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


Alumni Grants


At ArtCenter, we love to support our alumni through exhibition opportunities, international residencies and studio tours. Now, we’re offering grants to help you with the supplies for your work.

ArtCenter will be giving away $1,000 materials grant to one lucky alum, per quarter.

The application process is simple. All you have to do is provide us with your contact information. There are no other requirements. We will randomly draw the name of the first artist during our Open Studios (Miami Art Week) on Dec. 9, and then at other public events.

Registering once makes you eligible for all future drawings. Please share with your alumni friends. Thanks!


2017 Art Basel Programs


Open Studios & Brunch
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: ArtCenter/South Florida |924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Open to the public

Enjoy a brunch in company of our resident artists: Amalia Caputo, John-Henry Dale, Juan Pablo Garza, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Adler Guerrier, Alan Gutierrez, The Inertials, Elite Kedan, Juan Ledesma, Laura L Marsh, Jessica Martin, Jillian Mayer, Portable Editions, Turn Based Press, Laurencia Strauss, and Joshua Veasey.

Conversation: Torkwase Dyson, Maria Lind, Rachael Rakes
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Location: ArtCenter/South Florida |924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Open to the public. Limited seating please RSVP.

Join us for a conversation with New York-based artist Torkwase Dyson, whose work is featured in ArtCenter’s exhibit “On Documentary Abstraction.” Dyson will talk with curators Maria Lind and Rachael Rakes about how artists are using abstract art to explore and document contemporary issues, from social justice to labor laws.

Also on view:
On Documentary Abstraction 
Artists: Torkwase Dyson, Eugenio Espinoza, Tomashi Jackson, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens.

How To: Lean Forward, Test Solutions  
Artist: GeoVanna Gonzalez

Climate Sync, 2017
Artist: Tom Scicluna
Site-specific intervention.

Hours during Art Basel:
Wednesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Film screening AN OBJECT


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

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.

As Without So Within, Manuela de Laborde, 2016, 25 min

A meditation on the dreamlife of abstract objects, set to a minimalist soundtrack, As Without So Within maximizes the saturated colours and textures of 16mm film, creating a theatrical setting to center shape and materiality.

Around Perception, Pierre Hébert, 1968, 15 mins

“For the mind and against the mind,” this groundbreaking experimental film by legendary animator Pierre Hébert is a forceful work of pure shape-driven abstraction. It is structured according to eleven audiovisual “events” that challenge and unsettle perceptive human faculties.

As Water is in Water, Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada 2017, 31 minutes (US Premiere)

Paintings collide to produce panels of time distended with space, set to music by Tashi Wada. While the score is spare, the image is excessive, the meter working with and against the imagery. The picture is made from paint-soaked 16mm film strips, reinterpreted with a digital camera, edited to cycle in short, hallucinatory loops, forming eerie abstract thaumatropes.

1pmS011, Magdelena Fernández, 2011, 7 mins

This work animates and deconstructs the iconic work of abstract artist Jesús Rafael Soto through movement and score. Animal sounds accompany the visual unlayering of white dots found in Soto’s collage in an increasingly radical way that makes the viewer conscious of an “awakened” multisensorial experience within an ever more complex environment.

Film Screening: A VALENCE


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

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 and Richard Ibghy, and Ana Vaz. Conversation with artists Lemmens and Ibghy immediately following the films.

Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels, Tomashi Jackson, 2014, 15 mins.

A work on the strange and sad intersection between Michael Brown and singer Michael Macdonald in the town of Ferguson, MO. Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels literally animates the some of the themes and textures of Jackson’s sculptural work.

Occidente, Ana Vaz, 2014, 15 mins.

Occidente layers images and conflates past and present in order to meditate on Portuguese colonial history and its legacies. A work of contrasts and counterpoints, the work examines the lines between exploration and tourism, resource and commodity, monuments and fictions.

Real Failure Needs no Excuse, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, 2012, 22 mins.

Consisting of a series of movements conducted in an empty office building, Real failure Needs no Excuse imagines what Lemmens and Ibghy lucidly refer to as the “transgressive potential of non-productive action and its relation to labor, work, and the imagination.”

Document, Coleen Fitzgibbon 16mm transfer to digital, b/w, sound, 8:22 minutes.

A spinning reel of microtext film records–warrants, debts, bank checks–that increasingly becomes mesmerically abstracted through speed and repetition.

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.

