The Heritage Collection:
Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park
A unique exhibition of history told by the residents who have lived it.
Tuesday - Thursday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm Friday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Also on display: The Sage Project:
Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories
To see a brief video click here
The Sage Project is part of the permanent collection at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, with photographs by Peter Schreyer.
Next Collection Day TBA.
February 6 – May 23, 2015
From the Bronx to Florida: The Life Sculptures of Rigoberto Torres
The opening-night reception and gallery talk with Rigoberto Torres begins from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, at the Jenkins Gallery, and will be followed by a continued reception with Latin jazz from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.
Pictured above: Artist Rigoberto Torres with the sculpture of "Ruth Fernandez" on display at the Jenkins Gallery at the Crealdé School of Art; courtesy of the Collection of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth.
Puerto Rican-born sculptor Rigoberto Torres worked in New York City for two decades before moving to Kissimmee, Florida, where he currently lives and works. Torres began his artistic career producing religious statuary in a factory in which religious figures were cast.
Seen and collected throughout the world, Torres’ colorful life-size plaster and fiberglass figurative sculptures are rooted in a celebration of daily life in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up. His work, described as “humanistic naturalism,” provides sensitive studies of real people — family, friends, neighborhood heroes and strangers he has met during public castings. Today, his sculptures are displayed on exterior building walls and in indoor public spaces around the world, and in museums nationwide.
Torres considers himself a community-based artist, using his figures to spread community spirit. His process has an element of performance art and connects artist, subject and audience. Four large-scale public murals, produced in collaboration with artist John Ahearn, have been part of the Bronx landscape since the 1980s. Torres dramatically broke into the New York art world when he was invited to the prestigious 1985 Whitney Biennial Exhibition and in 1993 was included in the Venice Biennial in Italy. Torres has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions with Ahearn in major cities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Taiwan. His work is in collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and City College of New York in New York City, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and locally at the Orlando Museum of Art.
This exhibition was curated by David Cumbie, Crealdé senior faculty member and Contemporary Sculpture Garden Curator, and Barbara Tiffany, Director, Painting & Drawing Department.
During the 6th Annual Hannibal Square Folk & Urban Art Festival, March 28, Rigoberto Torres will create a life cast of Richard Hall, Hannibal Square hero and decorated Tuskeegee Airman. The new outdoor sculpture will be unveiled during reception in late spring.
March 28, 2015: Sixth Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival
The annual festival celebrates the works of more than 25 artists, including members of the Florida Highwaymen and the B-Side Artists collective, as well as traditional folk artists and emerging artists.
At noon: Kids Mask Workshop followed by a Parade!
At 1 p.m.: Lifecasting demonstrations by exhibiting Crealdé artist Riboberto Torres of Richard Hall, Hannibal Square hero and Tuskegee Airman.
Featured music: the Porchdogs Cajun and Zydeco Band and Orisirisi African Folklore.
Food trucks will be serving Southern soul food and the like. Admission is free.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crealde's Hannibal Square Heritage Center, downtown Winter Park.