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The Lowe Dedicates New Art Research Center to Hands-On Learning


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UM alumna Stella Holmes, third from left, is honored at the dedication ceremony for the new Art Research Center made possible by her generosity. Standing with her are, from left, Senior Director of Development Adriana F. Verdeja, UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Lowe Art Museum Director Jill Deupi.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 19, 2015)—The new Stella M. Holmes Art Research Center (ARC) was officially dedicated in the heart of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Lowe Art Museum last Thursday, giving UM students even more unique opportunities for hands-on learning about the museum’s world-class collection.

“The Art Research Center will allow student curators in ArtLab to see and feel artifacts from the cultures they are studying more intimately than ever before,” said Holmes, a UM alumna and supporter whose generosity launched the museum’s innovative ArtLab series in 2009. “First-hand experience is a very valuable tool in museum studies programs, because it helps students to understand the soul of the art through investigation of its origins.”

The ARC’s walls are lined with built-in, museum-grade display cases that showcase a variety of objects, while smart technology makes the most of electronic resources and the Internet. More cases line the corridor adjacent to a classroom, engaging visitors before they enter the ARC. The area also has been redesigned to allow a direct view into the Lowe’s object storage, allowing guests to see a large number of pieces that are not currently on display. Designed for active learning, the ARC will host enhanced programming for all of the Lowe’s visitors.

“It’s a new capstone in our educational offerings,” said Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts director and chief curator. “We are thrilled with the ARC, which allows us to continue to expand and enhance our capacity to engage directly with our audiences.”

Home to a world-class collection of nearly 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of human history, the Lowe has long been committed to providing opportunities for the firsthand experience of works of art and enrichment of the community through education about arts and culture.

The phenomenal success of ArtLab, which touches the students involved, the Lowe’s 40,000 visitors each year, and countless others who access digital copies of the catalogs online, inspired the Lowe and Holmes to create the ARC, allowing even greater interaction and experience with the museum’s remarkable cultural and educational assets.

Led by a UM faculty member, ArtLab participants spend a full academic year delving into designated themes, which have included Spanish Colonial Art, the art of indigenous Panama, the convergence of Eastern and Western ideas in contemporary Japanese art, differing points of view in Islamic art, and the history of printmaking.

In addition to the direct study of objects in the Lowe’s collections, ArtLab students enjoy off-site immersive experiences, which in the past have included field research in Panama and Peru.

ArtLab culminates each spring with the curation and installation of a focus exhibition and a companion catalog authored by the students. This show remains on view in a prominent gallery in the Lowe (the Richard B. Bermont Family Focus Gallery) for a full year, allowing museum visitors to learn from participants’ investigative efforts.

In addition to Holmes’ generosity, support for the ARC was provided by Beaux Arts, the Rubin – Ladd Foundation, the Jensen Endowment, and the Coleman Foundation.

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Still a Popular Draw Decades After Its Debut

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Still a Popular Draw Decades After Its Debut


The annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art has come a long way since it first debuted in 1952. Back then, local artists would hang their works on clotheslines in front of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum—hence its original name, the Clothesline Sale. Today, booths are the preferred display areas for works ranging from sculptures and paintings to ceramics and watercolors. Thousands of visitors enjoyed such media on January 17 and 18, when the 64th edition of the festival took place at UM. View the slideshow.

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Returns for Its 64th Year January 17-18


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_NN20012CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 16, 2014) — The 64th Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art presented by City National Bank will bring more than 220 fine art juried exhibitors to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables  campus on January 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Widely recognized as one of the region’s most popular outdoor art exhibitions and a South Florida tradition, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art attracts thousands of visitors annually and features works in a variety of media for all budgets. This year’s festival will feature live music in the main-stage tent, children’s entertainment—including free art activities for kids ages 4 to 12 in the UHealth Family Fun Zone—and a variety of dining options, making this event ideal for art enthusiasts and families alike.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Lowe Art Museum, a Beaux Arts partner for 63 years. Particularly newsworthy this year: a $1.5 million gift from Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, has now enabled the creation of the endowed position of Beaux Arts director and chief curator of the Lowe Art Museum for Jill Deupi. The gift to make the directorship endowment will remain in perpetuity and support increased programming, community outreach, facility upgrades, and other projects at the Lowe.

Funds raised from the festival also will 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 Lowe.

In addition to the featured artists selected by a panel of jurors, festival visitors also will enjoy the popular Student Artist Showcase presented by BNY Mellon and featuring up to 150 pieces from talented Miami-Dade middle and high school students inside the Lowe through the weekend. A celebration honoring the students’ art will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, at the Lowe. Additional sponsors of the Student Artist Showcase include Neiman Marcus and Joanna’s Marketplace.

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 60 years later, the 100-percent volunteer-run, annual festival has evolved and is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the country.

In addition to presenting sponsor City National Bank, featured sponsors for the 2015 Beaux Arts Festival of Art include Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, and UHealth, with additional support from Pollo Tropical and the University of Miami.

