Latino Art Bravisimo
The public is invited to the artists’ reception to visit with artists, view the art, attend the awards ceremony and enjoy music and food on Friday, June 14 beginning at 6 p.m.
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.
2012 Latino Art Show Winners
Best of Show, Maria Morales, "Dame" (Give Me), Raku
1st 2-D, Jose Faus, "Cordex 1," Pen/Ink
1st, 3D, Eugenia M. Ortiz, "Shedding," Fiber/Mixed
1st, Photography, Carlos Colorado, "The Poet"
2nd, 2D, Fernando Medina, "On the Beach," Pencil
2nd, 3D, Cheryl Eve Acosta, "Healing,” Metal/Organza jewelry
3rd, Over All, Amy Denisse Tisareno, "Untitled," Photography
4th, Over All, Galdino Lopez Navarrete, "Rawelwero," Oil
Honorable Mention, Maria Carolina Donado, "Her Name is Daisy," Pen/Ink
Honorable Mention, Mauricio Zuniga, "Deseo de Cer," Oil