The highlight of this year’s Deering Estate Festival of the Arts is a curated invitational show that features Artists from the Deering Estate at Cuter Artist in Residence Program, The Fountainhead Residency and Studios, and Invited Exhibitors. Curator Ralph Provisero invites the viewer to discover artistic interjections placed throughout the historic grounds of the Deering Estate. This year we welcomed The Fountainhead Residency and Studio program and selected artists to join forces with featured Artists in Residence from the Deering Estate at Cutler. Unique elements of this exhibition include spontaneous poetry creation and readings by the fire circle, and a traveling performance piece that “tours” the site. Dialogues develop between the space and artists with some works confronting the viewer, some on the periphery, and some hidden in plain sight. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Parking is free.
The Deering Estate Festival of the Arts provides cultural engagement for all ages, offering literary, musical and artistic experiences for youngsters, to presenting a world-class exhibition, concerts and informative lectures for the most sophisticated patron.
About the Curator, Ralph Provisero
Ralph Provisero is a visual artist and sculptor native to Miami, FL with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Miami. In addition to his work as an artist and educator, Provisero has often worked as a judge, curator and consultant on numerous projects in 2007; he received the Atlantic Center for the Arts/Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship for Visual Artists. Regularly featured in national and local press, Provisero's work is showcased in Miami Contemporary Artists, a book by Paul Clemence and Julie Davidow (2007), and The Martin Z. Margulies Collection: Painting and Sculpture (2008). He is currently curating a project in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Main Library and continuing his own studio endeavors and is represented by Dorsch Gallery, Miami.
About Fountainhead Residency and Studios and The Mikesell Family
The Fountainhead Residency was founded by collectors Dan and Kathryn Mikesell in early 2008 with five goals; to provide artists an opportunity to find new inspiration (a fountainhead), to introduce visiting artists to Miami’s art community and it’s many supporters, to infuse Miami with artistic inspiration from around the world, enable our art institutions to realize more ambitious shows, and finally to provide our family an opportunity to become more intimately integrated in the world of artists and art. Later in 2008 they opened The Fountainhead Studios, which now provides over 30 Miami-based artists low cost studio space. In 2012, they opened The Fountainhead Haus, which provides 5 Miami based artists a unique working and collaborative space.The studios, located at 7339 NW Miami Ct., boasts nearly 25,000 sq. ft.of studios ranging in size from 350-500+ sq. ft. There are over 30 artists creating at The Fountainhead Studios.
Fountainhead Residency Program are artists Rowan Smith and Caitlin Berrigan.
Invited from the Fountainhead Studios are Dona Altemus, Lori Nozick, Don Lambert, Jenny Brillhart, PJ Mills, Sri Prabha, William Keddell, Natalya Laskis, Tom Bollinger, Felipe Kaizedo, Kerry Phillips, Moira Holohan, Judith Robertson.
Please join us for our other Deering Estate FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Events!
Wednesday, February 20 - Icon of the Moment: Bill Belleville
Friday, February 22 - Living Artist Concert Series "Dreams of Biscayne Bay"
Sunday, February 24 - Red Carpet Wrap-Up
With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.