Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2016-17

(Winter Park, FL)Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz


(B. Bronx, New York, 1973)

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1973. She is a nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist. Recognitions include: 2016 United States Artist Fellowship nominee, 2016 Woman Making History honoree by University of Central Florida’s Center for Success of Women Faculty; 2016 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, semifinalist; top ten finalist 2015 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art; two time Joan Mitchell Foundation grant nominee; 2013 Creative Capital “On Our Radar” honorable mention; 2011 UCF Keeper of the Creed Award in Creativity; MFA 2008 Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of Art and Ralph Bunche Fellow; AAS 1998 Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2002. Exhibitions include Project 35: Last Call, Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia, The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando, FL 2015, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain 2010, American Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwong City, South Korea, Performa 05 biennial, Artist Space, NY; The S Files 05 and Artist in the Marketplace 25, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Mercury/Mercurio, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos; The L Factor, Exit Art, New York. Collections include The Orlando Museum of Art, FL, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Jersey City Museum of Art, NJ.

Project Description

In this latest iteration of my Reinas/Queens series, which are anchored in trauma and anxiety, I will investigate the fear of losing a child to violence/intolerance. I find myself fearing the inherent injustices brown children will endure based on their skin, and grieve for mothers of fallen children. Inspired by Michelangelo's Pieta, I will create a live performance portrait for which I sit and cradle 33 young people of color, the same age as Jesus at the time of his execution.