Tuesday Apr 18th, 2017
An impeccably dressed group of men and women can be found in the Design District’s Max Mara store any day of the week, shopping seriously and talking Miami’s cultural landscape. On Wednesday, April 12th however, the store, while still packed with its usual constituents as well as invited guests, played host to a decidedly special event, a celebration of a 17-year-old artist from Glenn Allen, Virginia—and 2017 YoungArts Winner in Photography—Torrance Hall, the grateful recipient of the 2017 Max Mara Young Visionary Award.
The award is an accolade reserved for an exceptional YoungArts winner at the highest financial award level of $10,000. The award financially supports a young artist to develop their craft and aims to foster arts education and encourage young artists to pursue their dream. Torrance, who describes his work as a “definition of masculinity through a dreamy and fantastical atmosphere,” had a half-dozen of his limited-edition photographic prints on view in-store, complementing Max Mara’s signature aesthetic of high-quality design.
Stacey Glassman Mizener, YoungArts Vice President of Development, kicked-off the event by emphasizing how recognition opportunities like the Max Mara Young Visionary Award provide support for young artists in transitory stages in life. These moments—labeled ‘critical junctures’ by YoungArts—are moments of possible divergence from a path of continued dedication to the arts. Torrance, at 17 years old, is at one of these critical junctures, choosing amongst three higher-education institutions to continue his studies in fine art.
Maria Giulia Maramotti, the Director of North American Retail and Global Brand Ambassador for Max Mara, spoke passionately about the fashion house’s longstanding partnership with YoungArts, and commitment to artistic expression saying, “We believe so much that arts and arts education are the building blocks of civilization.” Maria gave a glowing review of Torrance’s professionalism and intellectual curiosity before presenting Torrance with his trophy.
In between speaking with admirers and jotting down orders for his prints on his iPhone, Torrance took a moment to describe what the award means to him and how it affirms his decision to follow a creative path. “I can’t talk about this award without talking about how much YoungArts means to me. They’ve done so much for artists and young people. This is another confidence boost in my last steps in high school. Moments like this give me the motivation to step up my work.”
Torrance Hall holding the 2017 Max Mara Young Visionary Award
Outside the Max Mara store in the Miami Design District
Stacey Glassman Mizener, Torrance Hall and Julia Maramotti pose in front of Hall's photography
Torrance Hall's photography titled "The Construction of the Exterior" and "Uncanny"
Torrance Hall's "Untitled"
Aisha Deberry and Torrance Hall