Irma Relief Fund

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As the effects of Hurricane Irma continue to ripple through our community, ArtCenter/South Florida, Art Basel and its parent group MCH have partnered on a relief fund for visual artists from Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys.

The South Florida Visual Artists Irma Relief Fund is now accepting applications for up to $500 in relief from the storm. The application is open now through Dec. 22, and requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis to cover damage to artist workspaces, artworks, materials or lost income.

To apply, artists can go to, where they can find a simplified application that asks for details on the damage the artist suffered, supporting documents and a CV to demonstrate the applicant is a working artist. The fund is being administered by The Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

While ArtCenter typically limits its funding to Miami-Dade, artists in Monroe County were hit so hard, the center wanted to invite them to participate in the fund.

NOTE: When you register to apply, please choose as your “employer” the name of the fund: The South Florida Visual Artist Irma Relief Fund.

Apply Now


On Documentary Abstraction

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On Documentary Abstraction
Curated by Rachael Rakes
On view: September 30, 2017 – January 2, 2018
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

On Documentary Abstraction explores the ways contemporary artists are using abstract painting and sculpture to document, discuss and revisualize recent history.  Featuring artists Torkwase Dyson, Tomashi Jackson, Richard Ibghy, Marilou Lemmens and others, the works in On Documentary Abstraction examine the history of lynching in the southern United States, civil rights legislation, and labor exploitation in the 20th century, among other topics.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and film programs on expanded forms of visual abstraction and the rich historical connections between politics and abstract art.

Related programming:

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Conversation | September 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Opening Reception | September 30, 2017 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Join artist Tomashi Jackson and exhibition curator Rachael Rakes in conversation followed by a brunch and opening reception.


Film Screening: A VALENCE
October 22, 2017 | 6:45 PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

A VALENCE presents four works on social and historical abstraction curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring short films by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Tomashi Jackson, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, and Ana Vaz. Conversation with curator Rakes and artists Lemmens and Ibghy immediately following the films.


Film Screening: AN OBJECT
December 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

AN OBJECT is a program mixing contemporary and historical works on material abstraction, geometry, shape, and color curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring films by Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Magdalena Fernández, Pierre Hébert, and Manuela de Laborde.

Free with RSVP.


Saturday, December 9 | 10:30 AM
Auditheque @ ArtCenter
924 Lincoln Road #201, Miami Beach

On the occasion of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction, curator Rachael Rakes will moderate a conversation with exhibiting artist Torkwase Dyson and the curator and director of Tensta Konsthall, Maria Lind.

Free with RSVP.

Architecture Now: Building Towards a Nomadic Future

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BFI presents Architecture Now: Building Towards a Nomadic Future
September 21, 2017 | 7:30-9:00 pm
ArtCenter/Downtown | 1035 N Miami Ave #300

Panelists: Brandi Reddick, Jason Chandler, Germaine Barnes, and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron
Moderated by: Naomi Fisher

This panel discussion brings together members of Miami’s architecture and cultural affairs community to discuss integrative ways to grow the city amidst the rising tide of development and displacement. Together, we will think through alternate funding structures, community needs, and holistic approaches to design build – ultimately brainstorming for BFI’s new nomadic platform to launch in 2018.

Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch | 749 Studios & Gallery

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ArtCenter Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 749 Independent Artist Studios & Gallery
4901 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33127

ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to invite you to an Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch at 749 Independent Artist Studios & Gallery featuring alumni Rosa Naday Garmendia and Jose Pacheco Silva along with fellow studio artists Aquiles Avalos, Martin Carbajal, Jose Castro, Suzanne Crossland, Manuel Iraola and Margo Ouellette.

Following the studio tour, we invite you to join the 7 Ave Sunday Art Walk organized by ArtCenter alumnus Steven Gagnon.

Free parking available on site.

Open to the public // RSVP

XXIV Subtropics Festival

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XXIV Subtropics 
Presented by SFCA [iSAW+SUBTROPICS] in collaboration with ArtCenter/South Florida
Location: ArtCenter/South Florida | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Kick-off: July 5, 2017 | 7 – 1o pm
Performances, Workshops, Films: July 6 – 22, 2017

The 24th edition of Subtropics, Miami’s experimental biennial of music and sound art, aims to nurture the act of attentive listening with a summer festival featuring live concerts, sound art installations, workshops and films as well as the classic Subtropics Marathon concert.

