This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. To celebrate five years of presenting Florida’s most exciting contemporary artists, the Museum is organizing its largest opening reception to date. The exhibition opening preview party will take place on June 1, 2018.

The party will feature the culinary creativity of these 11 local restaurants and caterers: 1921 by Norman Van Aken, Arthur’s Catering and Events, Artisan’s Table, Black Rooster Taqueria, Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events, Dubsdread Catering, Jillycakes, K Restaurant, Kobe Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, Orlandough Craft Donuts and Reyes Mezcaleria. These culinary sponsors’ dishes will all be inspired by the ten Florida Prize artists. Guests can also enjoy beer, wine, and specialty drinks provided by our beverage sponsors: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Cavalier Distributing, Central 28 Beer Co., Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Tequila Herradura, JDub’s Brewing Company & Tap Room, MIA Beer Company, Shakers Bar Catering, Ten10 Brewing Company and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The VIP hour is 6:00-7:00pm and costs $50. This hour includes complimentary valet, a dedicated VIP open bar and an hour of early access to all of the food and beverages listed above. General admission is 7:00-10:00pm and tickets are only $30. Guests can enjoy food and drink while mingling with the artists, listen to live music by The Dave Capp Project and DJ Stereo 77 while exploring the Florida Prize exhibition. Guests will also have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite artist to win the “People’s Choice Award” presented by Tequila Herradura. All food, drinks and entertainment are included in the ticket price.

The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and recognizes the contributions that each of the artists featured in the exhibition make to the field. With this initiative, the Orlando Museum of Art underscores its commitment to new art and ideas, great artists, and the vibrant cultural life of Florida. The 2018 exhibition will showcase work by these outstanding artists: Carlos Betancourt, Brooks Dierdorff, Rafael Domenech, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Ya Levy La’Ford, Jason Lazarus, Glexis Novoa, Kerry Phillips, Kenya (Robinson) and Jack Stenner. Each artist featured in this exhibition will be represented by a recent or site-specific body of work that provides an in-depth view of their practice.

The “Florida Prize” award is generously underwritten by Gail and Michael Winn and the recipient of the award will be announced at the exhibition opening preview party. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Rita and Jeffrey Adler Foundation, Anonymous, Mr. R.J. Santomassino, Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Gross, Jim and Terry Mahaffey, Daisy and Jan Staniszkis, Terry Snow, Bloomingdale’s Orlando, Sam Flax and Tesla. The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art will be on display through August 19, 2018.

The Orlando Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. The Museum is located in the Loch Haven Cultural Park just minutes away from downtown. For more information, please visit www.omart.org.