June 22-Septmber 1, 2017

Opening Reception: TBD

The Florida International University’s Art + Art History Department, alongside the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Warsaw, have continued their global academic partnership and will unveil their new exhibition entitled, REKONESANS II Proposed as an attempt to try to build a global dialogue between South Florida and Central Europe, Prof. Kolasinski and Prof. Jarnuszkiewicz, together with the help from the FIU MFA Curatorial Practice candidates, made REKONESANS II possible. This academic connection serves as an opportunity that allows the students from different cultural backgrounds to share their perception on contemporary art. It also serves as a chance to continue the approach to form a unity between academic institutions on a global level.

Artists from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw:
Artur Prymon
Barbara Dziubasik
Diana Grabowska
Karolina Zimna
Kornelia Dzikowska
Zuzanna Sękowska
Weronika Wysocka
Yui Akiyama

FIU Curatorial Team:

 Christopher Rodriguez Barake, MFA Curatorial Practice

Belaxis Buil, MFA Curatorial Practice

2017 Summer Breakthrough Design Discovery Class at MBUS


2017 Summer Breakthrough Design Discovery at MBUS

M-F 9am-4pm

Growlight/Breakthrough Miami is a three-week summer camp held at the Miami Beach Urban Studios that focuses on design, art, technology, urbanism and public policy.

Breakthrough miami is a program that provides first-rate enrichment opportunities to high achieving students from under resourced backgrounds.

2016 Summer Breakthrough Deasign Discovery pictured above. On the left, CARTA Associate Dean for Students, David Rifkind sketches with students in the Soundscape Park outside the New World Symphony.  In the above right, FIU graduate students and FIU AIAS President Patricia Elso works with students on 3D modeling.  Bottom right, students working with a MakerBot 3D printer in FIU’s CARTA Innovation Lab at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.


En Plein Air Painting—Three Painting Sessions Investigating South Florida Landscapes

En Plein Air Painting—Three Painting Sessions Investigating South Florida Landscapes

May 23-Septmebr 21, 2017

Opening Reception: May 25 at 7pm

Andris Vītoliņš Head of the Department of Painting at the Art Academy of Latvia and Aleksejs Naumovs, also a noted painter and the Rector of the Academy, have been funded by Erasmus 2.0 to collaborate on new creative projects with Jacek Kolasinski, Chair of FIU Art/Art History and MBUS researcher and FIU Professor of Ceramics, Bill Burke, both of whom recently returned from Erasmus-funded talks to students and colleagues in Riga (for more, click here).  They will paint in situ at the FIU BBC and MMC campuses, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Comes to MBUS Home/Events Details Exhibition


Exhibition: May 11-June 7


Opening: TBD

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established in 1977 and is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The current prize fund totals $1,000,000 and the winners for the current cycle were announced on October 3, 2016.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKDN) is given every three years to projects setting new standards of excellence in planning practices, architecture, preservation and landscape design. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to encourage, identify and celebrate innovative building concepts that address the needs and aspirations of societies across the globe, that have made important contributions to Muslim societies.

The AKDN works directly to impact architecture and human habitats to improve housing, design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental sanitation, water supplies, and other issues affecting living conditions. Through urban regeneration projects, the AKDN supports social, economic and cultural development.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by the Aga Khan in 1977.

The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Steering Committee can suggest areas of interest, but it has no bearing on the final selections of the independent Master Jury.

Presenting the awards will be (guest) Professor Brigitte Shim; Brigitte is a principal at the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world,” along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Don’t Miss Aga Khan Award Night!

What plans the better idea Exhibition


What plans the better idea

Curator: Belaxis Buil, MFA ‘19

Jose Garcia
Michael Gray
Meg Kaplan-Noach
Sterling Rook

The English naturalist, Charles Darwin spoke of survival of the
fittest—or in Darwin’s own words “Survival of the form that will leave the
most copies of itself in successive generations.” Herbert Spencer, an
English philosopher and Darwin’s contemporary stated that “The
survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical
terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection,’ or the
preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.”
Today we see a struggle created by mankind that stems from neglect in
caring for our environment, from carelessly forgetting to preserve
natural resources and not consistently participating in beneficial trends
of recycling trash into resourceful products that would benefit our future.
Many artistic communities favor gestures of recycling and exhibit
successful prototypes of recycled goods in fashion, house decor and
living. In the case of Sterling Rook’s Camo 1984, the viewer can
celebrate trashy, flamboyant neon mats, stacked haphazardly upon
each other. These loosely serve up an architecture worthy of Miami
Beach’s candy-colored landscapes.
Michael Gray, by contrast, proposes dark, humorous renderings of
scenarios with a bleak twist. Nephilim is a monotype print on paper that
portrays a car on top a raft strapped on, presumably, with all it needs to
drift away into waterworld.
With the artists work taken together, What plans the better idea
presents new modes of survival, natural selection and mechanizations
that use the present to explore ways to influence the future.

Miss You! Wish You Were Here


April 27-June 15,2017

Opening Reception : April 27 at 7pm

Exhibition celebrating the works of graduating MFA students:

Javier Cuarezma, Victor Golden, Michael Gray, Roma Ingrid James, Diana Garcia, Susan Maas, Guido Mena and Sterling Rook.

For more information on the FIU MFA in Art/Art History, click here.