2009-10

  • Sergio Barroso (b. 1946, Havana): A composer, keyboard player and synthesist, Barroso works extensively in the electroacoustic music field, but he has also composed music for orchestra, for choral and chamber ensemble and for the stage and film. His work has been recognized at the International Music Council (IMC) Rostrums of Composers, Electroacoustic Music and Latin American Music, and the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges. He received a composition prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2000. His music has been performed extensively in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He Studied at the Havana National Conservatory, the Prague Superior School of Music and at Stanford University. (Cintas for music, 1999-00, CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2009-10)

  • 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)

  • Aurelio De La Vega (b. 1925, Havana): A composer and educator, De la Vega’s vast catalogue of works includes symphonic pieces, chamber music works, solo instrumental pieces, vocal works, piano, guitar and ballet music and electronic compositions. De la Vega has been the recipient of many prizes and distinctions, including having twice received the Friedheim Award of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2000, he was honored by the Library of Congress when his graphic score, “The Magic Labyrinth,” was included in the library’s 733-page volume, Music History from Primary Sources. He has been very influential in the U.S. musical scene promoting the contemporary classical music of Latin America. De la Vega received a law degree from the University of Havana, a Ph.D. in music at the Conservatorio Ada Iglesias and also studied with Fritz Kramer in Havana and with Ernst Toch in Los Angeles. He retired as Distinguished Professor of Music and the director of the Electronic Music Studio at California State University, Northridge. (William B. Warren Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009)

  • Ana Mendieta (b. 1948, Havana - d.1985, New York) Recognized for her pioneering work in performance-based art and land art, Mendieta made films, photographs and sculptures rooted in conceptual art and in performance as well as in her own search for origins. She integrated her own body – or its silhouette – with the land in many variations to produce what she called "earth body art." She did this work in various locales, including Italy, Mexico, and Cuba, where she carved a series she namedRupestrian Sculptures at Escaleras de Jaruco in 1981. Mendieta moved to the United States in 1961 via the Operation Pedro Pan airlift; she attended the University of Iowa, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in painting and an MFA in Intermedia. In 1983, she received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been the subject of many books, including Ana Mendieta: The "Silueta" Series, Ana Mendieta: A Book of Works, Unseen Mendieta: The Unpublished Works of Ana Mendieta, Where Is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile and Ana Mendieta: Earth Body. The 1987 video, Ana Mendieta Fuego de Tierra, focuses on Mendieta and her work. Her work is in many major collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Miami Art Museum. (2009 Cintas Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts [awarded posthumously])

  • Gladys Triana (b. 1937, Camagüey): Her many solo exhibitions include shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in New York, as well as in galleries in Paris, Lima, and Santo Domingo. Triana has also done many illustrations for poetry collections and literary magazines. Group shows in which she has participated include Breaking Barriers: Selection from the Museum of Art's Permanent Contemporary Cuban Collection in Fort Lauderdale, Latin American Book Arts at the Center for Book Arts in New York, African American and Latino American from USA at the Bellas Artes Museum in Santiago de Chile and Lines of Vision: Drawing by Contemporary Women at the Museo de Arte in Caracas and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Mexico. Her pieces are in several permanent collections, including the Museo de Bellas Artes in Chile, the Bronx Museum, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo and the Instituto de Cultural Puertorriqueña in San Juan. Triana received an outstanding achievement in visual art award from the Queens Borough President of the City of New York. Triana has a Master’s degree from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.  (Cintas for art, 1993-94, Emilio Sanchez Cintas in art, 2009-2010)

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