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Lindsay Dye Featured at the Java Project and Five Myles Gallery

Lindsay Dye (BFA ’11) is featured in a new exhibition at the Java Project called camgURLs and in  an exhibition at Five Myles Gallery called New American Sculpture.

camgURLs is a solo exhibition by Dye, in which she gazes through a multipurpose lens. Acting as the photographer, voyeur, and muse, she traverses between boundaries of making. Her work in the show stems from adolescent kitsch and the desire to be desired. (Source: The Java Project) The exhibition is a collection of images screen-captured from web camera sites, showing “candid stills [that] appear surprisingly staged,” as described on Vice.com’s Motherboard.

New American Sculpture is curated by Dexter Wimberly and highlights the work of nine artists who seek to challenge conventional thinking about sculpture and simultaneously express their cultural agency. The exhibition’s title not only reflects the fact that the exhibited works are new, but also conveys the artists’ fresh approach to three-dimensional art making. As Wimberly said on the Five Myles Gallery website, “For these multidisciplinary artists sculpture is but one aspect of their practice, yet it emerges as the most potent manifestation of their creative output. New American Sculpture serves as a platform for some of their most exciting and insightful work.” (Source: Five Myles Gallery)

Dye was in the FIU Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum‘s 25 Sq. Inches: The Faces of Permanent Collection this past summer, and she was featured in the Atlantic Center for the Arts’s 22nd Annual Student Exhibition as an undergraduate student, for which she was nominated by FIU professors. Upon graduating with her BFA from FIU in 2011, her work was collected by the Frost Art Museum through the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Purchase Award.

Dye graduated from Pratt Institute in 2014 with her Master of Fine Arts in Photography. She lives and works in Brooklyn.


‘camgURLs’ is running until Friday, March 6th, 2015 at The Java Project

camgURLs will run until Friday, March 6th, 2015 at The Java Project: 252 Java Street, Suite #100 Brooklyn, New York 11222.

New American Sculpture will run until Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Five Myles Gallery: 558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. A Curator and Artist Talk will be hosted on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 5PM with Dexter Wimberly, Leonardo Benzant, Lindsay Dye, Kate Stone, and Hugh Hayden.

This article was written with images and information provided directly by The Java Project and Five Myles Gallery.

The images in this article are provided courtesy of Lindsay Dye.

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Tara Penick and Jorge Sanchez Featured in 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame

Tara Penick (BA ’12) and Jorge Sánchez (BFA ’13) are featured in the upcoming 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame exhibition, which will officially open on Wednesday, March 4th at the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

The exhibition, featuring 45 works of art by 30 American artists, was juried by Kristen Gresh, the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Wheaton College cultivates an open spirit of inquiry with a curriculum emphasizing connections across disciplinary boundaries. The 2015 Wheaton Biennial includes the works of photographers whose work reflects a similar spirit of inquiry and a critical reflection on what constitutes the boundaries of the medium in today’s art world. The Beard & Weil Galleries are a vital part of Wheaton’s creative and intellectual life. Exhibitions feature work by contemporary artists in all media, as well as works from Wheaton’s extensive Permanent Collections, spanning ancient Greece to contemporary South Africa. The Galleries’ educational mission encompasses all forms of creative expression in an effort to forge meaningful connections between objects and their histories, student and faculty creative work, art historical research, and critical thinking. The crucial role the visual arts play in a liberal arts education is central to the design and focus of its exhibitions. Photography Beyond The Frame and its corresponding events have been made possible by the generous support of the Wheaton College Friends Of Art. (Source: Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College)

The 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame will have an opening reception on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at the Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts at Wheaton College: 26 East Main Street, Norton, Massachusetts 02766. For more information, call the galleries at (508) 286-8200.

The galleries will host an artist talk on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 6PM and a lecture entitled “Voice of the Artist: A Lecture by Dimitra Ermeidou” on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:30PM.

All events are free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.

This article was created with images and information provided directly from the website of the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College.

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Sofia Bastidas Co-directs Blueshift Project, a New Gallery in Wynwood

Sofia Bastidas (BA ’13) is now the co-director of a new gallery that has opened up in the art center that is Wynwood.

