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Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the Cintas Foundation, 2014

Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation, 2014

CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection at Miami Dade College

The CINTAS Fellows Collection, held by Miami Dade College as repository and caretaker at the Freedom Tower, is the largest gathering of Cuban exile art anywhere. It has pieces by more than 200 artists, including sculptors, printmakers, photographers, filmmakers and painters. Between 1993 and 2011, the collection was held by the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. During that time, the Frost organized several exhibitions of the fellows' work, including Hugo Consuegra, Agustín Fernández: A Retrospective (1992), Photography by CINTAS Fellows (1993), Guido Llinás and Los Once After Cuba (1997), José Bedia (1999), From the Ground Up: Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez (2001), Waldo Díaz-Balart (2002), Vision Revealed: Selections from the work of Abelardo Morell (2004) and A Room of One's Own with Teresita Fernández, María Elena González, Quisqueya Henríquez and María Martínez-Cañas (2006).

CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture, creative writing, music composition and the visual arts. Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). The annual competition opens April 1st of each year. Applications are reviewed by panels of qualified members from each artistic discipline. The Board of the CINTAS Foundation, Inc. awards fellowships based on the recommendations of the panels. CINTAS Fellows are free to pursue their artistic activities as indicated in their application. The fellowships are not awarded for academic study or research, or to performing artists. Fellowships are not awarded more than twice to the same person. Second awards are granted only to candidates demonstrating outstanding artistic development. Fellowships of up to $15,000 are awarded annually. The CINTAS Fellowship Program is administered by the CINTAS Foundation Board and Miami Dade College's Museum of Art and Design.

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