New Times will give away $1,000 to four artists Wednesday as part of our second-annual MasterMind Awards.
Our panel of experts picked an eclectic mix of finalists, from performance artists to filmmakers to champions of the scene. The winners will be announced at our Artopia event Wednesday, which will be headlined by Under Every Green Tree. Get more info on the event here, and read more about our 12 finalists below.
a North Carolina native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is a visual
artist concentrating in installation and sculpture. Trained at the Rhode
Island School of Design, Brown is a regular in the South Florida art
scene, building sets for the Rising Action Theatre and operating the 18
Rabbit Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. In her MasterMind application, Brown
writes: "Mythologies are created out of the intersection of singular
experience with communal superstition, and through tangibly creating
figments of folklore."
The seven-year-old Independent Working Artist Network Bubble
is dedicated to providing artists with opportunities in South Florida
and elsewhere. IWAN takes part in ArtServe's Red Eye event and puts on
events of its own, including the Nightmare in the Park. In 2009, it
opened the Bubble, a 3,000-square-foot warehouse used for gallery shows,
live music, film, fashion shows, music video shoots, and more.
is, above all else, an advocate of the arts in South Florida. A
filmmaker and photographer by trade, she's best known in the arts
community for the Auteur Explosion event, which features an ecclectic
array of local bands, artists, poets, and more. She's currently an arts
graduate student at Florida Atlantic University and hopes to create
big-studio films so she can become "the female Tarantino."
collages begin by layering mixed media from print publications, cut and
posed into images from the past. The Art and Culture Center of
Hollwyood explains her work: "Her use and manipulation of common imagery
of architectural elements is intended to create visual representations
of the everyday struggle with one's ego and the desire to rise above
Found objects are the basis for Kukec's
sculptures, which he builds in a warehouse. Kukec was trained as a
potter, switched to fine art, and then became a specialist in turning
someone else's trash into installations and sculptures that can be both
serene and gritty. For an installation at the Art and Culture Center of
Hollywood, Kukec said of his work: "My artwork creates and inhabits a
sad and beautiful space of interpretation, that at one moment encourages
conscious critical dialogue and at another draws on its own
subconscious, intuitive logic."
Four years ago, Linton tapped
in to her creative upbringing and created Stitch Rock. It has since
grown to become South Florida's largest indie craft show, nearly
doubling in attendance every year. Linton also teamed up with the Armory
Art Center to host Art Rock, which featured 45 artists. In addition,
Linton also runs the much-loved House of Sweets cookie and cupcake
bakery and teaches a monthly StitchBird craft class.
Born in Stockholm, Pettersson grew
up in South Florida and studied painting and sculpture at the Maryland
Institute College of Art. She works in graphite paper and creates video
and installation work and is known for her large-scale drawings and
loosely based self portraits that draw on literary themes. On her
website, Pettersson writes: "Life is such a meager substitute. You
cannot pocket it, cannot discard it."
movies about Florida subjects that "deserve to have their story told."
He has worked in the film industry in South Florida for 25-plus years
and became a mentor to many young filmmakers. His work includes the
and For Once in My Life.
Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli
his start as a tattoo artist and is owner of the Altered State tattoo
studio. The self-taught artist blends a modern, almost
computer-generated look with components of traditional painting, listing
Dali and M.C. Escher as his inspirations.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Prusa has
a degree in Biocommunication Arts from the University of Illinois and
received a Master's in Fine Art from Drake University. The South Florida
Cultural Consortium, the State of Florida, and the Howard Foundation
through Brown University have awarded her visual arts fellowships, and
her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art | Fort
Lauderdale, the Miami Art Museum, among others.
It's best to let Vargas write
his own bio. From his website: "Born in New York, raised by Dominicans
(I wish it were the monks) and dumped into an asylum for a degree in his
post-high school life, Vargas now resides in South Florida waiting for
ways to escape out West. While his chance looms nearer (or so he thinks)
you can catch him on Xbox LiveT, invading shows and at Crayon Clan and
Robot Shaving Cream." Well said.
A poet with 11 years of experience, Writer says
that writing and reading poetry has "changed my life." It led him to a
second career publishing the local art mag WeMerge and hosting
art-themed events. "Poetry inspired me to do what I do," Writer says in
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his MasterMind application, "and now I use it to inspire others to do
what they want to do."