The gallery, called Blueshift Project, is a Miami-based contemporary art gallery and exhibition space founded to represent and promote work by a diverse group of critically acclaimed local and international artists. Housed in a 6,000 square-foot-space in Wynwood, Blueshift Project is envisioned as a hub for artistic growth and development and is committed to providing the community with a vibrant gathering place, where diverse art forms, fresh ideas, artists and audiences can come together. Blueshift Project was founded in 2015 by Mexican entrepreneur Eduardo Burillo, whose interest in the ways contemporary art practices shape our environment and can change a city is central to the gallery’s vision and approach. Through multifaceted exhibitions, programs, and collaborations, Blueshift Project aims to support artists’ production, foster public engagement, and bring significant national and international art to Miami audiences. (Source: Blueshift Project/Blueshift Project on Facebook)

Blueshift Project’s inaugural exhibition is entitled Made in New York, curated by Robert Dimin and including work by:

Genesis Belanger
David Brooks
Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw
Caitlin Cherry
Nick Doyle
Irini Miga
Dana Sherwood
Justine Hill

Made in New York will run until Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at Blueshift Project: 175 NW 25 Street, Miami, FL, 33127. A closing reception for the exhibition will be held on March 26th from 6PM-9PM.

An artist talk with Dana Sherwood will take place on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 from 7PM-9PM.


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FIU Alumni Work at Prominent Cultural Institution Perez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened to the public on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Once the Miami Art Museum, the newly designed facility at Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay is one of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions. The Pérez Art Museum Miami building – providing 200,000 square feet for exhibition space, an auditorium, dining, and leisure – was designed by internationally renowned and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meruon. They are known for projects such as the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland, the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest), and 1111 Lincoln Road.

Since the opening of PAMM, the museum has hired many FIU alumni. Among them are:

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Education:
Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89)
Aurora Molina (BFA ’07)
Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History)

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Retail:
Michael Balbone (BFA ’02; Minor in Art History)
Kenny Jones (BFA ’12; Minor in Art History)
Nicole Espaillat (BA in Art History; ’12)

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Visitor Services:
Jason Blyskal (BBA ’14)
Pamela Gonzalez (BA in Arts ’14; Minor in Art History)
Cristina Urdaneta (BBA in Marketing ’12; Certificate in Retail Marketing ’12)
Cassandia Bellevue (BA in Environmental Studies ’14)
Felipe Melendrez (BFA ’13; Minor in Art History)


Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89) and Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History)

Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History) expressed how her graduate school experience at Bankstreet College of Education and undergraduate work at FIU prepared her for her current position at PAMM as the Studio Programs Manager. “What always comes to mind [from my time at FIU] are the many, many discussions we had in class [at FIU], guided by our professor [Chair Jacek J. Kolasinski]. We really just sat down and dedicated the time to talking about some of the pieces we saw projected . . . and this really helped developed my visual thinking skills by dissecting some of the themes and processes of the work that we were exploring. That always stayed with me.”

Pritikin explains how she continues this experience even after graduation. “I think that’s something I’ll always remember, and something I try to contribute here when all our educators meet to discuss upcoming programming [at PAMM].”

Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89), PAMM’s Curator of Education for Outreach Programs, also has fond memories of her education at FIU. She mentioned the names of faculty that impacted her, such as Professor William Burke and Professor William Maguire.

Keeler also explained why it is important for her to work in a museum like PAMM, in a city like Miami. She said that during her employment at the Historical Museum of South Florida, “job offers came from New York, and [she] turned them down.” She said that, at the time, “the momentum was starting [in Miami],” and that she wanted to be there to experience it.

“I was working at the Historical Museum,” she said, “when the Miami Art Museum became a collecting institution and started an education department . . . I really wanted to stay here and be a part of this great Renaissance in this tropical, unusual place. I fell in love with Miami and fell in love with what was happening here.”

Keeler said that one of her goals for her professional career at PAMM is to teach “art disguised as fun.” At PAMM, she emphasizes “education that takes art into the social issues realm, political issues realm, global issues realm” and that turns “the personal into the global.” Her ultimate goal is to allow the people of Miami to feel that the cultural institution of PAMM is their own.

The FIU Art + Art History Department and the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts is proud to have its alumni working at such a prominent institution, a sophisticated artistic and educational hub that serves as an important feature of both Miami-Dade County and the art world beyond the county limits.

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Rochi Llaneza (FIU BFA ’04) Curates Exhibition by Alumni and CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Robert Zuckerman

On February 28th, MAC ART will present an exhibition entitled Who Keeps the Dog? for the Flagler Art Walk.

The exhibition features a handful of alumni from FIU Art + Art History. Additionally, the exhibit includes the work of Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman, one of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Dean’s Distinguished Fellows (CARTA News: September 2014).

