Special to UM News
CORAL 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.