WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Florida Prize in Contemporary Art – OMART

Play Audio

Patriarchy" by Farley Aguilar (oil on linen, 2015). Photo courtesy Orlando Museum of Art

At a time when so much of the news is dismal, and we’re all inundated with it thanks to ever-present social media, the consolations of art are more important than ever. But what to do when our artists refuse to soothe us with pretty pictures?

This week, Orlando Museum of Art opens the second iteration of their Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. As it did last year, the invitational exhibition gathers 10 contemporary Florida artists to show their work; one will win a five-figure cash prize. But this year’s group is a more serious bunch. 2014’s show was a colorful riot throughout OMA’s galleries, and it was a lot of fun. The 2015 show – while no less visually delightful – grapples with weighty social issues.

From Antonia Wright’s disquieting performance art to Farley Aguilar’s gooey monsters, Nicolas Lobo’s coralline napalm sculptures to Rob Duarte’s almost-abstract drone-attack videos, these 10 artists engage with the chaos of the world, documenting their dread of it or celebrating their connection to it.

Plenty of that scary news is about Florida, after all. This show is often pretty, but never soothing.

Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

Opens 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11; on display through Sept. 6 at Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity