Platform is A symposium bringing together Miami’s most influential women in the arts to engage in conversations and debate regarding current macro and local issues, from challenges in the field, the future of art fairs, real estate development and the arts, to gender and race inequality in the market. Programmed throughout the week, Platform will create informal opportunities of exchange for real critical discourse.
ART, SPACE AND DEVELOPMENT | Monday, November 30th, 12-1:30pm
Moderated by: Eva Franchi Gilabert, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture
Eva Franch is a New York based architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. With Master’s Degrees from ETSA Barcelona (UPC) and Princeton University, Franch specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures.
Since 2010, Franch is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 Franch, with the project OfficeUS, was selected by the US State Department to represent the United States Pavilion at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale.
Franch has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture. In 2004, she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs). She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally including FAD Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Shen-zen Architecture Biennale, among others. She has curated international projects including OUT, the 2014 Arquia Proxima biennial competition, and Borders, the 2011 Think Space biennial concept competition programme.
At Storefront, some of her recent projects include World Wide Storefront – a digital platform for alternative global projects, theCompetition of Competitions, and Manifesto, a new publication series in partnership with Lars Müller. Recent exhibitions includeMeasure; Letters to the Mayor; POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions; Aesthetics-Anesthetics; Past Futures, Present, Futures; No Shame: Storefront for Sale; and Being. Other projects include Storefront TV, the Storefront International Series with editions in the Dominican Republic and Portugal, the commissioning of design projects such as the Speechbuster by Jimenez Lai and Grayson Cox, and the film The Architects by Amie Siegel as part of OfficeUS.
Franch has lectured internationally on art, architecture, and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life at educational and cultural institutions including the Architecture Association in London, Arts Club of Chicago, Cooper Union in New York, Hong Kong University, IAAC in Barcelona, Izolatsia in Kiev, Kuwait University, Northeastern University in Boston, School of Visual Arts in New York, San Francisco Art Institute, Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, University of Manitoba, UT Sidney, Oslo School of Architecture, Princeton University, SCI-Arc in Los Angeles , Yale University in New Haven, and the Yokohama Triennale among others.
Franch has been part of international competition juries and member of several nominating and advisory boards including the Hong Kong Design Trust, Ideas City, +Pool and the YAP PS1-MoMA in New York.
Franch’s work has appeared in the form of articles or interviews in magazines, newspapers and publications around the world including AD, Architecture Record, Architectural Review, Arquine, Bauwelt, Domus, Dwell, El Pais, New York Times, Metropolis, MOUSE, Pin-UP, Rolling Stone, and Surface Magazine among others.
Recent publications by Franch include Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014) and Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015) both as part of OfficeUS. An upcoming publication, the OfficeUS Manual will be published in spring 2016.
Lisa Austin, Corporate Art Advisor and Founder and Director, Lisa Austin & Associates
As principal of Lisa Austin and Associates (LA&A), Lisa Austin has more than thirty years experience as fine art advisor to individuals and institutions, including 12 years as in-house curator for Southeast Bank, N.A., formerly Florida’s largest banking corporation. The firm’s practice includes private client acquisitions and corporate projects on a national and global scale.
LA&A focuses on advising private individuals on the purchase of museum-quality fine art for their personal collections. As an expert in contemporary art, Austin helps collectors make intelligent decisions about the aesthetic and financial issues involved in creating collections of lasting value and importance.
Services for private clients focus on the full range of collections management, including research and analysis of the fine art market, insurance, appraisals, databases, and strategies for de-accessioning art. By attending international art fairs and auctions, and keeping track of the art market through multiple databases and economic indicators, Austin is able to provide accurate and timely information on this rapidly changing market environment.
LA&A has also had a robust practice in corporate and institutional fine art consulting. The firm’s experience extends to multi-million dollar art programs for Fortune 500 companies and public entities, including large-scale commissions by internationally recognized artists.
National corporate clients include The Terra Group, Miami; Gerald Hines; Vornado/Charles E. Smith; Gannett Co. Inc.; United Parcel Service; General Dynamics; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee; Epic Hotel; Coca Cola Enterprises; The Rand Corporation; SunTrust Bank, N.A.; Sabadell United Bank, Florida; AmSouth Bancorporation; Association of American Medical Colleges; and Sony Latin America. Municipal projects include the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Knoxville Convention Center and Orlando City Hall.
Law firm clients include Covington & Burling LLP; K&L Gates, Wilmer Hale, Baker Botts LLP, Dow Lohnes and DLA Piper.
As a personal property appraiser, LA&A offers a full spectrum of appraisal services, along with art succession planning and disposition of fine art assets. Appraisal clients include art museums, international auction houses, insurance companies, accounting firms and law firms, among others.
