Participating Artists: Carlos Alvez & JC Carroll, Rene Barge, Carol K. Brown, Robert Chambers, Lou Anne Colodny, Jim Couper, William Cordova, Elmer Craig, Duane Hanson, Charles Hashim, Vincent Hemphill, Shirley Henderson, Salvatore La Rosa, Jackie Lipsky, Mary Malm, Zaydee Martinez, Gustavo Matamoros, Peter McWhorter, Ron Mitchell, Gary Monroe, Barbara Neijna, Joe Nicastri, Kerry Phillips, Karen Rifas, Tom Schmitt, Ellie Schneiderman, Laura Tan, Sherri Tan, Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele, Odalis Valdivieso, & Kerry Ware
April 29th, 2012
Carlos Alves has been serious about art since he was a child and it shows in his passion for making things out of clay, glass, metal, salvaged artifacts, and recycled objects. Drawing from his Cuban roots and his Miami, Florida upbringing, Carlos' themes encompass love, hope, history, culture, politics, nature, animals and a kinship with the sea. Alves is now applying his artistry to large public and private artwork projects throughout the US and abroad.
He graduated with a BFA from the University of Miami and an MFA from Illinois State, with further scholarship at Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici in Italy as well as a Kohler artist residency. Alves kick-started his post-college career with a free flowing tile installation located on the floor and walls of Art Center/South Florida. The project eventually led to commissions by a number of public and private clients in the US and abroad, from London to Hong Kong. Carlos works closely with wife and partner JC Carroll for over fifteen years in all aspects of public art from concept, design to installation.
Alves enjoys art projects with children and is currently working on a public project at The Miami-Dade County Children's Courthouse. In Alves' mind, the artist needs to create work that can be appreciated by a wide range of people, and he feels successful art is appreciated by children. Carlos is also currently working on a series of porcelain books that range from 3' to 5' in height of the poems of José Marti in both Spanish and English. His studio is located in Little Havana; and as always, his series of 'Blue Bananas' is ongoing!
Notable public works include the 16' Pineapple Sculpture at The Palm Beach Court House in Delray Beach, the terrazzo floor and mosaic in Concourse "C" of General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Fire Station #21 in Los Angeles, California, the Video Visitation Center in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, and Verde Gardens in Homestead, Florida.
Working in multiple media, Rene Barge produces sound works, prints and videos. His works are described as "prismatic relays of the patterns he perceives around him. In each work lies the traces of complex orderings of distortions and filters. As records they simultaneously reflect multiple aspects of change at once, analogous to post-studio, post-digital cubism." (source: Emerson Dorsch) Barge earned a BFA from Florida International University in 1999, where he studied under his mentor, Christine Tamblyn. He has shown individual and collaborative works; notably sound collaborations with Gustavo Matamoros and David Dunn. Barge has shown at Dorsch Gallery (now Emerson Dorsch), since 1999.
Carol K. Brown
Carol K. Brown wasn't raised on an Iowa farm during the Depression (but she does know how to weld). She didn't get an MFA from Yale in 1984. She was not in the Whitney Biennial of 2012. Gagosian Gallery never gave her a solo show in Chelsea in 2004. If she was the recipient of a McArthur Genius Grant in 1990, they didn't inform her. But she did make some stuff.
JC Carroll lives and works with her partner/ husband Carlos Alves in Miami, Florida. She is considered one of the original pioneers of South Beach gentrification in the late 1980's where she opened ART-ACT Performance Gallery. Having studied theater/ set design and fine art at FIU Wolfson Campus and abroad, she opened ART-ACT to provide a space to further explore the burgeoning art scene of the time. ART-ACT brought to Miami Beach new and exciting artists like Tomata Du Plenty, and group shows from NYC's Rivington School. The theater concentrated on plays of great significance to JC at the time many were based on Political/Civil/Gay rights and AIDS epidemic awareness holding countless fund raisers for the hopes of a cure. JC designed and created a majority of the set designs for these plays. The same values that went into the shows she produced goes into her visual art. With the motto that everything and everyone was an art form JC produced and edited ART-ACT TV on WLRN Cable Tap. A 30 minute, weekly show highlighting the art scene, and countless local and international personalities.
