The Art and history museums in Maitland (Facebook | Website) has just announced the new programming of its Artists-in-Action (AiA) program for the 2021-2022 season.
The museum will host Leo Cordovi, Damon DeWitt, Audrey Hope, Mär Martinez and MJ Torrecampo in its on-site studios, located on the A&H Maitland Art Center campus, from September 2021 to August 2022.
During public hours, visitors can stop at the studios to watch these artists create new works of art and ask questions about their particular artistic process. The works of art created by the AiAs will also be presented during their biennial “New Works” exhibition in the fall of 2022. Click here to view our 2020 exhibition coverage.
The Artists in Action program provides non-residential studio space for established or emerging artists for professional practice and fine art research. The AiA program is open to artists working in any medium.
Leo Cordovi is a contemporary landscape painter born in Havana, Cuba. With an emphasis on acrylic paint, her work features expressive marking and an undercoat and overlay of colors that aim to blur the line between naturalism and abstraction. Cordovi’s landscape paintings serve as visual vehicles that transport us to places not anchored in a specific time or space, where the unbroken continuity of nature envelops everything around us. He received a BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History from the University of Central Florida.
Contemporary painter Damon DeWitt grew up in the Orlando area and, after leaving for several years, is again based in the area, painting and raising a family. He gained notoriety with his Dads of Democracy series, consisting of 46 18 “x18” oil on canvas portraits, featuring all of America’s presidents. DeWitt was also a 2018-19 Artist in Action.
Audrey Hope is an artist who works between installation and sculpture. Hope’s sculptures often frame outdoor photographs, evoking times when the division between “civilization” and “nature” is blurred, and examining the different ways in which nature is distorted, controlled and worshiped. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida.
Mär Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in sculptural painting. Her work dissects domination, aggression and power dynamics through the prism of a binary system imposed by culture. She received a BA in Painting and a BA in Art History from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. J. TORRECAMPO
Torrecampo’s current work is based on her family relationship and a balance between the Filipino culture in which she was born and the American culture in which she grew up. Torrecampo’s work explores and questions the close social relationships we maintain and their complications – the simultaneous aspects of unity and division. Recalling and reconstructing memories that she initially filtered out as usual, she creates scenes that are warm and harmonious, but interspersed with detail that suggests an underlying tension and uncertainty – a sense of belonging and not. -membership. MJ received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2020 and a BFA and minor in Art History from the University of Central Florida in 2014.