Ximena Caminos, Chair of Faena Art, Executive Creative Director and partner of Faena Group, and Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires and Faena Forum, Miami Beach
Ximena Caminos is a non-traditional curator, a cultural agitator who has pioneered new ways to approach and discuss contemporary art and cultural manifestations in general. As one of the most unconventional, creative curators of her generation, Caminos is known for an idiosyncratic and pioneering approach to the presentation, discussion and exhibition of contemporary art and fundamentally for building new models for institutions as platforms to catalyze experimentation within and across artistic disciplines and transdisciplinary exploration of ideas and issues through the Arts, Sciences, Philosophy, Tech, Politics and Urbanism.
She is currently Artistic Director of Forum Miami Beach and Faena Art Buenos Aires . She is also Partner and Creative Director of two of the most important urban development projects in Latin America and Miami Beach the Faena District. Ximena began her career in the 90s as one of the first independent young curators in South America , aiming to rethink the question of the contemporary art exhibition through an engagement with young emerging artists, and playing a fundamental role in the post dictatorship cultural bloom of Argentina.
She has curated numerous majors exhibitions around the world , created the Faena Prize for the Arts to further innovation and large-scale artistic production, and the L.E.A Residency, a laboratory for artistic experimentation and has furthermore collaboraborated with notable artists,film makers, photographers, scientists and designers.
Caminos has been recognized with the prestigious Edgar Gunther prize, the Fortabat prize, the Argentine Art Critics Assoiation Julio E. Payro Award for curatorial excellence, the DAAD fellowship and the Motzarteum for the Cité Internationale des Arts en Paris. She is a member of the Tate International Committee and the New Museum Leadership Council
Tiffany Chestler, Manager and Curator, Craig Robins Collection
Tiffany Chestler is the Manager and Curator for the Craig Robins Collection, a private contemporary art collection that includes works from John Baldessari, Richard Tuttle, and Paul McCarthy, among others. Ms. Chestler oversees the placement of artwork from the collection in a variety of Dacra properties and produces full scale exhibitions year round. Ms. Chestler also manages the cultural programming for the Miami Design District's monthly Art and Design Night, working closely with emerging artists, performers, curators and cultural institutions. She is responsible for vetting and coordinating all the art exhibitions that come to the District as part of the annual Art Loves Design / Art Basel Miami Beach program.
Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna, Art Director, Related Group
Patricia García-Vélez Hanna is currently the Art Director for The Related Group, a real estate development company in Miami, Florida. In this capacity she works with developers, architects and designers to identify artists and commission site-specific work for all of Related’s projects. Prior to working at Related, she served as the Director of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), a non-profit contemporary art foundation in Miami. In this capacity, she managed the overall operations of the foundation in addition to its exhibitions and publications program. Recent editorial projects include: Lynne Golob Gelfman: Trued Surface, Pan American Modernism: Avant Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, Frames and Documents, Conceptualist Practices; Inside Out, Photography After Form; and Tacita Dean: Film Works. With over ten years in the non-profit sector, she has worked with internationally recognized artists and institutions to bring numerous contemporary art exhibitions to the South Florida community.
Avra Jain, Historic Preservationist and Founder, The Vagabond Group
With a career path that has taken her from bond trading on Wall Street to developing properties along some of Miami's trendiest streets, Avra Jain has earned a reputation for identifying the next it neighborhood. The recipient of three Sundance Film Awards for the documentary Dark Days, this industrial engineering graduate from Purdue University develops projects based around two of her favorite pursuits: art and architecture. To date, that vision has resulted in 26 boutique projects that range from converting a 100,000 square foot warehouse to luxury loft condominiums in New York's Tribeca neighborhood to the remake of The Vagabond, from Motel to Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard. When Avra is not re-imagining skylines, she spends time with her 10-year-old daughter Alexandra, who she affectionately refers to as "my greatest accomplishment."
Brandi Reddick, Curator and Artists Manager, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places
Brandi Reddick is the Curator for Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. She has overseen the commissioning process and curatorial direction for multi-million dollar, highly integrated works of public art, including artworks for the Miami Marlins Stadium, PortMiami, Zoo Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami-Dade Animal Services, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami International Airport, and City of Miami Beach Convention Center, among other public institutions. Working collaboratively with internationally noted and Miami-based contemporary artists, Ms. Reddick works to curate public spaces that attract national attention, vitalize a community’s visual signature, celebrate diversity, strengthen economic development and tourism, and engage broad audiences.
Ms. Reddick has advised and consulted on the creation and implementation of public art programs nationally and internationally, including the City of Miami, FL; Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, PA; City of Macon, GA; Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), FL; City of Miami Gardens, FL: City of San Salvador, El Salvador; among others. As well, she has presented lectures on public art at state-wide and international conferences, including The International Symposium on Public Art in Taipei, Taiwan; Hocus Pocus, MARTE Contemporary in San Salvador, El Salvador; The International Sculpture Center Conference, Miami, FL; Florida Association of Public Art Administrators Conference, Jacksonville and Miami, FL; Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY and the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Conference, Nashville, TN, among others.
In addition to her work in public art, Ms. Reddick oversees professional development opportunities for visual artists and directs the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program for Visual and Media Artists, an annual program which offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States. From 2006-2009 she was the curator of The Art Gallery at Government Center, an exhibition space dedicated to showing the work of Miami based artists
Brandi Reddick received her B.A in Art History from the College of Charleston and completed graduate coursework in Art History and Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been adjunct lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami and has produced catalogues on public art as well as contributed essays to multiple national and international publications.