After moving to NYC, JC Continued acting in off Broadway and experimental theater and exhibited in-group shows from Thompson Square to Soho, and CBGB Gallery. These exhibitions were primarily painting and sculpture. She also co-produced Chatterbox Lounge, an Internet radio show at PSEUDO, based on the Swing music movement in the 90's. She kept busy working art department gigs for videos/ catalogue/ showroom and special events. Throughout this time she continued to work with Carlos Alves when called in to assist on large scale Public Art Works. After years of this the two fell in love and JC moved back to Miami again in early 2000 and they have continued to work together collaborating and creating massive public and private art-works and installations throughout the country & abroad.
JC hopes to devote more time to hot glass blowing & to continue exploring with glass. JC Carroll is a true renaissance woman who is currently working on a cookbook of artist's recipes.
Born in Miami, Robert Chambers earned his MA (1990) from New York University and his BFA from University of Miami (1983). He ran the sculpture departments at NYU for a number of years and then continued his teaching career at the University of Miami. Robert Chambers has recently completed several large scale public Art commissions; "Light Field", an interactive 87' tall LED wall of light and "Orbital 1+2", 20.000 lbs marble elliptical sculptures for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places (completed March 2011). Recent exhibitions include "2011 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts" at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Awards include the Nancy Graves Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. He was granted a residency at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami, FL.
Lou Anne Colodny
Lou Anne Colodny's experiences in dance, theater and museum administration have greatly informed her art. She was a recipient of the 2008 Cultural Consortium Fellowship in the Visual and Media Arts for Broward County in Florida and BEST IN SHOW for her videos in the 2005 Boca Museum of Art's 54th Annual All Florida Exhibition.
In Miami, Florida, Colodny's videos have been included in five (5) Optic Nerve programs at MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art; The Bridge in Carol Jazzar presents; the American Airlines Arena Video Wall; the Unaffiliated Artist Exhibition at the Living Room, Miami Design District; The House; The "NO" show, Beauty or Not curated by Carol Jazzar and in the video programs of –SCOPE MIAMI, 2005 and –SCOPE NY, 2006. She was juried into the 2007 Art and Culture Center All Florida exhibition, Hollywood, Florida. In 2008, she was the featured artist in the Hollywood Art and Culture Center's project room.
Colodny has shown her videos, drawings and photographic work at the Saltworks Gallery and Eyedrum Gallery (an alternative space) in Atlanta, Georgia, and in group shows at the Snitzer, Dorsch, Castillo and Jazzar Galleries in Miami, Florida. Her works are in the Permanent Collections at MAM (Miami Museum of Art), Miami, Florida; the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida; MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Optic Nerve archive, North Miami, Florida; Miami-Dade Community College, Miami-Dade Public Library Collection, and the Okaloosa-Walton College, Niceville, Florida.
Colodny was the founding director of MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Florida and director of its precursor, COCA for 15 years.
William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner living in Miami/New York City. His work is installation based and includes performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. Cordova focuses on architecture, landscapes, and history as a way to reconstruct, reconsider, and reconnect past events to reveal their relevancy in today's social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments through film, photography, and assemblage Cordova seeks to expand the overall experience of the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.
William Cordova graduated from Miami Central High School and studied Psychology and Fine Arts at Miami Dade Community College North Campus. Cordova received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 2004. He has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Headlands Art Center, Artpace, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. He has exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, the Yale Art Gallery, Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais in Portugal, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Walker Art Center and La Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba among others.
Cordova was represented in the Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 Cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, "yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles" at La Conservera in Murcia, Spain, and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Cordova completed the American Academy in Berlin Fellowship in 2013.
Jim Couper is a professor emeritus in Department of Art and Art History at F.I.U. He began his career as a pioneer faculty member in 1972 when the university first opened. During his tenure, Couper served as senior painting professor, founding director of the Art Museum (now the Frost), founding director of the graduate program, and a period as department chair. He retired in 2005 after 33 years of teaching and administration. He maintains residences in Miami and Tallulah Falls, Georgia, drawing inspiration from both locales.
