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Sebastian Spreng: DRESDEN

Sebastian Spreng: DRESDEN

Two exhibitions of digital art—Sebastian Spreng: DRESDEN and Sheila Elias: Painted Pixels—open at the Lowe Art Museum with a reception at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. While focused on vastly different subjects, the artists have been making art in the digital sphere since, respectively, 2015 and 2010, harnessing the creative possibilities offered by this technology. Their exhibitions will be on view through September 23.

Spreng’s DRESDEN depicts the decimation of this beautiful eastern German city by Allied bombers in February 1945, and is a meditation on mankind’s infinite capacity for both good and evil. Despite the stark messaging of the images in the DRESDEN project, the 61 works, created on an iPad, have an undeniably lyrical, painterly quality due, in part, to Spreng’s deep knowledge of and passion for classical music; he infuses his paintings with the spirit of his preferred composers.

Elias’ works in Painted Pixels come in and out of focus, buoyed by waves of colors, as one engages with them. Though abstract, many pay homage to her own body of figurative work as well as favored literary masterpieces that inspire her. Created on the iPad and printed on aluminum, whose luster and reflective qualities echo the effect of an illuminated screen, Elias’s works enable viewers to enjoy the so-called “liminal” or in-between spaces.


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B.F.A. Students Show Their Stuff


Ana Maria Gonzalez, Frijolitos, 30” x 40”, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

The Department of Art and Art History presents the work of graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts  students Ana Maria Gonzalez (Painting) and Samantha Petrin (Sculpture) at the Rainbow Gallery from May 1 – 11, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The gallery is located  in the Rainbow Building, 1540 Levante Avenue.

The BFA is a four-year program with 72 credits completed in the Department of Art and Art History, with the balance of the 120 credits being in general education courses, giving students an in depth education in the arts combined with a solid University liberal arts education. Graduates often go directly into careers in graphics, photography, museum or gallery work, while some go on to graduate work or start their careers in the fine arts.

For more information regarding the BFA exhibition or gallery hours, please contact Milly Cardoso at 305-284-3161 or l [email protected].

Appointments and private tours available. Be sure to follow the department on Twitter & Instagram: @umartgalleries

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Exploring Race through Wearable Art

AnnaMeierPinecrestWeb (1)The University of Miami presents Outsider, a community-based project by Master of Fine Arts candidate Anna Meier,  from May 8 – 27, at the University of Miami Art Gallery in Wyynwood, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 12, from 6  to 9 p.m.

Outsider draws on the complex history of Miami and focuses on the social and racial structures within the city’s different neighborhoods.  Using natural materials gathered from the streets of Miami,  Meier created ten wearable sculptures or body-scapes, each representing a different neighborhood in the city. She then returned to each neighborhood with the completed body-scape and asked a passerby to take her photograph. 

Outsider will feature these wearable sculptures and the 10 photographs of them taken in different locations around the city by different community members.  The intention behind this work, is to explore and test the boundaries of racial, social, and class divides within Miami by inverting the traditional roles of subject and photographer, and to stimulate a dialogue about how race relations in Miami and the country can be improved. The work featured in Outsider is strange, eerie, and a little silly, a reminder that laughter is often the best way to break down barriers.

Living and working in Miami, Meier received her B.F.A. in Fibers from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and is currently completing her M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of Miami. In her work, Meier focuses on blurring the lines between art and life to create beneficial and eye opening experiences. Each of her projects is an attempt to understand how art and creative work can make a positive impact on society.

The Wynwood Building is located at 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4, Miami, FL 33127. A full schedule of exhibitions can be viewed at www.as.miami.edu/art.  Gallery hours* are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Hours may be subject to change, please call (305) 284-3161 to confirm times. Appointments and Private Tours available. For more follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @umartgalleries.

For more information about the exhibition contact Milly Cardoso, Gallery Director at [email protected].

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Chihuly’s Mosaic Persian Takes Its Place at the Lowe

Dale Chihuly Mosaic Persian 1240X550To be permanently installed in the foyer of the Lowe Art Museum, Dale Chihuly’s spectacular Mosaic Persian will be on view to the public beginning Friday, April 13.  A gift to the Lowe, Mosaic Persian was commissioned in 1998 for collectors Dale & Doug Anderson’s Palm Beach home, and comprises 32 beautiful glass elements reconfigured specifically for the Lowe. The installation reflects the Lowe’s focus in 2018, which it declared the “Year of Glass.”

“The Andersons’ remarkable gift to the Lowe Art Museum is truly transformative,” said Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts director and chief curator of the Lowe. “Not only is their stunning Chihuly installation destined to become one of the Lowe’s signature works of art, it will also highlight for our visitors the remarkable collections housed in our Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion, which was reinstalled earlier this year in celebration of the  “Year of Glass.” We are deeply grateful to Dale & Doug for their generosity of spirit and their belief in the power of art to touch and to change lives.”

