About Locust Projects 2008 marked Locust Projects' 10-year anniversary. This once fledgling organization has burgeoned into a recognized art institution, becoming a landmark in the Miami art scene. With more than 65 exhibitions, representing more than 210 local, national, and international artists, Locust Projects has supported site-specific and installation artworks featuring photography, video, sculpture, drawing, painting and digital media.
A converted warehouse, Locust Projects offers three exhibition spaces: a 1650 square feet main room, a 1200 square feet project room and the façade of its building for rotating mural exhibitions. Locust Projects was initially operated on the sole-efforts of its three founders: Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and Cooper. However, the increasing success of the organization demanded more operational support. In 2000, the gallery incorporated itself and organized its first Board of Directors. In 2002, Locust Projects was officially recognized as a not for profit institution and given 501(c)3 status. In 2006, Locust Projects was awarded The Andy Warhol Foundation Grant and hired its first full-time Director, South African curator Claire Breukel.
Mission Locust Projects is an alternative, not for profit, Miami-based exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the pressures of gallery sales or other limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work; Locust Projects offers them a vibrant Miami experience to develop their ideas and methods. Locust Projects is committed to offering an approachable and inviting venue for the Miami and international art community to experience the work and meet the artist.