Amanda Sanfilippo, Development Director, Locust Projects and Curator, Fringe Projects
Amanda Sanfilippo has been the Fringe Projects Curator since 2013. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London; and has worked at Creative Time and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY. She is currently the Development Director at Locust Projects in Miami, FL, a non-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas. She is a regular contributor to the Miami Rail among other contemporary art journals.
Critical Discourse and Writing | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 12-1:30pm
Moderated by: Arts.Black | Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne
Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne founders of ARTS.BLACK a platform for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue - a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. Taylor Renee is a Detroit based cultural enthusiast, recent graduate of Harvard University’s Museum Studies Masters program, and former Goldman Sachs Fellow at The Smithsonian. Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn based writer and arts administrator. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships from The Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writers Seminar, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts.
Felice Grodin, Artist
Felice Grodin was born in Bologna, Italy and currently lives and works in Miami Beach, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and her Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. Her explorations in alternative landscapes have been exhibited in Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Tampa Museum of Art, Dimensions Variable in Miami, Girls ’Club in Ft. Lauderdale, and Locust Projects in Miami. She is a member of Fall Semester, a Miami initiative that seeks to engage in multifaceted discourses on contemporary society. In addition, she is one of the founding members of AST (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), an initiative exploring the ramifications of secession of the South Florida region due current and projected effects of climate change. She is also a 2015 WaveMaker grant recipient for her latest curatorial project Residential Properties which explores the contemporary fluidity of the home and its surrounding urbanism.
Olivia Ramos, Founder, Work Untitled
Olivia Ramos is a cartographer of resources within the realms of (1) urban infrastructure, (2) data architecture, and (3) spiritualism. With a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Masters in Real Estate Development & Urbanism from the University of Miami, and a Bachelors in Design from the University of Florida, Olivia explores resilient solutions for the built environment. She was a 2013 finalist of the Cintas Fellowship and artist in residency with Cannonball Miami and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Elisa Turner, Art Critic, Art Circuits and Former Art Critic, The Miami Herald
An award-winning art critic, journalist, and blogger, Elisa Turner is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, U.S. Section, and ArtTable, a national organization for women in visual arts professions. She teaches at Miami Dade College and has guest-lectured at University of Miami and New World School of the Arts in Miami. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1995 to 2007, she was primary art critic for The Miami Herald, with international assignments to Cuba, Haiti, Italy, and Switzerland. She is a columnist for Art Circuits, print and online guide to the arts in Miami at www.artcircuits.com. As Miami correspondent for ARTnews magazine, she has written numerous reviews, feature stories, and profiles regarding Miami's art community. In 2014 she began covering South Florida for Hamptons Art Hub at www.hamptonsarthub.com Other publications she has written for include Arte Al Dia, a bilingual publication based in Miami and Buenos Aires. In 2013 she was appointed to the Curatorial Advisory Board of Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design.
Anne Tschida, Visual Arts Writer & Contributor to the Miami Herald
After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Anne moved to Hong Kong and worked for a variety of publications, covering the cultural arts of China and Southeast Asia. After a stint for an Asian newspaper in Los Angeles, she relocated to Berlin, Germany, and worked as a journalist during Berlin’s -- and Eastern Europe’s -- cultural revival after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Berlin would soon become an epicenter for the arts, drawing in cultural practitioners from around the globe. She then took a position in Miami as associate editor overseeing all cultural sections at Miami New Times, and has since written and edited for numerous publications about the vibrant arts scene that has started to sprout in South Florida, including writing regular reviews for the Miami Herald, Biscayne Times, and the Knight Foundation. She currently is the editor of Artburst Miami.
Monica Uszerowicz, Writer and Contributor, The Miami Rail
Monica Uszerowicz is a writer and photographer in Miami, FL. She is a regular contributor to the Miami Rail, and has written and shot for V Magazine, Creem, Flaunt, Urban Outfitters, Dossier, and Ravelin.
Boundaries of Art + Design | WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2ND, 7-8:30pm
Moderated by: Julia Haney-Montanez, Design Consultant and Curator
Julia Haney-Montanez is a US-born, Colombian-Canadian design consultant & producer based in New York City. Year-round, Julia produces and curates the MADE section of the once-annual Architectural Digest Design Show, traveling throughout the country searching for new emerging talent. MADE is the largest exhibition of independent design in the country, featuring 160 of the best artists and makers in the USA. In her free time, Julia acts as a design consultant by helping cultivate connections between residential design professionals, buyers, galleries, and commercial interior designers looking to feature one-of-a kind work from the best emerging designers and makers in North America.
Jessica Acosta Rubio, Founder and Director, Design Pub
Design Pub founder and curator Jessica Acosta-Rubio has been at the forefront of a unique intersection between design, marketing, and business development, both locally and internationally. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and is based in Miami.
