Founder & Chief Executive Director
Dr. Dana Corina Schmidt
Civil society is founded on cultural pluralism, and the fusion of spiritual traditions can generate stable common values that form the basis of the „politics of recognition. “ For Dana Corina Schmidt, universal culture plays the key role in everything she creates. It is bringing together artists with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds from all over the world. DCS contemporary gallery is an inspirational place displaying the works of local and global artists, writers, designers, and performing artists.
She is committed to being instrumental in defining the local art scene through a sundry but highly focused program of exhibitions, its selection of artists, and its curatorial excellence. Working with established artists while identifying and promoting new and emerging ones. Many DCS contemporary artists have received awards and accolades from the art world and have continued to be exhibited and acquired by museums.
Dana Corina Schmidt champions talented, recognized, and emerging artists whose artwork fluently expresses diaspora, identity, gender, race, and culture. Yet what makes her truly unique is how she sees the world. Promoting and nurturing new, innovative artists and creatives in Germany and around the world.
Jorge Luis Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez is a visual arts manager, museologist, and curator. The Artistic Director of the Contemporary Art Lab, an arts incubator, and a think tank in Philadelphia. An Architect with education including a Master of Arts and Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts Administration at New York University and Columbia University, NY.
Holds an extensive track record in museum leadership, community outreach, urban cultural projects. It includes interdisciplinary cultural practices, contemporary curatorial strategies, critical spatial practices in design & architecture, and Diaspora and identity in art.
Has guided exhibitions engaging a range of curators, scholars, critics, and diverse audiences; displaying a broad historical, cultural, and aesthetic breadth of arts from the Americas and abroad. Founder-Director of the Miami Dade College Art Gallery System, the Freedom Tower Museum [MDC Museum of Art & Design], USA. Founder-Director of the Museum of Visual Arts – [Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero] Venezuela . Invited curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art -Miami and the Delaware Contemporary, USA. Advisor-Interim Director at The Doral Contemporary Art Museum. Former advisor in museum management and curatorial practices for the Organization of American states for the Americas. Projects in partnership with institutions such as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Hirschhorn Museum, Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne. The Queens Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum [PAAM], Winnipeg Art Gallery, Duke University, and Brown University.
Institutions were more than 100 exhibitions presented such as: “Los Hijos de Guillermo Tell” -Contemporary Cuban Art-; “Spirit and Matter” – Afro-American Aesthetics; “Cartographies” -Essential Contemporary Latin American Art-; “Breaking the Margins” -Cutting-edge contemporary photography-; and “The borderless Caribbean.” -Art from the Diaspora- among others. Exhibitions that contributed to defining relevant trends in the art of the Americas.
Having exhibited emerging, mid-career, and established artists such as Melvin Edwards, Tania Bruguera, Josef Koudelka, Doris Salcedo, Guillermo Kuitca, Steve McQueen, Alfredo Jaar, José Manuel Broto, Edouard Duval Carrie, Jack Whitten, Jose Bedia, Alejandro Otero, Janet Cardiff, Antoine d’Agata, Antuan, Tania Candiani, Peter Campus Luis Gonzalez Palma, Zalmaï Ahad among others,
His writings have appeared in catalogs, books, and publications on contemporary art of the Americas, the Caribbean, Latino Diaspora, photography, and new media. Faculty and lecturer in arts management and curatorial practices in universities in the USA, South America, and the Caribbean. As well as in art fairs and biennials.