Couper has enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional artist as well as in academia. He has shown extensively, with over 30 solo exhibitions, 7 two person shows, and over 225 group shows. Institutions such as the Ringling Museum, the (former) Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, the Fort Lauderdale Museum, the Boca Raton Museum, the Dunedin Art Center, the von Liebig Art Center, and the Frost Art Museum have featured and/or acquired Couper's works. Couper has also been recognized with the receipt of many grants and artist's residencies. His paintings are in numerous private, public, and corporate art collections. Since his retirement from teaching, Couper dedicated himself exclusively to full time painting.
Elmer Craig is a clay artist who worked and lived in Miami for many years until moving to Kentucky where he now holds a Resident Artist position at Eastern Kentucky University. Craig received his B.A. in 1959 from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and his M.A. in 1961 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Craig taught for 40 years, and was the Art Department Chair at Miami-Dade College.
Duane Hanson (Jan. 17, 1925 - Jan. 6, 1996)
Born in Alexandria, Minnesota, Hanson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1946. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota and in 1951 completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Falls, Michigan. Hanson taught art in Germany from 1953 to 1960 where he worked for the US Army school system. In 1960 he moved back to the US and taught at the University of Atlanta from 1962-65 until relocating to Miami where he taught at Miami Dade College, known then as Miami Dade Community College. Achieving notoriety for a sculpture entitled "Abortion" depicting a young woman lying under a white sheet, Hanson was promptly disallowed the use of his studio on campus in creating these works. Continuing in this social vein, Hanson went on exploring the subject of the dark side of human nature, featuring junkies, race riots, motorcycle accidents, bowery bums, murder victims, and the like until 1970 when he turned his spotlight onto the more mundane, but perhaps more insidious figures of gaudily clad aging tourists, overweight shoppers, bored security guards, trudging maids, and other workaday-joes or hapless denizens of middle America who would otherwise not register on one's radar and for which he became most well known for. Duane Hanson died in Boca Raton, Florida of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on January 6th, 1996.
Charles Hashim received his BFA from the University Of Miami in 1962, his MFA from UCLA in 1964, and was subsequently hired at Miami-Dade College in 1964 where he became the Chairman of Photography from 1967-2003. He was responsible for developing all of the photography courses at Miami Dade College that are still currently all being offered at every campus except for Studio Lighting which is now offered at the North Campus. His solo exhibitions include the Afterimage Gallery in 1973 and Barry University in 1993 and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions including FIU, MAM, and Bridge Red Studios/Project Space most recently.
Vincent Hemphill was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Miami, Florida. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Hemphill lived and worked in New York City for over a decade before returning to Miami. Hemphill's paintings have shown in galleries and institutions, including locally at Art Center/South Florida, Edge Zones, and Bridge Red Studios.
Shirley Henderson is a painter, courtroom illustrator, and educator currently living and working in Miami, FL. Henderson has exhibited both her paintings and courtroom drawings widely nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, The Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland FL, and the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, in Florida among many other institutions and private collections.
Salvatore La Rosa
Salvatore J. La Rosa was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in North Miami, Florida. A Kent State University Fine Arts graduate, La Rosa returned to Miami and joined the faculty at Miami-Dade College North Campus. In 1975, La Rosa along with Robert Thiele were the first South Florida artists invited to participate in the Whitney Biennial. La Rosa's works are rarely shown publicly. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami featured Salvatore La Rosa in August 2005 and La Rosa is the first artist to have works exhibited in the Bridge Red Studio 5 Project Space.
Jackie Lipsky received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1980, pursued post graduate studies there as well as the University of Massachusetts between 1985-1989 and now currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Of her work, Lipsky says, "The materials in my boxes and paper collages have been gathered for many years with great care. Walking in the streets an object catches my eye and I have to pick it up. I am attracted to old photos, cloth, and objects that have some sentiment and emotional attachment to me. Many special objects have been given to me by friends who have in their way expressed some identity with my treasure boxes. I developed an interest in photographic images, some produced with a digital camera, that have been manipulated through the computer and transformed. These images are deliberately obscure and I enjoy the scratches that mark the otherwise pristine surfaces. I am also impressed with objects of fabric, paper and wood that have yellowed and frayed, and have survived the years, and bring a trace of time and age to the work. I like wrapped and enclosed things that have a mystical nature filled with love and care. I enjoy a strength and directness that many of the pieces seem to have."