The Recalibrated Institution

Domingo Castillo, Film still from “The Leisure Pit 3D”, 2017. Courtesy of Miami World Internet Cafe.

Domingo Castillo, Film still from “The Leisure Pit 3D”, 2017.
Courtesy of Miami World Internet Cafe

From September to December, ArtCenter/South Florida and the Bureau for Cultural Strategies (BUX) are organizing The Recalibrated Institution: a 12-week paid fellowship in Miami.

Eight  Fellows working in contemporary art and its related disciplines have been selected for the program in order to develop ways to address the challenges and opportunities cultural institutions face each day, such as economic sustainability, emerging technologies and the relationship between these organizations and their surrounding communities. Check out our Calendar of Events for public lectures and seminars that will take place as part of The Recalibrated Institution fellowship program.  

The Challenge

Since the 1990s, contemporary cultural institutions have functioned as sites for promoting a liberal cosmopolitan vision. Today, the unity and operative efficacy of this vision are being challenged by the impacts of digital technologies, financialization, and the mainstreaming of xenophobic policies. By the same token, some of these developments are creating novel possibilities for reconfiguring the structural agency and socio-economic function of cultural institutions. More than ever, there is a need to shift beyond the age-old divide of “infrastructures” versus “cultural content”––the back-end and the front-end of cultural institutional set-up––and to start prototyping strategies that think the two in tandem. The challenge is to develop cultural intelligences and tool-kits that are capable of enforcing this recalibration.

The Recalibrated Institution

The program takes the contemporary cultural institution as its artistic medium precisely because such institutions are junctures at which geopolitical and economic interests intersect. Whether in the form of the art market, the real estate market, or the “creative city,” cultural institutions routinely function as vehicles for comparative advantage and as access points to select financial and political networks. At the same time, cultural institutions continue to identify with various traditional roles: interfacing with the general public, preserving legacies, providing opportunities for cultural producers, representing and critically engaging with wider societal processes–a softened version of cosmopolitan nation-building at a city scale. The aim of the fellowship is to rework these different facets and to bring them into progressive structural realignments. Set in Miami, The Recalibrated Institution takes the city as a leading example of how development is defined in the global contemporary art system: the impact of real estate speculation on urbanism, changing demographics resulting from economic migration or wealth management, and the challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise. Cultural institutions are integral to coalescing these speculative and material interests by presenting Miami as a forward-facing global city to both its local populations as well as external investors. The Miami Model is a blueprint and hence a starting point in rethinking cultural strategy at different scales and contexts.


Fall 2017 ArtCenter Fellows

The following eight Fellows, three from Miami, will will work with program organizers the Bureau for Cultural Strategies (BUX) as well as visiting faculty such as  Marta Ferreira de Sá and Ben Singleton (Rival Strategy), theorist Suhail Malik (Programme Co-Director of the MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London), artist and Core Organizer of W.A.G.E Lise Soskolne and others on designing frameworks to be probed in partnership with different cultural institutions in Miami and internationally. A series of public programs will also unfold throughout the course of the fellowship program.


Yin Aiwen PortraitYin Aiwen is a designer, researcher, and filmmaker from China. Her work focuses on the relationship between technopolitcs and emotional capitalism in a post-colonial and post-cold-war context through graphic design, writing, film, performance and visual arts. She received a Masters of Design degree from the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam in 2013, and a BFA in Visual Communication from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2011. She was a research fellow for The New Normal program at Strelka Insituut for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow in 2017.


Emer GrantEmer Grant is a curator, artist and writer with a B.A in Critical Fine Art Practice from the University of Brighton, an M.A in History of Art from the University of York and recently an M.A in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard College. Grant specializes in curating new media, sound based works, technologically led enquiry and exploring the critical polemics across art and activism/institutional critique. Grant has contributed to many exhibitions in curatorial, production and editorial roles, working with artists, collectives and organizations such as: Resonance FM, Mark Wallinger, Santiago Sierra, Candice Breitz, Universal Everything, Grizedale Arts, among others. From 2015-2016 she was an Editor and is currently based in L.A writing freelance and working on independent curatorial projects.


Felice GrodinFelice Grodin is an artist and architect. Her practice focuses on the speculative integration of art and design by developing strategies for modeling our current conditions and making meaningful imprints upon them. She is a member of A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), an initiative exploring how geospatial, political, urban, ecological, cultural and artistic possibilities can be reimagined, visualized, and materialized – in light of climate change and political volatility – in ways that leverage the dynamics already in process. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.