Acosta-Rubio earned her BA in Graphic Design from Altos de Chavon Dominican Republic, affiliated with Parsons the New School for Design. She obtained a MA in Business Design from Domus Academy Milan and recently attended the Design Thinking program at Stanford GSB Executive Education. Acosta-Rubio’s expertise is expanded by such accolades as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? Best Community Concept and The Red Dot Design award for Best Product.
Silvia Barisione, Curator, Wolfsonian-FIU
Silvia Barisione is the curator at The Wolfsonian–FIU, Miami Beach since 2011. Previously she has been curator and registrar at the Wolfsoniana in Genoa, Italy. Her research focuses primarily on twentieth-century decorative arts and design and pre-war Italian architecture. She has curated & co-curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively in the field, contributing to and authoring many publications, among them Luigi Vietti. Architetture 1928–1998, Ville in Riviera tra eclettismo e razionalismo and The Birth of Rome. Recently she took part in the Exhibition Advisory Committee of Italian Futurism 1909–1944 at the Guggenheim in New York. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in art history and German literature from the University of Genoa. In 2014 she has been named Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian government as an expatriate promoting national prestige abroad.
Cathy Leff, President of Leff Initiatives and Former Director, Wolfsonian-FIU
Cathy Leff, president of Leff Initiatives, is a cultural and creative entrepreneur who specializes in conceiving, developing, and executing cultural strategies and initiatives across platforms. After nearly twenty years as a highly accomplished museum director, she has leveraged that experience to establish Leff Initiatives, a boutique consulting firm specializing in cultural endeavors. Most recently she was responsible for conceiving and launching Fashion Project, an experimental exhibition and program space for Bal Harbour Shops that explores and celebrates fashion and its many meanings and messages.
Leff served as director of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University from 1996 to 2014, an internationally acclaimed museum and research center in Miami Beach dedicated to the study and appreciation of the persuasive power of art and design. During Leff’s tenure, she shepherded the museum from a fledging institution to one with a well-established national and international reputation, oversaw dozens of exhibitions and publications, spearheaded fundraising, negotiated major gift agreements including the merger of the museum into Florida International University, built a strong advisory board from the ground up, and cultivated significant partnerships and collaborations with community organizations as well as cultural organizations on the local, national, and international levels.
Karen Chekerdjian, Product Designer
After graduation, Karen worked in Milan for a number of years. During this period, one of her first designs – a suspended hanger system entitled Mobil – was produced by EDRA.
In 2001, she returned to Beirut and opened Karen Chekerdjian Studio. Beginning as more of a conceptual think-tank, dedicated to exploring new ideas in design, the Studio has gradually become more focussed on production; furniture and everyday objects in small series, limited editions and made-to-order commissions. The Studio also takes on interior design projects, which have included restaurants, a hotel, retail stores and most recently, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, the flagship Beirut boutique of the Lebanese couturier.
Karen Chekerdjian Store opened in 2010 in the up-and-coming Beirut Port neighbourhood. The Store showcases Karen's work and also stocks a thoughtful selection of items produced by other people ranging from design objects to specialty food items. Karen's work is displayed at a number of boutiques around Beirut and Milan, chief amongst them contemporary Middle Eastern handicrafts boutique Orient 499, the city's premier vintage furniture stockists XXe Siècle, and the famous Nilufar Gallery on Via della Spiga. Since 2011 Karen constantly collaborates with Carwan Gallery, one of the most known gallery in the Middle East
Karen regularly participates in some of the biggest annual design fairs, including New York's ICFF, Milan's Salone del Mobile, Cologne's Mobelmesse and Paris' Furniture Fair. Her work has also been displayed at a number of international exhibitions, amongst them Utopi (Copenhagen), Beyond the Myth (a pan-European show), Promosedia 2007 (Milan), Northern Lights (Tokyo) and ECHO (Beirut) and at galleries ranging from The Issey Miyake Foundation (Tokyo) and Spazio Orlandi Gallery and Nilufar Gallery (Milan) and Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut).
Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Miami Center for Architecture & Design
As Executive Vice President of both AIA Miami and MCAD, Cheryl Jacobs guides both organizations, in the development and implementation of programming that promotes architecture, design and the built environment. Cheryl works closely with both organizations’ outstanding volunteer boards to create forums, seminars and events that improve awareness of the industry and that build strong community and member connectivity.
With 20+ years in association and non-profit leadership experience, Cheryl has developed an exceptional network of high-level contacts in the architecture and real estate industry in south Florida. She is a strong and inspirational leader with a talent for recruiting and motivating volunteers, and a passion for the creative industries. In 2013, Cheryl was awarded the AIA Florida Presidential Award.
Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey and is a graduate of Leadership Miami and Leadership Daytona Beach.
