On Sept. 4, the University of Miami (UM) successfully launched the grand reopening of their Wynwood Gallery to the general public. The highly competitive Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree provides the professional skills to debut in the studio art scene and earn the qualifications for careers in art departments at the college educational level.
It’s no secret that Miami has evolved into a leading city in the art community. A big part of Miami’s emergence into the forefront of the art scene is Wynwood, one of the most artistic neighborhoods in America.
Between the racial justice reckoning of last summer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, news outlets and social media platforms alike were flooded with what seemed like endless graphic videos and images of Black trauma. Sophomore Julian Crosby took this as an opportunity to provide Black students an outlet.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many non-essential businesses are closing. But Oliver Cole Gallery stays strong, having learned how to navigate this new normal early on.
“I want this museum to be not a substitution for a Black space on campus, but a prototype of something on campus where other students can see Black excellence," said Taylor Washington, the junior engineering student responsible for the exhibit.
With Art Basel cancelled this year, “The Real Surreal” aims to bring culture to the community as an escape from the hardships of 2020. Each work in the show is meant to represent hope and survival during this trying time.
“Covid has wreaked havoc on us, but we are savvy, and we can adjust very easily and still make lemonade out of lemons,” said Wendy Levitz, co-president of Beaux Arts.
This past weekend, white tents lined the University of Miami's Stanford Drive and Foote Green as local artists sold everything from handmade jewelry and home decor to original paintings and framed photography.
Now a juried show recognized as one of the leading art shows in the world, the festival hosts over 200 artists working with 10 different mediums, including ceramics, photography and wood.
Wearing a white linen shirt and flip flops with a venti Starbucks coffee in hand, Farrell seemed to be a simple man. But the salt and peppered color of his hair suggested wisdom, a man with years of experience and plenty to say.
Her exhibit, titled "Truths and Visions," is part of the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Glass Artist Lecture Series. It will be showcased 7-9 p.m. Sept. 26.
“The incoming show has artwork that students used to enter the program,” said Milly Cardoso, UM’s gallery director. “It comes from their portfolios. [Now] they have two more years to create more pieces.”