Ariana Hernandez ReguantAriana Hernández-Reguant is a cultural and urban anthropologist (PhD University of Chicago), and an arts activist in Miami. She has held faculty appointments at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Miami, and Tulane University, and has conducted research and published on the political economy of art, intellectual production, and ideologies of citizenship, race, freedom and community, and their creative translation into local political practices. While living in the San Diego/Tijuana area, she was involved in various art and practice projects, pedagogy initiatives, and salons, and was co-founder of a border arts and cultural center on the Tijuana side (The Tunnel House). She is currently a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant for a Hialeah-based art and ethnography project (HICCUP).


David Hilmer RexDavid Hilmer Rex is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a co-founder of Diakron, a platform and studio for transdisciplinary research and practice. Diakron recently concluded a project titledHybrid Organisations and Emerging Communities, which explored emergent organizational forms that engage systemic problems, reorient professions and generate new forms of communities. Diakron is currently initiating Primer, a platform for artistic and organizational development, located in the headquarters of the global water technology company Aquaporin in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.


20170124133409-Nora48473 (1)Nora Khan is a writer of criticism and fiction, focusing on issues within digital art, the philosophy of technology, electronic music, and artificial intelligence. She is a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Fellow in Digital Art, an Eyebeam Research Resident, and a contributing editor at Rhizome. Her work has appeared in places like 4Columns, Art in America, Spike Art, California Sunday, The Village Voice, Rhizome, and After Us. This past summer, Primary Information publishedFear Indexing the X-Files, a small book written by Nora and Steven Warwick. She has most recently spoken at Triple Canopy, Gray Area Festival, transmediale, the Whitney Museum, UCLA, New Museum, NYU, and the New School.


 Malose Malahlela is an artist, organiser, cultural producer, events manager, shebeenist and co-founder of Keleketla! Library – a platform for collaborative and experimental projects. Keleketla! was nominated for the Vera List Prize in Art & Politics (2014) and recently the Visible Awards (2017). Malose appeared as a guest author to ‘Creating Spaces’ (2013) a research publication in partnership with University of the Arts in Zurich. In 2013 he participated in a sound expedition from Lisbon to Marseille as part of Sound Development City (Zürich). Malose recently collaborated with In Place of War (UK) and Coldcut/Ninja Tune (UK) to rollout a two-part project on creative entrepreneurship and music.


Eddie Negron and Marla Rosen

Negron & Rosen is a collaborative project by Eddie Negron and Marla Rosen established in 2014. They have produced a wide-ranging body of work across multiple media including sculpture, painting, photography, performance art, sound and video. Negron & Rosen live and work in Miami. Rosen received a BFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA (2013). Negron attended New World School of The Arts (2010-2013) in addition to participating in independent education initiatives such as Capacete, Brazil;  School of  Poetic Computation, NY.; and R.A.D (Research Art and Dialogue) Cannonball, Miami. In 2015, they launched In Real Life (IRL), an artist-run space in Miami dedicated to research and curatorial development across a variety of disciplines within and outside of culture.



Related Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 7PM
Conversation with Marta Ferreira de Sá, Benedict Singleton, Suhail Malik
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown|1035 N. Miami Avenue Suite 300, Miami

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 7PM
Lecture: Lise Soskolne
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown|1035 N. Miami Avenue Suite 300

Studio Residency Program FAQs

ArtCenter/South Florida Studio Residency Program


If you have questions, please read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) BEFORE calling our office.

Questions regarding the Studio Residency Program and Eligibility:

Q: How long is the Studio Residency?
A: The Studio residency program runs from February until the end of December of each year. At the end of the first term artists may be invited to extend their residency one additional year; the maximum residency length is two years.

Q: Do you accept artists from other states and other countries?
A: Yes, we accept artists from throughout the United States and all other countries.

Q: Do you provide visas for international artists?
A: No, ArtCenter does not provide visas. However, we will provide international artists with an official letter of invitation that may be used to obtain a visa or other necessary documents.

Q: I have applied for a studio at ArtCenter before, do I need to apply again?
A: Yes.

Q: Will having had a studio at ArtCenter in the past help or hinder my chances of being selected?

A: No.

