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John Bailly, Pip Brant, and Ralph Provisero Involved in Meetinghouse, A New Miami Collective and Exhibition

College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus John Bailly (FIU BFA ’90), Pip Brant (Associate Professor at FIU Art + Art History), and Ralph Provisero (Adjunct Faculty at FIU Art + Art History) will be featured in a new collective project and exhibition called Meetinghouse.

Meetinghouse is a collective project and exhibition driven to create a visual dialog based on an appreciation of objects and object-making in several disciplines of the arts, architecture and design. Meetinghouse stresses the appreciation of time with an object and its inherent poetic narrative both as a viewer and as maker. Meetinghouse looks to past collectives such as Roycroft, Bauhaus and Shaker communities for context, guidance, and inspiration. (Source: Meetinghouse)

The artists participating in Meetinghouse are:

Moira Holohan
Stuart Sheldon
John Bailly
Pip Brant
Kathleen Hudspeth
Frances Trombly
Robert Thiele
Austin Matheson
Jacob Brillhart
Molly McGreevy
Tamara Gubernat
Carolina Moscoso
Jenny Brillhart
Sebastian Gray
Ralph Provisero
Kristen Thiele
Alice Raymond
Juana Valdes
Tom Virgin
Jeff Brillhart
Chris Page
Veruska Vasconez
Philip Bonnery
Alexandra Katzman
Rocco Ceo
Benji Cospolite

Meetinghouse will open on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 6PM at The Huntington Building: 168 SE 1 Street, PH Floor, Miami, Florida 33131.

An Art Basel Party for Meetinghouse will take place on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 5PM-8PM at The Huntington Building.

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Peggy Levison Nolan Featured in Girls’ Club Exhibition and Panel Discussion at Broward College

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Peggy Levison Nolan, Adjunct Professor, is featured in a new exhibition by Girls’ Club called Making Space: Beyond a Room at Broward College’s Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Nolan was also a participant in a a panel discussion for the exhibition that took place on Thursday, November 20th.

The following information about the exhibition is provided by The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery.

Making Space: Beyond a Room is a multi-media exhibition that builds upon the discussion of women’s creative practice and access presented in Virginia Woolf’s 1929 feminist essay, “A Room of One’s Own.”  This exhibition examines the current status of creative space for female artists today and how this space is constructed and defended by both male and female artists. The works in the exhibition incorporate solutions that are abstracted, actual, invented and psychological, demonstrating the myriad ways that artists make space, and the diversity ultimately produced by them.

Curated from the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Making Space features contemporary work from internationally and nationally renowned artists as well as prominent local artists, including: Tracey Emin, Mickalene Thomas and Rania Matar, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Scott Daniel Ellison, Kate Gilmore, Peggy Levison Nolan, Teresa Diehl and Julie Davidow.

Public programming accompanying the exhibition includes a panel discussion and a poetry reading.

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is located at 3501 SW Davie Rd Building 6, Davie, FL 3331 and is free and open to public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 9am – 3pm, with extended hours on Wednesday from 9am – 8pm, or by appointment.

For more information please contact Angel Clyman, Gallery Director, via phone (954-201-6984) or email (aclyman@broward.edu).

About the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery
Since 1965, Broward College Central Campus Fine Arts Gallery has exhibited art works from over 150 regional, national and international artists such as Carl Andre, Hernan Bas, Judy Chicago, Angi Curreri, Yuri Dojc, Duane Hanson, Kenneth Huff, Nam June Paik, Pilar Tobin and Pablo Picasso. In 2012, Broward College opened the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, located in the state-of-the-art Visual & Performing Arts Building. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is a non-profit institution serving BC student, faculty and the greater south Florida arts community.

About Broward College
The Visual & Performing Arts Department at Broward College has been presenting works of exceptional artistic quality to the viewing public since 1960. Productions in Dance, Theatre and Music along with Visual Art Exhibitions have thrilled and educated thousands of satisfied patrons.

Join us on the web at www.mybrowardvpa.com for information about our faculty, classes, programs of study and our performance and exhibition calendar.

Making Space: Beyond a Room runs from November 20th, 2014 to January 21st, 2015, with an opening reception on November 20th from 6PM-9pm and a panel discussion at 6:30pm, and a closing reception and poetry reading on January 21st, 2015 from 6PM-7:30pm.

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Peggy Levison Nolan and Alumnus Augusto Mendoza Host Discussion at Miami Book Fair International

PLN-BTOn Saturday, November 22nd, Peggy Levison Nolan, Adjunct Professor, will host a discussion at Miami Book Fair International about “words and pictures, pictures with words, words with pictures, words, and pictures.” Nolan will hold the discussion at the fair’s EXILE Book Lounge. Books Are Nice!, a publishing and graphic design organization founded by Augusto Mendoza (FIU BFA ’12) in 2011, is co-hosting this event with Nolan.