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Pop-Up Exhibition ‘1 + 2’ Pairs Works from the Fundación Jumex with Art from The Lowe’s Permanent Collection


Joseph Kosuths’ No Number #001 (1989, cobalt blue neon)

Joseph Kosuths’ No Number #001 (1989, cobalt blue neon)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 3, 2014) – This December, the Lowe Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition 1 + 2, in collaboration with Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo.

This exciting new collaborative exhibition pairs 11 works from the Fundación Jumex with 11 works from the Lowe’s permanent collection. The pairings are not only unexpected, but also distributed throughout the museum’s galleries, giving rise to provocative aesthetic and intellectual dialogues across space and time. Joseph Kosuths’ No Number #001 (1989, cobalt blue neon), for example, is partnered with a 17th-century Baroque painting of Saint Onuphrius by the Spanish Old Master Jusepe Ribera while John Baldessari’s Sediment: Hand Holding Gun and Portion of a Frame (2010) is coupled with a 6th-century BCE Greek Kore.

The inspiration for this exhibition, according to Patrick Charpenel Corvera, founding director of Museo Jumex, stems from the Belgian epistemologist Jean Piaget’s theory that knowledge works through creating relationships between ideas and things, which make abstract thought possible. Similarly, Charpenel Covera suggests, the measure of an art collection does not depend on the quantity of objects, but rather on the fusion and activation of works, which, together, produce meaning. This is what makes each collection unique, with its own universe and personality. Charpenel Covera notes, “If one mixes two art collections, different reactions and accidents in this semantic game are realized, awakening new meanings and significance.”

1 + 2 is a remarkable testament to the power of art to stand the test of time and to bridge cultures,” said Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe Art Museum. “The fact that we can bring together such an array of disparate objects and, in doing so, catalyze rich and meaningful conversations—between our audiences and the works of view but also between the pieces themselves, which though mute embody tremendous expressive power—speaks volumes about the critical relevance of art in an increasingly complex world.”

Charpenel Corvera agrees. “This exercise invites us to read the artistic practices that occur within a museum, and the art establishment generally, in an open and sensitive way, allowing for the playful and unexpected connections that may occur between works, and thus enriching our experience,” he said.

The exhibition was organized by Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum.

 

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Lowe Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Beaux Arts

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Lowe Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Beaux Arts


By Annette Gallagher
UM News

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UM President Donna E. Shalala looks on as Becky McCarron, president of Beaux Arts, signs a $1.5 million gift check to the Lowe Art Museum.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 3, 2014) — The  and Beaux Arts have been partners for 63 years. A $1.5 million gift from Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, has now enabled the creation of the position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum. The endowment will also support increased programming, community outreach, facility upgrades and other projects at the Lowe.

“Through events such as their spectacular annual Beaux Arts Festival and so much more, the members of the Beaux Arts have been critical supporters of the Lowe’s educational and cultural mission in South Florida,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs. “Their efforts have allowed the Lowe to grow and flourish since 1952; we are grateful for all that they have done and continue to do.”

With the University’s commitment to taking the Lowe to the next level of excellence and the recent announcement of the museum’s acclaimed new director and art historian, Jill Deupi, the museum is perfectly poised to realize its vision as a world-class arts education and cultural institution.

“For more than 60 years, Beaux Arts has played a critical role in the Lowe Art Museum’s long-term success by helping us to grow our collections, expand our facilities and enhance our programming,” said Deupi. “This remarkable donation affirms Beaux Arts’ commitment to furthering the educational and outreach mission of the museum. It equally solidifies the relationship between Beaux Arts and the Lowe, and secures for us a solid future together.”

Beaux Arts has a long tradition of serving as an educational resource to the community and of philanthropy at the museum. As original founders of the Lowe, Beaux Arts’ steadfast loyalty has been reflected by its generosity.

“As president of this amazing organization, I am honored to be part of such a wonderful event,” said Becky McCarron, president of Beaux Arts. “These funds come as a result of hard work from members past and present, and we know the Lowe will benefit greatly from our gift, which will benefit Beaux Arts as well. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the Lowe and Beaux Arts, and we are ecstatic that this endowment will live in perpetuity.”

“This generous gift further cements the long, successful partnership between Beaux Arts and the Lowe. The support of Beaux Arts has been critical to the Lowe’s success in being a cultural resource to our students and South Florida for more than 60 years, and we look forward to continuing that relationship under the leadership of Dr. Jill Deupi,” said Leonidas Bachas, dean of the UM College of Arts and Sciences, of which the Lowe is a part.

Kristen Munroe, past president of Beaux Arts, said, “This gift to endow and name the directorship of the Lowe celebrates the hard work of all the past and current members of Beaux Arts to create a permanent resource that will further enhance the museum. Beaux Arts is honored to give this gift to the museum and support the gem that is the Lowe.”

The development of the Lowe’s highly regarded collection may be attributed to the continued generosity of partners such as Beaux Arts who, from the museum’s beginning, have supported it with major gifts. The almost 19,000-object collection is one of the most important in the Southeast. The Lowe Art Museum excels not only as a vibrant center for teaching and research, but also as a foremost cultural institution for Miami’s diverse community, and the city’s many visitors from around the world.

“I am looking forward to building an even brighter tomorrow with the help of Beaux Arts and each and every one of their members,” said Deupi.

 

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