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CGI Windows To Create Scholarship Fund for Architecture Students

CGI Windows and Doors is the latest in a long line of scholarship donors to give to CARTA! The company’s gift will set up a scholarship fund for students in the Department of Architecture, with awards given to both Walk on Water winners and to students who demonstrate exemplary work and a dedication to their education. Please join us in thanking CGI for their generous donation and their support of our students! It is with the help of partners such as them that CARTA can continue to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues and become Worlds Ahead!

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Alumni Association Members Receive a Special Offer for the Opening Night of Six Characters!

FIU Theatre presents Six Characters in Search of an Author, adapted by Steve Moulds from the play by Luigi Pirandello and directed by Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. On opening night, Friday, January 23rd, Alumni Association members receive a discounted rate of $10, and there will be a pre-show reception at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $15. Take advantage of this special offer while enjoying one of theatre’s classic plays – click here to RSVP to the reception and buy your tickets today!

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Important Gift of Pre-Colombian Art Given to CARTA

On December 8, Dean Brian Schriner hosted a reception and dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Juan Toro, formerly of Medellin, Colombia, and New York and now residents of Miami.  The gathering was a celebration of the Toro family’s gift to CARTA of over 40 artifacts from various Pre-Colombian cultures such as the Quimbaya,  Calima, and Tumaco. Selections from the curated collection are displayed at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts’ Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) and are available for public viewing.

A traditional family of ranchers, aviators, and diplomats from Medellin, the Toros have held substantial acreage for agriculture and livestock in the area for well over a century. The land was not only fertile for growing crops, and cultivating and feeding livestock, but very often when the fields were turned or plowed, the ground revealed objects from a far off time, objects that are known by us today as Pre-Colombian Art.

Some pieces were received by the Toros as gifts while others were purchased. Over the years, the collection grew and it became clear that housing such fine pieces in their home could lead to breakage or destruction. The Toros turned to Florida International University, and specifically to CARTA, to be future custodians of the artwork. The collection represents Cauca, Chimu and Narina cultures in addition to those mentioned above, and contains a number of extremely fine, museum-quality examples of the art of those cultures. The Toro family is delighted to make these works available to the public and especially to the students of Florida International University to broaden knowledge of and appreciation for their homeland’s creative arts.

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You’re Invited to the CARTA Holiday Reception!

Join us on Tuesday, December 9th from 6 to 8 pm for the CARTA Holiday Reception at Angelique Euro Café (117 Miracle Mile, Miami, Fl 33134). Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a glass of wine or beer as you catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends! A number of great prizes will also be raffled off during the evening. RSVP to Ashley Garcia at 305.348.4971 or asnigarc@fiu.edu.

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Alumni Spotlight: Mikhaile Solomon, Architecture ’11

Mikhaile Solomon graduated from FIU in 2011 with a Master’s in Architecture, after completing an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts at the University of South Florida. She has years of professional experience in design, education, arts advocacy, and community development.

Solomon has worked with several architecture firms in South Florida, including Arquitectonica, ESA, the Hall Group, and Design2Form, on projects that range from small scale historical preservation to large urban master plans. Solomon has worked with a number of educational initiatives such as FIU’s Upward Bound and Kapow.

In 2013, Solomon founded and currently serves as Director of Prizm Art Fair, a cutting-edge art fair that expands the spectrum of international artists from the global African Diaspora and emerging Markets during Art Basel Miami Beach. Prizm’s mission is to exhibit a diverse roster of artists whose works reflect global trends in contemporary art though a series of cultural events, culminating in an annual curated fair.

Solomon is also the Director of Public Art for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, where she fosters development of programming and facilitates the implementation of arts projects in Opa-locka and the South Florida region. These artistic encounters advance and strengthen the culture that characterizes the uniqueness of the Opa-locka community.

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CARTA Board Member, Park Avenue Pianos CEO, and Renowned Pianist Ronen Segev Hits the High Notes for FIU

A celebrated classical pianist and businessman, who is also a member of the CARTA DLAB (Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board), Ronen “Ronnie” Segev has become one of FIU’s most prominent ambassadors. He has been instrumental in introducing and including FIU in local events which promote our university to all audiences – both those who are already supporters and those who are neophytes to the creative power and potential of our institution.

Through his company Park Avenue Pianos, Segev involved FIU in a private concert at the exclusive launch for the 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith. The company brought a mint condition “Golden Age” Steinway Piano from its collection for a classical performance by Segev, FIU alumna and soprano Rebecca Longtemps and 10-year-old singer and violinist Biana Pinchuk. FlU President Mark Rosenberg attended the event, which was done to support FIU’s music program. With locations in New York City, Miami and Washington D.C., Park Avenue Pianos provides clients with the world’s most finely crafted Steinway & Sons pianos. For more information, visit www.steinwaygrand.com.