EXILE Books is presenting the first Artist’s Book Lounge at Miami Book Fair International this year. EXILE Books is a pop-up artist’s bookstore that migrates throughout Miami. At every venue EXILE evolves, presenting a thematically-curated selection of titles and public programing, including lectures, performances, workshops, and events. At the Artist’s Book Lounge, EXILE surveys the radical history and legacy of artists’ publications. In addition to interactive happenings exploring print culture, EXILE will showcase an accessible cross-section of independent and self-published books, monographs, periodicals, zines, ephemera, editions, and other printed matter. (Source: Miami Book Fair International)

Peggy Levison Nolan’s discussion will take place on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 2PM, at the Exile Book Lounge of Miami Book Fair International: Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132, Room 2103 (Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 2103).

The featured image above is “Untitled (stickers), 2011″ by Peggy Levison Nolan.

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11 / 11 Exhibition Features Faculty Member, Alumna

11 / 11 – Eleven Artists on the Eleventh Month, a new exhibition in the Miami cultural community, will feature Associate Professor Pip Brant  and alumna Mary Larsen (FIU BFA ’12). The exhibit is curated by Rafael Lopez-Ramos, in cooperation with Sergio Payares Studio in support of Miami local artists.

This exhibition “includes 11 artists and is occurring in the eleventh month of the year, November – a coincidence that turns into synchronicity. Thus, the 11:11 numerical sequence popped-up. There is no better image / concept to found an artistic project on than these numerals, evocative of human growing and spiritual enlightenment –a path especially important in times of turmoil and distress as the ones humankind is going through now.” (Source: Rafael Lopez-Ramos)

This show is about gathering art works on a true spirit of friendship, and these works result from a similar concept of art that seeks a balance between a thoughtful narrative and a crafting that corresponds to its aesthetic and semiotic needs, but is in no way an end by itself. Art is a way of thinking with the tip of the fingers, while teaching its viewers to think with their eyes. (Source: Rafael Lopez-Ramos)

The artists in the 11 /11 exhibition are:

Pip Brant
Adriano Buergo
Randy Burman
Ana Albertina Delgado
Miguel Dotres
Tomas Esson (on loan from the Stefania Barrionuevo Collection)
Mary Larsen
Rafael Lopez-Ramos
Sergio Payares
Natasha Perdomo
Magin Perez Ortiz

11 / 11 – Eleven Artists on the Eleventh Month opens on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7PM at 1480 NE 131 St. Unit 105, North Miami FL 33161. For more information, call (305)-338-2968.

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Lidu Yi Curates Exhibitions by Wang Qingsong and Koizumi Kishio at the Frost

Wang Qingsong, New Women, 2000, Chromogenic print, 47 ½ x 86 ½ inches, Collection of Craig Robins

Wang Qingsong, New Women, 2000, Chromogenic print, 47 ½ x 86 ½ inches, Collection of Craig Robins

Dr. Lidu Yi, Assistant Professor, has curated two exhibitions at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum – Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum (opens this Wednesday, November 8th) and the Wolfsonian-FIU Teaching Exhibition Koizumi Kishio—Remembering Tokyo.

Wang Qingsong is considered one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists. He turned from painting to photography in the late 1990s, and currently works in documentary, staged and scroll photography, computer-generated images, and sculpture. ADinfinitum features large scale photographic masterpieces which show the earthshaking changes occurring in contemporary China, and the contradictions and problems brought about by this rapid transition. (Source: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)

Pagoda of Tennoji Temple at Yanaka, April 1936

Pagoda of Tennoji Temple at Yanaka, April 1936

Woodblock print artist Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945) produced a famous art series between 1928 and 1940 that hearkens back to memories of Kanto before the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This earthquake was the worst natural disaster ever to strike Japan. Using art as a social record, Kishio produced works that are fond memories of the old imperial capital as well as accounts of the resurrection of Tokyo. (Source: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)

Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum will open on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. The Wolfsonian Teaching Exhibition Koizumi Kishio—Remembering Tokyo is currently on display and will run until January 11th, 2014. Free and open to the public.

The images in the header image are: “Memorial Hall for the Great Earthquake, September 1932″ by Koizumi Kishio, Courtesy of The Wolfsonian-FIU and Follow Me, 2003 by Wang Qingsong (Chromogenic print, 47 ¼ x 118 ¼ inches), Courtesy of the Artist.

