The Art and History Museums – Maitland (Facebook | Website) has just announced its new lineup for its Artists-in-Action (AiA) program for the 2021-2022 Season.
The museum will host Leo Cordovi, Damon DeWitt, Audrey Hope, Mär Martinez, and MJ Torrecampo in its onsite studios, located at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center campus, from September 2021 through August 2022.
During public hours, visitors can stop by the studios to see these artists create new artwork and ask questions about their particular artistic process. Artwork created by the AiAs will also be featured during their biannual “New Works” exhibition fall of 2022. Click HERE to see our coverage of the 2020 exhibition.
The Artists-in-Action program provides non-residential studio space to established or emerging artists for the professional practice and research of fine art. The AiA program is open to artists working in any medium.
Leo Cordovi is a contemporary landscape painter born in Havana, Cuba. With a focus in acrylic painting, his work offers expressive mark making and an under-laying and over-layering of colors that aim to blur the line between naturalism and abstraction. Cordovi’s landscape paintings serve as visual vehicles that transport us to places not anchored to any specific time or space, where the unbroken continuity of nature wraps everything that surrounds us. He received a BFA in Studio Art and Minor in Art History from the University of Central Florida.
Contemporary painter Damon DeWitt grew up in the Orlando area and after a several-year departure is based once again in the area, both painting and raising a family. He gained notoriety with his Dads of Democracy series, consisting of 46 18”x18” oil on canvas portraits, showcasing all the U.S. presidents. DeWitt was also a 2018-19 Artist-in-Action.
Audrey Hope is an artist working between installation and sculpture. Hope’s sculptures often frame photographs of the outdoors, evoking moments when the division between “civilization” and “nature” is blurry, and examining the various ways in which nature is contorted, controlled, and adored. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College in Orlando, FL.
Mär Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in sculptural painting. Her work dissects dominance, aggression and power dynamics through the lens of a culturally-enforced binary system. She received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History at the University of Central Florida.
Torrecampo’s current work is based on her familial relationship and balancing the Filipino culture she was born into and the American culture where she grew up. Torrecampo’s work explores and questions the close social relationships we maintain and its complications – the simultaneous aspects of unity and division. By recollecting and reconstructing memories she’s initially filtered as customary, she creates scenes that are warm and harmonious, but laced with details that suggest an underlying tension and uncertainty – a sense of belonging and not belonging. MJ received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2020 and a BFA in Studio Art and Minor in Art History from the University of Central Florida in 2014.