E. Carmen Ramos
She is curator in chief and curator of Latin art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; He joined the museum staff at 2010. Since then, it has drastically expanded the museum's collection of Latin art with the aim of capturing the wide aesthetic and regional range of the field. His research interests include modern and contemporary Latin, Latin American and African American art.
Recently Ramos curated the exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years, (2017), which was the first exhibition to explore the influences between the great Mexican modernist Rufino Tamayo and the American art world. He is also writing a monograph on Freddy Rodriguez, as part of the book series To See: Revisioning Art History, published by the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA.
Ramos organized the exhibitions Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography (2017) y Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013), which recently completed its roaming through several cities in the United States. The catalog received an award for excellence in the first prize of 2014 granted by the Association of Art Museum Curators.
Ramos earned a bachelor's degree from the University of New York (1988) and a master's degree (1995) and a PhD (2011) from the University of Chicago.
José Luis Blondet
Since 2010 Blondet is curator of Special Projects at LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he has organized exhibitions such as Maria Nordman FILMROOM: SMOKE, 1967-Present (2011), Compass for Surveyors: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes from LACMA's Painting and Photography Collections (2013), Various Small Fires (2015) and Liz Glynn: The Myth of Singularity (2016). Blondet also programs and commissions theatrical and performance projects for the museum to artists such as Machine Project, Rachel Mason, Emily Mast, Asher Hartman, Guy de Cointent, and others.
Previously, Blondet worked for the Boston Center for the Arts and Dia Art Foundation in New York. In Caracas, José Luis was a professor at the School of Arts of the Central University of Venezuela and worked at the Museum of Fine Arts until 2001, when he left for New York to participate in the Curatorial program of Bard College thanks to a grant from the Collection Patricia Phelps Cisneros.
Emiliano Valdés is a curator, editor and cultural producer based in Medellin, Colombia and Guatemala City. He is currently the curator-in-chief of the Museum of Modern Art of Medellín and Associate Curator of the 10 Biennial of Gwangju. Until recently, he was co-director of Proyectos Ultravioleta, a multifaceted platform for experimentation in contemporary art in Guatemala City and Curator / Chief of Visual Arts at the Cultural Center of Spain in Guatemala, where for more than 5 years he developed an extensive program of exhibitions that transformed the country's art scene.
In 2012, he was the Curatorial Fellow of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in dOCUMENTA (13). He has also been coordinator of temporary exhibitions at the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid 2006-2007); Editor-in-Chief at Contemporary Magazines, (London, 2007-2009); Co-curator of the 8 Biennial of Nicaraguan Visual Arts (Nicaragua, 2011-2012); Curator of the XVII Paiz Biennial of Art (Guatemala, 2010).
Jury 27 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest selected 19 individual artists and 1 collective of artists to participate in the work and exhibition process of this edition of the contest. These artists will develop the works that will be exhibited as of October of 2018 and will be eligible for the 2019 contest in January.
E. Carmen Ramos, José Luis Blondet and Emiliano Valdés made the selection among the 241 individual artists and 10 groups of artists who presented their projects of works and finished pieces, through a completely digital registration process, which concluded the past 16 of March.
The announcement was made by Emiliano Valdés during a meeting with representatives of the media.
Luis Felipe Rodríguez, Manager of Cultural Programs of the León Center, said that in this edition the participation of 241 individual artists and 10 groups of artists stands out, which represents an important increase in relation to the previous Competition held at 2016.
The selected artists are: Baltasar Alí, Cristian Lora, Héctor Eliazar Ortiz Roa, David Pérez (Karmadavis), Ernesto Rivera, José Morbán, Laura Castro, Fermín Ceballos, Madeline Jiménez Santil, Miltor Chevalier, Noelia Cordero Espinal, Patricia Castillo, Patricia Encarnación, Ray Ferreira, Ruth Lisselot Aquino Calcaño, Soraya Abu Naba'a, Wali Vidal, Yelaine Rodriguez, Zerahias Mercedes Polanco and the group formed by Guillermo Zouain and Wendy Muñiz.
The 27 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest has the auspices of the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation and the Cervecería Nacional Dominicana.
The selected artists must deliver the finished works or the elements of their installation, in the León Center, between the 17 and the 21 of September of 2018.
This delivery date allows artists with construction projects to develop the pieces to be exhibited. The selected artists will be accompanied by curators appointed by the León Center, which constitutes a valuable contribution to Dominican artistic practices.
The opening of the exhibition will be at the Centro León, on Thursday 25 of October of 2018 and the awards ceremony, on Thursday 17 of January of 2019.
Andrea Giunta (Argentina). Writer, researcher and curator. Founding Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) and the Permanent Seminar on Latin American Art. Professor of Art History, directs the Chair of History and Criticism of Latin American Art, Department of Art and Art History of the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of numerous books, among which stand out Write the images Essays on Argentine and Latin American art (2011) Mutant objects. About contemporary art (2010) Postcrisis Argentine art after the 2001 (2009) Vanguard, internationalism and politics. Argentine art in the sixties (2008, translated into English in 2007, 1ª ed. 2001), also edited Picasso's Guernica: the power of representation. Europe, United States and Latin America (2009).
She is currently co-curator with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill of the exhibition The Political Body: Radical Women in Latin American Art, 1960-1985 that will open in the year 2017 at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California.
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Mexico). Writer, curator and traveler. She has been the curator of contemporary art at the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection since 2011. Between 2000 and 2010, she served as Director of the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City and held artistic curatorial positions at Art in General and Americas Society, both organizations. in New York City. He has worked as a curatorial agent for DOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. He has been a board member of the Kunstverein in Amsterdam since 2009. His texts on art and culture are regularly published in magazines and catalogs.
He has curated exhibitions for the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (MALBA), and the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has worked on projects with the artists Allora & Calzadilla, Alejandro Cesarco, Mario García Torres, Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Judi Werthein, among others.
Jorge Pineda (Dominican Republic). Visual artist. He studied Architecture at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and studied Lithography at the Bordas Workshop, Paris. In 1985 he held his first personal exhibition at the Art Nouveau Gallery. Since then, he has presented several individual exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the Dominican Republic, Peru, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Germany, the United States, among others. At the same time, he has been worthy of awards and recognition for his creative work.
He has participated in the 52 and 55 Biennial of Venice, in the Biennial of Cuenca, Biennial of Lima, Biennial of Havana, Biennial of the End of the World, in the XXIII Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo, where he won the First Prize for installation , at the Bienal de Pontevedra, Spain, at the exhibition Models for Arming, curated by María Inés Ramírez, Octavio Zaya and Agustín Pérez Rubio, presented at the MUSAC, León, Spain. Part of his creative work is found in national and international collections.