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The seventh annual Art Chavón night, hosted by Dominique Bluhdorn, President of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation was held last Wednesday, July 20th at the School of Design’s new Santo Domingo campus and gallery. Like in previous years, the pieces by recent and longtime Chavoneros were testament to the important contributions the School of Design and Foundation make in order to advance art and culture in the Dominican Republic. Members of the Casa de Campo community and Santo Domingo art collectors turned up to celebrate the outstanding work of the students of the Altos de Chavón School of Design, while also raising funds so that this world-renowned art institution may continue supporting talented artists, regardless of their economic status. The great news is that many of these incredible pieces are still available for sale and can be yours!
Paintings, drawings, and photography make this a well-rounded collection worthy of seeing up close in person. Stand-out works include Wander Matos’ painting of a boy, a detailed version pictured below, as well as one of the first drawings by Scherezade García when she was a student at the school. She is now based in NYC, and exhibits her art in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art among others. Andy Castillo, who is an illustrator and graphic designer that has worked with Rolex, MRM Gillespie and Avon to name a few, exhibits an abstract piece in charcoal.
Through their initiatives with the School of Design, the Cultural Center Foundation provides many talented students with yearly scholarships to enroll in the institution and gain essential tools for establishing themselves as artists and pursuing successful careers upon graduation. As they look to the fall of 2016, the foundation hopes to admit twenty new students on scholarship and looks to your support to help make it happen! See the artwork up for sale in the Art Chavón exhibition on display until mid August, and view a preview of the collection in our gallery below. These gorgeous pieces represent the talent cultivated by the school and the future of art in the Dominican Republic.
We encourage you to browse through the images and be inspired! It is your chance to take home a meaningful piece of art while knowing you are also contributing to a great cause. To make a purchase or donation, please contact Ailyn García at (809)-563-2802, ext. 104.
THE ALTOS DE CHAVÓN CULTURAL CENTER FOUNDATION The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation, located in Dominican Republic, is a non-profit cultural and educational institution. Since 1983, it has been dedicated to the creation of a multifaceted arts community that includes visual arts, crafts workshops, performing arts and teaching programs. With its other components—The Regional Museum of Archaeology, the Artists in Residence program, The Gallery, and The School of Design—The Foundation has contributed to the enrichment of the intellectual, artistic, and cultural panorama of the Dominican Republic for more than 30 years. The Foundation’s work has reached many, with impressive results. Its diverse educational and arts programs, gives Altos de Chavón the cultural dynamism that nourishes and stimulates the creativity of the designers and artists of today and tomorrow. In 2013, The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation celebrated 30 years of continuous and invaluable contributions to art and culture in the Dominican Republic giving each artist the opportunity to find their individual expression through constant research and development.
CHAVÓN | SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally. Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career. The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.
In an expansive and ultra modern facility, the Altos de Chavón School of Design inaugurated its new campus in Santo Domingo. After three decades in its premier location in Casa de Campo, several programs make their way to the capital this Fall to integrate students into the country’s fast-moving and ever growing art scene. Read more here!
Anyone who thinks the Art Chavón night was just another show full of figurative studies and portraits is mistaken. The night—March 13th, and a Friday, at that—shimmered with new and unusual additions to the work for sale. Plenty of work sold, and the show seemed to be to the taste of the 150 members of the Casa de Campo community who turned up for the sixth annual exhibition of The School of Design students’ work, and much more. Read more here!