On art and curating | THURSDAY DECEMBER 3Rd, 12-1:30pm
Moderated by: Katelijne De Backer, Director, Aqua Art Miami and Art New York
Katelijne De Backer is the Director of Art New York and Aqua Art Miami. Art New York is a Contemporary and Modern Art Fair that made its debut on May 12, 2015 at Pier 94 in New York, coinciding with Frieze Week. Art New York provides a unique opportunity to acquire important, never-before exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets. Aqua Art Miami is a boutique hotel fair that takes place in Miami Beach during art week in December, and is the sister fair of Art Miami. Aqua presents vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and mid-career artists. Prior to Aqua and Art New York, De Backer was the Managing Director for Lehmann Maupin, a top international contemporary art gallery, where she oversaw the staff in all three locations, two in New York and Hong Kong. From 2000 through 2011, De Backer served as the Executive Director for The Armory Show, the international fair of new art. Under her leadership, The Armory Show nearly tripled its size and was transformed from a bohemian-style fair of 75 galleries to one of the most important events on the international art market’s calendar. De Backer has been producing cutting edge events since the beginning of her career. In 1988, she was the first European producer of the highly regarded weekly alternative music shows "120 Minutes" and "Alternative Nation” on MTV Europe. Both music programs were cornerstones of MTV, launching the careers of many previously unknown bands, such as Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and increasing the network's overall ratings.
Katelijne De Backer is a native of Antwerp, Belgium. She obtained her master’s degree in sociology at the Free University of Brussels. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
Francie Bishop Good, Collector, Artist, and Founder and Director of Girls’ Club Collection
Francie Bishop Good was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Allentown. She currently lives and works in South Florida and New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. It is included in many public and private collections and has been featured in publications including “Art in America,” “Art News,” and the “Miami Herald.” Ms Bishop Good is twice recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, and the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Her list of solo museum shows include the Allentown Art Museum, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida. Her work is the featured exhibit in 2013 at the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood Florida. Ms Bishop Good is represented in Miami, by David Castillo Gallery where she has recently completed her second solo exhibit. Recent museum acquisitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Wadsworth Atheneum, The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.
Ibett Yanez, Director, de la Cruz Collection
Ibett Yanez is the Director of the de la Cruz Collection in Miami, Florida. She has helped in furthering all aspects of the de la Cruz Collection’s mission, from it’s educational programming to its annual exhibitions.
Before becoming director of the de la Cruz Collection, she held the position as Assistant Director at the Moore Space, an experimental art space founded by Rosa de la Cruz and Craig Robins in 2001. The Moore Space gained an international reputation for generating high-quality exhibitions, educational programs and commissioned artists’ projects until its closing 2008.
Since being appointed the director of the de la Cruz Collection, she has organized multiple exhibitions and established educational programs to serve the students of Miami. These programs include lectures, artist workshops as well as, travel and scholarship programs that have served over eight hundred students from our local community. In 2014, she was selected to participate in the Acadia Summer Fellowship awarded by the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Yanez has worked with multiple institutions in promoting the local art scene as well as introducing national and international artists to the Miami Art Scene. These organizations include: The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia), White Columns (New York), General Practice (Miami, New York), Nova Southeastern University (Florida), The Sculpture Center (New York), School of Visual Arts (New York), and Parsons the New School (New York).
Mikhaile Solomon, Director, Prizm Art Fair
Mikhaile Solomon was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is Caribbean heritage. Her parents are the from the islands of St. Kitts – Nevis. She is a graduate of Florida International University’s Graduate program in Architecture and completed her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts at the University of South Florida. With her varied professional experience comes many years of developmental work in design, education, arts advocacy and community development.
In past years, Mikhaile has worked with several architecture firms in South Florida including Arquitectonica, EDSA, the Hall Group, and Design2Form. In her design practice, she has worked on projects ranging from small scale historic preservation projects in Miami to large urban master plans in China. Her design practice, to date, has been holistic with opportunities to work on business development, contracts & negotiation, project management, and various phases of design projects including Design Development, Documents, and Construction Administration.
With a keen interest in the arts, in 2013, Mikhaile founded and currently serves as Director of Prizm Art Fair, a cutting- edge art fair that expands the spectrum of exhibiting 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, through a series of cultural events which culminates in our annual curated fair. Prizm’s roster includes artists from the Caribbean, United States, and Africa. Prizm has been featured in the New York Times, Around Town Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine, Miami Modern Luxury and is deeply thankful for the support of the unwavering support of the Green Family Foundation. Prizm is also thankful to have been selected as a 2015 Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge Finalist.
Mikhaile has also served as Director of Public Art for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation where she fostered development of programming and facilitated the implementation of arts projects in the Opa-locka community in the South Florida region. In her role at the OLCDC, she worked with her team to project manage the development of their newly opened Arts Center called the ARC, a space to create artistic encounters that advance and strengthen the culture that characterizes the uniqueness of the Opa-locka community.
She also facilitated strategic partnerships with arts organizations, such as the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Complex, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Young Arts Foundation to provide quality arts programming to the City of Opa-locka and its residents. She conceptualized OLCDC’s monthly art exhibition, META, which develops curatorial practice and exhibits the works of artists from the Caribbean and the South Florida region whose works are transformational and challenge today’s standardized conventions of art practice. Panel discussions by South Florida’s leading arts administrators were also organized to share issues pertinent to the Caribbean’s relationship with the world.