Mary Malm, born in Norwich, Connecticut, lives and works in Miami. She attended Norwich Free Academy, and graduated with a diploma in Fine Art, after which she attended Pratt Institute. She completed her education at the University of Miami where she received both her BFA and MFA in Painting, and where she received a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, graduating with honors.
Presently she is a professor in painting and drawing at Miami International University of Art and Design. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. She worked as an exhibition specialist with Barbara Young and Margarita Cano in the Art Services Department of the Miami Dade Public Library System, designing and installing exhibitions for all Dade County Libraries. She has also worked as a painting conservation technician with Rusty Levenson of Florida Conservation Associates, and as a scenic painter for television and movies; some of her clients were Radio Shack, Univision and Telemundo. She has had a long and loving relationship with the sea from childhood where she spent her summers on the beaches in Connecticut and Rhode Island. After having lived in the West Indies and Bahamas, where she was a crewmember on the sailing vessels Yankee Clipper and Fantome, she settled in Miami.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and art centers both regionally and nationally. Her work is in many public and private collections.
Zaydee Martinez holds a M.F.A. from the University of Miami and B.F.A. from Florida International University. Her work is in the collection of the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, Florida International University (three locations) in Miami, and numerous private collections.
Gustavo Matamoros lives and works in Miami as composer, sound artist, performer, curator and educator. He studied Music Theory/Composition at University of Miami (Dennis Kam, John Van Der Slice, 1979-83) and later with Earle Brown. He became interested in conceptual music, electronic arts and concert production. He was the technical coordinator of New Music America-Miami Festival (1987-88) and as director of SFCA he founded the Subtropics Experimental Festival of Music and Sound Arts (1989). In Miami, he is a member of PUNTO with Armando Rodriguez, and organizes Frozen Music, an ensemble with David Dunn and Rene Barge with occasional guest artists Russell Frehling and David Behrman. His sound installations have been exhibited at Miami Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, North Miami Center for Contemporary Art (now MoCA) and Bass Museum of Art, where he curated the group exhibit, SOUND. His large scale and public art projects include commissions from Carnival Center (now Adrianne Arsht); FIU School of Architecture; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; in Miami, and Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His most recent project is Listening Gallery, a collective sound art public installation affixed to the facade of Art Center/South Florida at the corner of Meridian and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. He has staged projects and performed his own works in Germany, New York, New Mexico, California, Canada and Venezuela, with musicians and composers such as Jan Williams, Davey Williams, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lou Mallozzi, Jim Staley, Ushio Torikai, Tom Hamilton and Thomas Buckner. He has also collaborated with visual and media artists such as Alison Knowles, Charles Recher, Shahreyar Ataie, Robert Thiele, Fred Snitzer, Larry Cresman, and with sound poet Robert Gregory. He recently lectured about John Cage at the John Cage Centennial Festival organized by the New World Symphony.
Ron Mitchell was a wood sculptor. Mitchell was a full time faculty member at Miami-Dade College's North Campus teaching Sculpture, Art Appreciation, and Humanities. Mitchell left MDC in 1977 and since left Miami, and no additional information is currently available. If you have any additional information for Ron Mitchell, please contact us at [email protected].
Gary Monroe, upon earning an MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder (1977), returned to his home in Miami Beach, where he spent a decade photographing the old world Jewish community, which then characterized South Beach. In 1980 he began to photograph Haitian boat-people as they arrived in South Florida, first at the I.N.S. Krome Resettlement Camp and then in Miami's Little Haiti and in their other south Florida communities. Beginning in 1984, in the midst of the Duvalier regime, Mr. Monroe traveled throughout Haiti some two-dozen times, until the new millennium. In 1987 he focused his camera on tourism in the Sunshine State, especially the rite-of-passage experiences of vacationers at Disney World. He has been traveling the world to photograph–to Brazil, Spain, Israel, Cuba, India, and Egypt, to name a few of the countries that interest him–while maintaining his curiosity in all things Florida.
