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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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Beaux Arts Hosts South Florida’s Oldest Costume Ball for Its Oldest Visual Arts Musuem

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With the perfect mix of good and evil, these clowns were declared the evening’s costume winners.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 12, 2014)—More than 275 costumed and black-tie revelers celebrated well into the night on November 8 to raise funds for the Lowe Art Museum and Beaux Arts projects at the 62nd annual Beaux Arts Ball, which pulled off its Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil theme with head-turning splendor.

Revelers’ good-versus-evil garb, mixed with dramatic event décor, and amazing raffles and prizes produced one of the most exciting and successful Beaux Arts Balls to date. Beaux Arts Ball President Becky McCarron, alongside co-chairs Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt, made sure that all guests were welcomed with extraordinary excitement and entertainment from the moment they entered the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building—the ideal backdrop for such a spectacular event.

After climbing the building’s striking lobby staircase and entering the event space through an enormous, Savannah-inspired, wrought iron gate, guests mingled in a “Good” auction and cocktail ballroom, complete with mysterious white wire angels, green topiaries, and white balloons, before being ushered into an “Evil” dining ballroom, brimming with captivating blood-red table settings, glowing candelabras, and swamp moss-sprinkled centerpieces. Décor design and execution was spearheaded by the immensely talented and creative Beaux Arts member, Coco Torre.

Beaux Arts President Becky McCarron, and Beaux Arts Ball Co-Chairs Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt created an evening of extraordinary excitement and entertainment.

Beaux Arts President Becky McCarron, and Beaux Arts Ball Co-Chairs Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt created an evening of extraordinary excitement and entertainment.

Miami’s oldest costume ball, featuring a sit-down dinner and dancing, drew brilliantly eccentric attire — including voodoo princess, the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, and Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. Other creative costumes included a flock of black birds, angels and devils, and a group of creepy clowns—the evening’s costume winner because they were the perfect mix of good and evil.

With signature GREY GOOSE cocktails flowing,this year’s Beaux Arts Ball also featured an expansive silent auction, including more than 200 items valued at more than $150,000; a first-ever Storied Wine Pull; and an exciting raffle with the top prize a $2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.

Emcee Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard greeted guests, announced the raffle winners, and paid homage to the longstanding organization—currently celebrating 63 years of service. She also emceed the Beaux Arts “Fund-a-Need” portion of the evening that raised more than $14,500, which will directly fund the organization’s outreach programs that seek to reach artists and children in our community to enhance art and art education.

These programs have achieved acquisitions of more than 50 pieces of art donated to the Lowe Art Museum, inspired more than 25,000 children at the Beaux Arts Art Camp and Classes, hosted more than 5,000 students from underserved schools for a day of art education and hands-on art projects, and supported artists and student artists with recognition and aid.

The title sponsors of the 2014 Beaux Arts Ball included City National Bank and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Additional sponsors included the Haggard Law Firm; the Medina Family Foundation; UHealth; Ashley Cusack Realty; Driven Brands; High Boy Antiques; Multirace; Northern Trust; Leslie DeBauge and Les Levi; Habify; Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis Interior Designs; LNR Properties; Lowell International Realty; TUUCI; USA Bouquet; Windstorm Holdings, Inc.; Neiman Marcus; SABMiller; Thierry’s Catering; GREY GOOSE; Kim and Tom Wood; Southern Audio Visual; Thierry’s Catering; and Allie Munroe.

Beaux Arts executive board members are Becky McCarron, president; Cristina Krislav, vice president; Samantha Murphy, corresponding secretary; Julie Nance, recording secretary; Jen Green, treasurer; and JJ Hansen, auxiliary treasurer.


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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


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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