Under the ArtEd Connect

DAEA President’s Showcase

The DAEA President’s Showcase was presented on Friday, March 8, by the Dade Art Educators Association. Intriguingly, and for the first time in its history, this exhibition is not dedicated to Women's History Month. This is solely due to the fact that the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas is deliberately preparing powerful exhibitions related to the theme.

Curated by Alina Rodríguez Rojo, Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10) and Zahra Farook

March 8th - 14th March | 2024

Art as a discipline has the power to transcend boundaries and connect people from diverse origins through the universal language of creativity. In the vibrant world of art, associations play a crucial role in bringing together like-minded individuals who share a passion for artistic expression. One such association is the Dade Art Educators Association, a community that acts as a melting pot for artists of various genres and styles. Members of this enriched association had the generosity to share their art with colleagues and art enthusiasts at the DAEA President’s Showcase.

This exhibition has a close precedent. Artistic License III was inaugurated on August 4, 2023, also under the ArtEd Connect program. Some of the Art teachers who participated then are repeating in this new call, such as, for example, Mirena Suárez, Katherine Martínez, Sara Galiano Alfaro, Grace Cox, and Jamie West. New teachers joining this series of exhibitions include Joel Nuñez, Eduardo Lacayo, and Gerald Obregón, among others. It is impossible not to mention one of the most enthusiastic organizers of the event, Zahra Farook, also an artist and teacher at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who delivered the opening speech and welcomed the attendees.

Despite the date, March 8, a large audience of all ages, including teachers, students, and family members, arrived at the museum and enjoyed the evening for approximately three hours.

DAEA President's Showcase presented by Dade Art Educators Association

The Dade Art Educators Association is a professional organization committed to promoting, advocating and enriching the lives of our students and members.

The showcase serves as a platform for members to showcase their unique visions, providing viewers with a kaleidoscope of artistic expressions. One striking feature of the showcase is the vast array of mediums and techniques employed by association members. From oil paintings to digital art, sculptures to mixed media installations, the versatility of the artists is both impressive and inspiring. Each piece tells a story of dedication and mastery in the chosen medium.

The exhibition is not just a display of technical skill, it is a narrative of emotions, concepts, and societal reflections. Themes explored by the artists range from the personal and mindfulness. The association provides a supportive environment for artists to delve into meaningful subjects and express their thoughts through their work. One of the strengths of DAEA is its emphasis on collaboration and allowing our members to shine. The showcase often features collaborative projects where members combine their unique skills to create interdisciplinary works. The variety of techniques results in innovative and thought-provoking pieces that push the boundaries of traditional norms.

The exhibition is a testament to the association's commitment to nurturing talents while also providing a platform for our members. It is a celebration of the artistic journey, where newcomers find inspiration from seasoned artists, and established members find fresh perspectives from the innovative approaches of the next generation.

In the realm of art, DAEA has always provided outlets through exhibitions to showcase our artistic members. Previously, we have exhibited through a variety of locations, which includes the MDCPS Superintendent Suite Exhibition and MOCAA. The artists within the association not only contribute within their classroom but also through the association to contribute to the art world individually but also collectively elevate the artistic experience for both them and their audience. As we explore the showcase, we witness not just a collection of artworks but a reflection of the human spirit and the boundless possibilities that art can offer.

Zahra Farooq
DAEA President

Works on Display

Mirena Suárez
Untitled, 2023
Variable Dimensions

Katherine Martínez
San Francisco: Pier 39, 2022
Photography + Photo Editing.
(Musing over beauty that may not exist in reality.
Embellishing as a way of fantasizing)
Variable Dimensions

Grace Cox
Self-Portrait, 2022
Oil & Spray Paint on Canvas | 16 x 20 Inches

Joel Nuñez
The Quixote, 2020
Oil on Canvas | 30 x 40 Inches

Jamie West
- Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2022
Watercolor on Paper | 18 x 24 Inches
- Saint-Gaurdens National Park, Cornish, New Hampshire, 2022
Watercolor on Paper | 24 x 18 Inches
- Emerson Hollow Road, Conway, Massachusettts, 2022
Watercolor on Paper | 18 x 24 Inches

Sara Galiano Alfaro
EtheReal, 2023
Mixed media on Paper | 18 x 24 Inches

Brian Ready
- Castle on a Cloud
Linocuts | 18 x 24 Inches
- The Kingdom
Linocuts | 18 x 24 Inches
- Kagentsu
Linocuts | 18 x 24 Inches

Gerald Obregón
- The Art Studio At Deering Estate, 2019
Oil on Canvas | 16 x 20 Inches
- The Kampong-Courtside. View of Biscayne Bay, 2010
Oil on Canvas | 16 x 20 Inches

Eduardo Lacayo
- NY Taxi, 2017
Oil on Canvas | 24 x 36 Inches
- The Dog Walker, 2017
Oil on Canvas | 24 x 36 Inches
- Guggenheim, 2017
Oil on Canvas | 36 x 24 Inches

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