Mikhaile is currently actively involved in a number of leadership organizations that give her the capacity to emphasize the importance the arts play in the shaping of holistic communities. She is a newly matriculated New Leaders Council Fellow graduate, now serving on the 2016 Executive Board to support next year’s fellowship class.
Mikhaile was also selected to participate in the first convening of its kind for a conference that will bring together approximately 400 museum professionals from the region and the world. Reimagining the Museum will explore successful museum transformations by discussing challenges, sharing examples of innovation and cross-cultural collaboration, and learning how to initiate change. The conference aspires to develop a network of professionals from the Americas, which will be an important tool to continue promoting positive transformation in the museum field.
Mikhaile’s varied professional background has instilled a great capacity for leadership and her continued service to the Greater Miami community through the arts. Her hope is to help strengthen Miami’s cultural offerings and to participate in the creation of more economic opportunities for its residents.
Ombretta Agro-Andruff, Independent Curator and Art Consultant
Ombretta Agrò Andruff is an Italian-born and New York and Miami-based freelance curator, consultant and writer. Since her move to the US in 1998 she has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US and India collaborating with museums, art festivals, commercial galleries and art fairs such as Artists Space, GAle GAtes et al., Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, The Art Basel Miami Fair, The Downtown Arts Festival, The d.u.m.b.o. art under the Bridge Festival, the Esso Gallery, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the Religare Arts Initiative, and the Art Center South Florida. Ombretta is also a contributor to various art publications and has written essays for several books and catalogues. She has served as a consultant for the Italian Cultural Institute of New York City, the advisory firm Art Assets, the Asian Contemporary Art Week and from 2007 to 2012 was the International Art Advisor for the New Delhi-based Religare Art. She currently collaborates with Diana Lowenstein Gallery as curatorial advisor for the gallery program and the art leasing business it recently launched. In 2013 she joined the Art in Public Places committee of Miami Beach and in April 2014 was elected to the board of IKT, the International Association of Contemporary Art Curators.
Jane Hart, Independent Curator
Jane Hart attended the visual arts programs at Miami Dade South Campus, SVA in New York City in the late 70s with classmates Kenny Scarf and Keith Haring, and then the University of Miami. In the the 80s Hart was a founding collaborator with then fledgling collective of artists, Artifacts. Concurrently, Hart commenced working in commercial galleries, the first of which, Moosart, was in Miami's Design District. Following her tenure as gallery director there, Hart moved to NYC to work at Piezo Electric and later Marlborough gallery. A stint was spent working in London at Flowers Gallery. A move to Los Angeles in 1990 began with Hart as assistant director at L.A. Louver in Venice, CA, and acting liaison with their then New York gallery location. During this period Hart worked on major projects devoted to the work of Wallace Berman, Jimmie Durham, David Hockney, Kienholz and Suzanne McClelland, as well as other gallery artists. Next, Hart joined publisher Gemini G.E.L., meeting and working with artists such as John Baldessari, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. By the mid 90s Hart left Gemini to take the helm of cutting edge, fine arts publishing firm, Muse [X] Editions, which produced limited edition artworks solely utilizing digital media, innovative new tools offering greater creative possibilities -- There Hart worked side by side with a wide array of artists including Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Peter Halley, Mike Kelly, Catherine Opie, Diana Thater, James Welling, Pae White and Andrea Zittel to name but a few.
Hart has owned galleries in Los Angeles and Miami. In 1996 Hart established an alternative gallery space in her Hollywood Hills home, lemon sky: a project space. November 2001, lemon sky: projects + editions opened in a storefront gallery on Wilshire Boulevard, mounting exhibitions as well as publishing fine art prints. In 2003, Hart made the move back to Miami and re-established lemon sky, occupying a variety of spaces. Over the years since its founding, lemon sky has exhibited and/or published the work of both internationally known and emerging artists including Banksy, Jessica Bronson, Peter Coffin, Sue De Beer, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, Dara Friedman, Frank Haines, Charles LaBelle, T. Kelly Mason, Christian Marclay, Alyson Shotz, Joe Sola, Mark Dean Veca, and Stella Vine among many others.
From 2006 until 2015 Hart held the position as Curator of Exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. During her approximately nine years there, Hart curated over 100 exhibitions as well as special projects such as the two time Knight Foundation awarded "Hot Topics" lecture series which brought acclaimed arts professionals to the Center; including Lyle Ashton Harris, Dan Cameron, Marvin Heiferman, Shamim Momin, Jerry Saltz and others. Artists Hart curated exhibits for include Farley Aguilar, José Alvarez (D.O.P. A.), Francie Bishop Good, Elisabeth Condon, Ryan Humphrey, Sinisa Kukec, Dave Muller, Nathan Sawaya, Charles M. Schulz, TM Sisters, Wayne White, and Agustina Woodgate among many others. Notable among the exhibits was the critically acclaimed "Artist Unknown/The Free World" exhibition with accompanying book, devoted to vernacular photography and digital images, which Hart curated together with artists John D. Monteith and Oliver Wasow. Jerry Saltz proclaimed the show to be the 21st Century equivalent to the seminal 1955 traveling exhibition "The Family of Man" curated by Edward Steichen, former director of photography at MoMA.