Gary Monroe has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, and the Fulbright Foundation to support his photography. Working with Leica film cameras, Monroe crafts traditional gelatin silver (darkroom) prints to archival standards.
Miami artist, Barbara Neijna, creates large-scale monumental sculpture, site-specific installations, and large format photography that communicate social issues concerning survival and the environment. Her vision for art is both concrete and conceptual. Her work can be seen in public and private museum and gallery collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been commissioned to create over 50 public works of art and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Tiffany Foundation Fellowship and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Award. Most recently she was awarded the prestigious International Art and Works Award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain for the Best International Site-Specific Work of Art in a Public Environment.
Joe Nicastri is a painter and sculptor who resides in Miami, Florida. Over the past thirty years, he has exhibited his paintings and sculpture in major galleries and museums across the country. His work is represented in many public and private collections. Public collections include the Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum, Philadelphia Museum, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, Clark University, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The University of Missouri, the University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and The Sephardic Synagogue of Turnberry. Private collections include Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Charles Bronfman, Kirk Landon, Jim Clark, Martin Z. Margulies, Gerry Gaston, Marvin Ross Friedman and many, many others. His work has been represented in such notable galleries as OK Harris, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Jason McCoy Inc., and Gerald Peters Gallery.
Presently, Joe Nicastri is represented by the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, The Claudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe, The Karen Lynne Gallery in Boca Raton, and the Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery in New York. Among the numerous portraits Joe Nicastri has painted are Lee Hills, Charles Bronfman, Ed and Suzi Elson, Gerry Gaston and family, Matt Gaston, Sherri Bronfman, Maureen and George Collins, Billy Graham and many, many more.
Mr. Nicastri has a long and continuing history with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as advisor, juror, and most notably, he is the founder of NFFA's Fellowships in Visual Arts program (FIVA). From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Nicastri devoted himself to issues of human rights and man's inhumanity to man through his artwork. This profound body of work, entitled "Surplus of Memory," has been exhibited in more than 10 major museums over the past five years, among them: Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Hebrew Union College at NYU, New York; Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, NY; Center for Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Van-Pelt Dietrich Library of the Rosenwald Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania; PA: and the Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver, CO. Mr. Nicastri conducts conflict resolution workshops in the communities where his work is exhibited. Twenty sculptures from the "Surplus of Memory" collection form the core of the permanent collection of contemporary Holocaust and human rights artwork of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Glexis Novoa was born in Holguín, Cuba in 1964, raised in Havana and received a BA from The National School of Art, Havana in 1984. He lives in Vedado, Havana and Little Haiti, Miami and works anywhere.
Since 1987 his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has had solo presentations at Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee; Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, Florida; 'Worcester Art Museum,Worcester, Massachusetts; Locust Project Miami Miami, Florida; Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida; The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba; Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba and Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba, among many other venues. Novoa's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and is featured in numerous private collections, international museums and in public places.
Kerry Phillips has shown extensively in Miami including projects with Bridge Red Studios, Locust Projects, the Miami Art Museum, the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood & the Girls' Club Collection. In 2010, she won Best in Show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art's annual All Florida juried exhibition. She has received other grants for her art making from public and private organizations as well as residencies and shows in Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Berlin, Krakow and France. Phillips lives and works in Miami with her dog, Tonta, who is, a little bit.
Vickie Pierre was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Miami. Pierre's recent solo exhibitions include If You Win Me, I'm Forever, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and You Poor, Sweet, Innocent Thing, Diana Lowenstein Fine Art. She has participated in group exhibitions including New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami and Global Caribbean, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, which subsequently traveled to the Musée International des Arts Modestes in Sete, France, Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR and Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique. Pierre's artwork has been acquired by Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio; Millennium Partners Collection of Contemporary Art, The Four Seasons, Miami and ALFA - Wasserman Collection, Bologna, Italy, among others. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited at ArtBasel Miami Beach, Pulse, Scope and Aqua Art fairs.
Karen Rifas was born in Chicago and lives and works in Miami. She received her MFA from the University of Miami and has taught at many institutions including New World School of the Arts. Rifas has an extensive exhibition record in Brazil, Republic of Panama, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. She was awarded Florida Visual Arts and South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships and her work is in the collections of Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale and Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her work is on permanent view on Royal Caribbean's luxury cruise liner 'Oasis of the Seas' and the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami.