Subtropics XXIV kicks off on July 5th during ArtCenter’s Resident Night with a preview of two sound art installations: LISTEN featuring a series of adapted works by the festival’s Director, Gustavo Matamoros in a space designed by Freddy Jouwayed and Microcosmos by Alba Triana. This year’s festival will also feature live performances by Olivia Block, John Driscoll, Richard Garet, Barbara Held, Gustavo Matamoros, Abbey Rader and Jack Wright, plus Miguel Alvarez Fernandez and Victor Aguado Machuca from AMEE (the Association of Electroacoustic Music of Spain). In addition, a series of workshops and seminars will explore and open up a discussion on experimental music, free musics and sound art led by authors Jennie Gottschalk, Jack Wright and Christoph Cox. One highlight of the festival will be a celebration of the life and work of filmmaker Charles Recher with a screening of his films on July 6th at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

For the full schedule please visit:

“ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”

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“ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”
3-day workshop with ARTSail resident Blanca de la Torre
June 28 – 30, 2017 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown | 1035 N Miami Ave #300, Miami

ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics is a three day workshop led by ARTSail resident Blanca de la Torre that aims to provoke reflection on the current debates related to ecology and the potential for art to serve as a tool of action and of subjectivation; a tool which may allow us to rethink the importance of art in relation to the environmental concerns of the present moment.

The workshop will also cover a selection of theoretical approaches to the subject, which provide a basis for the connection between art and ecology as well as chart the contributions of thinkers that have marked the ecological movement and thinking to date. ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics will consist of combining these theoretical approaches with sessions that aim to “rethink together” by reading, discussing, and commenting on the texts together.

Participants will be expected to develop a project or idea of any format—examples include but are not limited to exhibitions, publications, educational programs, collaborative practices, artworks, novels, etc—that would reveal any of the ideas examined during the workshop. The goal is to approach art and cultural practices that move toward this ecological vision, and understand art as a way to contribute to the public debate on sustainability policies, to develop creative proposals that — in both form and substance — propose alternative ways, from both a symbolic and a practical perspective, of working with the environment in a fair and sustainable manner.

This workshop is free & open to the public but registration is required. To RSVP send e-mail to:


Day 1
– Introduction to Eco-Aesthetics. The relationship between Art and Ecology.
– Approaches and representation through art (Domestication of Nature, Environmental Problems, Climate Change, North-South Inequality, Management of Consumer Behavior, Dialectics with Nature…)
– Rethinking Together
– Led discussion. “Hybris”. Art and Ecology through the exhibition “Hybris” at MUSAC, the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León, Spain. (Open to the public)

Day 2
– From “Deep” to “Dark”. From the Deep Ecology to Dark Ecology.
– The Environmentalism of the Poor/ the Environmental Justice Movement.
– Basic notions on Ecofeminism
– Rethinking together
– Led discussion. Felice Grodin.

Day 3

Presentations and comments on projects and ideas.



Blanca de la Torre

Blanca de la Torre is an independent curator and art critic born in Spain. She has curated exhibitions internationally in cities such as New York, Prague, London and Madrid. From 2009 to 2013, she acted as Chief Curator at Artium, Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain). Later she curated shows in New York at the EFA Project Space; in Mexico at the Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; in Colombia at NC-Arte Bogotá and the group show PIGS, travelling to different European venues. Her critical writings have been included in several international publications among which the catalogues for the Spanish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial and the Greek Pavilion for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She has collaborated with periodicals such as EXIT (Spain), INPUT (New York, USA) and Arte al Dia International (Miami, USA), among many others. She has participated in several talks, workshops, curatorial residencies and seminars held in a variety of international locations. She is currently developing projects for the museums MUSAC in León or LAZNIA, in Gdansk, Poland, among others.


ARTSail Residency & Research Program

Water has played a pivotal role in shaping the identity of Miami and its communities and is increasingly becoming a central theme in ecological discussions. ARTSail is an ArtCenter/South Florida project in partnership with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, under the direction of independent curator Ombretta Agró Andruff. It is a nomadic residency and research program that seeks to provide artists and cultural producers with the opportunity to research and explore the extensive coastlines and waterways that surround Miami. ARTSail, was launched in 2015 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Two artists and one curator were selected for the 2016/2017 residencies: artist/researcher Mark Lee Koven (USA), curator Blanca de la Torre (Spain), and artist Simon Faithfull (U.K.).

