Despite the pandemic that affects us, the León Center has continued to work on its main activities, including the visual arts competition that dates back to 1964.
Jury 28 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest He made the selection of artists and works to be exhibited in October 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the face-to-face meetings scheduled at the bases were rescheduled on date and held virtually.
María Amalia León de Jorge, President of the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation and director of the León Center, He chaired the initial meeting on March 25, in which he thanked the juries Gabriela Rangel, Gerardo Mosquera, Raquel Paiewonsky and Sara Hermann, for their interest and availability to join these tasks despite the difficult circumstances that the world is currently experiencing.
From this announcement and how In the latest editions, the selected artists will be monitored by a curator appointed by the León Center during the process of carrying out the works to be carried out.
El 28 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest It is sponsored by the Fundación Eduardo León Jimenes and Cervecería Nacional Dominicana.
About the jury
Gabriela rangel He was born in Caracas. He studied Law and Social Communication at the Andrés Bello Catholic University and Cinema at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He earned a master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annadale on Hudson, New York. Since 2004 he has directed the Visual Arts department of the Americas Society, the oldest art program dedicated to Latin America in New York. She is currently director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires.
Gerardo Mosquera He is a curator, critic and art historian and freelance writer, based in Havana, Madrid and the world. Advisor to the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, The Netherlands, and other cultural institutions. Co-founder of the Havana Biennial and co-curator of its three initial editions.His last sample, Useless. Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing, is currently on display at The Bronx Museum, New York. It is the third time for Mosquera as a jury of the Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, the first two for editions XVI and XIX.
Raquel Paiewonsky was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Between 1991-2001 he lived in New York (United States), where he had the opportunity to consolidate his art studies. As of 2008, the Quintapata collective was part, along with Belkis Ramírez, Pascal Meccariello and Jorge Pineda. Award Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest in its 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions; Prize in the XX and XXII editions of the National Biennial of Visual Arts in Santo Domingo. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale. In 2015 he was an artist-in-residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, with the support of the Davidoff Art Initiative.
Sara Hermann studied Art History at the University of Havana. Visual arts advisor at the Eduardo León Jimenes Cultural Center in the Dominican Republic. She was director of the Museum of Modern Art of the Dominican Republic from 2000 to 2004. She is currently a member of the International Art Advisory Council of the Caribbean Arts Initiative, a platform that supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean. Hermann is the founder and coordinator of the Curando Caribe program, promoted by the Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo and the León Center. He has participated in art conferences at the Havana Biennial (Cuba), The Institute of Visual Arts at the University Of Wisconsin (USA), Dominican Studies Center at the City University of New York (USA).
About the contest
In 1964, E. León Jimenes summoned the first Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, which has become one of the main private initiative art competitions in Latin America.
From its origins, the Contest has as its fundamental goal to promote the creativity and the cultural values of the Dominican nation and its producers. The training process that brings this contest, not only allows a space for interlocution for artists, but also extends the action to other emerging creators.