University guide for Art Week 2021


Check out the University of Miami arts and humanities exhibitions and events taking place during Miami Art Week 2021.

Art Basel is back and ready to showcase the best of art from around the world here in South Florida. The University of Miami has a variety of events in this year’s lineup, including a live on-campus lecture, a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and an exhibit in the heart of it all – Wynwood.

Saturday December 4, 10 a.m.

As part of Miami Art Week 2021, the Lowe Art Museum will host artist Samuel Levi Jones in conversation with alumnus Dennis Scholl at the Lakeside Village Expo Hall at the University of Miami.

Samuel Levi Jones and Dennis Scholl

A trained photographer and multidisciplinary artist, Samuel Levi Jones deconstructs and manipulates books, such as encyclopedias and textbooks, to critically explore systems of knowledge and power.

A 1981 law school graduate, Scholl is the CEO of Oolite Arts, a 35-year organization dedicated to supporting visual artists in Miami. He is also a contemporary art collector who, along with his wife Debra, has built one of the largest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the United States.

Registration for the in-person conference.

Registration for the virtual event.

Saturday December 4, 8 p.m.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Frost School of Music and the Lowe Art Museum co-present “Pictures at an Exhibition”, featuring the Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by world-renowned maestro Gerard Schwarz.

“The Frost School of Music is delighted to present this important composition in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum and the Adrienne Arsht Center, and particularly delighted that it coincides with one of the most important events of the season in Miami, Art Basel “said Schwarz. , distinguished professor of music, conducting and orchestral studies and musical director of the Frost Symphony. “It promises to be an exciting evening.”

Jill Deupi, director of fine arts and chief curator of the Lowe Art Museum, said the collaboration doesn’t just showcase two of the University of Miami’s artistic crown jewels. “It is also a powerful reminder of the ability of music and the painted image to anchor us, move us and bring us closer to ourselves and to each other,” Deupi said, adding: ” words of the British philosopher and writer Roger Scurton fits here: “Art and music give meaning to ordinary life, and through them we can face the things that trouble us and find solace and peace in them. presence.

Buy your tickets in advance. Use the following promo codes for discounted entry:

  • Students receive 50% discount with the code: UMSTUDENT
  • Teachers and staff receive 20% discount with the code: UMSTAFF
  • Alumni benefit from a 15% reduction with the code: UMALUM

Saturday December 4th, 6-9 p.m.

An opening reception hosted by the Department of Art and Art History presents “New Works,” featuring works by students earning their Masters of Fine Arts. Works on display at the University of Miami Gallery at Wynwood include ceramics, photographs, paintings, and more.

Discover the artists presented below:

Maria Espindola and photographyMariana Espindola, digital photography

“I take inspiration from my everyday life and the things I’ve been through, but this new series I’m showing at the show is about returning to Miami after six years away. The pictures are super colorful and vibrant, just like Miami, and that is directly related to my mood for being super happy to be here and to continue my artistic studies.

“These are actually images of lifeguard homes in Miami Beach, but the way I decided to photograph I left it very free for the viewer to make their own assumptions about what it is. Some think it’s a boat; others have no idea what it is. It’s a series about color and form.

Catherine Kramer printCatherine Kramer, engraving

“The piece I am exhibiting at the gallery is a lithograph. It gives me a lot of fulfillment to create art and to be able to share my point of view through imagery. The image is that of a fossilized plaice fish placed in front of a rocky bottom, a nod to the saying “a fish out of water”.

Rachel Alderton printRachel Alderton, engraving

“In my art, I explore the mystery of the human condition through portraiture and printmaking. Using cardboard and ink on plexiglass, I study the surfaces, posture, expression and language of the human body to better understand each individual I represent.

“My background and love of psychology fuel my fascination with understanding humans, as well as how we age. Necessary for human growth, senescence is an inevitable process that comes with age when our cells stop dividing and growing, but do not die. It is an aging process that most organizations experience. By creating these portraits, I hope to arouse both curiosity and empathy in each viewer.