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Chair Jacek Kolasinski, Vizcaya CAP Collaborator 2014

On Wednesday, November 5th, Chair Jacek Kolasinski will participate in a panel discussion at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is a commission program that invites artists to develop site-specific work inspired by Vizcaya. The program, which was initiated in 2006, is intended to reinvigorate Vizcaya with the creative dialogue that characterized its foundation and to provide visitors with new ways of seeing the historic estate. (Source: Vizcaya Musuem & Gardens)

On November 5th, Professor Kolasinski and six other CAP participants will discuss “Evolution.” The museum describes the discussion in the following statement:

Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about what it means for the museum, its visitors and artists to commission contemporary art at an historic place. We’re taking the opportunity to reflect: bringing back past CAP artists, connecting with this year’s artists and positioning where we might take the future of contemporary art at Vizcaya. (Source: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens)

The discussion will be moderated by Susan Caraballo of ArtCenter/South Florida (and former CAP Assistant Curator/Producer) and will feature:

Gina Wouters (Curator, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens)

Gustavo Matamoros (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2007/2013)

Ernesto Oroza (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2011)

Naomi Fisher (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2012)

Robert Chambers (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2013)

Felecia Carlisle (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2014)

Jacek Kolasinski (Vizcaya CAP Collaborator 2014)

“Contemporary Arts Program: Evolution” will take place on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30PM-9:30PM at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: 3251 South Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33129. Free and open to the public, but requiring RSVP at capevolution.eventbrite.com.

The image featured is provided courtesy of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

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Michael Namkung in Rio de Janeiro to Host Drawing Gym Workshops and Performance at Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Assistant Professor Michael Namkung will be in Rio de Janeiro for the week of Monday, November 3rd. As a Visiting Artist, he will host Drawing Gym workshops at the Universidade Federal Do Estado Do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and he will be doing a performance at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.

Although Namkung’s drawing practice is known for its emphasis on the human body and movement, his practice crosses disciplinary boundaries. His work employs live performance, drawing and video installations, training performance groups, and other socially engaged practices.

“The Drawing Gym projects encourage people to become aware of their bodies and to explore their physical limits during the activity of drawing,” said Namkung. “I’m interested in testing discomfort, giving permission to experience pain, and the meaning of failure. I have a continuing preoccupation with the expression and representation of the vulnerability that is exposed under these conditions. These experiences are also registered as biomorphic drawings composed of marks that refer directly to spatial and temporal measures of the body, as well as to attempts to repeatedly delineate and reveal its shifting boundaries.” (Source: CARTA News, September 2013)

“In Drawing Gym, I explore the intersection of drawing and athletics by combining strenuous exercise with traditional drawing tools, making drawings based on movements of my body and the bodies of others,” he said. “Combining drawing and regular physical exercise to explore the contours of human embodiment as a repetitive and performative act, this project suggests our physical boundaries are constantly in flux, and move to the degree we push against them.” (Sources: CARTA News, October 2014; Michael Namkung)

Namkung will host Drawing Gym workshops with Performance Studies students at UNIRIO. At Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Namkung will host a socially engaged performance of the Drawing Gym.

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Art History Student and FIU Alumni Help Launch New ICA Miami!

Christine Fernandez, an FIU student studying to get her BA in Art History, is participating in the launch of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). College of Architecture + The Arts alumni are also a part of this new art space: Kerri Kneer (FIU Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies ’10) as Registrar and Exhibitions Manager, Crystal Molinary (FIU BFA ’06) as Outreach Programs Manager, and Fabienne Rosseau (FIU BFA ’09) as Museum Educator.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collections, the ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time. (Source: ICA Miami)

Fernandez is an Administrative Assistant for ICA Miami. Currently, she is coordinating interns for the museum’s daily operations and volunteers for one of the inaugural exhibitions, entitled Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes, which will open during Art Basel week in December.

At FIU, Fernandez is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Photography. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Art/Art Studies at Miami Dade College in 2013. She has worked as an intern for the Director of Production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and as an Education/Programs Assistant for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Now, Fernandez is a part of a new hub in the arts community.

When asked about her academic experience at FIU, Fernandez said, “ICA Miami believes contemporary art can be a catalyst for developing critical thinking skills in diverse audiences. The goal of ICA’s Education & Outreach initiatives is to offer inter-disciplinary curricula that focus on the exchange of art and ideas. I believe this coincides with my education here at FIU because, ​like FIU, ICA is dedicated to experimentation and the exchange of ideas.”

To find out more about internship and volunteer opportunities at the new ICA Miami, contact Christine Fernandez directly at cfernandez@icamiami.org. She is currently looking for volunteers for Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes, described in the statement below. To volunteer for Sanatorium, click the following link: Sanatorium Volunteer “TherapistApplication.

Sanatorium [is] an ongoing performative project that mixes art and psychology. The installation takes the form of a transient clinic, in which receptionists and “therapists” trained by the artist, help visitors with their individual needs. Reyes’s therapies leverage a range of methods—from Gestalt psychology, psychodrama, and hypnosis, to theater warm-up exercises, conflict-resolution techniques, and trust-building games.

First presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2011, and radically adapted with each subsequent iteration, Sanatorium at ICA Miami reflects the region’s dynamic landscape and community. Trained as an architect, born and based in Mexico, Reyes is known for his structures, relational installations, and his performance and video work, which have been presented internationally. (Source: ICA Miami)

The featured image is provided courtesy of Christine Fernandez.