Rafael Salazar was born in Cuba and currently resides in Hialeah, Florida. Salazar's photographic series of street performers in Barcelona were exhibited in 2012 "Under the Bridge" at Bridge Red Studios in North Miami. His signature landscape and architectural montages are in a number of private and corporate collections. Working exclusively with film for many years, Salazar recently began experimenting with digital photography. Additionally, Salazar is currently creating site specific sculptures from recycled packaging materials.
Born in 1929 in Columbus, OH, Tom Schmitt has lived and worked all over the United States until settling in Miami where he currently lives and works. Of his recent work, Schmitt says, "The reductive color field paintings I make are computer generated. Made of colored light. The computer is used as painting medium and support. Similar to my 1960s and 70s color field work the form is created from the first mark made on the computer screen. What follows is a dialog between myself as artist and the computer. This dialog and its capacity to stimulate my imagination results in visual thinking not possible with conventional painting. The potential for change in form and color are unlimited. The mark of the maker will still be in the work of art since we assign the boundaries and choose the constants and variables we are willing to accept. The final outcome will only exist if we deem that it is fit. In 1981 and the beginnings of my working with the computer my images were created by the rational structure of programming, following algorithms I created. It was then that the creative potential of the computer was opened for me. Now with advances in technology the creative possibilities are ever expanding."
Ellie Schneiderman is a ceramic artist. She specializes in sculptures that are one of a kind, functional, clay works. Ellie founded Art Center/South Florida on Lincoln Road in 1983 and served as director for ten years. She was also the Founding Director of Miami Artworks in the Miracle Center on Coral Way, and also the Founding Director and Resident Artist at Art South in Homestead, Florida. Now a full-time studio artist in Coral Gables, her art, influenced by travels in Greece, India and China, becomes part of important private lessons. She also shares the benefits of her decades of experience in classes and workshops conducted in her Coral Gables, Florida studio.
South African-born Janet Slom is a painter, installation and performance artist. Her paintings are in collections internationally, including the South Africa Parliament. Solo and group exhibitions include Silvermine Art Guild (CT), the United Nations (NY), Adelson Galleries (NY), Everard Read Gallery (South Africa), and Frank Pages Gallery (Baden Baden, Germany). Ms. Slom, MFA, is on the faculty of Lehigh University's Iacocca Institute. She lives in Weston, Connecticut. Ms. Slom works from both her studio in Westport, CT, and her large studio in Bridgeport, CT, at the American Fabrics Arts Building (AFAB)—Building 4 at Bridgeport Commerce Park, 1069 Connecticut Avenue.
Laura Tan is a visual artist who works primarily with oil paint, mixed media, drawing, watercolor and collage. Ms. Tan has worked as a professional artist for over 20 years. Her work has been exhibited in group and museum shows, most recently in 2012 at the Centre Gallery of Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus in "The SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration;" Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, North Miami, Florida, and the Boca Raton Museum's "61st Annual Juried All Florida Exhibition and Competition." Ms. Tan, a recipient of The Florida Individual Fellowship Grant, has had her work exhibited at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; The Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL; Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Clearwater, FL; Metro-Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, FL; Collage of the Americas Gallery, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Coral Springs, FL.
Laura Tan is also a dedicated art teacher since 1989, beginning with the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where she was an early adjunct faculty member. Subsequent teaching assignments include Foundations Drawing, Painting and 2D Design at New World School of the Arts, University of Miami and at Florida International University. In 2012 she was selected as a Region Finalist for '2012 Rookie Teacher of the Year,' for Miami Dade County Public Schools. Ms. Tan earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Art from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Sherri Tan is a figurative artist whose work includes collage, sculpture, photography, books and recently, set design and film. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US including the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dade College Galleries, Polk Museum, Dynamo Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh; Center for Contemporary Art, VA; Jamaica Arts Center, NY, Rosenwald Gallery, University of Pennsylvania; Collage of the Americas Gallery, Chicago and Gerald Peters Gallery, NY, among others. Bridge Red Studios/Project Space presented a solo exhibit entitled Sherri Tan: A 20-Year Survey.
