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Lowe Art Museum Annual Recycled Art Book Sale October 2-5

Visit the Lowe Art Museum from Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5 to purchase discounted pre-owned art books. All proceeds benefit the Lowe.

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Beaux Arts Annual Ball Slated for November 8 With ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ Theme

Beaux Arts, which sponsors Miami’s oldest costume ball to benefit the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, has announced that the 62nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball will take place Saturday, November 8 in downtown Miami at the Alfred I. DuPont Building, 169 E. Flagler Street, with the much-anticipated theme of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Evening events will include a large silent auction, featuring over 200 items valued at over $150,00 and a first-ever Storied Wine Pull; a sit-down dinner and dancing; a costume and skit competition; and an exciting raffle with the top prize being a $2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.

Title sponsors of the 62nd ball include City National Bank and Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Additional sponsors include the Medina Family Foundation, UHealth, Ashley Cusack Realty, LNR Properties, Lowell International Realty, Neiman Marcus, SABMiller, Thierry’s Catering, Grey Goose Vodka, and Allie Munroe. This year’s chairs are  Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt.

Funds raised at the event will be used for exhibitions, improvements, and acquisitions to the Lowe’s permanent collection, as well as to finance the organization’s flagship program, Hands On!, which exposes underserved children from Miami-Dade County to the visual arts.

Tickets are $275 per person. Reserve now by visiting www.bidpal.net/beauxarts.

The largest financial donor group to the museum, Beaux Arts is a 100 percent volunteer organization made up of 100 women and over 300 associates. The group organizes both the ball and the annual Festival of Art on the UM campus. The organization recently won the “White Award,” which recognized the group as the University’s most effective donor for surpassing the $5 million mark of funds contributed to the Lowe Museum. To date, Beaux Arts has hosted more than 25,000 children at the Beaux Arts Art Camp and hosted more than 5,000 Miami-Dade students at Hands On!


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Beaux Arts Center for Art Camp Now Enrolling for Fall Classes

Since 1953 the Beaux Arts Children’s Pavilion at the Lowe Art Museum has been home to various children’s art camps and workshops. All proceeds from the camps and classes are donated to the Lowe Art Museum for children’s art appreciation programs, art acquisitions, and museum improvements. Registration is now open for fall classes as well as one-day holiday and winter break camps. Creative projects are being planned so students may explore various art techniques, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, paper mache, ceramics, and much more. Classes begin on September 9 for children 5 to 12 years old.

For more information or to register, visit www.beauxartsmiami.org or email artcampinfo@beauxartsmiami.org. A 10 percent discount is offered to the second child registered for camp.

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Art Historian and Veteran Curator Named Director of the Lowe

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Art Historian and Veteran Curator Named Director of the Lowe

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Jill Deupi

Jill Deupi

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 3, 2014) – The University of Miami has appointed Jill Deupi, the current director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, as the new director of the Lowe Art Museum.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Lowe Art Museum as it embarks on an exciting new chapter in its rich and storied history,” Deupi said. “The museum is perfectly poised to catapult itself to the next level, building upon its tremendous resources and past successes while embracing 21st-century museum practice, contemporary art and culture, new education modalities, and, above all, participatory learning.”

Deupi credits the Lowe’s solid foundation and Miami’s effervescent arts scene for her decision to join UM, beginning August 11. One of her goals for the museum is “to connect its remarkable collections to the contemporary art world and current cultural trends.” She hopes to accomplish this partly with enhanced public accessibility to the Lowe’s holdings via an online, user-friendly database.

“We selected Dr. Jill Deupi as the new director of the Lowe after an extensive search,” said UM College of Arts & Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas. “Her distinguished museum experience and academic background in art and art history as well as her enthusiasm to involve our students in experiential learning are a perfect combination for the Lowe to expand its reach as a didactic resource for the University and local community.”

In addition to her leadership roles at the University Museums at Fairfield University, Deupi also has served as an assistant professor of art history since 2008. Under Deupi’s leadership as founding director, the Bellarmine Museum of Art has welcomed thousands of visitors since it opened to the public in late 2010. Deupi has curated nearly 20 temporary exhibitions at the Bellarmine and at Fairfield’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, which she also has directed since 2013.

Opened in 1952, the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum is Miami-Dade County’s oldest and only comprehensive visual arts institution, featuring the region’s most diverse collection of world art. The Lowe’s distinguished permanent collection spans 5,000 years of western and non-western art history, highlights of which can be seen in the museum’s nine galleries. Brian Dursum, director of the Lowe Art Museum since 1990, announced his retirement in September 2013.

Part of the UM College of Arts & Sciences, the Lowe also mounts distinguished temporary exhibitions throughout the year, accompanied by an array of complementary programming. With its mission to serve the University of Miami, greater South Florida communities, and national and international visitors as a teaching and exhibiting resource, the Lowe presents a unique art experience, with broad-based collections and one-of-a-kind works of art.

A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Deupi wrote her doctoral dissertation on art and cultural politics in 18th century Naples. Her prior museum experience includes work at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Wallace Collection, London. Although her area of scholarly expertise is 18th-century European art, neoclassicism, and museology, Deupi possesses an impressive breadth of art historical knowledge: she has curated exhibitions devoted to 20th- and 21st-century photography; mid-century American painting; contemporary sculpture; ancient Chinese funerary sculpture; 20th-century portraiture; and 20th-century Venetian glass (among others).

Highlights from Deupi’s programming achievements include the establishment of a distinguished lecture series in the visual arts, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation; the implementation of a successful Family Day program at the Bellarmine Museum; and the development of a broad range of programming in arts education and engagement, including a cultural tours abroad program. She also worked tirelessly to secure significant external support from a range of donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

Deupi received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude. She holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of London’s Birkbeck College and the University of Virginia, respectively. She serves as a board member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) and co-chair of the New England Museums Association’s (NEMA) Academic Professional Affinity Group. She also sits on the steering committee of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s Executive Directors Network and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), the College Art Association (CAA), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Deupi has juried a number of art competitions and exhibitions and has served as an external reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has authored numerous exhibition publications as well as the chapter “The Antique Legacy from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment,” which appears in A Companion to Greek Art (Blackwell Publishing, 2012).

Deupi currently lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children.


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Outgoing Lowe Art Museum Director Brian Dursum Honored for His Years of Dedication and Service

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Outgoing Lowe Art Museum Director Brian Dursum Honored for His Years of Dedication and Service

By Margot Winick
UM News

Brian Dursum

Brian Dursum

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 23, 2014) — After more than 40 years of dedicated service, Brian Dursum, director and chief curator of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, will step down in August.

In honor of Dursum’s contributions and longstanding partnership in support of the museum, Beaux Arts, the Lowe’s volunteer organization, has acquired and donated to the museum an art object valued at $35,000. Located on UM’s Coral Gables campus and part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lowe is Miami’s first and most comprehensive art museum, with a collection spanning more than 5,000 years of world art history. Read the full story

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