1994-95

  • Margarita Engle (b. 1951, Pasadena, Calif.): A botanist by training, Engle was a professor of agronomy and an irrigation specialist in California before she turned to writing. She has been a columnist for the Hispanic Link News Service and her fiction has been published in many journals and magazines, including The Americas Review and Revista Interamericana. Engle is the winner of the San Diego Book Award, and her young adult novel, The Surrender Tree, won a Newbery Honor award, a Pura Belpré Medal, an Americas Award and a Jane Addams Award. Her young adult novels in verse include The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters and The Wild Book. (Cintas for literature, 1994-95)

  • Teresita Fernández (b. 1968, Miami): An installation artist based in New York, Fernández’s work is generally large in scale and often site specific. She employs feminist architectural theory and uses color, light and reflection to investigate spatial relationships. Fernández has had solo exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli in Italy, the Masataka Hayakawa Gallery in Japan, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Deitch Projects in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. She has been included in group shows at The Power Plant in Toronto, De Appel in Amsterdam, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, among others. She has received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Fernández holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In September 2011, Fernández was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. (Cintas for art, 1994-95)

  • Orlando Jacinto García (b. 1954, Havana): Through more than 200 works, composed for a wide range of performance genres many premiered at major festivals by renowned performers, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as "time suspended haunting sonic explorations" qualities developed from working with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Cuba, he came to the US in 1961. His works are recorded on 8 solo CDs and numerous compilations on respected labels here and abroad. In demand as a guest composer, he has received recognition from among others the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Cintas Foundations, recently being the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations. Founder of the New Music Miami Festival, the NODUS Ensemble and resident composer for the Miami Symphony, Garcia is a dedicated educator, and Professor of Music and Composer in Residence for the School of Music at Florida International University. (Cintas for music, 1994-95, 1999-00)

  • María Elena González (b. 1957, Havana): Using industrial materials such as tile, safety surface rubber and glass, González creates installations that draw community participation. In 2002, she spent two weeks in Memphis working with the city’s Hispanic community with a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored an art project involving residents of a public housing complex in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. She lectures frequently, and has had solo shows at venues such The Nuyorican Poets Café and El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Group shows include the VII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arte Domecq in Mexico City, the Biennial of Contemporary Latin American Artist in Connecticut, Cadences: Icon and Abstraction in Context at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and the Encuentro interamericano de artistas plásticos in Guadalajara. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Florida International University and a Master of Fine arts degree in sculpture from San Francisco State University. (Cintas for art, 1989-90, 1994-95)

  • Armando Tranquilino (b. 1959, Havana): A composer and pianist, Tranquilino won first place in the International Electroacustic Music Competition in Bourges, France, with a piece called Tragoidia/Komoidia. Other recognitions include a professional development grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a first place in the Arizona Mini-Concert Series. Among his works are solo piano pieces, a ballet for narrator and piano trio and a number of symphonies. Tranquilino has a Master’s degree in composition and electronic music from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Arizona, Ball State University and, since 2004, at Florida International University. Since 2008 he has been the musical director of F.I.U.’s Classically Cuban Concerts. His music is available through Cultures Electroniques/Harmonia Mundi. (Cintas for music, 1994-95)

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