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11 CARTA Faculty and Alumni Awarded at The ArtCenter/South Florida’s Ellies

The ArtCenter/South Florida recently announced its 2018 recipients of the inaugural Ellies Visual Arts Awards. Over 500 local artists and art educators submitted applications to these competitive art awards and forty-four winners were selected.

Eleven of the forty-four recipients were faculty and alumni from Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). The winners were honored during a ceremony at the Bass Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami Beach, FL on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Amongst the CARTA winners were Leo Castaneda and Fereshteh Toosi, two faculty members from the Department of Art + Art History, Raymond Elman, Editor-in-Chief of INSPICIO magazine and eight alumni from the Department of Art Education and Art.

The Ellies Awards were created earlier this year in honor ArtCenter founder, Ellie Schneiderman. The art awards recognize and elevate the careers of Miami’s visual artists and allow them to produce of new work or provide travel grants for art educators.

This year the winners of will share a grand total of $491,00 funded by a sale of one of ArtCenter’s buildings. Awards were judged by a jury of independent art experts in the Miami arts scene. Below read more about the CARTA honorees.

2018 CARTA Ellies Awards Winners:

LEO CASTANEDA | $10,000
Visiting faculty in Department of Art + Art History

FERESHTEH TOOSI | $6,000
Assistant Professor of Art + Art History

RAYMOND ELMAN | $5,000
Inspicio, Founding Editor-in-Chief

JILLIAN MAYER | $15,000
Alumna

KEVIN ARROW | $10,000
Alumnus

JUSTIN LONG | $5,000
Art Education Program Alumnus

LOURDES FULLER | $5,000
Art Education Program Alumna

MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT | $10,000
Alumna

MIRENA SUAREZ | $5,000
Art Education Program Alumna

PEPE MAR | $10,000
Alumnus

SUSAN FELICIANO | $5,000
Art Education Program Alumna

See full award descriptions 

For more information on the Ellies, click here.

To see the rest of the Ellies Award winners, click here.

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