Who Keeps the Dog? is curated by FIU alumna Rochi Llaneza (BFA ’04), who bases the exhibition off of an essay she read called “Man’s Sacred Relationship with the Animal Kingdom.” Llaneza explains on MAC ART’s website, ” . . . [the author] talks about how humans have to be more kind and respectful to the animal kingdom because of reasons we all know or should know by now. She articulates clearly our common ‘sensitivities’ and ‘evolutionary path.'”

Llaneza further describes the theme of Who Keeps the Dog; “in this select group of art works I go to the other end of the pendulum and address our passion for the animal kingdom.  A portrayal of how these artists take on with aggressiveness, compassion, love and defiance their association to the subject matter . . . [I] hope the title helps describe the argument.”

The artists featured in Who Keeps the Dog? are:

Nestor Arenas
Uma Blandon (Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase winner)
James Brutus
Martin Casuso (FIU BFA ’02)
Julie Friel (FIU BFA ’99)
Melissa Menendez (Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase winner)
Magdalena Ortiz (FIU BFA ’02)
Guillermo Portieles
Claudio Roncoli
Barbara Rivera (FIU MFA ’04)
Maitejosune Urrechaga (FIU BS in Art Education ’02)
Robert Zuckerman

Who Keeps the Dog? will be on display for the Flagler Art Walk from 6PM-10PM at MAC ART: 833 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information, call (954) 990-5420.

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Fully Engaged CARTA Board Meeting Took Place at Gus Berenblum’s Office in Wynwood

Gus Berenblum, principal of Berenblum Busch Architecture (BBA), generously hosted the CARTA Advisory Board meeting at his office in the Wynwood district at noon on February 9th, 2015.

During this very productive meeting, Dean Brian Schriner discussed CARTA 2020, the Miami Creative City Initiative with the direction of Dr. Richard Florida, and the Bauhaus Miami with the collaboration of Dr. Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau.

Larry Kline from Perkins & Will presented the new partnership with CARTA for the creation of a new Healthcare Design track in the School of Architecture.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Arquitectonica, was recognized for having the winning bid for the redesign of the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Alfred Karram Jr, Chairman of the Urban Studios Advisory Board, made a presentation on their involvement with the City of Miami Beach Centennial.

Rick Tonkinson, Chairman of the CARTA Advisory Board, discussed Josh Oberhausen speaking to the Communication Arts students, the status of hiring a Career Development Officer, and the grand opening of the RCCL building at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus on March 20, 2015. Dean Schriner is making arrangements for the board members to attend the grand opening and to receive a private tour.

Rick also discussed the Martin and Connie Silver Award, which is a scholarship for students to explore how to assimilate artwork and collections of art into their architecture designs.

Rick announced the School of Architecture Career Fair on March 25th and Jason Chandler, Chair and Associate Professor, provided the details at the board meeting.

Rick let the board know that the Department of Interior Architecture is ranked in the top 10 in the nation by Design Intelligence and Janine King, Chair and Associate Professor, stated that 1,108 professional practice organizations participated in the ranking.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Julian Kreeger, President of Friends of Chamber Music of Miami for 25 years, had a very insightful conversation that started with Bernardo asking “What is the ideal size of a venue in order to be able to create the right amount of buzz (sizzle) for a theatre or music production?” A discussion ensued over this fundamental and critical question, which that is often never addressed. “Buildings are overbuilt and there is too much capacity so when it is half full, it still looks empty,” said Bernardo. Julian thought that 300 seats is small enough to create a demand for attendance. “This conversation was in essence why the College of Architecture + The Arts are combined at FIU because it brings the two points of view together. At most universities, this conversation would not take place. With most cultural arts centers, they are built over capacity because the decision makers want something grandiose. It is their way or the highway so when it is built, presenters have to deal with trying to fill up the room. Chamber Music does not need a 2,600 seat auditorium,” said Rick Tonkinson. “We just witnessed in a conversation the unique philosophy of CARTA,” added Rick.

Rick was pleased to announce that David Harper, President and CEO of HADP Architecture, is joining the board. He named the atrium of the Green Library at FIU and is a major donor.

The next meeting will be at hosted by Daniel de la Vega in April. Daniel is president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Sizzling Jazz Trombone Concert by John Fedchock was Stellar

On Saturday, February 7th, the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall had a stellar performance of John Fedchock, a Grammy Award nominated arranger and world class trombone soloist.

John played with the FIU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, which included Gary Campbell (its Director), Cisco Dimas, Hal Roland, Jaime Ousley, Osvaldo Vargas, and Tom Lippincott for the first half of the performance.

