Founded in 1994, the Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) is a 501(c)(3) public registered charity located in the Wynwood Art District, in downtown Miami, Florida. CAF has been a public-access facility since 1996, and the locus for housing, preserving, archiving and presenting the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art. In addition, the CAF presides over an in-house research library containing over 40,000 volumes, including many rare texts and periodicals. The library is open to the public.
CAF believes that great works of art are an intrinsically transcendent, elevating, liberating and empowering force, and that the artifacts of our time are the legacy of society as a whole. Based on this premise, the Foundation seeks to prompt social intercourse and debate, an essential freedom of a democratic society, by sharing with the world the physical, sensual and intellectual properties of cutting-edge art.
CAF advances public interaction at RFC by presenting works from the collection in rotating, curated exhibitions with accompanying documentation, throughout its 27 galleries, new media room and Sculpture Garden, as well as through a variety of educational and community outreach programs. In addition, CAF commissions new works of art and produces traveling exhibitions, which are presented throughout the world.
The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. Started in 1964, soon after Don and Mera Rubell were married, the collecting group expanded some years later when their children Jason and Jennifer, then quite young, joined their parents in buying and collecting art. Recently Jason’s wife Michelle joined the collecting team alongside her husband. The family’s extensive collection of works dates from the 1960s to the present.