MIAMI,FL – October 04, 2016 – Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts has partnered with Design and Architecture Senior High [DASH] for a second time of an unusual bequest. Conceived by husband-and-wife-team, Dr. Stacey Mancuso, former Principal of DASH and her late husband Tom Wyroba, New World School of the Arts visual arts professor, to raise much needed funds for both institutions, Radicated Retrospective II:[rooted:established art for academia]offers exhibit guests the unique opportunity to own original artwork at an affordable price while benefiting South Florida’s premier arts schools. Most work displayed in the show, regardless of the size, will be sold for $50 each. The proceeds from all sales will be used to continue funding the WyMan Foundation to benefit both schools equally, through scholarships to New World School of the Arts visual arts college program.

Opening Reception for Radicated Retrospective II is on Thursday, October 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM – 10;00 PM with a Preview on Wednesday, October 28, 2016 FROM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.Gallery@CGAF Mayfair Complex, 3390 Mary Street (entrance on Grand Ave), Coconut Grove, Florida 33146. (Parking under ground on Florida Avenue entrance.) Admission is free and open to the public.

“The exhibition is bitter-sweet… we miss Tom so much,” said Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts. “Tom Wyroba gave so much of himself to every student that passed through his classroom – not only was he an admirable artist and educator, he gave the best of himself to his students by supporting and promoting their talent and looking for ways to help them achieve their higher education goals. When he and Stacy first proposed the first Radicated  Retrospective fundraising exhibition in 2010, we were thrilled with the opportunity it would offer students from NWSA and DASH who wanted to continue their art education in our visual arts college program. This second iteration of the show has taken a more meaningful form. The funds raised from the sale of Tom and Stacy’s work will not only continue to offer a viable financial opportunity for students’ education, but Tom’s legacy will continue to thrive through every future student that has received the WyMan Foundation Scholarship.”

The impressively diverse collection comprised of more than 200 works of art runs the gamut of styles, techniques and movements. The varied collection includes paintings, collages, drawings, photography and installations, some recently created while others were conceived and developed up to three decades ago. “It is a challenge for two artists to share a studio for thirty years,” said Mancuso, “The challenge increases exponentially when the two artists are husband and wife.”  “Our objective was to establish a foundation to support the college education of worthy students from NWSA and DASH so that our community can continue to reap the benefits of creating, nurturing and developing world artists.” Radicated Retrospective II raised tens of thousands of dollars in 2012. The students who benefitted from the scholarships thus far will be present at the exhibit to share their experience.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Thomas Wyroba resided in Miami most of his adult life. Wyroba earned a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University, and earned the first MFA in Conceptual/Performance Art also from Ohio State. With a teaching career that spans for more than 30 years, Wyroba taught painting and drawing for 27 years at New World School of the Arts, at both, the high school and the college level. In addition, Wyroba was an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the summer pre-college program in Aix-en-Provence, France. Wyroba’s most respected accolades include the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ national teacher of the year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards distinguished teacher for three consecutive years, and distinguished teacher for the Presidential Scholar Award five times, during his career at Advanced Placement Studio courses. Wyroba passed away in 2014, making his work a treasure to own.

A native of New York, Dr. Stacey Mancuso led Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH), as Principal for the past 16 years. Mancuso earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art at Syracuse University, a Master’s of Fine Art at Ohio State University and another at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. An accomplished artist, Mancuso has exhibited her work internationally in prestigious galleries and museums. As a former sculpture teacher to seniors at DASH, Mancuso is a versatile painter, sculptor and installation artist.

To celebrate more than three decades serving arts students in the South Florida community, New World School of the Arts will be hosting more than a dozen commemorative concerts and exhibitions featuring distinguished alumni from the high school and the college programs during 2016-2017. A call to action has been sent nationally to high school and college alumni that have roamed the halls of New World School of the Arts since its inception in 1986, to join in this very special and well-anticipated series of concerts and exhibitions, where they will not only showcase their work, but will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and alongside current students of New World School of the Arts, through lectures, critiques and master classes. Our complete season calendar of events is available at: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/Flip_Newsletters/calendar_2016_17/  

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.

At New World School of the Arts, visual arts students are able to explore and develop their personal artistic and aesthetic vision while being guided by a dynamic and distinguished faculty who are all practicing artists. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students also develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration in visual arts include Drawing, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/or you by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.

About DASH: Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), located in the heart of the Miami Design District, is the premier design high school in the country. The four-year curriculum offers outstanding opportunities in academics and professional design fields. Academic programs include courses at the standard, honors and advanced placement level. Featured areas of design, taught by instructors from and currently working in the industry, are Architecture/Interior Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communications / Web Design, Fashion Design, Entertainment Technology and a parallel four-year fine arts foundation. The combination of high academic standards and an exceptional design curriculum allows DASH students to compete for admission and merit scholarships to the finest colleges and universities in the country in architecture, design and fine arts.

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