Every December, the glitterati of the international art world descend on sunny Miami for a massive convergence of contemporary art fairs and events. The most well-known of these is Art Basel Miami Beach, but those in the know also flock to other modern satellite fairs around the city, including the Miami Project, which SVA returns to for the third consecutive year. Taking place from December 2 – 7, the event boasts an international lineup of 65 galleries selected based on the strength and relevance of their programs.
Alumnus Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay, BFA 1994 Illustration) has curated the SVA Galleries booth during Miami Art Week since 2007, and the College has had an official presence in Miami for over seven years, partnering with WPS1 at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2006 for a live broadcast during the fair, and exhibiting at Aqua Art Miami from 2007 – 2012. This year, Halm hand-picked nine alumni from seven departments, all from the class of 2014, for the Miami Project showcase: Dan Fairbanks (BFA Fine Arts), Paul Fiore (BFA Illustration), Jee Hee Kang (MFA Fine Arts), Alvaro Keding (BFA Photography), Amanda Konishi (BFA Illustration), Alfredo Travieso (MFA Art Practice), Ryan Vahey (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media), Art Vidrine (MFA Fine Arts) and Hsin Wang (MPS Digital Photography).
Halm, who also serves as project manager in the External Relations Department, notes that the College’s presence in the international eye alongside prestigious galleries “is the perfect launching pad for our exceptional alumni, and highlights how important SVA is in producing outstanding talent who hold their own in the art market.”
Other alumni have a solid footing in Miami Art Week 2014 as well. Matthew Eck and Brian Whiteley (MFA 2013 Fine Arts) are co-founders of the SELECT Art Fair, described by Interview magazine as “a progressive, high-concept, meticulously curated affair with a healthy dose of playful irreverence.” This year, Go! Push Pops—a feminist collective co-founded by Katie Cercone (MFA 2011 Fine Arts) and Elisa Garcia De la Huerta (MFA 2011 Fine Arts)—are among the SELECT headliners. And over at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a 900-foot mural by MFA Art Practice and BFA Fine Arts faculty member Gary Simmons (BFA 1988 Fine Arts) is on spectacular view.
Visitors to SVA Galleries at booth #128 in the Miami Project Pavilion will find a wide range of media on display including paintings, video, photography, sculpture and more. The works are available for purchase, although unlike commercial galleries, SVA does not collect a commission—all proceeds go directly to the artists.
The Miami Project runs from Tuesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 7 at NE 1st Avenue and NE 34th Street. Visit miami-project.com for hours and admission info.
Images from top down: Paul Fior, Amanda Konishi, and Hsin Wang.