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Kids Inaugurate the Lowe’s New Children’s Pavilion


Beaux-PavilionChildren happily inaugurated the newly renovated Beaux Arts Children’s Pavilion last week as Beaux Arts members and guests celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting, music, treats, pizza, and art-making activities developed by the Lowe education team.

Sebastian the Ibis was the star of the evening—posing for photos and creating masks with the kids—but Beaux Arts members who pledged $148,000 to update the pavilion were the real heroes.

Beaux Arts Co-Presidents Diana Moll and Kim Wood, above,  joined Sergio Gonzalez, senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas, and Lowe Director Jill Deupi in the official ribbon cutting.

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The Happiest of Happy Hours: Celebrate the Beaux Arts Children’s Pavilion at the Lowe March 10


Kids of all ages are welcome to join the Lowe Art Museum’s celebration of the newly renovated Beaux Arts Children’s Pavilion at the Lowe on Friday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Happiest of Happy Hours will mark the grand re-opening of the pavilion made possible by the generosity of Beaux Arts. University families and friends are invited to attend and share in the fun. Please RSVP to nhill@miami.edu .

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Mellon Grant Supports Library-Museum Collaboration


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 11, 2017)—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the University of Miami to support collaboration between the Lowe Art Museum and UM Libraries on their joint effort to further faculty engagement with historical and artistic collections.

“This significant investment by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is vitally important and recognizes the immense potential of a strong library-museum collection to enhance learning and stimulate innovative and collaborative scholarship,” said UM President Julio Frenk.

The grant will enable the Lowe and the Libraries to establish two new faculty fellowships—one devoted to campus engagement and the other to the conservation of art and archival works on paper. In addition, it establishes a new programming fund to incentivize faculty to engage with University collections and enable the development of joint public programs that highlight these collections.

“We could not be more thrilled to have received this remarkable gift, and we are deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generosity,” said Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts director and chief curator of the Lowe. “This transformative grant speaks to the value of higher education, the arts, and the humanities, generally. It equally affirms the power of collaboration and impact of leveraging resources for the benefit of a broad range of audiences.”

Charles Eckman, dean of the University of Miami Libraries, said the partnership was envisioned through the inaugural Academic Art Museum and Library Summit, held in January 2016, which brought together 14 pairs of library and museum directors from North American academic institutions to address opportunities for deep intra-institutional collaboration. “Through the support of the Mellon Foundation, the Lowe and Libraries will be able to work with faculty to carry out our vision for new curricular, interdisciplinary, and collaborative engagement and shared collection stewardship opportunities while providing invaluable experience to emerging professionals in the field,” Eckman said.

A white paper co-authored by Deupi and Eckman that reports on the findings of the 2016 AAML Summit is available in UM Libraries Scholarly Repository (scholarlyrepository.miami.edu).

 

 

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66th Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art Returns to the Gables Campus


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 6, 2017) – The 66th annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, will bring more than 220 fine art juried exhibitors to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum  on January 14 and 15,  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, the South Florida tradition attracts thousands of visitors annually and offers works in 10 mediums for a variety of budgets. This year’s festival will feature live music in the main-stage tent, children’s entertainment—including free art activities for children ages 4-12 in the Family Fun Zone—and a variety of dining options, making it ideal for art enthusiasts and families alike.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Lowe Art Museum, a Beaux Arts partner for more than 65 years. Last year, Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, enabled the creation of the endowed position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum Jill Deupi. This gift has continued to support increased programming, community outreach, facility upgrades, and other projects at the Lowe.

Funds raised from the festival will also help underwrite “Hands On!”—Beaux Arts’ flagship 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 Art Museum.

In addition to the featured artists selected by a panel of jurors, festival visitors will also enjoy the 16th Annual Student Artist Showcase, featuring more than 100 pieces from talented Miami-Dade middle and high school students, which five judges narrow down from 370 submissions. The showcase will be on display inside the Lowe Art Museum throughout the weekend. A celebration honoring the students’ art will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, at the Lowe where awards will be given, including Best of Show. Our in-kind sponsor of the Student Artist Showcase is 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. Over 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 featured sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, additional sponsors for the 2017 Beaux Arts Festival of Art include the University of Miami, EWM Realty International, and The Miami Herald, with grants from VisitFL, and the Cobb Family Foundation.

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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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