ARTSail residencies will offer creative solutions to develop awareness in the community about environmental concerns and engage the public in the discovery, preservation and protection of South Florida’s waterways.



MFU: MIAMI Fellows Presentations


Fellows Presentations
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 6 – 9 PM
1035 N Miami Ave #300, Miami

ArtCenter/South Florida is proud to host a series of presentations by the five Fellows selected for MFU: MIAMI, a 12 week program developed by the Bruce High Quality Foundation University for ArtCenter. This is a great opportunity to meet the Fellows and learn about the projects they have been working on while in residence at ArtCenter/Downtown.

Free & Open to the public.

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On view: April 27 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 2017 | 7 – 9 pm
Location: O Cinema Wynwood | 90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

Still/Moving aims to examine the progression from photography to cinema, a still image to series, series to sequence, and sequence to film. The exhibit reveals a deconstructed experience highlighting the shared relationship between the still and motion picture; so that audiences may understand the mechanisms and interconnectedness of cinema and photography. Still/Moving is curated by and features artwork from FIU MFA Candidates Barbara Bollini Roca, Jose L. Garcia, Paul Perdomo and German Ruiz.

The Opening Reception will feature the film screening of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.


Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

83 min

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.


ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to present exhibitions organized by candidates of Florida International University’s Master of Fine Arts program. The exhibitions will take place at the Windows at Walgreens and at O Cinema Wynwood. These projects are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the ArtCenter and FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts where MFA candidates are provided resources, exhibition opportunities, and participate in lectures, seminars, and programs at ArtCenter/South Florida.

Laundromat Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch

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Laundromat Art Space | Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 1:00 PM
5900 NE 2 AVE, Miami, FL

Join us for ArtCenter’s Alumni Studio Tour & Brunch at Laundromat Art Space, an artist collective founded by alumni from ArtCenter/South Florida, Bakehouse Arts Complex, and the Wynwood Arts District.

Enjoy a light brunch and refreshments while exploring the studios of ArtCenter alumni Pablo Contrisciani, Marina Gonella, Jean Paul Mallozzi, David McCauley, Bianca Pratorius, and Michael Williams along with fellow resident artists Andres Martinez, Christin Paige Minnotte and Ronald Sanchez. Also, on view is Wordplay, a group exhibition of text-based work by JC Rodriguez, Ronald Sanchez, and ArtCenter alumna Elysa D. Batista.

Street parking available.

Please RSVP by April 27th to:

How to get there:

Laundromat Art Space
5900 NE 2 AVE
Miami, FL 33137

From South West Miami: Driving East on the Dolphin Expressway, merge onto I-95 North. On I-95 take exit 6A toward 62nd Ave, turn right onto 62nd Ave then right onto NE 2 AVE. Laundromat will be on your right.

From North Miami: Driving South on NE 2 Ave, at NE 59th ST Laundromat will be on your right.

From South Miami: Driving North on US1 keep left to merge onto 195 N. Take exit 6A toward 62nd Ave, turn right onto 62nd Ave then right onto NE 2 AVE. Laundromat will be on your right.

Public Transportation: Take the 9 or 10 bus to 59th Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue.

TeenWorks Exhibition

Wednesday, April 5, 6-8 PM
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Rd. #103, Miami Beach

Join us for an exhibition featuring artwork by our TeenWorks students! TeenWorks is a free, after school intensive art program that assists local teens with developing new artistic skills by pairing them with professional teaching artists. The 2017 program concentrated on instruction in drawing and printmaking.

Artwork by: Nicole Alva, Nicole Andrade, Fernanda Anguiano, Sarah Birba, Zoe Damle, Chloe Dasilva, Jonathan Lalois, Soleil Romano, Francesca Tobar, Paula Carnio.

2017 TeenWorks Teaching Staff:
Felipe Melendrez (Drawing)
Loren Abbate (Printmaking)
Willie Baez (Program Assistant)

ArtCenter South Florida Studios: 924 Lincoln Road
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