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Miami Design District's Art Event Schedule

Miami Design District's current art programming is here. Upcoming exhibitions to look forward to including Quinaz Studio’s BAY STORE--showcasing a range of items crafted using only materials sourced from Biscayne Bay and the Miami River turning trash into furniture--and New World School of the Arts’ 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition.

In addition, the Miami Design District launched its Special Sunset Public Art Tours led by resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo, and Emmet Moore’s “The Grotto'' Lounge is now on view permanently and open 24/7 to visitors. Other initiatives/installations to enjoy while visiting the neighborhood include ArtLife Gallery, Apollo Project’s ‘Landed’, Jade Alley Films, and AMLgMTD’s Breakwater Bench.


Using only materials sourced from Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, artist/designer James Quinaz transforms trash into treasure for BAY STORE. Part exhibition, part performance, BAYSTORE invites you to watch the design process as Quinaz navigates the detritus in our waterways to produce thoughtful, functional furniture before your eyes. By using refuse, BAY STORE asks the viewer to consider the cost of excess and reckon with a society that litters its priceless natural landscapes with cheap plastics, foams, and other harmful waste. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artist work, learn about the issues facing South Florida’s precious aquatic resources, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from the gallery. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofits working to keep our bay and ocean clean.

Location: Sweetbird South, 92 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

Dates: June 24th - July 25th


NWSA presents the 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. This year, the students persevered during very challenging times. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, they continued to work in makeshift studios at home and produced an incredible body of work. The work included in the exhibition ranges from documentation of the pandemic to heartbreak to futuristic imagination, among other themes. The exhibition culminates these young artists' academic training at the school and will present a wide range of media and themes. Twenty-eight recent graduates will participate in the exhibition.

Location: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

Dates: June 21st - July 11th


Immerse yourself in the Miami Design District’s rich art and architecture. Experience the neighborhood like never before alongside resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo. Visit Emmett Moore’s The Grotto, Apollo Projects ‘Landed’, April Bey’s Fringe Project installation, and more.

Location: Palm Court Plaza 140 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

Dates: Takes place the first and last Sunday of every month at 6 PM


ArtLife is an innovative contemporary art gallery and lifestyle brand with a focus on contemporary, pop, and street art. The gallery was founded by veteran Art Advisor and Manager, Avery Andon in 2015, as one of the first online-only international Blue-Chip art galleries. Given the high momentum Miami is currently experiencing, the team felt it was the right time to debut this temporary pop-up in the Miami Design District. ArtLife has created a space where visitors can be immersed in works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, and Banksy. Additionally, ArtLife also provides the opportunity for visitors to experience works by a range of up and coming artists such as Cory Van Lew and Jannie Holmes. ArtLife Gallery will be on view up-and-coming through the end of June.

Location: 180 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 Dates: Month of June 2021 (Sunday - Thursday 11am-6pm/ Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm)


Part fiction, part reality, The Grotto is an immersive installation comprised of faux coral boulders sculpted into a secluded lounge, inspired by coral rock quarries and the mythology surrounding the fictional identities that form around these places, where the young and the marginalized gather to sequester themselves and share pleasures. The Grotto also takes cues from local sites such as the Coral Castle and the Venetian Pool where the quarrying of coral rock acquiesced to a mystical landscape, and a fantasy Venetian enclave. Each a tropical fantasy created by man in an effort to transport visitors to an otherworldly place. The Grotto is part pavilion, part folly, where one can escape from everyday life. Emmett Moore’s Grotto Lounge is on permanent display.

Location: 3920 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida, 33137

Dates: Permanent display


Apollo ‘Landed’ is the initial iteration of the first plant exhibition to take place in Miami Design District. All artists involved were invited to create, with nature as collaborator and muse, bringing attention to a living, shifting climate and all her inhabitants. From May to July, this pop-up will be hosting activations and installations, focused on reconnecting with the surrounding environments, where locals are invited to create art, with nature as their muse.

Location: 151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 12, Miami, Florida 33137

Dates: May 2021 - July 2021


A collaborative year-long art video feature, Jade Alley Films: 2021 features four artist video selections by the District's key institutions, including Locust Projects, de la Cruz Collection, and ICA Miami. From April 1 to June 30, the Miami Design District will feature ‘Outage’ by Philadelphia-based artists: Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie. Originally commissioned and premiered by Locust Projects in 2019, Outage is a video that utilizes Levonian's signature cut-paper animation technique, which incorporates deftly rendered watercolors into short films that wryly depict prescient social narratives and Eva Wylie's unique printmaking techniques. The single-channel animation was made from over 3,000 frames, and more than 275 screens were used to create pieces for the animation.

April 1 – June 30, 2021

Jennifer Levonian + Eva Wylie

Outage, 2019

Duration: 4 minutes 08 seconds

Video work commissioned by Locust Projects

Selected by Locust Projects

July 1 – September 30, 2021

Sarah Morris

Midtown, 1998


Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds

Selected by de la Cruz Collection

October 1- December 31, 2021

ICA Miami Digital Commissions, 2020–2021

Digital videos, color, sound

Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Supported by Knight Foundation


Ideated by design duo AMLgMTD, the Breakwater Bench is a system of individual benches inspired by the lapping ebb and flow pattern of waves. The slight shift in the repetition of a single element creates movement between the open and closed sections within the design. This simple use of geometry causes playful shadows to appear where the light filters through the open structure.

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor

Dates: November 25, 2020 - ongoing

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Gnazzo Group


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