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                               En Foco Relocates to Morris Park Avenue
(Bronx – September 1, 2006) En Foco, a national, non-profit photographic arts organization dedicated to pro-
ducing exhibitions, publications and events, is moving to its new location on Friday, September 8th, occupying
the lower level of 1738 Hone Avenue where they will share space with the Bronx Council on the Arts.

“En Foco's Board and Staff is very pleased about this move”, states Executive Director Miriam Romais, “since it
opens the door to further collaboration while giving us a chance to focus on strategic planning and stabilization
in our 30-year mission to nurture and support contemporary photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native
American and Pacific Islander heritage”.

En Foco's exhibitions place work by photographers of diverse cultures in galleries and public spaces throughout
New York City, thus bringing their work to a larger audience. Their Touring Gallery Community exhibition ven-
ues include public libraries, universities, banks and other accessible spaces. The program offers emerging art-
ists solo exhibitions, while bringing art into local communities. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Additionally, En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards Exhibitions provide the award winners with a pro-
fessional group exhibition in a New York area gallery, once their projects are completed. These exhibitions take
place once a year.

En Foco’s current exhibition, on view through September 22nd at NYC’s John Jay Art Gallery, is called Envi-
sioning the World: Works from En Foco’s Print Collectors Program. It honors the photographers that have been
involved with En Foco over the years, all of whom are an integral part of its mission. This collection represents a
diversity in photographic genres and approaches -- dealing with identity, a sense of place, or longing - from
documentary to mixed media. The exhibition’s September 14th opening reception, from 6:00-8:00 pm, is free
and open to the public. Featured artists include Adál, Dawoud Bey, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Kerry Stuart Cop-
pin, Valdir Cruz, Gerald Cyrus, Lola Flash, Frank Gimpaya, Lauri Lyons, SungKwan Ma, Ana de Orbegoso,
Tetsu Okuhara, Sophie Rivera, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Juan Sánchez, Beuford Smith, Kathy Vargas, Carrie Mae
Weems, Mariana Yampolsky.

A panel discussion, The Importance of Collecting, will take place at the John Jay Gallery on September 19th
6:30-7:30pm. It will focus on both sides of collecting – offering a museum and curator’s point of view, alongside
a photographer’s. Learn what art buyers look for, but also what an artist can do to facilitate that process for col-
lectors. Panelists include curator and author Elizabeth Ferrer, photographer and collector Beuford Smith, and En
Foco's Executive Director Miriam Romais.

John Jay Art Gallery is located in NYC at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Art, Music & Philosophy De-
partment, 899 Tenth Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 322T. Phone: 212-237-8325. Gallery hours: M–Th: 10:00am–
8:00pm; F: 10:00am–5:00pm; and weekends by appointment, call 212-581-2872.

For more information on En Foco and its exhibitions, contact Marisol Díaz at 718-584-7718 or at
info@enfoco.org, or visit their website at www.enfoco.org.


En Foco’s programs are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Carnegie Corporation of NY, public support by Senator Jose M. Serrano,
the Association of Hispanic Arts/JP Morgan Chase, Lowepro, Bogen, Fuji Film, members, subscribers and friends.


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