Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org
Are we acting somewhat prematurely in naming this event, in just its second year, Best Annual Tradition? Well, in a word, yes, but we’re hoping a warm reception will ensure its return every summer for years to come. Both years, the Florida Prize show has made us feel like this is a city we want to live in. We are so proud to see our flagship institution embracing contemporary art (not to mention becoming a player on the national stage with shows like January’s Maya Lin: A History of Water) that we might be bragging to our New York and L.A. friends just a little bit. Florida has a lot to offer in the way of vibrant new art, and the Florida Prize puts the best of it in front of lucky Orlandoans – while also putting a hefty cash prize in front of one of the artists every year. (PS: Please keep it up or we’re taking back this award.)
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