The CINTAS Foundation oversees two important art collections in the United States.
The Master Paintings from the Spanish School include pieces that date back to the 16th century and Spain’s Golden Age. Among the works in the collection are Ribera’s Saint Peter (right), El Greco’s Christ Carrying the Cross and Feast in the House of Simon, Murillo’s Portrait of A Gentleman Holding A Hat, and Goya’s Admiral José de Mazarredo and Marquis de Caballero.
The CINTAS Fellows Collection, on long-term loan to Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design at the Historic Freedom Tower, is believed to be the largest gathering of Cuban exile art anywhere. More than 200 artists are represented in the collection through a wide variety of media including paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, films, sculptures and installation art. The vast scope of the collection reflects the heterogeneous nature of the artistic production of Cuban artists, spanning across various generations, and their significant aesthetic and historical contribution to modern and contemporary art.
Between 1993 and 2011, the CINTAS Fellows Collection was on long-term loan to the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. During that time, the Frost organized several exhibitions of the fellows' work, including The work of Hugo Consuegra, Agustín Fernández: A Retrospective (1992), Photography by Cintas Fellows (1993), Guido Llinás and Los Once After Cuba (1997), José Bedia (1999), From the Ground Up: Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez (2001), Waldo Díaz-Balart (2002), Vision Revealed: Selections from the work of Abelardo Morell (2004) and A Room of One’s Own with Teresita Fernandez, María Elena Gonzalez, Quisqueya Henriquez and María Martinez-Cañas (2006).
At signing ceremony in June 2011, MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron formally welcomed the CINTAS Fellows Collection, on an extended loan to MDC Museum of Art & Design by the CINTAS Foundation. Selections from the CINTAS Fellows Collection will be on permanent display to the public for the first time at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower. In addition to being the steward of this exceptional collection, MDC will also oversee the CINTAS Foundation Fellowship Awards and host the annual awards exhibition and reception, an honor that played an influential role in the development and advancement of many artists’ careers.
There are currently over 322 fellows including 21 fellows in Architecture, 24 in Music Composition, 81 in Creative Writing and 185 fellows in Visual Arts and 11 Lifetime Achievement Fellows.