In a separate event, Tesla Motors teamed up with Park Avenue Pianos for a concert at the Tesla showroom on Lincoln Road which featured a mint condition grand Steinway from 1916, most recently used and signed by Tony Bennett. Classical, Broadway, and jazz selections were performed by local FIU students, the Amernet Quartet, celebrated NYC-based musicians Avery Amero, concert pianist Sophia Munoz (a 2008 Young Arts winner), as well as Serbian pianist Jelena Djukic.

Segev is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Ten O’Clock Classics (TOC), a performing arts group that introduces classical music and the arts to a broader audience. TOC created the education outreach program called Directions, which pairs inner-city, low-income youth with Julliard alumni mentors who provide private music instruction at no charge and free instruments. Segev and TOC believe initiatives like the Directions program are crucial in keeping the arts alive in an age where many public schools are being forced to cut or eliminate music programs.

Segev and his brother Gilad, individually and through their family foundation, have been dedicated proponents of CARTA. It is our honor to recognize one of their more important recent donations through the naming of the Segev Dean’s Suite at Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road. Gilad Segev is Owner of American Lipo Centers .

We are excited to continue working with Ronen and Gilad as their philanthropy grows in support of FIU.

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CARTA Dean Brian Schriner Visits Alumni at ZYSCOVICH Architects

On Monday, November 17th, the College of Architecture + The Arts Dean Brian Schriner visited ZYSCOVICH Architects to meet with the over 20 CARTA alumni that work on the firm’s staff.

Over 35% of ZYSCOVICH Architects employees are FIU and CARTA alumni, two of the employees are adjunct FIU professors, and two have served on department boards within the College. Leading the ZYSCOVICH Architects teams are two FIU alumni: Anabella Smith (FIU Bachelor of Architectural Technology ’81), Principal at ZYSCOVICH Architects, former 2011 FIU Torch Award recipient, and current CARTA Board member, and Jose Murguido (FIU MBA Alumnus), Principal at ZYSCOVICH Architects.

Dean Schriner met with FIU alumni and the rest of the ZYSCOVICH leadership team to discuss engagement with alumni and internship, scholarship, and career opportunities for current students. He also asked the alumni and team for feedback about CARTA’s curriculum, presenting the question of what FIU graduates need to know in order to be successful in the profession.

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Alumni Spotlight: Maria Pellot ’94, Architecture

Maria Pellot is an Associate Principal at UrbanWorks, Ltd., a Chicago architectural firm producing socially and environmentally responsible designs with a strong focus on civic and community-based projects. She graduated from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and went on to get her Master of Architecture degree from the University of South Florida. With a focus on the integration of environmentally-friendly practices, she brings eighteen years experience to her projects, and is a master of designing low-cost, innovative solutions for clients with limited budgets through careful material selection and detailing.

Pellot is also a volunteer. She has donated her time and experience to the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, and the Box City Program, to name a few, and founded an independent student publication while at the University of South Florida.

Like CARTA Alumni on Facebook, let us know how you’re doing, and visit us online!

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Worlds Ahead is Coming to Orlando

Come enjoy a taste of Miami and network with your fellow alumni, faculty and staff at the Grey Goose Lounge (Amway Center Rooftop, 400 W Church Street) on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. FIU Alumni Association members will receive a limited edition FIU tote bag, and lifetime members will also be entered to win a premium gift, so RSVP today! Follow up the reception by attending an FIU Alumni Night and watching the Heat take on the Magic on November 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets, and use promo code “FIUALUMNI” for a special price.

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Homecoming Displayed CARTA’s Panther Pride!

On Saturday, October 18th, students, staff, and alumni gathered to demonstrate their Panther Pride at the Homecoming Parade and the CARTA Homecoming tailgate, sponsored by Valic. Guests enjoyed free food and beer sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Co.

To view more photos from the day, please visit here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fiucarta/sets/72157648887493771/.

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Festival of the Trees is Around the Corner!

You are cordially welcomed to join us at the 28th annual Festival of the Trees, one of the most anticipated and celebrated traditions in Miami’s design and cultural community. The opening reception is Thursday, November 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Coral Gables Country Club, located at 997 N Greenway Dr, Miami, FL 33134. The reception will be attended by some of Miami’s most well-known figures in the real estate, arts, architecture, and design communities, as well as representatives from the media, Miami-Dade government and FIU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Department of Interior Architecture’s annual Festival of the Trees fundraiser event has become a South Florida tradition, marking the start of the holiday season for over 27 years.  Since its inception, the Festival has united the region’s premier design professionals in this celebration of holiday season’s shapes, colors, light and poetry. Celebrating “Design Connections,” this year’s event showcases the unique creativity of the community by engaging local, national and international designers in the design of holiday trees made from every imaginable material.  Sponsors of this event underwrite designers/artists/tree creators who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The trees are displayed and auctioned at the gala opening held at Coral Gables. The lucky winning bidders get to keep these extraordinary pieces as holiday decorations in their homes or offices.

Net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will go towards FIU’s Interior Architecture Department, and help talented students pursue a quality education at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts.

Tickets are on sale now, and discounted prices are available. Click here for more information about the Festival of the Trees and to purchase your ticket today!