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BFA Alumni Receive 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowships!

College of Architecture + The Arts alumni Richard LaBarbera (BFA ’02) and Jillian Mayer (BFA ’07), along with artist Ben Morey, have received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for 2014.

Below is a press release distributed by the Broward Cultural Division.

Three Broward County artists have been named as recipients of the 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowships. Richard LaBarbera ($15,000) – Photography; Jillian Mayer ($15,000) – Video; and Ben Morey ($15,000) Mixed Media were recently selected to receive this esteemed, five-county artist fellowship. This year’s selection is from a record-breaking group of more than 310 applicants. In total, 13 fellowships were awarded in the five-county area – Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin counties.

The recipients were selected during a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. The 2014 regional panel, whose selections are conducted anonymously and based solely on the evaluation of the artists’ work as evidenced by samples submitted, included: Adler Guerrier, 2013 SFCC Fellowship Recipient (Miami-Dade); Maria Elena Ortiz, Curatorial Assistant, Perez Art Museum Miami (Miami-Dade); Marisa Pascucci, Curator of 29th Century & Contemporary Art, Boca Museum of Art (Palm Beach); Jane Hart, Curator, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (Broward); Christina Petterson, 2012 SFCC Fellowship recipient (Broward); and Amanda Sanfilippo, Curator/Director of Development, Locust Projects (Miami-Dade).

The submissions selected by the regional panel were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel comprised of: Jarrett Earnest, art historian, writer and co-director of the 1:1 arts space in New York, NY; Tumelo Mosaka, Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign-Urbana, IL; and Cassie Thornton, artist from Oakland, CA.

A juried exhibition featuring the works of the 13 South Florida regional recipients is scheduled to be presented at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach in January 2015.

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists is a cooperative project funded in part with the support of the boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe counties and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

Applications for the 2015 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program are now available at http://www.callforentry.org. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 31, 2014. For further details and instructions visit Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs website.

Visit the Broward Cultural Division website for additional information on the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Broward County recipients.

About the Broward Cultural Division
Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has more than 1.8 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,523 arts-related businesses employing 23,497 people, 823 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs. For more information about the Broward Cultural Division, call 954-357-7457.

About South Florida Cultural Consortium
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe counties, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

The featured image is provided courtesy of Andy Royston, photographer.

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‘Manifest Destiny’ at Little Haiti Cultural Center Features Faculty and Alumni

The College of Architecture + the Arts’ Pip Brant (Associate Professor) and Edison Penafiel (FIU BFA ’14) are featured in a new exhibition at the Little Haiti Cultural Center called Manifest Destiny. The exhibition is presented by the Little Haiti Cultural Complex Gallery, Tradisyon Lakou Lakay, and Future Roots Collective, and is curated by Marie Vickles, Curator-In-Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex Gallery.

This exhibition explores humanity’s desire to understand and define the “manifestation of destiny,” at both the individual level and as a part of the larger human collective. The concept of Manifest Destiny is explored as a recurring theme of will, power and in more contemporary times, as the channeling of esoteric energy and desire. This theme is further illustrated by the work in this exhibition as it relates to the pre-colonial and westward “settlement” of the Americas, in the late 19th century through present day 21st century. (Source: Curatorial Commentary, Little Haiti Cultural Center)

29 local artists are featured in Manifest Destiny:

Laetitia Adam  Barbara Bollini  Pip Brant  Carter Jackson Brown  James Brutus
Randy Burman  Jean Chiang  Elaine Defibaugh  Sokari Ekine  Ingrid Espinal  Marguerite Gil
Ani Gonzalez  Henry Grunberg  Jennifer Kay  Christian Mejia  Aurora Molina  Guilherme Moraes
Adriano Nicot  Edison Penafiel  Claudio Picasso  Myriame Pierre  Joel Rabadan  Eduardo Alexander Rabel
Jahaira Ríos-Gálvez  Asser Saint-Val  MA Sentient  Molly Cécile Surazhsky  Hattie Mae Williams  Alex Zastera

Manifest Destiny will run until November 21st, 2014 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center: 212-260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, call (305) 960-2969.

About the Little Haiti Cultural Center/Complex: The Mission of the Little Haiti Cultural Center/Complex (LHCC) is to provide a space that brings together people and ideas to promote, showcase and support Afro-Caribbean culture in South Florida. www.littlehaiticulturalcenter.com

About Tradisyon Lakou Lakay: In existence since March 2001, TLL is founded on the belief that everyone has hidden talents which at times need to be activated and unveiled. TLL makes that possible by facilitating the opportunity for youth to discover their hidden talents through its programs and partnerships. We are all intelligent individuals and have something to offer to our communities and the world we live in. www.tllakayinc.com

About Future Roots Collective: Established in 2003, Future Roots Collective is an ever-evolving group of artists, designers, creatives and community motivators that work in loose, and sometimes tight, collaborative efforts to propel the arts in avenues of education, artist development and cultural initiatives. www.futurerootscollective.com

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Large Audience Gathers for Ed Bell of WLRN at FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

Ed Bell, host, producer, and announcer at WLRN, lectured at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios, as part of the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS.

