Second Annual Resilience Workshop

The Center for Resiliency and Sustainability at the Miami Design Preservation League is hosting its 2nd Annual Resiliency Workshop. With an emphasis on solution-based ideas for historic preservation and resiliency, presentations will incorporate multidisciplinary viewpoints with the intent to provide property owners of historic resources with short, medium, and long-term solutions. This two-day weekend event will be hosted at the Art Deco Welcome Center in the Nationally and Locally designated Miami Beach Architectural District.




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.

Performance by Jason Calloway and Chen-Hui Jen

Performance by Jason Calloway and Chen-Hui Jen

Jason Calloway on cello

Chen-Hui Jen on piano

Monday, April 24, 2016

7:3oPM, Main Gallery

Jason Calloway

Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (France), Perpignan, Valencia, Citta’ della Pieve (Italy), Jerash (Jordan), Casals (Puerto Rico), Blossom, Brevard, Great Lakes, Kingston, Rockport, Sedona, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, the New York String Seminar, and Encore. Currently cellist of the Amernet String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, Mr. Calloway was previously a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School.

A devoted advocate of new music, Mr. Calloway has performed with leading ensembles around the world as well as alongside members of Ensemble Modern and the Arditti and JACK quartets, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble both in New York and abroad, in addition to frequent appearances in Philadelphia with Bowerbird, Soundfield, and Network for New Music. Among the hundreds of premieres he has presented are solo and ensemble works of Berio, Knussen, Lachenmann, and Pintscher, and he has collaborated intensively with some of today’s most important composers including Birtwistle, Carter, Davidovsky, Dusapin, Henze, Hosokawa, Husa, Franke, Rihm, and Yannay. As a dedicated supporter of young composers, he has for several seasons presented a series of concerts of solo cello works newly composed for him, most recently at Harvard and Temple universities, and at Spoleto USA gave the public premiere of Yanov-Yanovsky’s Hearing Solutions for cello and ensemble, in addition to recent appearances at Bowdoin College, the College of Charleston, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Mr. Calloway prizes his work with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain, both at the Lucerne Festival and at the Zug (Switzerland) Kunsthaus in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Serenade as part of a major Kandinsky/Gerstl exhibit, in addition to his collaborations with the violinist Gilles Apap and with tap dancer Savion Glover. He is also artistic director of Shir Ami (www.shiramimusic.com), an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets, and with which he appears frequently across the US and in the ensemble’s varied performances in Austria and Hungary; and In Flux, an ensemble committed to performing vocal chamber music by the leading composers of today and the recent past. A native of Philadelphia, Jason Calloway is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Ronald Leonard, Orlando Cole, Rohan de Saram, Lynn Harrell, Fred Sherry, Robert Cafaro, Joel Sachs, Felix Galimir, Luis Biava, and Seymour Lipkin. Mr. Calloway is grateful for the assistance of the Maestro Foundation.

Chen-Hui Jen

FIU School of Music Alumnae

Chen-Hui Jen is a composer and pianist originally from Taiwan and currently based in Miami, USA.  Chen-Hui Jen’s music presents an imaginative, spiritual, and poetic space with subtlety and sophistication.  She earned a Ph.D. degree in Composition at the University of California, San Diego, where she also debut piano performances with electronics at UCSD.

As a composer, Chen-Hui Jen writes music for music for orchestra, chamber, and solo, for both Western and Chinese instruments, also vocal and choral works, as well as works with computer and electronics.  Chen-Hui Jen’s works have been performed at multiple prestigious new music festivals and concerts, including the ISCM World Music Days, SEAMUS, Acanthes Music Festival, ACL Music Festival, EarShot San Diego Workshop, New Music Miami Season, Taipei International New Music Festival, WOCMAT, and Contemporary Sizhu Music Festival.  Chen-Hui Jen’s works have won numerous prizes in the Taiwan Literature and Fine Arts Composition Competition for chamber, choral, and solo works, the Formosa Composition Competition for violin concerto, the International Tsang-Houei Hsu Music Composition Competition for Chinese chamber music, the International Taiwan Music Center Composition Competition, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. She has also received multiple commissions from the Palimpsest Ensemble, Accordant Commons, The Living Earth Show, Ensemble ISCM-Taiwan, Taipei Chamber Singers, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Ching-Yun Chorus, Kaohsiung Chamber Choir, and Muller Choir, as well as multiple grants from the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Taiwan National and Arts Foundation.

As a pianist, Dr. Jen have been collaborating with her husband composer/computer musician Jacob David Sudol since 2010.  Together they’ve played as piano/electronics duo at many distinguished venues such as the Spectrum in New York City, Center for New Music in San Francisco, ISCM New Music Miami Festival, Root Signal Festival, Miami Bakehouse Art Complex, the Taipei National Recital Hall, Taiwan Chai Found 101 Auditorium, as well as many schools including University of California at San Diego, Florida International University, Mills College, California Institute of Arts, Chapman University, Tulane University, Taiwan Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan National Chiao Tung University, and China Soochow University.  She is currently a contracted pianist in the NODUS Ensemble at Florida International University and the White Ibis Ensemble at University of Miami.

Out of the Soil, Architecture From the New Modernist Forrest Home/Events Details


Out of the Soil, Architecture From the New Modernist Forrest

Nick Gelpi Master Project Studio
From a Formal Basis to a Material Argument
This studio will explore new material concepts for architecture derived from deep
investigations into the tectonics of trees, and the particular behaviors of wood as
an organic building material.
Beginning with early examples of mass produced steam-bent furniture, students
will analyze the relationships between forms and this novel fabrication process.
Steam-bending will be explored in the context of hands-on, exercises to demonstrate
the “intensive” properties of wood tissues, shifting the typical considerations
of materials, from the extensive properties of wood into the intensive
Projects are for the design of a new recreation-center, along the Miami River near
Lummus Park. On the site sits William Wagner Homestead, arguably Miami’s
first all wooden house, constructed in 1857 of only Dade County Pine.
From this prehistoric precedent, students will utilize new technologies and conceptual
approaches at two scales. First by diving into the materiality of wood,
zooming in and extracting micro-spatial concepts, and second, by zooming out,
considering wood.