Latino Art Bravisimo
Latino Art Bravisimo Mission Statement
Latino Art Bravisimo is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of cultural diversity for Lenexa residents by featuring an annual, juried art show of high quality art by Kansas City Metro area artists of Latino heritage, while providing Latino artists with an expanded audience for their art.
Latino Art Bravisimo History and Overview
Latino Art Bravisimo stems from a conversation in 2002 between Lenexa Police Chief Ellen Hanson and Lenexa volunteer, Karen Poe. Chief Hanson (now retired) was looking for a way to recognize Lenexa's Latino population and Ms. Poe was chairing monthly art shows in Lenexa City Hall. The idea for Latino Art Bravisimo was born.
Jenny Mendez of Mattie Rhodes Art Center in Kansas City and Freda Mendez Smith, provided many of the artists’ names for the first art show. Maria Reyes, from El Centro, Inc. of Johnson County, gave continuing support from the first year as Assistant Chair to the art show.
The City of Lenexa holds the art show in Lenexa City Hall for six weeks beginning the first week of June. The show features Kansas City Metro area artists of Latino heritage who create a variety of two- and three-dimensional art styles using a variety of media including drawing, painting, fiber, photography, clay and metal.
Qualified judges judge the installed art. Awards to artists are presented at the annual art reception held the second Friday of June.
Serving to further bond diverse cultures and friendships, the show has been honored to be displayed at the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City each September since 2011. Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm presented departing Mexican Consul, Jacob Prado, with a City Award during the Latino Art Bravisimo reception in 2012.
The annual success of this important art show has been due to Latino Art Bravisimo's talented artists and the devoted work of dedicated volunteers.
2013 Latino Art Show Winners
- Bernadette Espranza Torres, best of show, “Unknown,” clay
- Robert Tapley Bustamante, first place-drawing/painting, “Totem Skulls,” acrylic
- Jose Faus, second place-drawing/painting, “Divertido,” pen/ink
- Amy Denisse Tiscareno, first place-photography, “Untitled,” photography
- Carlos Colorado, second place-photography, “Supernova,” digital photography
- Eugenia Ortiz, first place-3D, “Hope,” steel, paper, acrylic
- Cheryl Eve Acosta, second place-3D, “Medusa,” copper/organza/glass
- Maria Morales, third place, “Group of Nahuales,” ceramic
- Fernando Medina, fourth place, “Dedicated to Ennio Morricone,” acrylic
- Louis Orozco, honorable mention, “La Triste Noche,” watercolor
- Galdino Lopez Navarette, honorable mention, “Fusion,” oil