The installation of Mosaic Persian in the Lowe’s foyer will be followed by other glass art-related events throughout the “Year of Glass,” including glass exhibitions; a lecture by artist Clifford Rainey as part of the Palley bi-annual glass artist lecture series; teacher workshops, Community Days, tours, and other education and engagement events. For details, view the Year of Glass program.


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Facing Uncertainty in UM’s Waiting Room

By Kate Johnson
Special to UM News


Through portraits and quotes, artist Elizabeth Jameson’s ‘Facing Uncertainty’ exhibit opens a window on living with multiple sclerosis.

Visitors to the University of Miami’s medical campus can gain unique insights into the complexities of living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the MS waiting room in the Miller School of Medicine’s Neurology Clinic at the Professional Arts Center, where Facing Uncertainty is on display through May 31.

The multimedia art installation by artist Elizabeth Jameson, in collaboration with photographer Richard Bermack, includes the portraits of six people who have been diagnosed with MS, including Jameson, and their personal quotes about living with the uncertainty of the illness.

“I do not want to live smaller as a result of my diagnosis,” says Jessica, 29, who was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis when she was 26. “I have had to adjust. There is no choice in that but to do it. But I am not going to let go of my goals, passions, and vision that I am actualizing. The bad days are rough, but the good days, they shine brighter than the sun.”

In the quote under her portrait, Jameson, who is now quadriplegic, said she is trying to find purpose in a life consumed by a chronic illness. “You want to love your life, but you can also hate your life. It’s impossible not to feel overwhelmed. As an artist, I’m forced to redefine my profession each time my disease progresses. I would be a fool if I didn’t admit that I’m terrified of what MS has in store for me next.”

Facing Uncertainty, which began as an online photography project but has evolved into the campaign #FacingUncertainty, is now part of Art MD, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote health campaigns through the use of art.

“The main objective of Art MD is to bridge the gap between art and science,” says Art MD’s president and cofounder, Zeina Hannoush, assistant professor in the Miller School’s Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, who previously worked with Jameson on “The Art of Health,” which debuted during the 2016 Art Basel week.

Art, Hannoush says, provides the perfect medium to inform the community about serious and often preventable health risks and diseases. “Art is magnificent, has no barriers, and can inspire people,” she explains.

Catherine Monahon, Jameson’s studio assistant, describes the difficulties of installing art in patient waiting rooms, noting that “in a lot of clinical spaces you can’t even thumbtack a poster up.”

In turn, Hannoush had to navigate many layers of bureaucracy and red tape to bring the installation to UM’s Neurology Clinic. “It touches on the important topic of dealing with chronic diseases,” she says.

At the UM Neurology Clinic, the portraits hang in the hallway, accompanied by plaques with each participant’s quote, which, tailored to Miami’s audience, are printed in both English and Spanish. The portraits are dynamic and thought-provoking. They catch your eye as you walk down the hallway and inspire curiosity, making you want to read more and take a deeper look into the art. If you look closely at the bottom of each portrait, the participant’s signature is visible.

You’ll also notice the people living with MS are diverse—young and old, black and white, gay and straight—because, Monahon says, Jameson wanted people to know MS is diverse.

But the main goal of Facing Uncertainty, Monahon says, is to “get people talking about their experience. Breaking that silence and breaking the taboo of talking about illness and disability and building community as well.”

Another goal is to turn the “wasted time” spent in waiting rooms into something productive. Typically, Monahon notes, waiting rooms have pictures of puppies and trees, which made Jameson feel, “kind of infantilized, like this is a waste of time.” Instead, Jameson sought to create a space where people would be “seeing one another, acknowledging their own experience, and feeling empowered.”

Jameson began Facing Uncertainty, Hannoush says, when she “started making artistic representations of her own MRIs. They frightened her, so she started painting over them to make them artistic.”

The artwork of her MRIs, which can be viewed on the Facing Uncertainty website, evolved into the idea to use art to start a conversation about MS. Now others can reach Jameson personally and others from the website, creating a support network for those affected by the disease.

“One thing I want the world to know about MS is that the disease of MS is one giant compromise after another . . . one loss after another . . .,”  Jameson wrote in an email.

The other participants have their own unique take on the illness, and their goals for the future, but they all have a common thread that connects each story: Living with MS is living with uncertainty, but that cannot stop you from living, which Jameson has proven with Facing Uncertainty.

Visitors may view the exhibit at the UM Neurology Clinic at 1150 N.W. 14 Street, Suite 609, Miami, FL 33136.




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