The sixth staging of “Art from the Academy” showcases 23 paintings and sculptures, different techniques ranging from oil to charcoal, and several genres, such as still-lifes, self-portraits, landscapes, among others.
The cooperation between the World Bank and the Faculty of Arts of the Central University of Ecuador [Universidad Central del Ecuador] began in 2019 as a window of opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and creativity, and for the general public to appreciate their work. Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could hinder the ongoing support for this initiative. In 2020, the exhibition was mounted in a virtual gallery that allowed for innovation and showed that technology can also be an ally of art.
From the first exhibition up until now, more than 200 students have had the opportunity to show their works. Art from the Academy is an example of the World Bank's commitment to inclusion and education, and seeks to reaffirm the importance of human capital in driving a country's development.
The sixth exhibition opened on 14 September at the Center for Contemporary Art [Centro de Arte Contemporáneo] in Quito, and the works will be exhibited for a six-month period at the World Bank’s offices.
For Christian Viteri, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Central University of Ecuador, "no two works are the same, and we can see that in this exhibition, where students and teachers put their stamp on it. But, in addition, the different offerings give a snapshot of the knowledge of the world by allowing for the contemplation of that which often goes unnoticed."