Cuban American artist Loren Santiesteban was born in Secaucus, N.J. and received her BFA from the New York City School of Visual Arts and is now working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Communications at St. Thomas University.Her multidisciplinary and metal smith work addresses the complicated balance between human nature and animal nature, using strokes that depict the common energy shared by both. Her residency workshop will focus on immersing participants in the exploration of the natural environment, followed by a creative response session.

Karla Caprali, Painting and Mixed Media Visual Artist in Residence
Studio 6 -Power House West
October 2015 through August 2016
Born in Northern Brazil, visual artist Karla Caprali studied art at University of Sao Paulo and through apprenticeships and residencies. Her work, often based on thematic research related to the human condition, comes to light through paper, cloth embroidery, and installation. Her residency work will focus on architectural and narrative investigations of the Stone House, Richmond Cottage, and beyond.

John Bailly, Painter, Project Residency and Exhibit
Studio 5– Power House East
September 2015 through May 2016
John Bailly is a French–American artist born in the UK. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University, and has been a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College at Florida International University since 2004. His work, primarily painting, explores the random nature of information and the manner in which we process it. Utilizing juxtapositions of diverse data and multiple historical references, Bailly’s work intends for us to reflect on the manner in which we conceptualize our realities. His project “10,000 Years of Miami”, is an exploration and reflection on the history and geography of Miami, with the Deering Estate at Cutler as the subject and context.

Regina Jestrow, Mixed Media Project Residency
August 2015 through June 2016
Born in New York City, Visual artist Regina Jestrow was trained in various forms of needlework, and studied visual arts, printmaking and photography at High School of Art & Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Florida International University as well as participated in multiple residency programs and museum exhibits in the past few years. Her practice consists of experimentation with traditional needlework, colors, organic and geometric patterns and pays homage to quilt making, basketry, and hand crafts. Her residency will focus on the continuation of her Coil Series with an investigation of natural and historical color palettes from the site.

Antonia Dimitrova, Expressive Arts, Project Residency
July 2015 through September 2015
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Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Antonia Dimitrova has been a resident of South Florida since age seven. With education from New World School of the Arts, Wheaton College, and currently seeking a certificate in Expressive Arts from Expressive Arts Institute Florida, she uses intermodal mediums of visual art, movement, writing, and performance. As this work explores process rather than product, she will conduct onsite research by immersing herself in our unique environment and facilitate workshops that share this art form with others.

Juraj Kojs, Composer and Performance, Project Residency
December 2015 through November 2016
Kojs is a Slovakian composer, performer, multimedia artist and producer permanently residing in the US. He holds a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Kojs had been working with the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble for several seasons to present his unique compositions within the Living Artist Concert Series and will join us to explore his creative research in the areas of action-based acoustic and electroacoustic music, interactive audio-visual performance and sound installation.

Suzanne Martinson, Painter, Project Residency
December 2015 through February 2016
Suzanne Martinson, avid plein air painter, architect, and designer, holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University, Bachelors of Architecture for University of Miami, and a Design degree from University of Florida. Martinson is currently committed to specialized plein air workshops and international travel to explore this work. She joins us for a three month residency at the Estate. Like Monet’s paintings of his garden in Giverny, and contemporary painter Jennifer Bartlett’s recent project in France, the artist wants to undertake a series of plein air paintings that includes multiple renderings of the same perspective over the course of a winter season.

J.C. Velazquez, Filmmaker, Project Artist in Residence
June 2014 through June 2015
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Juan Carlos “JC” Velázquez is a Cuban-American filmmaker. He has produced commercial, corporate and independent works for organizations throughout the country and abroad. In addition to his work in South Florida, Velázquez is a producer for Los Angeles based Affect Films and has worked with top-tier brands and multinational advertising agencies as a producer, director, writer, lead creative and many other key roles. Although still passionate about creating content and growing his production house, he is exploring and developing projects that will further challenge him as a filmmaker and delve deep into the human experience. Velázquez will be creating several filmic works as a resident filmmaker. The first will be an early 1900s period piece based on the life and inner struggle of a preeminent ballerina as she faces the passage of time and love lost. The work will be filmed in Spanish and English. Principle photography will take place on the Deering Estate site, highlighting its cultural and social significance.

Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble, Musical Performing, Project Residency
October 2015 through September 2016
Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble is comprised of founding members: Jose R. Lopez, piano (Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University), Ross Harbaugh, cello (University of Miami), and Laura Wilcox, viola. This ensemble came together out of a mutual respect for nature and the beautiful Deering Estate with a love to perform chamber music, work with living composers, and interact with history, nature and other art forms. DECE have received numerous award including the Met-Life Foundation/Meet the Composer and from Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, have performed in different venues in Miami-Dade County and in New York City, including a LIVE performance on 91.3 WLRN South Florida’s Arts Beat hosted by Ed Bell.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Youth Music and Education, Project Residency
July 2015 through June 2016
Greater Miami Youth Symphony, founded in 1958 by composer and University of Miami professor Robert Strassberg, was created to provide independent and complementary programs to music education in Miami area schools. This legacy continues today with a county wide program of orchestra concerts, competitions, workshops, master classes, camps and music education programs under new Director Cerise Sutton. Working with Program Director Ms. Lakeisha Frith, we are pleased to continue this relationship and to present the GMYS Chamber Recital on Sunday November 15, 2015; The GMYS Holiday Concert and Recital on December 11, 2015; and Concerto Competition on Saturday, March 5, 2016. GMYS also presents Saturday Music Education Classes at the Estate as well as a season of Master classes and Summer Camp with support from the Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and grants from the Children’s Trust.

Lost Girls Theatre, Theatre Company, Project Residency
Lost Girls Theatre Company, Co-Artistic Directors Andie Arthur and Katherine Siegel are on a mission to recreate a sense of wonder. While focusing on visual storytelling that addresses modern concerns through the lens of classical themes and pop culture, they will present The Getting Lost Reading Series, free and open to the public, script in hand readings of plays by emerging playwrights.

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