Tan's large-scale artworks include stage settings for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, which toured in the US and Asia; and Supernatural Scenes commissioned by the Frost Opera Theatre. Her large set for opera, Visions of Orpheus, was described by Larry Budmen of the South Florida Classical Review as "... striking scenic design, which mixes painting, photography and sculpture, to form a flexible playing space that spills out into the aisles of the small venue..." Tan has created art and films for composer Thomas Sleeper's operas "Small Change", "River of Shifting Sands" and for writer Jane Alison's libretto: "The Sisters Antipodes". She has set her work in film to accompany performances by the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra, Bethel College Wind Symphony, and the Benjamin James Duo.
Tan's work is in public, private and corporate collections including the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art; the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry; Jaffe Center for Book Arts; American Bankers Insurance Group; Gerald Peters Galleries, and Miami-Dade Public Library, among others. Sherri Tan has received various awards including a three-year CAVA fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Individual Artist grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Artist Access grants, and Tigertail Productions awards.
Current projects include a sculptural/collage series entitled "Time and Passion", a series of books called "Songs of Love and Death" and a collaborative film entitled "Projected Memories". Thomas Sleeper, with whom she is collaborating on new films, says "Tan's work juxtaposes original, historic and cultural images in ways that seems to alter our perceptions of both time and space. Her layered allusions refocus and create new meanings. Tan's art, while standing on its own with a visceral and immediate impact, activates the experiences and memories of the viewer allowing or even forcing one to reconsider assumptions about this world. " Sherri Tan lives in Miami, Florida.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristen Thiele lives and works in Miami, FL. Thiele received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and her MFA from Miami International University in 2012. After graduating from SAIC, Thiele apprenticed Chicago screen printer Steve Walters of Screwball Press and learned the art of silkscreen printing, primarily printing posters for local and national bands. During her time in Chicago, Thiele participated in numerous shows exhibiting her work, including 3 solo exhibitions at the David Leonardis Gallery. Upon her return to Miami, she became a member of Art Center/South Florida on Lincoln Road in South Beach, where she held a studio until her recent move in 2010 to Bridge Red Studios in North Miami. Thiele's posters were published in the definitive rock poster book, "The Art of Modern Rock" and her paintings in, "Miami Contemporary Artists."
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Robert Thiele is a sculptor who divides his time living and working between Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida. Thiele received both his BFA and MFA from Kent State University in 1964 and 1966. Thiele's work is exhibited widely with recent shows in New York at the Howard Scott Gallery, in Berlin at Galerie Tammen & Partner, and in Miami at Emerson-Dorsch. Thiele owns the artist studio warehouse Bridge Red Studios, and oversees Bridge Red Studios/Project Space.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, lives and works in Miami. She is the recipient of several Miami-Dade Community Grants and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant. Her work has been part of New Work Miami 2013 and 2010, Miami Art Museum; Paper Folding, Dimensions Variable and Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami; Object Implied, EmersonDorsch, Miami; Practices Remain, Regina Rex, New York; SET, Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, North Miami; 5.2011, Cloître Des Billettes, Paris; Urban Interventions, Contemporary Art Museum, Rosario; Intrude: Art & Life 366, Zendai Moma, Shanghai; and Talking Heads, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale; to name a few. She is also part of the community projects "Talking Head Transmitters" and "The Nightclub."
Kerry Ware was born in Southern California and received an MFA in painting from the University of Miami. Ware has exhibited paintings frequently in group and solo exhibitions. He is primarily interested in color and texture/surface/object-hood. Ware says," At heart, I am conservative and traditional because I simply want my work to be beautiful. My work, like the work of a Modernist, is driven by my interest in the material and what it looks like. I do not deliberately attempt to make my work look like something, although nature is an obvious inspiration. For over 25 years my paintings have been on plaster panels. This surface allows me to set up certain situations that I do not have complete control over. My paintings have evolved naturally into large scale wall pieces with the inclusion of wooden pegs. Along with visual art and the recent developments in technology, I have also been increasingly interested in sound as a medium as well."