At MBUS, Bell announced his retirement from WLRN after working in the public radio outlet for 37 years. He discussed his work as producer and host of South Florida Arts Beat, and he discussed influences on his taste for Jazz, Blues, and Rock N’Roll.

Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam) helped to lead the talk with Bell. CARTA Dean Brian Schriner and many of Bell’s friends and colleagues were in attendance at MBUS for the event, and Russel Mofsky of The Gold Dust Lounge and Andrew Yeomanson of Spam Allstars performed a musical piece in honor of Bell’s career.

Bell has been involved in the local music scene since getting his start on the air at the University of Miami’s WVUM in 1971. In the years that followed, he co-produced jazz legend “Symphony Sid” Torin’s show on the all-jazz WBUS, Miami Beach. Bell hosted live broadcasts of Jazz concerts on WTMI from the Airliner Jazz Club and worked as a sound designer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Since starting at WLRN 91.3 FM in 1977, Ed has spearheaded many initiatives in support of South Florida’s jazz and blues artists, especially in his work as a promoter and concert series producer. One of Ed’s most distinguished efforts as a jazz producer was his role as a principal co-founder of the Hollywood Jazz Festival. From 1983 to 1986, Ed turned the festival into a memorable weekend of television and live radio broadcasts of top locally, nationally and even internationally known jazz musicians. In his first twenty years at WRLN, Ed was instrumental in making WLRN South Florida’s premier jazz and blues station. Soon after coming to WLRN, he began his Lunchtime Miami program featuring a broad history of great American music, jazz, blues and R&B. Each Friday, he produced a half-hour segment called South Florida’s Own that highlighted the work of the best local jazz, blues and R&B musicians. Interspersing his music presentations with intelligent interviews featuring international, national and local musicians and cultural arts leaders, the show became a unique presentation on the South Florida radio dial. In June, 1995, local news magazine New Times deemed Ed the Best Local Jazz Advocate in its best of South Florida issue. (Source: WLRN)

Bell brought his broadcast production expertise in January 1999 to a new program called Topical Currents, broadening his radio presentations to include diverse cultural arts activities all over South Florida. That show is now called South Florida Arts Beat, broadcasting regionally to four counties in South Florida (from Jupiter to Key West) and worldwide on WLRN’s Internet site every Friday at 1:00 pm, EST. (Source: WLRN)

The four-part lecture series of the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS culminates in a curated CARTA exhibition at UNTITLED during Art Basel | Miami Beach. This public-private partnership between the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts and UNTITLED Art Fair and Helmut Schuster aligns with the strategic goals outlined in CARTA 2020. Dean Brian Schriner said, “It is an excellent opportunity to (re)introduce CARTA – our faculty, students, professional staff, and alumni – to the community, while being a vital part of Art Basel and the international arts community.”

Through this partnership, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts aims to set itself apart as a national and global thought-leader in contemporary art and design, and as an institution involved in the local and international artistic and cultural communities through the work of its seven departments. The College also aims to position its Miami Beach Urban Studios, as Dean Schriner put it, “as a global solution-center that utilizes the power of architecture and the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.”

The next event in the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS series will occur on Monday, November 17th, 2014. Check the website for more details. http://arttalksmiami.com/.

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New exhibition at MAC Fine Art features alumni and faculty

MAC Fine Art will open a new exhibition called Sidetracked on Saturday, October 18th during Art Fallout 2014. The exhibition will feature several FIU students, alumni, and faculty.

Below is a statement by the gallery about Sidetracked:

Sidetracked is a group show curated by Rochi Llaneza in which the work of the artists is either the result of being sidetracked or sidetracking intentionally to accomplish an objective.

[We] came upon this statement from Sir Ken Robinson that sets the tone for this exhibition: “Divergent thinking…is an essential capacity for creativity. It’s the ability to see lots of possible answers to a question, lots of possible ways to interpret a question, to think laterally, to think not just in linear or convergent ways, to see multiple answers, not one.”

The exhibit includes works by

Aaron Arroyave (FIU Medical student)
Eddie Arroyo (FIU BFA ’01)
Lidia Cara
Margarita Castro
Gary Fonseca (FIU BFA ’07)
Julie Friel (FIU MFA ’99)
Bryan Hiveley (Past Instructor, FIU Art + Art History Department)
Galt Mikesell
Alex Nunez
Tina Salvesen
Gretchen Scharnagl (Full-Time Instructor of Art + Art History Department and the Honors College)
Yomarie Silva-O’Neal (FIU MFA ’05)
Daniel Elijah Novem (Daniel Fernandez, FIU BFA ’08)

Sidetracked will open on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5PM at MAC Fine Art: 833 NE 4th Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Free and open to the public.

