The Orlando Museum of Art has postponed its annual summer exhibition, Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, which is now scheduled to open in May 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The current exhibition, Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen, will be extended to run in its place.
Originally slated to run from May 29 to August 16, 2020, the 7th Annual Florida Prize was to showcase 10 emerging and mid-career artists who live and work throughout the state.
“While the Florida Prize has become one of OMA’s most highly anticipated and popular exhibitions, we could not disregard the well-being of our members and guests, as well as that of this year’s participating artists,” – OMA Senior Curator Hansen Mulford.
Instead, the selected artists for the 7th Annual Florida Prize will be featured in the 2021 exhibition. They are as follows:
Tra Bouscaren, Tallahassee; Matthew Cornell, Orlando; Richard Heipp, Gainesville; Sean Miller, Gainesville; Lauren Mitchell, Orlando; Marielle Plaisir, Miami; Robert Rivers, Maitland; Anastasia Samoylova, Miami; Clara Varas, Miami; Kedgar Volta, Jacksonville.
In lieu of this year’s Florida Prize exhibition, OMA’s curatorial team will conduct virtual studio visits, which will be packaged into a series of videos released throughout the summer months. According to a release sent by the museum earlier today, the video series promises to “…delve into the wide range of artistic practices and media used by this year’s selected artists.”