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Oolite Arts’ Home + Away Residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Credit:  Cortada creates wax sculptures in preparation for bronze casting at his Anderson Ranch studio. (Photo by Trae Broomfield, Anderson Ranch)

Xavier Cortada's residency works

During his Oolite Arts' Home + Away residency at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado, artist Xavier Cortada is creating a series of new works to advance his social practice in Miami. Using state of the art facilities at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Cortada is creating both 3-D printed pieces and hand-carved wax sculptures that will be cast in bronze.

Cortada's sculptures will be displayed at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) in Liberty City at the end of April for his ArtCARE exhibition. Addressing juvenile justice in the context of broader structural issues impacting Miami communities (systemic racism, social inequity, climate gentrification), the exhibition will serve to launch a community-building participatory art project and reforestation effort he is developing through AHCAC as part of the Socially Engaged Art in Law course he is co-teaching at the University of Miami.

Cortada was selected to attend the residency at Anderson Ranch Art Center by jurors Amy Galpin, chief curator of the Frost Art Museum, Leilani Lynch, Curator at The Bass and Lorie Mertes, Executive Director, Locust Projects. The residency extends from February 6 to March 9, 2022.


Oolite Arts' Home + Away program

The Oolite Arts' Home + Away program offers Miami-Dade based artists opportunities to participate in some of the most important artist residencies in the country.

Along with dedicated hours to work on individual studio practices, Oolite Arts recognizes that time well spent in community with fellow artists is crucial in furthering artistic lives.

Miami artists and filmmakers will receive access to communal workspace and to international curators and master artists, an unrestricted $2,500 stipend in addition to coverage of their accommodations and travel costs.

Oolite Art hopes that through each residency artists will return to South Florida with new ideas and relationships that will further enrich their own careers, and Miami's cultural community.

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