2012-13

  • Marta Canavés (b. 1949, Havana): Canavés received a Master’s of landscape architecture from Florida International University and has served as director and chair of the Landscape Architecture Department and as interim director of Interior Design at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts. She has been a curriculum consultant with the Dade County Public School Board, developing curriculum and program guidelines for the interdisciplinary tracks at the Design Architecture Senior High School (DASH). Her work in museum exhibition design, graphics and photography has received awards from AIA Miami, IDG, and the International Interior Design Association. Her recent projects, in collaboration with architect Marylis Nepomechie, focus on sustainable infrastructure and affordable housing. For their work, they have received an AIA National Institute Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design and an invitation to design and curate an exhibition at the Second International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. They have earned grants from the Graham Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Institute of Architects. They also received a Design and Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.(Cintas for architecture, 2012-13, joint project with Marylis Nepomechie)

  • Ailem Carvajal (b. 1972, Havana): A composer, pianist and teacher, Carvajal studied music at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana and received a degree in composition from Cuba’s Institute of Advanced Studies. After moving to Europe in 1997, she received a diploma in experimental composition from the A. Boito Music Conservatory in Parma, Italy. Her pieces have been performed at the Q-ba Music Festival in Holland, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival in Miami, the Est-Ovest Festival in Turin and at La Scala in Milan. In 2004, she won the first prize at the International Competition for Women Composers in Venice. In 2011, her piece Okan, for mixed ensemble, was commissioned by the Latin American Puente Sonoro Festival in Williams College, Massachusetts. (CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2012-13)

  • Jillian Mayer (b. 1984, Miami): An artist and videographer, Mayer’s work was among the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. As part of the biennial, her work was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao and Berlin. Recent solo projects include Family Matters, at David Castillo Gallery, Love Trips at World Class Boxing, and Erasey Page at the Bass Museum of Art, all in Miami-Dade County. Her piece, Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened at SXSW and has been played at several film festivals since. She is a recipient on the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowships and was named among the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. Mayer is a graduate of Florida International University. (Cintas for art, 2012-13)

  • Marylis Nepomechie (b. 1956, Havana): After receiving a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nepomechie moved to Miami, where she joined the faculty of Florida International University. Her recent, projects in collaboration with landscape designer Marta Canavés, focus on sustainable infrastructure and affordable housing. For their work, they have received an AIA National Institute Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design and an invitation to design and curate an exhibition at the Second International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. They have earned grants from the Graham Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Institute of Architects. They also received a Design and Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. (Cintas for architecture, 2012-13, joint project with Marta Canavés)

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