There will also be a musical performance by Daniel Elijah Novem (Daniel Fernandez, FIU BFA ’08).

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Alumni Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo Leon Gomez are 2015 Artists In Residence at Cannonball

College of Architecture + The Arts alumni Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) and Guillermo León Gómez (FIU BA ’12) have been announced as 2015 artists-in-residence at Cannonball.

Cannonball’s Residency program is “a hybrid, multi-disciplinary program….”

[The program] empowers Miami’s cultural producers and sustains the city’s position as a hotbed for contemporary art by infusing it with artists and arts professionals from around the globe. In an effort to create a new model of cultural exchange in a city popular for its beaches, night life, and art fairs the Residency Program offers artists the first formal live/work environment in Miami. The primary focus of the Residency Program is two-fold: 1) provide long-term, affordable live/work space for Miami artists and 2) offer international artists, scholars, curators, and other cultural producers year-round opportunities to research, create new work, and respond to issues at stake in South Florida.

Founded in October 2010 and generously supported by major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Residency Program is comprised of six live/work spaces. Three of the studio spaces are dedicated to year-long residencies for Miami artists and cultural producers and three are for one-to-three month residencies by visiting national/international artists, curators, writers, scholars, and other cultural producers.

Hosting approximately 15 residents per year, Cannonball complements the Residency Program with a broad menu of educational and professional opportunities for residents. In Fall 2014, Cannonball will inaugurate its research.art.dialogue. (r.a.d) program, an alternative school that will host a faculty of international artists, theorists, and curators. Semester-long courses and intensive seminars will be offered throughout the year. Residents are welcome to participate in all R.A.D.-related programming. Through regular, structured programs such as workshops, presentations, and one-on-one consultations with attorneys, gallerists, and arts professionals, residents receive the tools and knowledge to advance their careers. In addition, residents receive technical and administrative support as needed from Cannonball staff. (Source: Cannonball)

Sofia Bastidas is the founder and director of Dwelling Projects, a traveling residency that supports the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual program. She also sells and advises about Latin American contemporary art.

Guillermo León Gómez has exhibited at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (CARTA News, November 2013) and has fulfilled residencies at Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina and at Inkub8 in Miami, where he held his Sound + Body Lab (CARTA News, August 2014).

The image of Sofia Bastidas is provided courtesy of Teodora Dakova Photography. The image of Guillermo León Gómez is from his work, Untitled (Masking) Video Still, 2012.

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Arist Melisa Caprio Exhibits Work at BBC Photography Gallery

At the FIU Photography Gallery at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, Melisa Caprio is showing her work in Dolphin Human Therapy, starting Monday, October 27th.

To describe the theme behind this exhibition, Caprio presents the following statement:

I sit on the dock and patiently wait; wait for the right moment to click the shutter. I watch therapists and dolphins work with children whose disabilities range from mild to severe. These children come to receive therapy, love and healing. As I watch, I am in awe of the humility, empathy and wonder they possess. As I photograph, I see the children’s confidence grow. They are not judged and they learn what it means to trust themselves and others. I watch as they become more powerful in their own skin. These children represent everything that is intricately complicated and beautiful about humankind. Through photography, they allow me into this world, to behold the beauty of the subject matter as it evolves.

This project started in 2000 and ended for me in 2006. Every day I was blessed with the privilege of being a part of something that cannot be explained in words. The photographs tell a much better story. There is a sacred relationship between the highly intelligent animals and these children who have trouble communicating. When the children are exposed to the dolphins, their little bodies riddled with whatever syndrome or disease, become open and responsive; something magical happens. The animals that I have gotten to know very intimately can read these children and always know exactly what they need to motivate them.

There are thousands of photographs in my collection, which are all unique in their own way. I found something beautiful in the symbiotic relationship between the two. When I watch the dolphins work with those children, I am witnessing something extraordinary happen…and that is something to see.

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

An Artist’s Discussion with Melisa Caprio will take place on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 5PM at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus: 3000 N.E. 145 Street, Academic II – Room 105, North Miami, Florida 33181.

Dolphin Human Therapy will run from October 27th to November 24th, 2014 at the FIU Photography Gallery. Gallery Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11AM – 3PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 4PM – 6PM.

Caprio is currently a fine art photographer, as well as the owner of Postcards to the Universe, a “global movement for manifestation” – and, soon, a book project – that calls individuals to write their wishes and desires on a postcard and send them out into the universe. Some of Caprio’s works are in the collection of the Ringling Museum of Art, she has exhibited at 1310 Gallery and Art Fallout, and she has published two works of literature online related to photography. Caprio also gives workshops on the art of photography and manifestation.