For the second half, the sizzling sound of the FIU Studio Big Band under the direction of Jim Hacker played with John on seven of his tunes.

“We have enjoyed very special jazz concerts in New York City where John has played for over 20 years and this FIU concert was of a Carnegie Hall quality,” said Rick and Margarita Tonkinson who sponsored the event.

Earlier in the day, John taught a master class to seven high school jazz bands.

John Fedchock enjoyed playing with the faculty and students. “We all had a real great time,” said John.

Header image is of John Fedchock.

John Fedchock and FIU trombonist Tom Savage

John Fedchock and FIU trombonist Tom Savage

John Fedchock and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

John Fedchock and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

Group Photo

Left to right: Rick Tonkinson – Sponsor, Jim Hacker – Director of the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, Bob Dundas – Chair of FIU School of Music, Bill Hipp – Past Chair of FIU School of Music, and John Fedchock – World class trombonist


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Xu Bing Comes to the Frost Art Museum in Exhibition Curated by Lidu Yi

World acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing will open his exhibition Writing Between Heaven and Earth at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on Saturday, February 21st. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Lidu Yi, Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture + The Arts.

“The thought-provoking artworks of Xu Bing will challenge viewers to reconsider their perceptions about written language and cultural identity,” said Dr. Lidu Yi. “This exhibition focuses on Chinese indigenous heritage, Chinese characters, and traditional landscape painting.”

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XU Bing, Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll, 2010, Woodblock print mounted as a hand scroll, ink on paper

The character shu in ancient Chinese signifies books, written characters, and the act of writing. This solo exhibition presents the shu art of Xu Bing (b. 1955), the world acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist, from his Book from the Sky to Book from the Ground and Landscape Landscript in between. All these shu masterpieces demonstrate the art of writing as image. Together they create a Zen-like textual space drawing the audience into an artistic contemplation of the works while arousing their latent cognitive capacity to communicate with the works. The interactive educational work, Square Word Calligraphy, uses components of Chinese characters. The work, created in a classroom setting, is a perfect fusion of eastern and western culture into one harmony. All these thought-provoking works of art will not only challenge the viewers’ preconception about written language and cultural identity, they will also invite them to interact with the art. This exhibition is designed to serve and educate people of different cultures and nationalities with his art. “My aim is to make an art that truly serves the people.” (Source: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)

In addition to the exhibition, Xu Bing will conduct an Artist Lecture on Saturday, February 21st from 4:00PM-5:00PM at the Graham Center, Room 140. He will also conduct a workshop with 5th graders on Monday, February 23rd.

Xu Bing was born in Chongqing, China, in 1955 and grew up in Beijing. After spending two years working in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, he enrolled in 1977 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where his studies focused on drawing and printmaking. He gained international recognition in the late 1980s with Book from the Sky, a monumental installation composed of books and scrolls printed with what appear to be traditional Chinese characters. The texts are illegible, however, because all the characters were invented by the artist, exposing the unreliability of the written word as a primary vehicle of communication. Xu Bing moved to the United States in 1990, where his work has continued to focus on written language. In 1999 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for “his originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy.” His work has been exhibited in China, Japan, Australia, the United States, and all over Europe. In 2008 Xu Bing was appointed vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; he now divides his time between Beijing and New York. (Source: The Morgan Library & Museum)

Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth will have an opening reception on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 5PM-7PM at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Florida 33199.

The header image is:

Xu Bing, “Book from the Sky,” 1987-1991
Mixed media installation / Hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with “false”
characters. Dimensions variable
Installation view from ‘Xu Bing: A Retrospective’, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2014
Courtesy Xu Bing Studio and Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

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Multimedia Artist Sophie Dupont Conducts Workshop with Students

Visual artist Sophie Dupont will conduct a workshop with students at Florida International University in mid-February, in addition to performing at the FIU Sculpture Park.

Sophie Dupont is a visual artist working in different mediums, including performance, photography, sculpture, and painting. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she received a MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has studied contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School. Although a multimedia artist, Dupont disregards media as the starting point for her works – an existential and poetic reflection on the basic human conditions on the basic elements and mechanisms of both body and mind. Her poetic and existential focus also often reflects in her works’ formal minimalism and choice of materials, which are often in dialogue with the body and mind – either symbolically or directly. Recurring themes in Dupont’s work are simple rituals and repetitions. Through these, she examines contradictions and connections between object and subject; body and psyche. Her past performances have, thus, been quiet poetic studies of respiration, body weight, balance, and movement. (Source: Sophie Dupont)

Dupont will host the following events at FIU:

