NWSA’s Cohesion Exhibition creative addresses COVID-19

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Minto Strousse 2020 press release photo.MIAMI-- New World School of the Arts presents five student artists in Cohesion, an exhibition curated by Lance Minto-Strouse, a current student at the New World School of the Arts visual arts college program. The show focuses on bringing together and uniting South Florida art practitioners making artwork in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cohesion runs through February 27; 9 AM-5 PM at New World Gallery. 25 NE 2 Street, Miami. Free and open to the public, guests visiting the show will need to follow the established MDC protocols for Phase 2 of the Pandemic recovery plan.

“Through this exhibition NWSA student artists explore ways to creatively cope with and survive the pandemic while speaking of the things that have helped them through it - whether it has been self-exploration, experimentation, mediation, storytelling, community, isolation or spirituality,” said Lance Minto-Strouse.

About the participating student artists
• Lance Minto-Strouse calls himself a multifaceted practitioner who chooses to incorporate a wide variety of mediums into his practice - painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, collage etc. He incorporates these mediums as part of his research to better understand and interpret everyday life and to further explore possibilities.

• Genesis Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist who materializes messages connected to empathy, spirituality, intimacy and reflections of life. She translates her messages by creating a multidisciplinary platform including movement, immersive theatre, visual art, performance art and literature.

• Kathleen Larraz highlights that her art is an expression of her identity, a function of who she is. She draws inspiration from her struggle with bipolar disorder, using her art primarily as a form of therapeutic emotional release.

• Gregory Pierre-Louis is a multidisciplinary creator. His objective is to delve into the duality of spiritual existence of the ethereal and the political resistance, focusing on the figure and space against their esoteric expectation.

• Aaron Zanabria’s work hinges on a desire to sift through daily experiences and arrive at something greater than the sum of its parts.

About New World School of the Arts – Visual Arts division
Aspiring artists in the NWSA Visual Arts division have the opportunity to join other exceptionally talented students as they engage in the pursuit of their artistic career in the visual, graphic or electronic arts. Trained by nationally renowned practicing artists, students at New World School of the Arts are encouraged to develop a personal, artistic and aesthetic vision while mastering their technical skills in traditional and new media. Students are allowed to explore new paths while at the same time being exposed to the work of both classical and contemporary masters. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration include Art & Technology, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Information about the NWSA Visual Arts division is available at (305) 237-3620 or at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/