OMA kicks off its Florida Prize exhibition with a glitzy opening gala

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"The Lost Steps (After Steichen, Oiticica, Derrida)" - SERGIO VEGA
  • Sergio Vega
  • "The Lost Steps (After Steichen, Oiticica, Derrida)"
We've gushed plenty over the Orlando Museum of Art's Florida Prize in Contemporary Art in its previous two years – you don't need our recommendation to know that this is the don't-miss show of the year. And we can tell you that the 10 Floridian artists competing this year are as exciting as the previous two groups. New in 2016, however, is the glitzy opening gala spangled with music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres from 10 different caterers (each bite inspired by an individual artist) and the chance to meet and mingle with the 10 contenders. The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced at the party, and as usual that winner will receive a large cash award – but this time, party attendees will both help fund the prize and be able to vote in a People's Choice award. Not just delicious, but also democratic.

7-10 p.m. Friday, May 13 | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | omart.org | $55-$75


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