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Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1977, Gonzalo Fuenmayor lives and works in Miami. He has created an astonishing body of charcoal drawings and photography imbued with a sense of surrealism and magical realism. His work poignantly addresses Latin America’s colonial past and its legacy, as well as the multilayered cultural influences that have impacted both his artistic practice and Latin America as a whole. With a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Fuenmayor has built his professional artistic career in the United States over the past two decades.
Hawaii-born fiber artist Akiko Kotani (b. 1940) is professor emerita of art at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and resides in Gulfport. She was named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year in 2013, and in 2019 Artist Laureate by Creative Pinellas. From her massive, site-specific installation pieces crocheted with plastic trash bags to minimalistic stitched works that distill impressions of nature and landscape, Kotani’s art exemplifies the boundless innovations taking place in contemporary fiber arts. She has significantly contributed to redefining fiber arts’ relationship to the fine arts, transcending the customary boundaries between the two. Stitch by stitch, she integrates traditional women’s handcrafts into stunning contemporary artwork.
Multidisciplinary artist Noelle Mason (b. 1977), who was born and raised in San Diego, California, is associate professor of art at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her art is the result of her vigorous research into surveillance technology and images and issues of border control. She has worked in a variety of mediums, ranging from cyanotypes and collodions to handwoven tapestries. Mason holds an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she has garnered many awards and residencies throughout her career, including South Arts Southern Prize (2017) and a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
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