Performance: Obstructed Movement (Performance in Seven Parts)
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 4PM at the FIU Sculpture Park

Workshop: A Study in Light, Stillness, Time and Space at Building W10, Room 101
2 sessions on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 9:30AM-12:15PM and 12:30PM-3:15PM
2 sessions on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 from 9:30AM-12:15PM and 12:30PM-3:15PM
RSVP for the workshop to mnamkung@fiu.edu

Artist Talk
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 1:00PM at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Performance: Marking Breath
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 from sunrise to sunset (6:56AM-6:09PM) at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum


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Sofia Bastidas and Dwelling Projects A Finalist at FEAST Miami

College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) and Dwelling Projects - a traveling residency program founded by Bastidas – have become a finalist for FEAST Miami.

FEAST Miami is a series of vegan pop-up dinners at art venues to financially support new and emerging creative projects. Artists and small arts organizations are invited to present a simple proposal for an art project, and diners vote for the project to be funded. Projects should be innovative, feasible and impact the community. Dinners are held at various art venues throughout South Florida. The meals are healthfully prepared with organic and locally sourced foods by Chef Loren Pulitzer. FEAST Miami is made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight Arts Challenge. (Source: FEAST Miami)

Bastidas will be presenting Dwelling Projects as a platform for “Miami-based artists to connect directly to Latin America and the Caribbean by taking advantage of Miami’s geographical location and local established diaspora,” as explained by Bastidas. “The platform provides artists and cultural developers with tools to extend [beyond] our geographical location by researching, connecting, traveling and bringing back what they experience.” Should Dwelling Projects be chosen as winner, the ensuing funds will be contributed towards the next residency program in Mexico City. Additionally, a printed index will be created to help Miami artists navigate Latin American art spaces and connect specifically to projects and artists that are relevant to Miami’s art scene.

FEAST Miami’s 3rd dinner will take place on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Ticket can be purchased by clicking here.

Dwelling Projects supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual traveling residency program. It pursues strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs. Residents benefit from its diverse network of partners, which allows for flexibility, customization and access to a wide range of services and resources. It facilitates connections in and outside the art world and offers hands-on production, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities. (Source: Dwelling Projects)

The header image is of Sofia Bastidas planning for a 2014 exhibition with Izam Zawahra, in Zawahra’s Espacio 20-20 gallery in Santurce, PuertoRico. The image is provided courtesy of Valeria Guillén.

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BBC Photography Gallery presents Karina Rocco’s ‘Warmth’

Starting Wednesday, February 4th at the FIU Photography Gallery, located at the Biscayne Bay Campus, Karina Rocco will be sharing her work in the exhibition Warmth.

Rocco is an emerging photographer, born in 1985 in Arica, Chile. In 2001, she moved to Miami, where she is currently based. She is pursuing a dual degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Florida International University, where she will graduate in 2015. (Source: Karina Rocco)

The FIU Photography Gallery – and this exhibition – is directed by Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, Professors of Photography.

Warmth will run from February 4th to March 4th, 2015 at the FIU Photography Gallery: 3000 N.E. 145 Street, Academic II – Room 105, North Miami, Florida 33181. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m..

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Michael Namkung and Nathalie Alfonso Present Large-Scale Exhibition at FATVillage

Assistant Professor Michael Namkung and College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Nathalie Alfonso (BFA ’14) will present Among Body Marks, an exhibition of works by the two artists at The Projects of FATVillage (Flagler Arts and Technology Village). The exhibition is curated by Alfonso, who was once Namkung’s own student at FIU Art + Art History.

Alfonso and Namkung investigate the language of mark-making through rigorous use of the body, producing works that manifest the physicality of movement relying on intense practice and repetition. Among Body Marks also offers rare insight into the student-teacher dynamic in the development of emerging art practices. (Source: Among Body Marks)

Along with the opening of the exhibition will occur a workshop hosted by Namkung (Sunday, February 15th at 9AM), an artists’ talk (Wednesday, February 25th at 6PM), and a closing reception (Saturday, February 28th at 6PM).

Among Body Marks will open on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 6PM at The Projects of FATVillage: 523 NW 1 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304.


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FIU Launches FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative in Partnership with the Creative Class Group

In support of CARTA 2020 and our engaged mission to use the power of architecture + the arts to create, innovate and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, I am pleased to announce a partnership with Dr. Richard Florida and the Creative Class Group and the launch of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative.

Strategically based at CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios, the 3-year research initiative promotes an understanding of the factors accelerating greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy, and specifically, CARTA’s impact on Miami’s creative talent base in the areas of arts, architecture, culture, design, and communication.

