Widely recognized as one of the region’s most popular outdoor art exhibitions and a South Florida tradition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors annually and offers works in ten mediums for a variety of budgets. This year, artists hail from 30 states and abroad.
Admission and parking are free. Proceeds benefit the Lowe Art Museum, which will be open to the public all weekend, and support bringing children from low-income schools on cultural field trips to the museum.
The festival will feature live music; children’s entertainment, including free art activities such as watercolor painting projects for children ages 4 to 12 in the “City National Bank Art Park”; and a variety of dining options, making this event ideal for art enthusiasts and families alike.
Children who attend the festival will receive a copy of the organization’s signature children’s coloring book, honoring Beaux Arts’ 60th anniversary in 2011 and featuring important works from the Lowe’s world collections and a museum map for children. Coloring books will be available at no cost at the “City National Bank Art Park,” in addition to City National Bank giveaways.
Besides artists selected by a panel of jurors, visitors will find the “Student Artist Showcase,” featuring 150 pieces from Miami-Dade middle and high school students, on display inside the Lowe Art Museum throughout the weekend. A celebration honoring the students’ art will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15 at the Lowe. Sponsors of the Student Artist Showcase are BNY Mellon Bank and Joanna’s Marketplace.
The festival also reaches beyond artists and visitors. Funds raised help underwrite Hands On!, Beaux Arts’ signature program for children from underserved schools. Hands On! introduces these Miami-Dade students to the world of art and museums via field trips to the museum. Additional funds raised are used for Lowe Art Museum exhibitions, improvements, and acquisitions.
The festival was originally called the “Clothesline Sale,” as Beaux Arts volunteers used clotheslines to display the works of local artists in front of the Lowe. More than six decades later, the all volunteer-run Festival of Art has evolved and is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the country.
Sponsors for the 2013 Beaux Arts Festival of Art include Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, City National Bank, AT&T U-verse®, BNY Mellon Bank, Ryder Systems, The Cobb Foundation, The Garner Foundation, Sir Galloway Cleaners, The New York Times, and Haggard Law Firm.
For more sponsorship and general information, visit www.BeauxArtsMiami.org, and follow “Beaux Arts Festival” on Facebook.
Founded in 1952, Beaux Arts is a volunteer group of women comprised of 100 active members and over 300 associate members who are dedicated to promoting interest in and financial support for the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. All funds raised are donated to the Lowe Art Museum to support acquisitions, programming (including introducing elementary school children from Title 1 schools to the visual arts) and capital campaigns.