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New Graduate Lab Opens at Studio Room, Biscayne Bay Campus

On FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), Master of Fine Arts students now have a place to study and focus on their coursework. The studio room at the Academic Two building in Room 150 was originally only for painting. Today, its features include sewing machines for surface design – two of which are computerized, Procion Reactive Dyes, Shobori, textile printing, surface embellishment, Macintosh computers and scanners for silk-screening, and a thermo imager. The room also has a 20-foot ceiling and 8-foot-tall north windows that let in natural light.

This is the first time space has been devoted as a Graduate Lab to Master of Fine Arts candidates that frequent BBC. The Lab is also available for Bachelor of Fine Arts students. Thus, peers from these two different programs can work side by side and learn in a calm environment that also allows for camaraderie.

“I have been working in the studio for the past month,” said Nathalie Alfonso, Bachelor of Fine Arts student, who has decided to make use of the resources at the Studio Room and its Grad Lab. “The space is full of natural light, is very clean and has many tables and other materials to work with. It is very quiet, and it’s comfortable to work there.”

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Film ‘Right to Wynwood’ by BFA Alumna to be Screened at The Light Box

A screening and Q&A session for Right to Wynwood, a film made by College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Camila Álvarez (BFA ’13) and Natalie Edgar, will take place at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse and will be hosted by III Points.

Right to Wynwood won Best Documentary Film at the Miami Short Film Festival. Álvarez and Edgar directed the film, Álvarez produced the film, and Edgar is the film’s director of photography. Right to Wynwood explores the issue of gentrification in the booming, cultural center of Miami, FL. The film interviews residents who have been affected by the changes made in Wynwood, and takes a look into the way some longtime residents of the area have left or been pushed out, as restaurants, galleries, and other venues flow in and become part of the cultural scene. The film had its first screening just before Art Basel | Miami Beach weekend 2013. (Source: CARTA News, March 2014)

This weekend’s screening and Q&A will be hosted by III Points, an “art+ music + technology summit in Wynwood,” during its “interactive festival incorporating local and national talent to perform, interact and discuss.” Among the musicians in the line-up for this weekend’s festival is popular indie singer Lykke Li. (Source: III Points on Facebook).

The screening and Q&A for Right to Wynwood will take place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: 404 NW 26th St, Miami, Florida 33127. Free and open to the public.

The featured images is by III Points.

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Michael Namkung Presents Paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference

The College of Architecture + The Arts’ Michael Namkung, Assistant Professor of Drawing, has been selected to present his paper at the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Sarasota this Friday, October 10th.

Additionally, Namkung’s work Baby Picture #36 (pictured above) will be included in a juried exhibition of the 2014 SECAC. The juror for the exhibition is Matthew McLendon, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL. The juror will select one artist to receive a “Best-in-Show” award and may, at his discretion, bestow additional honorable mention awards. (Source: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC))

The juried exhibition of the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference will open on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 to the public, with a members’ reception on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at the Sarasota Art Center: 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Namkung will present his paper, “Drawing Under Duress,” as part of the contemporary drawing panel of the conference. The name of the panel is “Porous Borders: The Changing Face of Contemporary Drawing,” and its purpose is described as the following:

“In the latter part of the 20th century, the perception of exactly what drawing is, or could be, underwent a seismic shift. An activity that had been historically perceived as an act of preparation evolved into a primary means of expression: a sunburned body or channel cut into the floor of the desert could lay claim to the discipline as readily as the traditional mark on a page. Through surface, 20 space, time, and technology, the intervening years have done little to diminish the malleability and elasticity of drawing. From the rigorously traditional to the experimental fringe, this session, the second in a series at SECAC, seeks perspectives on contemporary drawing and the historical precedents that have allowed it to flourish in recent years. A variety of proposals [we]re encouraged from practitioners, critics, and historians invested in the current state of drawing as a primary means of creative activity.” (Source: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC))

Namkung’s “Drawing on Duress” discusses how drawing can offer a “return to the body.” Namkung explains that “as technological mediation of human experience expands, human beings have developed increasingly sedentary and solitary behaviors, becoming ever more disconnected from our bodies. Our body of knowledge on the human condition has become literally disembodied, overly abstract, and set adrift from lived experience. I practice drawing under physical strain to explore a state of consciousness, a condition of vulnerability, and a certainty of failure rooted in the body. I emphasize the activity of drawing as a physical relationship between body and environment, in which drawings define the site of sensory perception, where the self and the world physically touch. This relationship reveals itself in biomorphic drawings composed of marks that refer directly to spatial and temporal measures of the body; drawing as an index of human experience. This paper shares two ongoing drawing investigations. In Drawing Gym, I explore the intersection of drawing and athletics by combining strenuous exercise with traditional drawing tools, making drawings based on movements of my body and the bodies of others. In Baby Pictures, I designed a hybrid drawing-printmaking system to record my newborn son’s movements throughout his first year of life.

