Cuban art sale to benefit LouisvilleKY graduate students

LOUISVILLE, KY — The University of Louisville Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods ( is holding a special sale of original artwork by Cuban artists through April 1 at City Cafe on Broadway.

In all, 35 pieces by prominent Cuban artists are available in the collection, including some pieces acquired from the National Art Gallery of Cuba. Others were obtained by Professor John Gilderbloom during dozens of trips to the island nation on friendship tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department of the U.S. Government between 1997-2016. Gilderbloom is donating the artwork to the sale.
100% of Proceeds from the sale will be used for scholarships for students in the graduate school of planning at the University of Louisville. Students in the Department of Planning at U of L will have an opportunity to apply for the funds for specific projects, including the “Plan for West Louisville” and the “Painted Ladies” book project.
All pieces are on display at the City Cafe, 505 West Broadway. Prices range from $99 to $999.. The City Cafe is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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Many well-known artists are included in the sale.
One is Nelson Dominguez, whose work is on display at the Cuba’s National Museum of Art. His work showcases the struggle against authoritarianism in the socialist country.
Jose Fuster is known for his campaigns against sexual repression and exploitation in Cuba, and his art helped rebuild neighborhoods. His work is inspired by Picasso and Antoni Gaudi
The artist Salvador is the most prominent African-Cuban artist in Cuba, and his work has been censored by the Castro government. He speaks out about racism and is a critic of the Cuban regime.

Information about the collection is available from Professor Gilderbloom, who can be reached at 502-582-0024.


“This is the most comprehensive collection of Cuban art in Kentuckiana, and I am excited to share it for such a good cause,” Gilderbloom said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my trips to Cuba and collecting this artwork, and I hope that buyers will see the value in the pieces. That the proceeds will benefit U of L student scholarships also is very meaningful to me.”

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