Kyra Belan

Biographical Sketch


Art: PAINTING, DRAWING, SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS, EARTH ART, PERFORMANCE Book: Earth, Spirit and Gender: Visual Language for the New Reality, 1996.

"My art manifests spiritual joy and a natural beauty of mother earth. The images I use are often symbols and archetypes that have served humanity since prehistoric and ancient times. The flower and the spectacular beauty of human form are two of these manifestations that frequently appear in my art works."

An American artist of Hispanic heritage (Argentina), Kyra Belan received her B. F. A. at Arizona State University and her M. F. A. at Florida State University, both degrees in Visual Arts. Her Ed. D., from Florida International University, is in Community College Education and Art History. Currently, Dr. Belan is professor of art and art history at Broward Community College, Pembroke Pines, Florida.

The artist has had over forty solo exhibitions and over seventy five group exhibitions across the country and abroad, including Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; Kassell Museum, Germany; Lowe Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL; The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL; Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY; Philadelphia Art Alliance, PA; Wm. D. Pauley Creative Arts Center, Miami-Dade Community College, FL; The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL; The Rim Institute, Payson, AZ; Dupont Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA; Union Art Gallery, University of Wiscounsin-Milwaukee, WI; A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY; Hanson Galleries, New Orleans, LA; Alain Bilhaud Galleriy, SOHO, NY; Jeanne Taylor Gallery, New York, NY among others.

Kyra Belan has been included in various books, such as The Power of Feminist Art, by Norma Broude and Mary Garrard, Harry N. Abrams; The Reflowering of the Goddess by Gloria Orenstein, Pergamon Press; The University of Georgia Press Catalogue; The Womanspirit Sourcebook, by Patrice Wynne, Harper and Row; American Women Artists by Eleanor Tufts, Garland Publishing, and American Artists of Renown. Articles in magazines include Yoga Vedanta Journal, The New Renaissance, The Cathartic, Southeastern College Art Conference Review, Women Artists News, Woman of Power, Hue Points, and Contemporary Art/Southeast. Over fifty articles in have been published in newspapers such as The Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale News/Sun Sentinel, and Milwaukee Journal.

Dr. Belan has co-authored a book, titled Dorothy Gillespie, Radford University Press, and is the author of a book titled Earth, Spirit, Gender: Visual Language for the New Reality, Forbes, 1996.

Kyra Belan has received numerous awards and grants, including the Individual Artist Fellowship from Florida Arts Council, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant and Outstanding Artist of the Southeast, and she is listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women, Outstanding Young Women of America, and Who's Who in the South and Southeast.

In addition to being represented in many private collections, Dr. Belan has art works in the following public collections: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Broward Art in Public Places, FL; Broward Community College at Pembroke Pines, FL; The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Miami, FL; Metro-Dade Art in Public Places, FL; and Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.