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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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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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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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