Miami Dade College Receives Important Art Collection from the Late Journalist Norma Niurka

Miami, March, 2012 – At a signing ceremony this week, Miami Dade College(MDC) formally welcomed the impressive art collection bequeathed to the college by the late journalist Norma Niurka.

Norma Niurka, a journalist, writer and theater critic who for years worked at El Nuevo Herald, was passionate about the arts. Her son, Luis Molina, said at the signing ceremony: “Whether she was viewing a play or reading poetry or admiring a painting, the arts were the gasoline that fueled her body.” It was her desire to leave her extensive art collection to MDC, which she long admired for its dedication to making the arts accessible to all.

The Norma Niurka collection is a very personal eclectic collection of the works of important Latin American artists, which in many cases she had mentored or who were her friends. Several of the pieces are personally signed and dedicated to her on the back. Although several of the works are tropical in nature, many with palm trees and Caribbean landscapes, there are also a number of portraits, such as “Exiles” by Arturo Rodriguez and surreal imaging by artists such as Antonia Eiriz, Ramon Carulla and Ruiz Val.

Selections from the Norma Niurka Collection will be on display to the public at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower later this spring. The college will also honor her memory by hosting a poetry reading much like the ones she would regularly host in her home.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Prometeo Theatre, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, the Miami International Sculpture Park, a renowned art gallery system, several campus theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. It is also the home of the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower.

MDC’s Art Gallery System’s (AGS) mission is to encourage the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art and art-related creative processes. The AGS organizes exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and preserving its collections in trust for future generations. With seven art galleries throughout Miami Dade and the art spaces at the iconic Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami, it is the largest art network in Florida.

For more information, please call MDC’s Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700, or e-mail galleries@mdc.edu.

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