My art is a response to the awesome beauty and harmony of Mother Earth and its ecosystems. As a self identified woman I am interested in social issues that include the preservation of our environment, women’s equality, parity for all, women’s spirituality, and the preservation of democracy.
My mediums include installation, performance art, mixed media, painting and drawing. I believe that art must be created to enhance our culture, our humanity, interconnectedness, and our everyday lives.
Artist, author, mythologist, and art historian, Dr. Kyra Belán graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts, and from Florida State University with an M.F.A. in Visual Arts. Her Ed. D. from Florida International University is in Higher Education and Art History. Dr. Belán has had over 60 solo art exhibitions and has participated in over 110 group art exhibitions. She has received numerous awards, including Who’s Who in American Art, 2000-18; the Florida Achievement Award in the Arts, Women’s Caucus for Art Florida Chapter, 2008; the Southeastern Art Conference Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2005; Broward County’s Women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 1994; and the Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida, Florida Arts Council.1982. Her artworks are found in numerous public and private collections.
Author of several articles published in journals, Dr. Belán has co-authored a book, Dorothy Gillespie, Radford University Press, 1998. She has written a novel, Lucid Future, CreateSpace, 2014, and a hardcover book titled Madonnas: From Medieval to Modern, Parkstone Press, 2001, 2007 (English, German, and French). Fifth edition of her book, Earth, Spirit, and Gender: Visual Language for the New Reality, was published by Thomson; latest edition, titled Art, Myths, and Rituals, was published by Bent Tree Press, 2007-10. Also hardcover book The Virgin in Art: From Medieval to Modern, Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 2006, and La Virgen en el Arte, Panamericana, 2007; hard cover book, Images of the Divine, Parkstone 2018. Art, Myths, and Ecofeminist Art, CreateSpace, 2015; and Divine Ladies in America, Astarte Books, 2016.
Dr. Belan is the Otto M. Burkhardt Endowed Chair and professor of art and art history emerita at Broward College. She was the founding art gallery director at Broward College, Pembroke Pines FL from 1991 to 2011, and coordinated the Seminole Arts and Culture Project (2007 – 2009). Frequent exhibitor and conference presenter at CAA, Belan is included in The Power of Feminist Art, 1998; 100 Contemporary International Artists, Biblioteca de Artistas de las Comunidades Europeas, 2007; Inspiration: International Artists vol.7 2017, The Art Book 2018, Artblend Inc among others.
Her recent solo exhibitions include Spectrum Miami, December 2016, SBDAC (Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center) in April 2017 in Fort Myers, FL. Recent Art Fairs include Spectrum Miami 2017, Expo New York 2018, and Market Art + Design Hamptons 2018 Bridgehampton, NY.
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