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CARTA 2013-2014 Performance Report

Dear Colleagues,

In our short but dynamic, 8-year history, 2013-14 was the College’s most successful. This past fiscal year we established new highs in philanthropy ($2,051,446), research funds ($986,509), FSCH (93,329), and ROI (108.6%); achieved top national rankings for the first time for two of our graduate programs, Architecture and Interior Architecture; completed our first-ever 5-yr College work plan, CARTA 2020; published our first Annual Report; developed our first multi-million dollar public-private partnerships (RCCL, JMF, CGPH, and Allied Prefer); enhanced our study abroad offerings and student participation; successfully completed the accreditation process for the Department of Theatre and the Program Review process for the School of Music; successfully completed a national search for a Director of Development; fully staffed the CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios; and redesigned our webpages.

These accomplishments are the result of our continued commitment to excellence, teamwork, and transparency. They truly reflect the combined efforts of our faculty, department chairs, assistant and associate deans, professional staff, students, alumni, and patrons.  They reveal a forward-looking, academically and fiscally sound College that has been recognized nationally and embraced locally — a College that has strategically expanded its footprint and is becoming an acknowledged, innovative solution-center.

Thank you again for your support and commitment to CARTA. I am looking forward to working with you to achieve our collective goals as outlined in CARTA 2020.

Warmest regards,

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Brian

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Check Out Alumna Teresita Fernández’s Latest Exhibition at MASS MoCA!

Teresita Fernández, BFA ’90, is an extremely talented artist. Her latest exhibition, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below, is currently on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Running through March 2015, the exhibition “combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic.” (Source: MASS MoCA). Visit here for more information about the exhibit.

Fernández was born in Miami and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an American Academy in Rome Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant. In 2011, President Obama appointed Fernández to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the president, Congress and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics.

Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the natural world. Diverse in materials and wide-ranging conceptually, Fernández creates experiential, large-scale works that are often inspired by landscape and place as well as diverse historical and cultural references. She has had numerous major solo exhibitions including the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC; ICA, Philadelphia; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga; Miami Art Museum, Miami; Site Santa-Fe; and the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

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Leave a Legacy at CARTA

Looking for a way to thank your Alma Mater and the College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) for everything they have provided to you? Interested in paying forward the gifts you have received? Planned giving, also known as “leaving a legacy,” is a particularly good and practical way to give to and remember FIU.

There are as many variations on ways to make a donation as there are needs to be met. Whether you’re looking for a time-tested method or are interested in something new, a planned gift takes into consideration your desires, your personal circumstances, and the needs of your heirs.

For example, some planned gifts can pay you income (such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts) while others pay income to a charity over time. Other types of planned gifts (such as bequests, beneficiary designations or life insurance, endowed gifts) allow the actual donation/amount to stay with you during your lifetime. There is also substantial amount of flexibility in how to fund your planned gift; assets that may be used include cash, securities, real estate, closely held stock, retirement plan assets, and savings bonds, among a longer list.

A gift to FIU and CARTA is an important legacy for you, your family and the University.   To have a conversation about planned giving, please call Steven Schwartz, FIU’s Director of Estate and Planned Giving, at 305-348-2448. You can also reach out to CARTA Director of Development Lisa Merritt at 305-348-0325 or CARTA Development Officer Diane Ashley at 305-348-0322. Your scholarship designations will go a long way to ensure future generations of CARTA alumni!

 

 The above information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Any figures cited are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to state or income taxes apply to federal taxes only. Any state income or estate taxes or state lay may impact your results.

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CARTA’s DLAB Kicks off 2014-2015 in Theatrical Style!

CARTA’s Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board (DLAB) met briefly on September 26, 2014 to introduce the newly elected Chair Rick Tonkinson and Vice Chair Gus Berenblum. Members and guests were treated to a brief cello concert by School of Music student Stephanie Jaimes to start the meeting, held at the Theatre’s Black Box Studio. Dean Brian Schriner introduced Rick, who led the meeting with goals of keeping the Board focused on achieving CARTA’s 2020 vision. Dean Schriner announced a new sponsorship of the upcoming Walk on Water event by Vice Chair Gus Berenblum and Berenblum Busch Architects. CARTA looks forward to a productive, exciting year with such esteemed community leaders at the helm!

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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond Had Successful Launch of New Series, FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain, preservationist and developer of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS. The first very successful talk occurred at the Vagabond Hotel on Monday, August 18th, 2014 and featured speaker Terry Riley, architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum and Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art. The event gathered more than 300 arts patrons at the recently renovated, prime example of Mid-Century Miami Modern architecture.

Dean Brian Schriner of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts created the ART TALKS as part of the CARTA 2020 vision, which emphasizes the College’s creativity and innovation, as well as its connections to the local community and the  Arts Community. We welcome your attendance, as the series will continue with a talk at the Bakehouse Art Complex on October 20th and with another at C1 Bank in Wynwood on November 17th. During December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week, the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED Art fair.

Click here to view a video of the Vagabond event.

 

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