CARTA faculty and students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Dr. Florida and the Creative Class Group on research projects and to participate in CCG-FIU joint workshops, design charrettes, and creativity salons.

The first creativity salon will be held on January 29th at the Wolfsonian-FIU and will feature Roberto Rovira, Chair of Landscape Architecture + Urban and Environmental Design; Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine; CCG Founder Richard Florida; and FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. I invite you to RSVP today, as seating is limited.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative immediately positions CARTA with the opportunity to become a regional and national thought leader in how creativity, design, and culture drive economies. It is through dynamic partnerships such as this—partnerships that integrate research, learning, engagement, and entrepreneurship — that we will achieve our vision of becoming the nation’s preeminent College of Architecture + The Arts.

Please join me in welcoming Richard Florida, Rana Florida, and the Creative Class Group to FIU and CARTA. The University’s official press release announcing the partnership is included below for your reference.

Warmest regards,

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Brian Schriner



MIAMI (Jan. 20, 2015)- FIU and the Creative Class Group (CCG), founded by Richard Florida,  have joined forces to launch the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, a project to harness creative and entrepreneurial forces that can help accelerate greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative will engage political, business and cultural leaders, faculty, students, alumni and the greater community in a dialogue on how creativity, culture and design can drive a regional economy.

“At FIU we see creativity and the arts as equal partners with technology and entrepreneurship in moving our economy and job creation forward,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative is our way of helping to galvanize these forces in our community so that we create solutions, take full advantage of the opportunities that exist and create new ones.”

The three-year initiative, which will be based in the College of Architecture  + the Arts‘ Miami Beach Urban Studios, on Lincoln Road, will kick off with an event on Thursday, January 29th at 6 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

This first salon will focus on the topic of creating public spaces that ignite creativity and promote community, often referred to as “place making.”  The discussion will feature Florida in conversation with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Chairperson Roberto Rovira. Florida, Levine and Rovira will discuss Miami Beach’s creative future around arts, design, culture, innovation and entrepreneurship and invite ideas on how to further support the revitalization and creative energy around the Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road and Washington Ave. area. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

“The key asset to any city is talent,” said Levine. “We are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem where existing talent will want to stay and work and where new talent will want to launch startups.”

In addition to other salons throughout the year, CCG will conduct research to further understand and define Miami’s creative economy and its impact on the region. The study will examine Greater Miami’s talent base, greatest needs and talent-based advantages.

“Greater Miami is at an inflection point,” said Florida.  “Its economy, historically based on tourism and retirement, is shifting to a more robust creative economy, built around its stature as a global city: its ability to attract talent from Latin America, Europe and around the world; its global airport, its natural assets and quality of place; its arts and culture; educational institutions, and the ongoing resurgence of its urban core. These assets will be critical economic drivers for Miami’s future. We are looking forward to partnering with FIU to bring the city some insights.”

FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton noted that this initiative is directly tied to goals in the strategic plans of the College of Architecture + the Arts and FIU.

“Traditionally universities have served as catalysts for the creative economy, helping to create ecosystems where creative talent and enterprises thrive,” said Furton. “We want to use all of our resources, including the talents of students and faculty in the College of Architecture + The Arts, to spur economic development in Miami and beyond.”

About CARTA:  
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture and the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty in nationally ranked programs in the heart of Miami and Miami Beach — two of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at carta.fiu.edu.

About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

About CCG:  
The Creative Class Group (CCG) is an advisory services firm composed of leading next-generation researchers, academics, and business strategists. Utilizing its unique approach and metrics,  CCG works with companies and governments worldwide.  Founder, Richard Florida, the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at The University of Toronto’s, Rotman School of Management and Global Research Professor at NYU.  He is Senior Editor at The Atlantic where he cofounded and serves as Editor-at-Large for City Lab and is a Visiting Fellow of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Rana Florida, CEO of who writes on business and entrepreneurship for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, serves as Director of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Steven Pedigo, Director of Research at CCG is a Visiting Fellow.  Reham Alexander, CCG’S Director of Events will run the events programming for the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  www.creativeclass.com

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‘Shallow Depth,’ Exhibition by CARTA Chairs, Opens at MBUS

On Thursday evening, January 15th, Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami opened at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The exhibition includes work by Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Department of Art + Art History), and Roberto Rovira (Chair of the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design).

Shallow Depth drew more than 50 viewers that included students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. In attendance were also CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon and Christian Larsen, curator of the Wolfsonian-FIU.

