Announcing the 28 Global Fine Art Award Finalists - Launching the Youniversal Award Public Voting

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Twenty-eight of the best exhibitions produced around the world during the past year were selected by a prestigious jury of art professionals today. All Nominees for the eight Global Fine Art Awards will be honored at the award ceremony on Monday, November 30, 2015 in the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College.

The Whitney Museum of American Art

“Thank you so much for the nomination of a 2015 Global Fine Arts Award!” Jessica Man, Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Twenty-eight of the best exhibitions produced around the world during the past year were selected by a prestigious jury of art professionals today. All Nominees for the eight Global Fine Art Awards will be honored at the award ceremony on Monday, November 30, 2015 in the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College.

Nominees and Finalists of the Global Fine Art Awards include exhibitions from many of the most important museums in the world: The Whitney, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA and The J. Paul Getty Museum in LA; Seattle, and Philadelphia Museums of Art; The British Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; The Louvre, Le Grand Palais and Le Petit Palais in Paris; the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The State Hermitage and The Moscow Kremlin in Russia.

Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, GFAA Judge, says, “Consider how hard art museum professionals work to conceive and organize their temporary exhibitions and installations of art and design, and also how much money their institutions spend to mount and tour them. Now ask yourself: how are the best of these projects honored, after the lights have dimmed and the loaned artworks have headed home?

Oddly, in a world teeming with award ceremonies for seemingly every possible artistic activity, there is no program that recognizes such exhibitions.”

This award program features some of the most innovative, important and thought-provoking public works of art as well, such as the Anish Kapoor installation at Chateau de Versailles, “Frida Kahlo: Art*Garden*Life” staged in the New York Botanical Garden and three nominees from the Venice Biennale 2015- by artists Chiharu Shiota, Sarah Sze and Jaume Plensa.

The GFAA Jury recognizes exhibitions from museums, private collections and galleries of renowned artists and designers spanning the history of time. Artists range from contemporary and modern artists- On Kawara, Agnes Martin, Shirin Neshat, Sol Lewitt, Arne Quinze, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to renaissance and masters- del Sarto, da Vinci, Rubens, Velazquez, and Rembrandt.

Themed and sweeping period shows are well represented, with “Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Ming: 50 years that changed China” at The British Museum, “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840” at the Art Institute Chicago and two major shows on Impressionism- The Artist’s Garden: “Impressionism and the Garden Movement,” The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and earlier in the year at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and in London’s National Gallery.

The GFAA Finalists

To showcase the exhibitions of each of the 28 finalists, an original video is created by GFAA. The videos, paired with curated music, are presented live at the award ceremony.

The finalists, their respective museum or organizer, and location - listed by award category, are featured on the website.

The Youniversal Award

While the Jury votes to award the winners in each of the eight categories, the public will vote for their favorite exhibition on the GFAA website and Facebook page, to select the best exhibition of the year. The Youniversal Award is the ninth and final award in the GFAA program, and will also be announced at the live ceremony event.

Online voting starts October 15 and continues through November 1, 2015.

About the GFAA Program

The GFAA program honors innovation in design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The program’s mission is to develop interest and passion for fine art, and further its educational role in society.

GFAA is the first annual program ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations worldwide. This program includes exhibitions in museums, galleries, art fairs and biennials, as well as public installations. For eligibility in this year’s edition, each nominee was created and opened between Aug 1, 2014 and Jul 31, 2015.

The basis for the research and selection of nominees is ongoing and thorough review of over 50 sources of art editorial and critique. More than 200 museums and 1,000 exhibitions are vetted during the process.

This year’s nominees hail from as far south as South Africa and Australia, and north to Denmark and Seattle. There are a total of 68 nominees in 8 award categories which represent 19 countries, 42 cities and 5 continents. The total slate represents a diverse range of size, style and provenance; with 24 of the GFAA nominees from the top 100 art museums visited in the world (April 2014, The Art Newspaper).

GFAA judges will select winners in the following award 8 categories: Contemporary and Post-War; Impressionist and Modern; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties; Ancient Art; Photography; Design; Fringe/Alternative; Public or Outdoor Installation. “Youniversal,” the ninth award, recognizes the most popular nominee, and is selected by public voting on the GFAA website and social media.

Vision and Goals

GFAA endeavors to be world renowned as the premier art and design award program. Within one to three years, the program will develop and operate an academic research Academy based in Miami. Over time, the number and type of awards will grow to approximately twenty- encompassing more art categories, and awards for curators, artists and other individuals.


GFAA is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purpose of GFAA must be payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. The value of Gala tickets is $155. Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides a fiscal sponsorship program to help arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.


About Miami Dade College, Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.


Judy Holm
GFAA President and CEO

Danny Gonzalez
GFAA Marketing Director

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