Trasobares served as consulting artist for the Artful
Truth program with
the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum developing teaching materials about advertising,
design and visual literacy
teachers and students. He travelled throughout Florida with a team which
included the museum's curator and leading educators and
introduced the program and the workbook to hundreds
of art teachers.
As the New York Coordinator for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS (1996-July 1998), he managed the grants program and participated in workshops, publications and lectures representing the estate planning initiative and its programs in all artistic disciplines. www.artistswithaids.org
Trasobares served as Executive Director of Metro-Dade’s Art in Public Places Program (1985-1990) managing the implementation of the %-for-art ordinance, coordinating all activities with the APP Board and its Professional Advisory Committee, and overseeing the completion of important site-specific artworks for various government buildings, community centers and parks by Edward Ruscha, Oldenburg and van Bruggen, Nam June Paik, Elyn Zimmerman, Richard Haas, Betye Saar, and Rockne Krebs, among others. He oversaw the development of proposals for Miami International Airport, Key Biscayne Gardens and the Miami Seaport Bridge. He sponsored and monitored temporary installations: Crandon Art Garden, Key Biscayne (1987), New Music America in Miami (1988). The program was invited as a showcase of government arts patronage to the 1988 Milano Trienale, in a display designed by Frank Ghery, with a selection of proposals and artworks organized by Germano Celant.
As advisor, Trasobares participated in artist selection panels and committees: Percent for Art Project for Whitehall Ferry Terminal, New York (1998), Cintas Fellowship Panel (1997), Creative Time City Wide Panel (1996-97), Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (1988-91, 1996), National Endowment for the Arts Public Art Panels (1986-93), Lila Wallace International Artists Fellowship panel (1993), National Advisory Board, Public Art Institute (1991-93), Creative Time Board, New York (1992-2001).
He appeared before audiences in conferences dealing with public art and art outside museums: National Association of Artists Organizations Conference, Miami Beach (1994), Site Art, Atlanta College of Art (1991), Critics’ Conference, National Gallery of Art (1991), Sculpture Symposium, Walker Art Center (1988), Symposium on Public Art, School of Design, Harvard University (1989), In Situ: The Dynamics of Public Art in Southern California, California State University, Long Beach, CA (1990), among others.
Beyond Southern Florida, Trasobares worked with committees selecting artists for public commissions and with groups and municipalities in developing public art programs: Percent for Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York; Committee for Public Art, Cleveland; Phoenix Public Art Program; municipal public art programs in Tampa, Gainesville, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Florida; City of Philadelphia Public Art Committee; North Carolina Arts Council Public Art Program. He also worked with administrators and community groups in establishing %-for-art initiatives and in developing unique educational programs.
He curated and
served in artist selection Committees: Public Art Process, Miami (1985),
Art Festival of Atlanta City Site public art projects (1993), Miami Public
Art, Milano Trienale (1988), Whitney Biennial Exhibition Advisory Committee
(1991), Capp Street Artists’ Residencies, San Francisco (1990), Public
Notice, Exit Art (1997), What Now? (1997), THAT PLACE, Miami (2002). He has
written essays on the programs he has administered and on various artists:
Ana Mendieta, Antoni Miralda, Carlos Alfonzo, Roberto Juarez and Purvis Young,
among others. He has worked with collectors in selecting and commissioning
artworks and in organizing collection records and exhibitions.
Before becoming involved in art administration, Trasobares taught art education courses at Miami-Dade Community College where he also served as the Chairman of the Continuing Education Department (1975-78). A graduate of Miami Springs High School in 1969, he attended Miami-Dade Junior College (A.A. Degree), Florida Atlantic University (B.A. in Art History) and Florida State University (graduate courses toward an M.A. in Art History). In 1993 he completed the appraiser’s program at New York University’s Institute of Appraisal Studies.
He received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment
for the Arts (1979), the Cintas Foundation (1980), and Art Matters (1995).