Meridian is pleased to present Cuba Oriente: Contemporary Painting from Eastern Cuba, in partnership with the Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange. The exhibition features 60 exceptionally rich and vibrant works from what is often described as the heartland of Cuban culture. At a distance of over 650 miles from Havana, the Oriente region is not well known by Americans in general, due to the complex relationship between Cuba and the United States.

The fourteen participating artists span generations and their works bring to light the stunning artistic production of this colorful area. Several of them are self-taught. Others include a former museum director, as well as professors and graduates of the provinceís art academies. The works on display in Cuba Oriente vary in subject and approach. Classical and modern styles intertwine and rich hues abound. Subjects encompass breathtaking landscapes, genre scenes, abstract works, surrealistic themes and richly imagined comments on life in Cuba. Oil, acrylic and woodcut are the primary mediums.

Aligning with Meridian's dedication to promoting international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and the arts, the objective of the Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange is to foster an environment of good will through the sharing of art and culture. In describing the motive behind his continued passion for this endeavor, Mr. Hensley, Director of the Exchange, says "working through cultural channels offers us a unique opportunity to establish non-judgmental communication between the citizens of our long-divided societies... and helps bring about an atmosphere of mutual respect which can serve in paving the road to understanding and reconciliation."

New! Online Teacherís Guide (.pdf format): This guide contains information about the exhibition and provides teachers and docents with educational activities for classrooms and museums.