Shallow Depth is the first collaboration of Jason Chandler, Jacek J. Kolasinski, and Roberto Rovira, an architect, an artist, and a landscape architect, respectively. The exhibition collapses the disciplinary boundaries of these three educators to reveal the complexities of the city in which they live and work. For each of them, Miami is a context that frames and provides source material for their individual métiers. Miami’s surreal aura of geological flatness and precarious nature, mixed with the global ambition and subtropical context of a famously diverse city, enriches and challenges the work of this trio.

This collaboration reflects a long and sporadic conversation about how three individuals could make a shared exhibition that would be greater than the sum of its parts. The three represented disciplines are closely allied, and each participant is engaged in practice. Drawing, photography and the making of books and printed material were valued modes of representation.

Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami will be on display until March 5th, 2015 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL. Free and open to the public.

Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, as well as a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland, where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009, and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo, and Joe Locke.

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CARTA Artist-in-Residence Helps Celebrate Biscayne Bay’s 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, January 10th, 2014, p​addlers celebrated Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves 40th anniversary month-long celebration by participating in the of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves concluded with the “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” event, held last Saturday. The participants traveled via catamaran and paddle craft to an island in the northern part of the aquatic preserves in order to celebrate the bay and pledge their own personal eco-action for the stewardship of the aquatic preserves.

The “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” adventure paddle participants were invited to travel via canoes, kayaks kayaked and paddleboards along a three-mile route to Helker’s Island, while non-paddlers enjoyed a catamaran tour of the aquatic preserves aboard Miami-Dade County’s Pelican Skipper.

Xavier Cortada , international eco-artist and artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, led an eco-art project installation on Helker’s Island using green flags painted by schoolchildren from around the county. The students who painted seahorses and text on the green flags were asked to pledge an eco-action — a personal commitment to help Biscayne Bay not just survive, but thrive, for the next 40 years. (See http://cortada.com/2014/LittoralCreatures/EcoActions).

As the paddlers approached the island, they were greeted by a line of painted flags floating on the water and crossing the shoreline and into the island’s tree hammock. Participants followed the line and selected the flags that most resonated with them. On land, they gathered in a circle and read them to each other in a circle, as they, too, pledged their own eco-action.

“The installation referenced the interconnectedness of land and water,” said Cortada. “It also emphasized our role as stewards. The actions we take or fail to take on land directly impact on our precious bay.”

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Pip Brant Featured in PAXy’s First Community Event “I’m sick of Symmetry.”

Associate Professor Pip Brant will be featured in I’m sick of Symmetry., the first community event of non-profit cultural arts organization PAXy.

The exhibition of visual arts, music, architectural installation, and performances is curated by Odalis Valdivieso, who co-founded FALL SEMESTER (CARTA News: September 2014).

The event is described in the following statement:

Untitled Stage, 2015: In the fashion of design, a group of artworks are arranged as bodies of a total entity; Each one pointing out shapes, gestures, and collages, fragmenting of the world of representation. Separate realities merge into one as the stage is an object as much as the theatre itself, the audience, the lights, the video, the painting, the collage, and the photograph, The group of artists selected, present works that seem open, transitional; somehow reflecting their studio practice privileging experimentation and depth within their tasks. (Source: PAXy)

I’m sick of Symmetry. will feature the following artists, musicians, and designers:

Angela Valella
Antonia Wright
Bhakti Baxter
Consuelo Castañeda
Diego Singh
Gustavo Matamoros
Loriel Beltran
Mauricio Gonzalez
Pip Brant
Sara Stites

10PM – 11PM: Deaf Poets
DJ AlexAlejandro
DJ SirChampa

Architectural/Lighting Installation
Alan D’Amore
Fabio Segre
Francesco del Conte
Luis Valdes Bartroli

I’m sick of Symmetry. will take place on Saturday, January 17th, 2014 at 5PM at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: 404 NW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33127. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. For more information on the venue, visit www.miamilightproject.com.

The header image is provided courtesy of PAXy.

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Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) Exhibits Work at PAMM and New York’s Garth Greenan Gallery

College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) is exhibiting her paintings and drawings at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York. The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 8th, and it is the first U.S. exhibition of Gitman’s since 2011. On view are seven naturalistic paintings and eight figure drawings created between 2012 and 2014. In addition, Gitman will present a mid-career retrospective entitled Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Thursday, February 26th.

Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery focuses on two bodies of her recent work—life-sized “portraits” of fur purses and a series of diminutive drawings based on compositions by the Old Masters. Set against shallow, neutral-colored backgrounds, each of the fur purses is meticulously rendered from close, direct observation. Gitman paints in oils, hair by hair, creating surfaces that are soft and seductive, yet austere in their precision. Many of the purses feature abstract patterns evocative of early and mid-twentieth century painterly traditions. Evoking modernist compositional techniques, Gitman’s paintings are resolutely frontal, their imagery extending nearly edge-to-edge. A number of the paintings reinforce this subtle formal dialogue by incorporating veiled references to canonical artists like Kazimir Malevich and Mark Rothko. Like her paintings, Gitman’s new figure drawings are also about the erotics of vision. Her tightly cropped figures hover just on the surface of the picture plane, almost within the viewer’s reach. Simultaneously, the medium—graphite on Mylar—lends the images a kind of evanescence, an immaterial quality that makes them difficult to fully grasp. (Source: Garth Greenan Gallery)

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami will feature 19 works that represent four phases of her career and 14 years of creativity. PAMM said, “set against shallow backgrounds of neutral color, Gitman’s depictions of necklaces, beaded purses, and fur purses make a powerful impact that belies their small scale and banal subject matter.” (For more information on her upcoming exhibition at PAMM, click here.)

Victoria Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery (529 West 20th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10011) will run until Saturday, February 14th, 2015. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 6PM For more information, please contact Garth Greenan at (212) 929-1351, or email garth@garthgreenan.com.

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye will run from February 26th to May 31st, 2015 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. For hours and admission information, click here.

Victoria Gitman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History from the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts, and she graduated through the FIU Honors College. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo (CARTA News: August 2014), the David Nolan Gallery in New York, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among others.

This article was written with the help of the Garth Greenan Gallery.

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FIU Art + Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition Featured at Untitled Art Fair

Art Week featured the culmination of the 2014 collaboration between Untitled Art Fair and the College of Architecture + The Arts Department of Art + Art History.  Graduate Master of Fine Arts students whose works were displayed in an Art Week exhibition at Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery were featured in a “mini documentary”  that played in the VIP lounge during the run of the Untitled Art Fair.  Student video interviews allowed the artists to explain the works on exhibition and speak about their artistic process and theoretical framework. CARTA sincerely thanks Alan Randolph and Jeff Lawson of Untitled for generously offering this opportunity for our students to be featured at one of the most prestigious art fairs.  We look forward to continued and expanded collaboration throughout 2015.

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CARTA Dean’s Fellow Robert Zuckerman Conducts Workshop at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High

Braddock’s LAMP students sponsored a workshop for parents, faculty, students, and staff members on Thursday, November 20th with celebrated photographer Robert Zuckerman, Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the College of Architecture + The Arts.

Zuckerman captivated a room full of 44 participants, speaking about his career and life experiences with photography and film. He engaged the students with methods and techniques that they could apply to their own personal photographs; afterwards participants were able to apply those methods, capturing photographs of one another.

Cynthia Camacho and photographer Robert Zuckerman take time to
pose for a photo opportunity
Senior Marcos Rodriguez
Students moving about the space for photo opportunities
Zuckerman speaking to participants involved in workshop
Taking a photo, of a photo?
BTV, Sabrina Angel-Bello
Junior Stephanie Jorge
Junior Kassandra Fallon preparing her camera

This article was reposted from Braddock Visual & Performing Arts. All photography in this article is the property of Braddock Visual & Performing Arts.

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MFA Student Leandra Arvazzetti Collaborates with Chris Bosh on New Tie Line

Leandra Arvazzetti, Master of Fine Arts candidate at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, and two other artists have collaborated with Miami Heat player Chris Bosh on launching his new fall collection of neckties and bowties, called Mr. Nice Tie. The unveiling of the tie line and Arvazzetti’s work will take place on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Bosh will be at Little Haiti’s Yeelen Gallery to present works by artists Jerome Soimaud, Tim Okamura, and Leandra Arvazzetti. Arvazzetti has made two pieces out of Bosh’s ties, one being a dress and the other an installation. Okamura’s “Love, Strength and Soul” exhibition features large-scale portraits of empowered African-American women in urban settings. Soimaud’s painting “I Am a Man” is a nod to relationships between fathers and sons. (Source: SouthFlorida.com)

The unveiling event will occur on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 9PM-Midnight at Yeelen Galler: 294 NW 54th St., Miami, Florida. Free and open to the public. There will be live music, a photo booth, food by Smoothies Candy and cocktails by Premier Beverage.

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