The Department of Art + Art History, with the support of the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation, opened a student-run art gallery in Miami Beach. This student-run visual arts gallery provides our visual art students the opportunity to create, exhibit, curate, and even sell their artwork. This will allow students the opportunity not only to hone their craft but to learn the business side of the art world.

The Department of Art + Art History is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition – Emergence

Featuring FIU MFA in Visual Arts Students, recipients of the Berkowitz Scholarship Awards. This exhibition will run through July 1

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday: 2:00pm-7:00pm  Thursday: 2:00pm-7:00pm  Friday: 2:00pm-7:00pm  Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm

John Colon

Artist Statement

My work explores the relationship between identity, history and its erasure. It is informed by urban environments littered with its layers of symbols and imagery. Stories left behind, like a tapestry tattered and unraveling, revealing glimpses of its past. Childhood memories of subway trains sprawled with graffiti and the sights and sounds of vendors and pedestrians in the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. These are the feelings that energize my work as I learn to navigate what it means to be in a ‘post’ society.

Erasure,2021, 90 x 44 inches, mixed media on paper

Untitled (tapiz #1),2020, dimensions variable,silicone, gauze, spray paint, acrylic,

Brandi Long

Artist statement:

My passion for making art stems from the love I have for nature and my own personal development as an individual. Nature for me evokes beauty, fragility, and a feeling of peace and serenity. I could say my reaction to being in nature feels almost spiritual; it moves me to my core, centers me, and helps me understand what is ultimately most important in life. My artmaking is a product of what nature does for me. I hope to stimulate my viewers to feel the same emotions while also addressing environmental concerns when creating my fiber sculptures. My obsession with fibers began with my love for the outdoors. Growing up in Florida and constantly being surrounded by nature made me want to savor and save it even more. My fiber sculptures are a mixture of found objects, up-cycled materials, and fibers to create a more realistic and texturally lush scene. By incorporating all these different mediums, my artistic activism comes across as a subtle whisper, so the beauty of the environment shines through first, followed by its frailty. Through my work, I wish to find the moment when nature and the person become one and hope to inspire others to become more deeply rooted in the environment and invested in its continuation for future generations.

Mother, 2020, 38” x 15”, Embroidery on tool and found Grapeseed leaves

Among the leaves, 2020, 11” x 3 ¼” x 3 ½”, Embroidery and beadwork on tool, and found leaves, applicated onto vintage butterfly guidebook.

Among the leaves (detail)

Bookend, 2021, 16 ½” x 15 ¾” x23 ¾”, Embroidery on tool, beads, salt rocks, air-dry clay with acrylic paint, and up-cycled egg cartons applicated onto end table.

Bookend (detail)

Drift I, 2020, 8” x 4 ½” x 10”, Embroidery and felt on tool applicated onto found driftwood, Up-cycled toilet paper and paper towels rolls.

Drift II, 2020, 3 ½” x 4” x 11”, Embroidery and felt on tool applicated onto found driftwood, Up-cycled toilet paper and paper towels rolls.

 Drift III, 2021, 11 ½” x7” x 5 ½”, Embroidery and felt on tool applicated onto found driftwood, Up-cycled toilet paper and paper towels rolls, and fishing line.

 Drift III (detail)

Claudia Newman

Artist Statement

My work consists of representational images in which I interpret my perception of the world around me. I am drawn to nature as subject matter and attempt to reflect its quiet sensitivity and effortless harmony.  My images are a personal and focused view of nature that reveals its complexity and color’s inherent emotional properties.

Recently I have been focusing on the figure as subject matter at ease in an everyday and commonplace setting.  I am attracted to the lack of affectation and unassuming pose and manner of the figure.  The lack of pretense and banality of the image which, although familiar, is still visually engaging through color and creates a new sentimentality.

At Ease 1, 2020, 30 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas

At Ease 2, 2020, 30 x 30 inches, Oil on canvas

At Ease 3, 2020, 30 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas

Emma Ortiz

Artist statement: 

As an artist my practice focuses around the relationship between intuition, creating shapes and mixing color. These steps in creating work have become methods in which I depict moods from within and from the world around me. I am interested in using oil paint as the tool to share the way that I see objects from nature and imagination that have become an ever-growing bank of imagery I reference in my work.

The process of making is just as important to my practice as each finished piece. As a person I am highly in tune with my inner thoughts and emotions, which are constantly running through my mind. Creating work is the only time in my life where I am able to be fully present, relying on the intuitive functions of my body to share stories from within. The paintings are both self portraits and narratives, telling stories of balance, inner peace, and trusting yourself.

While each piece is filled with bits and pieces of self awareness and stylized imagery, the use of color is a thoughtful driving force. My connection to color is unmatched, collecting colors and hues since childhood to express my mood. I lean on a variation of colors associated with warmth alongside thick layers of white paint as a familiar starting point in expressing myself onto roughly primed canvases. Shades of peach and olive are used in my current practice and align with my intention to share the light and peace I feel while creating with the world around me.

Still Life, 2020, 22 x 18, Oil on unstretched cotton canvas mounted onto plywood

Birth, 2020, 50 x 36 inches, Oil on unstretched cotton canvas

Summer, 2020, 22 x 16, Oil on unstretched cotton canvas mounted onto plywood

Me, 2021, 48 x 56 inches, Oil and acrylic gesso on cotton canvas

Elizabeth Pino

Artist Statement

There’s something about emptiness. It can be dark, ominous, and infinite. Sometimes, we may find ourselves drowning in it.

Eyes speak the secrets of our soul. It’s like looking into a crystal ball of what makes us tick. They show our rawest emotions and our darkest secrets. But what happens when the crystal ball goes blank? What happens when Void looks back at us?

 The nothingness. Our bodies become empty vessels, clinging to the appearance of normality and humanity. There is no longer joy, passion, sadness, or fear. The nothingness takes over and leaves only a shell of what used to be. Empty.

This is a topic I explore often. Figures laying in water like forgotten heroes, their bodies showing physical turmoil and weakness, but their eyes staring back with nothingness. Some of them eat or cover themselves as if tired, others show a glimpse of attitude and finally, I reduce them to the white eye itself.

Vessel, 2020 14×11 inches Oil on Canvas

The nothingness, 2021, 8 x 10 inches, Oil on canvas

The crow, the land and me, 2021, 16×24 inches, Oil on canvas

No close enough, 2020, 16 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas

Hidden I, 2020, 10 x 8 inches, Oil on canvas

Challenger, 2020-2021, 14 x 11 inches, Oil on canvas

Diego Waisman

Artist Statement

I use images to explore questions related to relationships, identity, and memories through the passing of time. I understand my work as a vehicle of exploration of the time and place we inhabit.

My creative process starts with a query, guided by a series of unanswered questions. I am interested in the relations we forge and what they mean to us through a cultural lens.

One Day –  tetraptych – C-Print – 146 x 24.25 – 2020

I’m not my mother – Installation – dimensions variable – 2021

I’m not my mother – Installation – dimensions variable – 2021