Hart is the curator of the current multi-venue exhibition 100+ Degrees in The Shade: A Survey of South Art. This expansive show features an array of works in all media, by a selection of the finest artists of South Florida. Sculpture and installation works, painting, photography, mixed media and works on paper, as well as video and performance are included. The breadth of this exhibit is both inclusive and discerning, with an emphasis on innovation, impact, and inspiration, in ways which are integral to the lush, tropical-urban environment that exemplifies South Florida. There are a total of over 170 participants, encompassing internationally and nationally known established, mid-career and emerging artists included. A full color, hardcover 220 page book accompanies the show, produced by [NAME] Publications, designed by Misael Soto with texts by Hart, Erica Ando and Sandra Schulman
Creating Spaces for Art Making I | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5T, 12-1:30pm
Moderated by: Micol Hebron, Artist, Educator,and Founder, The Situation Room
Kathryn Mikesell, Collector and Founder, Fountainhead Residency
Kathryn Mikesell, along with her husband Dan and two children Galt and Skye, has been collecting art for nearly 20 years. In 2008, she turned that passion into a project, founding The Fountainhead Residency, a first-of-its-kind artist’s residency program in the heart of Miami burgeoning art scene. Later that year, she opened The Fountainhead Studios, providing affordable, flexible studio spaces to Miami-based artists. Each year through Fountainhead Residency, Kathryn brings 30 to 40 artists to Miami. To date, the Fountainhead Residency has hosted nearly 300 artists from more than 22 countries. In addition to artists invited directly, the residency supports Miami’s alternative art spaces and museums by hosting exhibiting artists and providing them a truly unique experience, enabling them to engage in meaningful ways with the local art community. After expanding the footprint to more than 23,000 square feet, the Fountainhead Studios now provides workspace to over 30 artists.
After phenomenal growth with the studios and residency program, as well demand for her expertise in the art world, Kathryn closed her technology-consulting firm to commit full-time to make her passion project her day job. In 2014, she launched Your Fountainhead, providing art advisory services, curatorial programs, brand initiatives, partnerships, and unique experiences and excursions. She’s been featured on CNN and HGTV, in Departures Magazine, Opulence, MIAMI Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine and The Miami Herald. She serves on the board of Cannonball and is a member of Miami Dade Art in Public Trust.
Susan Caraballo, Artistic Director, Art Center/South Florida
Kim Yantis, Curator Deering Estate
Kim Yantis, an MFA from Florida International University, began her career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Painting and Printmaking. Her body of work draws inspiration from hypertext theory and incorporates non-linear narrative . This physical search for information is represented in her mixed media works which combine digital and hand drawn imagery, collage, stitching, in various formats. She recently was awarded a one year Artist Residency position at the Deering Estate at Cutler in Miami, Florida where she became the Artist in Residency Liaison and initiated several fine arts programs for the public and the home-school community. Her other accomplishments include a curatorial debut, Sharing the Press: Miami, an international show in the Dominican Republic, a juried exhibition Phantasm through the University of Miami, and several two person shows and collaborative performances in Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida. Her work was recently acquired by the Frost Museum of Art and The Girls Club of Fort Lauderdale Florida Art Collection/ Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.
Rhonda Mitrani, Founder and Director, The Screening Room
Raised by Cuban and Argentinean parents, Rhonda Mitrani left Miami for University of Michigan to pursue an education in the arts and later moved to New York to work in film. Rhonda began her career working at Miramax Films until she started editing for independent films and television. After learning the craft of telling a story through motion picture, Mitrani began to make films and video art. Her work has been part of PBS, Showtime, Dot Fifty One Gallery, the Wynwood Art Fair, and The Girl’s Club Collection in Ft Lauderdale. She is currently preparing a solo exhibition with RPM Project at the Boca Museum.
Mitrani recognized the need in the community for a multi-disciplinary space dedicated to film and video programs, lectures and gatherings. Located in the Wynwood Art District, The Screening Room (TSR) was founded in May 2013 and has since shown works by local, national and international video artists and curators. TSR also collaborates with other Miami entities such as the Wolfson Museum, Alliance Francais and IndieFilmClub. In 2014, TSR was awarded the Knight Foundation Art Challenge Grant. TSR has been included in publications such as Art Forum, Art Nexus, and Miami Herald, Huffington Post and Frieze Magazine.
Jill Weisberg, Curator and Artistic Director, Downtown Hollywood Mural Project
South Florida native Jill C. Weisberg is visual thinker at heart. She is the Principal and Creative Director of Schrift & Farbe Design Group, a curator and a fine artist.
With the mission to communicate clients’ core values and ideas through intelligent and effective design, Weisberg has played an integral role in brand building and design for some of the nation’s most respected names including Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Having curated the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project since 2012, she has been instrumental in creating an arts hub in Downtown Hollywood, Florida as well as bringing top notch local, national and international muralists to the area.
