Virtual Art Fair
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and Extra Virgin Press welcome you to the 2023-2024 DVCAI Virtual Art Fair on view from November 15, 2023 – January 15, 2024, hosted on the DVCAI website www.dvcai.org.
This fourth iteration of the program is an online gallery that offers affordable works by leading Miami-based and Caribbean artists. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator presents this fair in partnership with Tom Virgin of Extra Virgin Press, the premiere letterpress in Miami that facilitates DVCAI limited edition prints and artist in residence projects in their Little Haiti studio. The title, Synergetic Proof, nods to the collaborative creative and physical processes employed by Master Printmakers and artists who work using experimental and tested printmaking modalities. Participating artists are Carol-Anne McFarlane, Izia Lindsay, Jacoub Reyes, Monica Tyran, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Shawna Moulton, and Tom Virgin.
Carol-Anne McFarlane believes in action towards social reconstruction. At Atlanta College of Art, McFarlane learned to make art that reflected her personal experiences while examining collective social conditioning. In 2017, McFarlane’s video piece was chosen as a part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial. In 2019, Art511 Magazine named McFarlane one of the Top Ten NYC Artists Now. Her 2022 printmaking residency at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD, led to the creation of her artworks in the fair. McFarlane’s intersectional artistic practice and engagement with DVCAI, led her to receive the 2021 and 2023 Artist Catalyst Awards.
Izia Lindsay is a mixed media artist who explores digital and traditional media. His work addresses symbolism in Caribbean iconography, tackling issues of identity and class in a post-colonial society. His research stems from material culture, indigenous societies, traditions, and the ever-changing landscape of the Caribbean. Lindsay has worked in the creative industry for 12 years, teaching graphic design and multimedia arts at universities. A DVCAI artist since 2017, he is known for his large, colorful mural installations that can be seen at Wynwood Arts District, University of the West Indies, University of Miami, Suriname, and Barbados.
Jacoub Reyes is an interdisciplinary artist based in South Florida, primarily working in printmaking and large-scale installation. He utilizes experimental techniques to unravel his complex mixed-cultural heritage to build an imagined future based on belonging and resistance. Reyes is the Artistic Director for the City of Boynton Beach's Quantum Eco-Park and President of the Florida Printmakers Society. Reyes received his BFA from University of Central Florida. His exhibitions and public performances include Frontera Galeria Urbana- Guadalajara, Museum of Latin American Art, and Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Print Center New York.
Monica Tyran is a screen-printer/printmaker and arts administrator, born and raised in New Orleans. She creates illustrations and printed goods that reflect her imagination and formative imagery connected to her upbringing and family memories. She studied screen-printing at Penland School of Arts & Crafts and letterpress & bookmaking at San Francisco Center for the Book. Her work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Community Printshop, Contemporary Arts Center, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. Tyran earned a BA in Visual Arts from Dillard University and a MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Rosa Naday Garmendia is a contemporary visual activist, educator and cultural producer. She was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. Rosa produces work at the nexus of contemporary art and social action. She is committed to creativity, activism, and social change. Garmendia has participated with DVCAI as a studio and International Exchange artist, and as a Letterpress Mentee with Extra Virgin Press. Recent accomplishments include Oolite Arts at MASS MOCA, Four Freedoms, a traveling US social justice billboard program, and her 2022 public sculpture at the 14th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba.
Shawna Moulton, born in Freeport, Bahamas and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator based in South Florida. Her practice manifests artworks in drawing, painting, sculpture, and paper-making. In 2015 she received a BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. Her art journey has taken her to the Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan, where she learned traditional Japanese paper making. As a museum educator, she engages the community by designing art curriculums and teaching art techniques. Moulton completed a one-month DVCAI Artist-in-Residence program in Suriname and was a 2023 DVCAI Catalyst Awardee.
Tom Virgin is a Miami based artist, proprietor of Extra Virgin Press and for twenty five years, a Title I Public School Art teacher. Virgin received his BFA in Printmaking & Painting from Florida Atlantic University and an MFA in Printmaking at University of Miami. He has studied printmaking, book arts, and letterpress in over forty post-graduate classes around the United States and teaches workshops in those subjects. Residencies around the U.S. in artist’s communities and national parks have also informed his practice. Since 2015, Virgin has been building a community around Extra Virgin Press, a different kind of player in public art.
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