Six local artists were recently recognized during Miami Beach Community Health Center’s “Through the Eyes of Love,” a juried art exhibition held in honor of World AIDS Day at Miami International University of Art & Design.  The recognized artists were:


•                  Best in Show - Barry Gross (Boca Raton) - “Aegis”

•                  1st place - Ali (Aventura) - “Panel of Taboos”

•                  2nd place - Jonathan Brooks (Miami) - “AIDS Trio 2010”

•                  3rd place - Carla Fache (Miami Beach) - “Awakening”

•                  Best in Photography - Neal Fox (Coconut Creek) - “Life Sucks”

•                  Best in Fashion - Sydney Strauss (Miami) - red evening gown

The exhibition also showcased unique works of art by San Francisco-based artist Daniel Goldstein, who was the featured artist at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, where his sculptures made up of everyday HIV-related objects were highlighted.  Goldstein and more than 35 other participating artists showed their artwork, symbolizing the depth of their feelings and thoughts as it relates to HIV/AIDS.

This project was supported in part by new and returning sponsors including Miami International University of Art & Design, Coast 97.3 FM, Hotspots Magazine, South Florida Gay News, Bitner Goodman and Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Originally established as a federally funded community health center, Miami Beach Community Health Center is a fully integrated health care network providing quality, affordable medical and support services. Board certified specialties include family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, dental, geriatrics and behavioral health.  Presently, MBCHC serves over 25,000 residents a year.

Miami Beach Community Health Center provides Miami-Dade residents with free HIV testing and ongoing HIV/AIDS medical care, plus is an enrollment site for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that provides free medication for patients living with HIV/AIDS.