This year’s Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at Orlando Museum of Art (Website) is scheduled to open on May 31 for the tenth consecutive year.

The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, organized by the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), brings new recognition to the state’s most progressive artists. Each year, OMA’s curatorial team surveys artists working throughout the State before inviting ten to participate. One artist will receive a $20,000 award made possible with the generous support of local philanthropists Gail and Michael Winn. The artist selected to receive the Prize will be announced at the opening party. Guests will have the opportunity to cast a “People’s Choice” vote for their favorite artist, which includes a $2,500 award.

Top row, left to right: Bernadette Despujols, Boy Kong, Mona Bozorgi, Francesco Lo Castro, Onajide Shabaka
Bottom row, left to right: Jason Seife, Carol Prusa, Njeri Kinuthia, Sheila Goloborotko, Yanira Collado

The selected artists for the 2024 exhibition are:

  • Mona Bozorgi, Tallahassee, FL
  • Yanira Collado, Miami, FL
  • Bernadette Despujols, Miami, FL
  • Sheila Goloborotko, Jacksonville, FL
  • Njeri Kinuthia, Orlando, FL
  • Boy Kong, Orlando, FL
  • Francesco Lo Castro, Miami, FL
  • Carol Prusa, Miami, FL
  • Jason Seife, Miami, FL
  • Onajide Shabaka, Miami, FL

Artists range from emerging to mid-career, often with distinguished records of exhibitions and awards that reflect recognition at national and international levels. In all cases, they are artists who explore significant ideas of art and culture in original and visually exciting ways.

The exhibition opening Preview Party will be on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 6-9 p.m. featuring a sampling of Central Florida’s most popular caterers, with dishes that were inspired by one of the ten Florida Prize artists. This year’s participating caterers are Arthur’s Catering and Events, Cuisinier’s Catered Cuisine and Events, Foodie Catering, Oley’s Kitchen and Bar-B-Que, and Puff ‘n Stuff Catering.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 4, HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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