Awardee: Cesar Cornejo

Emerging Fields, 2009

Cesar Cornejo’s solo exhibitions have been held at lightcontemporary gallery in London, ARTCO Gallery and Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute Gallery in Lima, Peru, and the Bellini, Gyokuei, and Kobo Chika galleries in Japan. He has participated in group exhibitions at New Art Birmingham, Situation Leeds in the U.K., The London Connection at Galerie Lisi Hämmerle in Austria, V Biennial de Barro de América in Venezuela, The S-Files at El Museo del Barrio in New York, and Busan Biennial 2008 in South Korea. Cornejo received an MA and PhD in fine arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Cornejo has been awarded grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Space, The Center for Book Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, the British Council, Arts Council England, the Henry Moore Institute, the University Art Museum at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and the Ministry of Education of Japan. Cornejo is assistant professor and coordinator of foundations in arts at the University of South Florida.

Project: Puno Museum of Contemporary Art

_Puno Museum of Contemporary Art_ is an alternative, grassroots museum in the town of Puno, Peru. Cornejo will contract with families in Puno to temporarily use rooms in their homes for local and international art exhibitions in exchange for making necessary improvements to those spaces. _Puno Museum of Contemporary Art_ will also include workshops and other educational programs that take place in the newly renovated rooms. Puno’s project allows viewers, hosts and artists alike to interact meaningfully over an entire city, and makes the city itself an integral component in the exhibition.