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First Fridays Downtown Art Walk
April 5th | 6pm – 10pm

This new cultural initiative shines a light on the growing art market in Downtown Miami, bringing together non-profit arts organizations and local galleries for special exhibitions, artists open studios, tours, exclusive openings, artist performances and an international contemporary art fair, MIA Encore, aboard SeaFair.

The event has been designed to elevate awareness of the abundant art scene Downtown offers, showcasing a diverse community of artists, offering an array of art experiences that reflect multiple medias, styles, and trends in the art world, providing a diverse viewing experience for many tastes. Among the participating organizations include MDC Museum of Art + Design, Dimensions Variable, Artisan Lounge, Etra Fine Art/Wine Bar, Nina Torres Gallery, Eleazar Delgado Studio, Giants in the City, Ocean Back Art Space, Sculpture in the Park at Bayfront, McCormick Place, MIA Encore – Aboard SeaFair and Art in Public Places. All participating organizations are conveniently located within two blocks of the Miami Trolley line and have limited parking available. Exhibition admission and trolley transportation will be complimentary.


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MDC Museum of Art + Design
600 Biscayne Blvd. - Miami, FL
Please note MDC Museum of Art + Design will close at 8pm.

“Arnold Mesches: A Life`s Work”
Through May 4
The retrospective exhibition ARNOLD MESCHES: A LIFES WORK at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design, commemorates his 90th birthday and will feature over 65 works from many of the 14 series completed.

“Transcending Narratives of Humanity Selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection”
Through May 31
Curated by MDC MOAD curatorial intern, Natalie Perez, Transcending Narratives of Humanity observes the artists investigations relating to material and visual culture as a main vehicle of history and storytelling.

SeaFair – the Megayacht Venue
Docked at the Bayfront Park South Dock, 100 Chopin Plaza – Miami, FL

“MIA Encore”
Through April 7
MIA Encore will gather a carefully selected array of international dealers presenting both established contemporary and emerging artists. Works will be composed of contemporary, cutting-edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, installation and video. For more information visit

The Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Ave - Miami, FL

“W 10, A Collective View” 

The Artisan Lounge “W 10, A Collective View” an innovate artist studio and exhibition space for over 26 Miami artists with a monthly schedule of curated exhibitions. Visit the art
studios of David Elgena, Marcos Rodriguez, Dajo Photography, Giselle Delgado Buraye, Carolina Molina, Maximiliano Pecce, Vesna Vera, Steven Chun, Diana Pantoja, Reniel Diaz, Michael Glidden, Aurora Molina, German Molina, Pepe Mar, Espiritutara, Marcella Novella, Sol Gersh, Jacky Velis, Gustavo Roman, Maria Castillo, Janet Mueller, Virginia Quinn, W10, IRREVERSIBLE MAGAZINE, Augusto Esquivel, Katy Stallfus, Carolina de Panfilis, and Astolfo Funes. In addition to open art studios, The Artisan Lounge will present “W 10, A Collective View.” The exhibition highlights recent works by the 7 Latin American women of W-10, including Toa Castellanos, Maria Castillo, Mary Chirinos, Esther Mendoza, Gail Marie Ruiz, Patricia Sowers, Silvia Yapur.

Nina Torres Fine Art
1800 N Bayshore Dr. – Miami, FL

Through April 26
In commemoration of Ponce de León's discovery of Florida this exhibition celebrates 500 years of Spanish presence in the State of Florida. 

Wine by the Bay in Collaboration with Etra Fine Art
888 Biscayne Blvd - Miami, FL

“The Different Arts of Sandro Chia: a great painter, a great winemaker… a great host”
Etra Fine Art presents a special exhibition of Sandro Chia 's paintings, sculpture and prints at Wine by the Bay. In addition the venue will host a wine tasting of Sandro Chia celebrated wines "Castello di Romitorio" one of the most famous producer of Tuscan Wines, including his Brunello di Montalcino and his Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.



Ocean Bank Art Space
200 SE 1st. St. - Miami, FL 33131

Urban Tour Host presents a gallery night in downtown Miami with an inaugural exhibition called "Faces of Faith," featuring Papaloko, Molina, Rachel Dugger, Studio Art Jewelry Designs and others.  A reception for the event will be held from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. 

Kindly RSVP by April 3, 2013 to 305-416-6868



Dimensions Variable

Dimensions Variable is an exhibition space in the new Downtown Arthouse building located in Downtown Miami.  Their focus is to invite national and international artists to exhibit and discuss their work alongside locally based artists.  The Artist studios of Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, and Adler Guerrier will be open during the First Friday Art Walk.

100 NE 11th Street – Miami, FL

McCormick Place

McCormick Place is a vibrant production-based event space featuring various well-known artists.  Currently, it houses seven artist studios belonging to Eleazar Delgado, Scottie Flamm, Virginia Erdie, Julie Ross, Karen Kim, Manuel Rodriguez, and Eva Avila.  There is also a gallery space located on the first floor.  Sean McCormick, the curator behind the venue, describes it as "a place where any idea can come to life."

