The Baker Museum presents
with the Artists of Florida Contemporary
Yanira Collado, artist Mernet Larsen, artist Pepe Mar, artist
Join the artists included in Florida Contemporary 2023-24 for a lively panel discussion. Florida Contemporary is an annual exhibition presentation of work by a select group of notable visual artists practicing in Florida. Highlighting the breadth of artistic approaches to personal, local and global themes, Florida Contemporary invites visitors to celebrate the state’s vibrant art scene. The artists selected for the 11th edition of the exhibition are Yanira Collado, Miami; Mernet Larsen, Tampa; and Pepe Mar, Miami. As in the past, the exhibition features artists with diverse artistic interests and backgrounds who hail from a variety of locations throughout Florida. These dynamic artists testify to the creative energies and intellectual vigor present in the state’s visual art world.
Yanira Collado (b. 1975) studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in Miami. She has held artist residencies and fellowships at the African Heritage Cultural Center, Liberty City, Florida, 2011-12; Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, Florida, 2013-present; Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, 2020; Oolite Arts, Miami, Florida, 2019-present and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, 2022. She was awarded first place in the 2013 South Florida Biennial at the Art and Cultural Center/Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, and was a recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, 2018. Collado was selected as an Ellies Creator grantee in 2019 and in 2021 was given a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. At present, she is the 2023 artist-in-residence at The Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Mernet Larsen (b. 1960) lives and works in Tampa and Jackson Heights, New York. She received her BFA from the University of Florida, and her MFA from Indiana University. She is professor emerita at the University of South Florida, where she taught from 1967-2003, receiving the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award. She has been the subject of more than 30 solo exhibitions, including those at the Tampa Museum of Art in 2017 and the Akron Art Museum in 2019. She has participated in over 70 group exhibitions around the world. Her work has been written about extensively and is in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art and Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and the X Museum, Beijing, China, among others.
Pepe Mar (b. 1977) was born in Mexico and lives and works in Miami. Combining assemblage, collage and painting, his exuberant work explores a broad range of topics, including fashion, LGBTQ history and science fiction. Mar received his BFA from California College of the Arts and received his MFA from Florida International University. He has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011), the Bronx Museum International Residency Program (2013) and The Banff Centre (2015), among others. Current solo exhibitions include Pepe Mar: Myth and Magic at the Tampa Museum of Art and Pepe Mar: Magic Vessel at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. Recent exhibitions include; Dragonfruit at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2019-20); Tesoro:PepeMar’s Love Letter to the Frost at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami (2020-22); You Never Should Have Crossed the Rio Grande at David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2021); and Rising Sun at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2022-23).
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