Artist Max Ginsburg with Fina Mooney

One of the highlights during the opening ceremony at the first-ever Figurative Art Convention & Expo in Miami this past November was 13-year-old Fina Mooney, who was celebrated for her essay about how artists can embrace and train younger students at a more sophisticated level.

Hundreds of figure and portrait painters gathered in Miami, Florida, from November 8-11 at the historic Biltmore Hotel for the first ever Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE). The event, created by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, was designed to provide painters with an experience to develop their techniques, skills, philosophy, and marketing. It was met with rave reviews by attendees. Included with the event and held simultaneously was TRAC (The Representational Art Conference) for academics in the art world.

During the opening ceremony for the convention, Fine Art Connoisseur Publisher Eric Rhoads talked about his dream of creating an event just for museum-quality realists where they can gather as a community, sharing processes and ideas. In addition, Rhoads invited Fina Mooney to the stage. Fina was selected for a scholarship to FACE upon recommendations by her teachers and for her captivating essay:

To learn more about FACE, visit Fine Art Connoisseur or the Figurative Art Convention & Expo.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. To start receiving Fine Art Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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