The Chair of the contemporary drawing panel of SECAC 2014 is Pete Schulte, University of Alabama and the Co-Chair is Travis Head, Virginia Tech.

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Alex Trimino’s (MFA ’12) Exhibit ‘Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere’ at Diana Lowenstein Gallery

A new exhibition by College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Alex Trimino (FIU MFA ’12) is on display at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery until November 1st, 2014. The exhibition, entitled Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere explores how tradition and new technology can come together to determine how we connect to present reality. The show is the inaugural exhibition for the Diana Lowenstein Gallery’s 2014-2015 season.

The following statement about Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere is provided by Trimino.

Illuminated totem poles covered in crochet, knitting, and found objects reveal the similarities between modern, hi-tech materials (micro-controlled neon lights) and colloquial, lo-tech crafts (crochet, knitting, and weaving) used, creating an equilibrium between traditions, technologies, and generations. Old ways and new technologies commingle together exploring how we connect to reality today. Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere explores the nostalgic desire to revisit time like space, refusing to surrender to the irreversibility of time.

Trimino, born in Colombia, lives and works in Miami, FL. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. As a recipient of the the Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship for Visual Artists, she attended the Ox-Bow Artist Residency affiliated with the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, she has been the recipient of several awards from institutions such as the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Elliot Museum, the Appleton Museum of Art, the Rawls Museum Arts, and the Cambridge Art Association and was selected to participate in an International Art Symposium in Sweden. Her work can be found in public and private collections. (Source: Diana Lowenstein Gallery)

Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere is on display until Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery: 2043 North Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33127. Free and open to the public.

In the header image, the image on the left is provided courtesy of the Diana Lowenstein Gallery, and the image on the right is provided courtesy of Alex Trimino.

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Gianna DiBartolomeo (BFA ’07) Opens Art Exhibit ‘BREATHE’ at Coral Gables Art Walk

On Friday, October 3rd, Gianna DiBartolomeo (FIU BFA ’07) will open BREATHE during the Coral Gables Art Walk.

The following statement about BREATHE is provided by DiBartolomeo.

Gianna DiBartolomeo is a local artist, born and raised in Miami. Ms. DiBartolomeo believes the things we go through in life are not singular but shared by many. Her work is about life’s journey – the places it takes us, the bumps in the road, and the remarkable discoveries along the way.

Breathing is vital to our existence as it supplies our organs with oxygen and is a means to remove toxins from the body. The exhibit BREATHE celebrates this process and serves to remind us to appreciate the good things in our lives and to and release the bad. (Source: Gianna DiBartolomeo)

At the opening reception for BREATHE, there will be tastings and live music.

The opening reception for BREATHE will take place on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8PM at Upstairs Yoga: 3119 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Second Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

The exhibit is on display for the month of October by appointment only. For more information, call the (786) 493-9458.

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Carlos Rigau (BFA ’02) Is Finalist in 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts

The Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, in collaboration with the CINTAS Foundation, has announced College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Carlos Rigau (FIU BFA ’02) as a finalist in the 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts. On Friday, October 10th, an opening reception will be held at MDC’s Freedom Tower, where Rigau will be exhibiting his work.

Carlos Rigau was born in 1978 and raised in Little Havana in Miami, Florida. He graduated in 2002 from FIU with a double major in Fine Art and Television Communications. In 2009, he completed the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College in New York. He has exhibited his work in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Miami, in spaces such as Fabric Workshop, the de la Cruz Collection, Locust Projects, Emerson Dorsch, Tilton Gallery, Nice and Fit Gallery, and David Castillo Gallery. In addition to his work as an artist, Carlos co-directs an experimental, artist-run space named General Practice with Nick Klein, Ibett Yanez and Carlos Ascurra. Rigau is represented by LMAKprojects in New York City.

Rigau said that FIU prepared him for an opportunity such as being a finalist in the CINTAS Foundation competition. “FIU’s Visual Arts program and faculty laid a foundation [for] thinking critically,” said Rigau. “This training would later aid me in shifting through the complexities of the visual world. Working with Peggy Levison Nolan, Constantino Manuel Torres, William Burke, Mirta Gomez del Valle, and Eduardo del Valle sharpened a sense of awareness of how the different media/practices can be read and understood. The time spent in the FIU Art + Art History Department shaped my practice.”

The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. CINTAS (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States and a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts. In June of 2011, the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan to MDC’s Museum of Art + Design of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963. (Source: www.cintasfoundation.org)

The opening reception of the 2014-2015 CINTAS Foundation Fellows Finalist Exhibition in Visual Art will be on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6PM, at the MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Freedom Tower: 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. The exhibition will run until November 9th, 2014. Free and open to the public.

The featured image is provided courtesy of Carlos Rigau.

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