111 SW 3rd Street – Miami, FL



Sculpture in the Park at Bayfront
Throughout Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd - Miami, FL
Through April 7

This exhibition features monumental sculpture and design pieces throughout bayfront Park in the heart of Donwtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District.  Sculptures will be exhibited by Italian artist Helidon XHIXHA, Cuban artist Rafael Consuegra and Japanese artist Valeria Yamamoto sponsored by the Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery among additional works.


Giants in the City, Presented by IRREVERSIBLE Magazine
Throughout Bayfront Park

A special exhibition of the Miami-born public art project, “Giants in the City," will be installed throughout Downtown’s Bayfront Park.  The exhibition will include works by multiple artists including Astolfo Funes, Maximo Caminero and Frank Hyder.


Downtown Public Art Walk
Multiple locations: please see map for further details

Plaza of Miami Dade Cultural Center
"Cheval Majeur"
by Raymond Duchamp-Villon

Duchamp-Villon is highly regarded as one of the most important Cubist sculptors. Cheval Majeur is his most celebrated work and has been referred to as the most powerful piece by any strictly Cubist artist.

Miami Main Public Library [entrance from Cultural Plaza), Entrance Rotunda
"Words without thought never to Heaven go"
by Edward Ruscha

California artist Edward Ruscha is best known for his exploration of the meaning and power of words. In this commission Ruscha took a quote from Shakespeare's ""Hamlet"", floated each word on a sky-like ground, and installed the mural in a continuous frieze.  In a second phase, Ruscha designed sixty related lunettes for placement throughout the library.

Metro Dade County Building, West side of the Plaza
"Dropped Bowl with scattered Slices and Peel"
by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

This monumental outdoor sculpture represents an imaginary moment in time when a huge bowl of orange slices and peel drops to the ground and shatters.

MetroMover Riverwalk Station
by Roberto M. Behar and Rosario Marquardt

Designed as an entranceway to the Riverwalk Station, "The 'M' stands for Miami, Magic, MetroMover and as a landmark in a land of immigrants that may also celebrate motherhood and memory and hence the birth of the first Pan American city under construction."

Bayfront Park, West Side, next to main entrance
"Slide Mantra"
by lsamu Noguchi

This lyrical and playful work is entirely carved from Carrara marble and weighs 29-tons. Noguchi wished to show his long held belief that play could lead to a new appreciation of sculpture.

Miami Dade College- Wolfson Campus
Lannan Collection
"Lazers Maze"
by Forrest Myers

In Lazers Maze, Forrest Myers uses open, interlocking cubes set on edges to create a dynamic form that references the architecture and complements the monumental scale of the campus buildings.

“Oos Grandes"
by Bill Barrett

Vertically oriented and situated on three points, Dos Grandes is an elegant, curvilinear sculpture with elements that intersect and undulate in space. Barrett balances visual tension with organic form, producing a work that is both abstracted and animated.

by Richard van Buren

Elegant and sparse, Richard Van Buren's Zamir is a study in weight and balance and an example of American Minimalist sculpture.  The artist incorporated vertical upswing in the core of the sculpture, which appears to push the limits of balance and create visual tension.

by David von Schlegell

In this piece, von Schlegell makes use of his lifelong interest in yacht and airplane design, referencing the external skin of an airplane with sheets of shiny aluminum joined with visible rivets.

"The X"
by Ronald Bladen

Ronald Bladen's Minimalist construction, The X, stands almost twenty-three feet tall. Due to its large scale, the form demands the viewer experience its powerful presence and consider its heroic proportions.

"Double City Boots"
by Kenneth Snelson

Precisely balanced stainless steel cables and tubing form a delicate and airy structure in Snelson's Double City Boots. Snelson's art investigates structures, ranging from his trademark gigantic discontinuous compression sculptures to models of the atom.

"Manhatten Schist- Portrait of a Rock"
by Robert Lawrence Lobe

Lobe interprets and manipulates nature as the source of inspiration for Manhattan Schist-Portrait of a Rock. To create the piece, sheets of aluminum were hammered over the surface of rocks, producing a sculpture, which transforms a seemingly solid mass into an organic, weightless structure.

Additional Downtown Cultural Offerings:

"Electric Lunch” by Patricia Margarita
Noon - 3 PM

176 NE 1st Street 
Performative Online Radio Station Site specific performance manifesting as online radio broadcasts. 

Centro Cultural Espanol, 9 am - 5 pm
1490 Biscayne Blvd Miami 33132

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanais Art Foundation) Noon - 6 PM
Opening April 8th " City Metaphors Miguel Navarro" Selection from the IVAM Collection 
1018 N Miami Ave Miami
History Miami 10 AM - 5 PM
101 West Flagler Street Miami, FL 33130

Miami Art Museum 10 am - 5 pm
" New Work Miami 2013"

"Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M Perez Collection"
101 West Flagler Street Miami 33130

New World School of the Arts
25 Northeast 2nd Street Miami 33132

InterContinental Hotel Art Project Space
100 Chopin Plaza Miami 33131
Miami International University of Art & Design
1501 Biscayne Boulevard #100 Miami 33132

Historical Museum of South Florida
1075 Biscayne Blvd Miami 33132

Cannonball/LegalArt Miami
1035 N Miami Ave #200 Miami, FL 33136