April 20th - June 12th, 2011
Robert Chambers, William Cordova, & Barbara Neijna
Born in Miami, Robert Chambers earned his MA (1990) from New York University and his BFA from University of Miami (1983). He ran the sculpture departments at NYU for a number of years and then continued his teaching career at the University of Miami. Robert Chambers has recently completed several large scale public Art commissions; "Light Field", an interactive 87' tall LED wall of light and "Orbital 1+2", 20.000 lbs marble elliptical sculptures for Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places (completed March 2011). Recent exhibitions include "2011 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts" at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Awards include the Nancy Graves Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. He was granted a residency at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami, FL.
William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner living in Miami/New York City. His work is installation based and includes performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. Cordova focuses on architecture, landscapes, and history as a way to reconstruct, reconsider, and reconnect past events to reveal their relevancy in today's social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments through film, photography, and assemblage Cordova seeks to expand the overall experience of the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.
William Cordova graduated from Miami Central High School and studied Psychology and Fine Arts at Miami Dade Community College North Campus. Cordova received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 2004. He has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Headlands Art Center, Artpace, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. He has exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, the Yale Art Gallery, Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais in Portugal, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Walker Art Center and La Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba among others.
Cordova was represented in the Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 Cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, "yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles" at La Conservera in Murcia, Spain, and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Cordova completed the American Academy in Berlin Fellowship in 2013.
Miami artist, Barbara Neijna, creates large-scale monumental sculpture, site-specific installations, and large format photography that communicate social issues concerning survival and the environment. Her vision for art is both concrete and conceptual. Her work can be seen in public and private museum and gallery collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been commissioned to create over 50 public works of art and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Tiffany Foundation Fellowship and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Award. Most recently she was awarded the prestigious International Art and Works Award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain for the Best International Site-Specific Work of Art in a Public Environment.