Having shown across the United States, Weisberg’s work creates thought-provoking fine art and murals with a feminist edge. A background both in graphic design and fine art has influenced her to create work that uses both parts of her experience in those fields. Artists like Barbara Kruger and John Baldessari have made an impression on how she views the cross-pollination of fine art and design. Both artists integrate type and images to evoke a strong emotional response when their work is viewed, which is the same goal Weisberg’s artwork achieves.
CREATING SPACES FOR ART MAKING II | SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 12-1:30pm
Moderated by: Stephanie Sherman, Co-Director, Common Field, PhD student at UCSD, Co-Founder, Elsewhere
Sherman founds, directs, and curates projects that re-imagine public institutions and infrastructures. These projects transform sites and stories of popular consumption into platforms for co-production, collaboration, and social connection. Organizations, publications, information architecture, events, and programs, often set in abandoned spaces or using surplus resources, repurpose analog and digital spaces and design tools for radical creative productions. She believes that there is an art to everything.
Zoe Lukov, Director of Exhibitions, Faena Art Center
Elisabeth Boone, Artistic and Executive Director, Miami Light Project
Beth Boone is the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA. Following a year as artist-in-residence at Brandeis, Beth relocated to New York to pursue a career in theater. While in New York, together with colleagues from Brandeis, she co-founded an Off Broadway theater company, New York Rep, and she served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. At AT&T she was responsible for coordinating several nationally and internationally recognized artistic initiatives including AT&T: OnStage/The New Plays for the Nineties Project. In 1995, in search of a more tropical life, Beth relocated to Miami to become the Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera. Following her position at FGO she became the Deputy Director, and then Interim Director, for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus.
Since 1998, in her role as Artistic and Executive Director of Miami Light Project, Beth has distinguished herself as a leader in Miami's cultural community. She has developed critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida and which have brought her national recognition for her work in the field. These programs include: the establishment of Here and Now, South Florida's most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Beth is married to Cuban Hip Hop musician, Yrak Saenz, and they have a seven year old son, Thomas.
Michelle Weinberg, Artistic Director, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and Creative Director, Girls’ Club Collection
She creates works in painting and collage, designs rugs, tiles, mosaic and paint murals, and produces art for architecture and public spaces. Her imagery inhabits a “Pretend Dimension” in which elastic perspectives, personalized geometries, and fictitious architectures elaborate stage-set like narratives. Her works in all media are conceived as vivid backdrops for human activity.
Weinberg is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso, both in Spain, Millay Colony, MacDowell Colony, Tigertail Artist Access Grants, an Artist Enhancement Grant and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual and Media Art, a FIVA Fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, a Visual Arts fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic, among others.
Exhibitions include Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Dorsch Gallery and Farside Gallery in Miami, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, Lesley Heller Workspace and Kathryn Markel Fine Art in NY, Nordisk kunst Plattform in Norway, and The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Museum exhibitions include Islip Art Museum in NY, Miami Art Museum, The Provincetown Art Museum, MA, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Wolfsonian Museum/FIU in Miami Beach.
Large-scale projects and commissioned work includes murals for the Miami offices of Facebook and AC Hotel in Miami Beach, a mural inspired by dazzle camouflage painting of WWI warships for the exterior of the Wolfsonian Museum-FIU in Miami Beach and a terrazzo floor for a new construction Fire Station commissioned by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. Spare Room and Shelf Life, are both phases of an ongoing project to stock ersatz storefronts with product, installed at ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach, and in the Dupont Building on Flagler Street in downtown Miami, respectively. Other projects: GroundCover/DanceSteps sidewalk and crosswalk art for the City of Tampa, FL, Hand Painted Warehouse for Locust Projects in Miami, Shadow Canopy cement tile and SunBlocks hand-knotted rug for Miami-Dade County’s GSA Trade Shops Facility, and a glass mosaic mural, Paseo, for One Miami Riverwalk.
Weinberg received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has been a visiting artist and instructor at Tyler School of Art, University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Miami International University of Art and Design, Kenyon College, and a mentor at Transart Institute MFA Program in Linz, Austria. A project consultant to museums and non-profits, she develops exhibitions, curricula, artist residencies, workshops and mentorship programs for teens, including Brick x Brick, an after-school program of Perez Art Museum Miami.
Weinberg has been Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale since 2006, and she is currently Artistic Director at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, also in Florida. She is founding principal of IPO, an ongoing interdisciplinary artistic collaboration. Her work has been published in HOME Miami, Elle Decoration, Design Bureau, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, ICON magazine (UK), Metropolis online, El Nuevo Herald, Miami Modern Luxury, World Architecture News, Cover magazine, Miami New Times, Florida Inside/Out, and is featured in the 2014 Louis Vuitton Miami City Guide, and the books Graphic USA, Tile Envy, and Miami Contemporary Artists.
Mariangela Capuzzo, Artistic Director and Lead Curator, ICArt