DISPATCH - FEB 17, 2013 (1:38 p.m.)

HAMPTONS, NY-

Hamptons Art Hub is proud to announce it will begin publishing art reviews. Joining Hamptons Art Hub as its first art critic is curator and writer Esperanza León. Her reviews will begin appearing this week, starting with a solo exhibition by Lidya Buzio.

León has over 15 years of experience in the art world, specializing particularly in art from Latin America through the business she founded in 2001 in East Hampton.  She has an extensive background working with museums in exhibition and program development.

Esperanza León

A Venezuela native, León was raised in East Hampton, NY and relocated to Toronto, Canada to study art. After receiving a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto, she returned to Venezuela to begin her art career.

León worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela for five years before moving to the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Maracay as Exhibition Coordinator and subsequently Registrar. She then served as Director of Ateneo de Maracay, a regional cultural center.

León returned to East Hampton in 2000 and founded Solar in East Hampton, NY. In addition to her work with Solar, León strives to work at a broader level with local organizations, schools, and individuals, devoting time to connecting the arts with her community.

León is a Trustee of the Board at Guild Hall of East Hampton and a member of ArtTable, a national organization for women in the arts.

Over her 15-year career she has organized and curated over 65 exhibitions. In 2009, she worked on the exhibition “Nexus/New York” at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. Most recently, she guest-curated a solo exhibition of works by Rafael Ferrer for the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton in 2011.

León has authored numerous essays for artist and exhibition catalogues in both English and Spanish. She has also written for Long Island Pulse magazine, The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Star and Voz Latina.

"Hamptons Art Hub is a terrific online source for both local, national, and international arts coverage," said León. "Eastern Long Island is a long-time arts destination and HAH places this area and its art offerings within a global context, emphasizing the recognition it has received and continues to deserve.  I look forward to making my own contributions to expanding our readers' knowledge of what goes on in the art world locally and beyond."

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