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 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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