As Gallery Director of Galería Cubana, Michelle Wojcik holds one of approximately 30 licenses issued by the U.S. Treasury Department to import artworks from Cuba. Ms. Wojcik first established Galería Cubana in Provincetown, MA in 2007 and expanded to a second location in Boston, MA in 2009. Both galleries showcase paintings, prints, and mixed media works solely by artists currently living and working in Cuba.
Ms. Wojcik has been studying Cuban culture, politics and economics for over a decade. From 2001 to 2004 she served as Assistant Director for the Cuba Project at the World Policy Institute in New York City. During her time with the WPI, she researched the political and economic effects of the U.S. embargo, and facilitated dialogue among leaders with varying perspectives on U.S.-Cuba policy.
Our mission is to introduce artwork rarely seen in the United States, support artists on the island, thereby strengthening cultural ties between the two countries.
She then joined the PBS documentary series “Frontline.” But her her career had taken a turn during an earlier research trip to Havana when she was first captivated by Cuban art. With art as one of the few private enterprises permitted in Cuba, Wojcik wanted to support artists whose work would otherwise not be seen in the United States and present such work to an American population with limited exposure to Cuba's rich culture.
Wojcik now travels to Cuba regularly in search of new works and undiscovered talent. She has also hosted several Cuban artists for exhibitions at the Boston gallery since the U.S. government began granting tourist visas to Cuban artists in April 2010.
Ms. Wojcik has Masters degrees from American University in Washington, DC and The New School for Social Research in New York City.
The legal basis for the importation of Cuban art is premised on the “Berman Amendment” enacted in 1988 that amended the Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) to exclude “informational materials” from the scope of TWEA sanctions. In 1989, in Cernuda v. Heavy, a federal court in Miami held that paintings of Cuban origin were “informational materials” and were therefore exempt from the scope of sanctions on Cuba.
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The reproductions of works of art herein displayed are not to be duplicated for personal use, for distribution, nor for sale. Violators will be prosecuted.