26th León Jimenes Art Contest in Santiago
The 26th Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest opened at the Centro León in Santiago on Thursday, 20 October 2016. The contest has maintained its focus as a strong supporter of emerging and contemporary art in the Dominican Republic.
Speaking at the opening, Eduardo Leon Jimenes Foundation director Maria Amalia León highlighted the constant evolution of the contest as it seeks to serve the artistic community in the Dominican Republic.
Alanna Lockward, member of the 2016 jury, stated that in its 50 years of existence, the contest has continuously reinvented itself on the recommendations of its respective jurors in line with the changes in the arts.
Minister of Culture Pedro Verges congratulated the Leon family for the half century of the contest.
The selected artists this year are:
Guadalupe Casasnovas, Norian Cruz, Carlos De León, Elvin Díaz, Joan Díaz, Wendy Espinal, Tatiana Fernández, Gina Goico, George Heinsen, Quisqueya Henríquez, Javier María, Natalia Ortega, Fausto Ortiz, Andrea Ottenwalder, Raquel Paiewonsky, David Pérez Karmadavis, Ernesto Rodríguez, Maurice Sánchez, Dhimas Santos, Karol Starocean, Mencía Zagarella and Juan Alfonso Zapata.
They have entered 23 works that are on exhibition at the Centro León in Santiago. The winner of the three RD$500,000 prizes will be announced on 19 January 2016.