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29th Annual Festival of the Trees Gathers Large Crowd in the Miami Design District

The 29th Annual Festival of the Trees was a huge success on Thursday, November 19th at the historic Moore Building in the Miami Design District!

This year’s theme was Design DNA: Differentiators, Nuances, Attributes. The event featured work by some of the region’s premier design professionals.

“This is one of the most anticipated and celebrated holiday traditions in Miami’s design and cultural community,” said FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Dean Brian Schriner. “The festival showcases our community’s preeminent designers while financially supporting our remarkably talented students’ education.”

Since its inception, the Festival of the Tress has featured work by some of the region’s premier design professionals in celebration of the holiday season’s shapes, colors, light and poetry. Each year the exhibit showcases the amazing creativity of the community by engaging top local, national and international designers in the design of spectacular holiday trees made from every imaginable material. Art lovers and supporters who attend the opening night reception will be able to bid on the artistic tree creations. In its history, the Festival of the Trees has raised more than $150,000.

The exhibit and opening night reception are coordinated by FIU’s Interior Architecture Advisory Board. As in past years, net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will be used to support FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and help talented students pursue their arts education in CARTA. This year, the trees displayed at the annual event will subsequently be exhibited throughout Dadeland Mall for the duration of the holiday season.

Judges for this year’s exhibit included Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of The Fountainhead Residency; Kalyn Chapman James, host of art loft; Bill Iverson, Miami art curator; Susan Cumins, Feature Writer, American Society of Botanical Artist Journal; and  Susanne Delehanty, Principal, Suzanne Delehanty, LLC.

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