SSF 2016 Featured Visual Artist Loren Abbate

Loren Abbate is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York and attended Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy where she studied illustration and painting. Loren has had a lengthy career teaching a variety of visual arts in both secondary schools and at the college level, including Naropa University, Boulder Colorado. As the result of her expertise in printmaking, the Art Center South Florida has recently awarded her an artist residency in Miami Beach. She currently teaches various printmaking techniques such as monoprinting, serigraph, intaglio and relief methods. She has also been an artist in residence at Art Print International in Barcelona, Spain, and has been awarded multiple scholarships to attend Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen Colorado.

Her work has been exhibited internationally including Christies, NY as well as numerous commercial galleries and institutions.

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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