Thursday, September 5th– Sunday, October 20th, 2019
RECEPTION: Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is pleased to launch the 2019 fall season with the South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition. Guest curated by Amy Galpin, chief curator of the Frost Art Museum, this dynamic group exhibition presents the work of artists exclusively from South Florida.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) is the largest government-sponsored grant program in the U.S. for artists living in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Hundreds of artists apply each year. This year’s exhibition will showcase 13 artists including: Nellie Appleby, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Jen Clay, Katrina Sarah, Reginald O’Neal, Edison Peñafiel, Sebastian Ruiz, Jamilah Sabur, Vivien Segel, Misael Soto, Amber Tutwiler and Agustina Woodgate.
This exhibition brings together some of the region’s most innovative and accomplished artists. While many exhibitions focus on work created by Miami-based artists, this exhibition unites artists who live and work in the following counties: Broward, Martin-Monroe, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Each artist in this exhibition is a recipient of a grant made possible by the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC). Unique to this exhibition is the grouping of these artists, which is not by theme or approach, but instead by their regional relationships, rigorous approaches, and distinctive practices.
The works on view establish a dynamic, complex, and varied exhibition that includes painting, video, sculpture, and photography, among other media. Some of these works are informed by identity and the political present, engaging the most urgent and essential issues of this contemporary moment, such as: displacement, citizenship, and contested bodies. Other works are rooted more in conceptualism, addressing notions of time as well as philosophical and scientific inquiry. Certain artists layer histories and geographies, while others probe autobiographical experience and bring together personal trauma and experiences of forced migration.
The team of panelists responsible for selecting the SFCC grantees have honored some of the most lauded artists in our region, while also acknowledging lesser-known artists. At every stage of their careers, artists require support. SFCC makes a significant commitment to providing this support through various fellowships and awards. This annual exhibition is again being presented at MOCA, a museum dedicated to bringing challenging and robust contemporary art to the audiences of North Miami and beyond.
—Amy Galpin, Ph.D., Guest Curator of the Exhibition and Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum at FIU.
This program was made possible with the generous support of the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is funded in part with support from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe Counties, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is a regional initiative in support of the arts governed by an Interlocal Agreement among the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach. The Consortium’s members are the local arts agencies of these five counties, including the Broward County Cultural Division, the Arts Council of Martin County, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The Consortium works to foster cooperation across the South Florida region to help develop and promote the work of cultural organizations and artists and the audiences that they serve. Its programs and services range from the Visual and Media Artists Program to regional arts education and cultural tourism cooperative ventures. The South Florida Cultural Consortium is one of the most successful regional arts alliances in the nation, demonstrating that by sharing resources and best practices, the arts can thrive across a burgeoning five-county area. The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded close to $2 million in fellowships to over 200 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.
For more information, visit miamidadepublicart.org/#fellowship.
Image: Jen Clay / Welcome Friends, 2018-2019 / wearable soft sculpture and tufted textile / courtesy of the artist (detail)
Featuring performance by Donzii
Donzii offers listeners and viewers a unique experience in an age of laptops and DJ’s; powerful instrumentation, pungent lyrics, and a rubric of unexpected harmony and rhythm. Front woman Jenna Balfe hints of influences ranging from Siouxsie Sioux to The Stone Roses all while incorporating performance art – dance, movement, interaction – with her band scoring the show.