Q: I am interested in selling my work on Lincoln Road. Can I do that if I am accepted for a Studio Residency at ArtCenter?
A: If accepted, you may sell work out of your studio. However, if you are applying to the ArtCenter for this reason only, we recommend that you reconsider applying.
Q: I work with another artist as a collaborative team or artist collective. Do we need to apply separately?
A: No, a collaborative team may apply together and show their collaborative practice. If you wish to be considered as an individual artist separate from your collaborative, then individual work should be submitted.

Q: What if I am accepted, but I cannot move in right away?
A: The program will run from February 2018 to December 2018. Once accepted, all applicants will be expected to move in to their studios at the same time.

Q: Does ArtCenter have insurance that will cover my artwork in my studio?
A: No! We recommend that you get renter’s insurance and/or fine art insurance.

Q: When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?
A: After all applications are received they will be reviewed by a selection committee. We expect to notify applicants by October 15.

Questions regarding the Application and Work Samples:

Q: I don’t have an account with Can I still apply for a Studio Residency?
A: You do need an account with them and it is free so please create one.

Q: I am having trouble with Where can I get help?
A: has an extensive Help Section. You can link to it here:
Q: Can I drop off my application at ArtCenter in person?
A: No. If you have very limited or no access to internet, then you should call our office, 305-674-8278.

Q: I have read through the FAQs and the application and I still have some questions before applying. May I call the office to see if I can have my questions answered?
A: Yes, of course. We are happy to answer any other questions that you may have. You can reach us at 305-674-8278.

Q: I am having issues uploading files. What should I do?
A: has a great webpage that can walk you through file upload process:

Q: My work is more suitably presented in video or audio format; can I upload a video or audio file instead?

A: While you can’t upload the files themselves, you can provide us with a link to a site where we can view or listen to your video or audio files (e.g.: YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, etc.).

Q: Digital images don’t do my work justice. Can I bring my work to the office or gallery for review?

A: Nope.

Studio Residency Program 2018



Residency period: 11 months, beginning February 2018-December 2018, with the possibility of extending into a second full year term.

ArtCenter/South Florida is launching a call for its 2018 Studio Residency Program. The residency program will offer studio spaces at our Miami Beach location for exceptional visual artists, curators, and cultural practitioners working in a range of disciplines. In addition to engaging with a community of artists, visiting scholars, and institutional partners in Miami, ArtCenter Residents are provided the space from which to develop their practice and are invited to actively participate in ArtCenter’s programs such as exhibitions, public programming, studio visits, and our community outreach initiatives.


Residents receive:

  • Studio spaces between 175-600 square feet located on Miami Beach
  • Access to production funds for projects on a proposal basis
  • Free parking (based on availability)
  • Use of ArtCenter facilities including a flex lounge, workshop and PRINTshop
  • Opportunity to engage with curators, artists, visiting faculty members and ArtCenter Fellows as well as participate in studio visits, exhibitions, public programs, and community outreach initiatives.
  • Opportunity to engage and network with institutional partners in Miami and beyond such as The City of Miami Beach, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, and Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, among others.
  • Access to an expanded network of practitioners from a variety of fields
  • Wi-Fi access
  • 24-hour studio access
  • At the completion of program, access to ArtCenter alumni opportunities including grants, production support, and international residency opportunities


Monthly Membership fee: $100.00

ArtCenter is seeking cultural practitioners within and outside of Miami, Florida who:

  • Are in need of space and time to develop their practices and are committed to actively engage in ArtCenter/South Florida programming.
  • Are able to commit to working in her/his studio on a consistent basis.
  • Have the ability to commit to participate in exhibitions, public programming, studio visits, and our community outreach initiatives.
  • Are seeking to engage in Miami’s artist community and take advantage of Miami’s cultural offerings.



ArtCenter staff reviews applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are reviewed by a 5-member Honorary Advisory Committee. The Committee evaluates each candidate and selects finalists. Finalists are invited for a 30-minute, in-person, phone, or video conference interview to determine final selections.


A full application includes:

  1. Full contact information
  2. A short statement of intent addressing why you want to join ArtCenter’s Studio Residency Program and what you hope to accomplish over the course of one year (max 1,000 characters).
  3. A brief description of your practice/research (max 500 words).
  4. CV or resume
  5. Up to 10 images (or 10 pages of written material) of recent work
  6. Three references



ArtCenter’s Studio Residency Program does not cover housing, travel, or visa costs.

If you have additional questions, please contact the office at 305-674-8278 or via email at


To submit your application for the Studio Residency Program please click HERE.

For FAQ’s click here

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