National YoungArts Foundation Announces Second Annual Daniel Arsham Fellow at Miami Art Week Dinner

Tuesday Dec 4th, 2018

Blog > National YoungArts Foundation Announces Second Annual Daniel Arsham Fellow at Miami Art Week Dinner

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National YoungArts Foundation has announced Paloma Izquierdo (2014 Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) as the second recipient of the Daniel Arsham Fellowship, presented by the Ridinger-McLaughlin Family, at the organization’s Miami Art Week Supper Club, hosted by Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Daniel Arsham, Amber Ridinger McLaughlin and Duane McLaughlin, Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez, Naeem Khan, Ellie and Bruce Taub, Mayi and Daniel de la Vega, and Jasmine Wahi.

The granting program, created in 2017, supports aspiring visual artists up to three years out of receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Named in honor of acclaimed contemporary artist Daniel Arsham (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) and supported by SHOP.COM and DNA Atelier co-founders Duane McLaughlin and Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin, the fellowship supports alumni as they pursue careers in the arts.

Selected by a jury of internationally acclaimed artists including Naomi Fisher, José Parlá and Daniel Arsham, Paloma Izquierdo will receive an unrestricted prize of $25,000 and yearlong mentorship with Arsham.

“I look forward to working with Paloma Izquierdo who, like me, grew up in Miami and attended Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami and Cooper Union in New York,” said Daniel Arsham. “I hope to help expand the lens of opportunity for Paloma and, with the support of YoungArts, empower her to thrive as a professional artist.”

"We created the Daniel Arsham Fellowship to help provide the vital resources and mentorship that visual artists need to develop in their professional careers," said Duane McLaughlin on behalf of the Ridinger-McLaughlin Family. "In this process, we have experienced a closeness and transformation with the YoungArts artist family that has enriched our lives, and are both thrilled and honored to be partnering to present the Daniel Arsham Fellowship for the second consecutive year.”

Paloma Izquierdo was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1995 and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 2018. She is an interdisciplinary artist based in Miami and New York whose sculptural and performative works are influenced by transculturation and its effects on cultural collectivity. Through repetition, her sculptures recreate dance, movement and rhythm by making social actions mechanical, thus preserving cultural habits and performances from assimilation. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center (Washington D.C.), Plant Seven (High Point, NC), 41 Cooper Gallery (New York, NY), and the YoungArts Gallery (Miami, FL).

“I am extremely honored to be this year’s Daniel Arsham Fellow. I cannot thank the National YoungArts Foundation enough for their continued support,” said Paloma Izquierdo. “This award will not only allow me to expand my art practice, but also my studies, travels and overall education as a person and artist. I greatly anticipate the opportunity to learn from someone who has previously been where I am now.”

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“Being a juror for the Daniel Arsham Fellowship was a fantastic opportunity to see the progress of young artists as they continue to grow and excel,” said Naomi Fisher. “There were so many outstanding portfolios, a true testament to the great talents of YoungArts alumni at this critical stage. Paloma Izquierdo stood out with intelligent critical work exploring how sites of play often have structures that tell a history, how perhaps climbing a castle wall could be shifted to rowing a balsero boat to understand the stories of immigrants. I look forward to seeing how her thoughtful interactive artwork, loaded with humor and beauty, will develop with this award from YoungArts.”

The Daniel Arsham Fellowship is just one of YoungArts’ ongoing programs to support YoungArts alumni across professional development, artistic development and presentation opportunities. Earlier this year, the organization announced a dynamic series of programs including Up Next, career development symposia in Los Angeles and New York; Education as the Practice of Freedom, an exhibition curated by Project Empty Space’s Jasmine Wahi; and In Process, an interdisciplinary residency program.

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