Charlisa Montrope printCharlisa Montrope, engraving

“My work uses various printmaking techniques to create culturally specific images through the creation of maps that reference my family’s immigration from Saint Lucia to Miami. I seek to create a hybrid visual language combining traditional and digital methodologies in contemporary printmaking, strongly overlaying color and form through collage techniques.

“Gel plate printing, screen printing, digital printing and traditional drawing processes are layered and worked with soft pastel, airbrush and acrylic paint. This multitude of materials and processes are used to reflect the multiculturalism I experience as a Caribbean immigrant now based in Miami, while also describing my past experiences and current relationship with the island of Saint Lucia.

“Cartography has become the foundation of my practice, complemented by culturally specific motifs such as the pattern and colors of Madras fabric, which is a Creole textile used during the celebration of Jounen Kwéyòl (National Creole Day). By confusing maps of the island drawn during my recent visits to Saint Lucia with maps of the areas I frequent in Miami, my work unfolds in colorful, large-scale linear abstractions evoking a sense of belonging but also a feeling of dislocation, not of total belonging. in either place. They create a tapestry of my past, my present and maybe a map of my future.

Jessica Dehen mixed mediaJessica Dehen, mixed media

“Although my work is devoid of any figurative imagery, I am deeply inspired by the colors and climate (both natural and urban) of South Florida. Many of my works have a bold color palette that runs parallel to the lens through which I perceive the light and saturation of my surroundings.

“My relationship to color and light inspires my creativity. I have such an intrinsic response to certain color combinations that often times when I experience a color that appeals to me (either in nature, or a sunset, in a friend’s pair of shoes, or on a billboard that I see coming down the street) I feel compelled to do something that incorporates this color. There are times when this color becomes the main focus of the work and other times when it simply serves as a ‘starting point’, where it eventually begins to form relationships with other colors and gestural marks that I ‘applies during the painting process. “

The Art of Ceramics by Kim BauldreeKim Bauldree, ceramic art

“I have a background in documentary filmmaking and photography and I find that clay offers a more interesting surface for my images than paper. Making art, whether it’s 2D or 3D, is how I process thoughts and observations of the world around me. And, being quite a shy person, art is the voice where I feel most expressive.

“The piece I’m showing for Basel this year is a tile composition called ‘My water is…’. The composition is made up of two photographs I took of abandoned water bottles. The images are replicated, rotated and flipped to create a kaleidoscopic effect. I edited the bottle labels in Photoshop to include words that have both positive and negative associations with bottled water. My inspiration for this piece was the ubiquity of the disposable plastic water bottle and the complications of withdrawing water from the aquifer. While plastic waste is the visible symptom of the problem, businesses that take advantage of strained water sources are a more sinister problem with deeper cascading effects on the environment.

Nadine room installation artNadine room, art of installation

“I create works inspired by memories of my childhood experiences and my family heritage that are linked to the larger stories of the black experience. A signature commitment has been to take ordinary objects or familiar narratives and present them in new contexts. My work is then multi-layered, non-idealistic, (auto) biographical and imbued with physical and metaphorical symbols. I submitted two series of photographs which are triptychs for the New Works UMFA Art Basel exhibition: “Living with White” and “Still Life”. Created within the framework of semiotics and iconography, the two series of photographs illustrate images of subtle violence.

“These images are part of a larger body of work, which was initially my final project for an art history class. They consider the complexities of American racism and its strident persistence through visual representation, iconography and stereotypes. With this work, I am emphasizing a different kind of systemic violence, which has been permeated into our psyche and also nuanced by pop culture. This violence is not obvious, but is instead contained in the story associated with the representation of the objects photographed, and the responses they generate in real life. My intention is to evoke a psychological engagement with this body of work through our associations with these relics, their symbolic meaning and the way they articulate notions of value for black lives, white superiority and inheritances / ideals ( post) plantations. Upon close observation, these images also tell us the fractured, fallacious, and inflated premise of white ideology upon which these notions were coined.

“New Works” will be on view until January 14, 2022 at the University of Miami Gallery located inside the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4, Miami, FL 33127. Hours of Operation gallery are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by prior appointment. As times are subject to change, call (305) 284-3161 to confirm hours prior to touring.


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