World Class Boxing
World Class Boxing (WCB) is an exhibition space displaying contemporary art from the collection of Debra & Dennis Scholl. WCB presents works commissioned by and drawn from The Scholl Collection in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography. The space was founded in order to display large scale commissioned works and to have more of the collection on display and accessible to the Miami art community.
WCB is located in Wynwood, Miami's art district. WCB was named for the prior user of the space, a boxing gym where a number of Olympic and professional Boxing champions trained. The 4,000 square foot space has a main gallery, a project space and contains the art book library of the Scholl's.
Each year the space unveils a commissioned series of works during Art Basel Miami Beach. During the rest of the year, exhibitions are drawn from works in the collection, curated by local and international curators.
The Scholls are known for their unique curatorial approach to their collection. Each year they select a curator to install works from their collection in their home. They give the curator complete autonomy with the installation and agree to live with the installation for a year. Curators to date include Douglas Fogle, Connie Butler, Matthew Drutt, Claudia Schmuckli, Rochelle Steiner, Dominic Molon, Jessica Morgan, Debra Singer, Amanda Cruz, Matthew Higgs, Jeremy Deller and Nicholas Baume.
World Class Boxing is an extension of this curatorial concept. The commissioning of works for the space is an effort to give artists an opportunity to realize large scale works in a non-institutional setting.
The collection has also had numerous touring exhibitions to museums in the U.S. including Imperfect Innocence, an exhibition of photography and video works which was displayed at the Baltimore Contemporary Art Museum and the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Breathing Time, an exhibition of works from the collection at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University, only months after the devastation from Hurricane Katrina made loans of art work unavailable to the community and In Repose, a show of portraits of women by women artists at Moore College of Art and Design, the only remaining all women's art college in the United States and Because I Say So... an exhibition featuring contemporary sculpture at The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University this needs to be added