Margarita Cano (b. 1932, Havana): During a 30-year career at the Miami Dade Public Library, Cano helped shape a major art collection for the library system, was instrumental in the presentation of the first exhibition of Cintas Fellows in 1977 and of the exhibition on Colonial Cuba, “The Romance of an Era.” Cano served on the board of directors of the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, for which she organized the exhibition “Nine Cuban-American Artists, The Miami Generation,” which traveled to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. After her retirement in 1993, Cano developed her own creative skills, painting portraits of her family and friends, Cuban landscapes and miniature books in the style of Medieval Books of Hours. She has also written and illustrated several books for children. Cano is a longtime member of the Cintas Foundation Board of Directors. In announcing her selection for the award, Board President Hortensia Sampedro said, “Margarita Cano has dedicated her life to the arts and has worked selflessly for the benefit of Cuban artists… in promoting the fellowships and the works of art of the fellows in numerous exhibitions.” Cano was educated at the Ruston Academy and the University of Havana. She took degrees in biochemistry and physics, later earning a Master degree in Library science. Before moving to the United States, she worked at the Havana National Museum and at the Julio Lobo Napoleon Museum. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009)

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