Artist: Rylan Steele
Project: Ave Maria
Description: Rylan Steele’s Ave Maria is an investigation of the 5000-acre unincorporated town that goes by the same name. Founded in South Florida by pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria was built in 2005 and marketed to retirees and young families alike as a utopia for strict Catholics. However, the community was hit hard by both the 2008 housing crisis and a severe mosquito infestation, leaving it unclear how, or if, Ave Maria will succeed.