MIAMI—Oolite Arts—one of Miami’s leading supporters of visual artists—is pleased to present architectural renderings of its new headquarters, designed by Barozzi Veiga of Barcelona. Opening in 2024, the building will be the award-winning architects’ first-ever built project in the United States and represents Oolite Arts’ status as a world class cultural center.
Oolite Arts has been supporting the arts in Miami since 1984, and the organization’s new home demonstrates its ongoing dedication to artists and the community. Located at 75 NW 72nd Street in the City of Miami, the campus will expand opportunities and programming to meet the continued needs of Miami’s growing visual arts ecosystem while also enriching conversations about architecture and art in the city.
“As Miami’s cultural landscape continues to evolve, Oolite Arts is committed to lifting the city’s visual arts community,” said Dennis Scholl, President and CEO of Oolite Arts. “This new space will be a thriving cultural hub where artists can grow and come together with international visitors and neighbors alike.”
With a configuration that calls to mind a village of artists, the new building will host Oolite Arts’ signature artist residency, cinematic arts programs, lecture series, and more than two hundred art classes. It will provide ample room for up to twenty-one free, individual studio spaces for artists, an exhibition gallery, a theater, two classrooms, a makerspace, a print studio, and the organization’s offices. There will also be a community garden and rooftop.
ESCHBORN—The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022 are Deana Lawson, Gilles Peress, Jo Ractliffe and Anastasia Samoylova. Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova is shortlisted for her exhibition FloodZone at the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.
From the Foundation’s website: “This year’s shortlisted artists offer very distinctive approaches to visual storytelling, while collectively tackling some of the most urgent issues facing us today. Despite the difference in perspectives (generational, geographical, racial, cultural) and artistic strategies, each of the shortlisted artists show an acute awareness of their present context, of the burden of history, the problematics of legacy and language (visual or otherwise) and a responsibility to address their own position in relation to their subject matter.”
The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 12 May 2022 with the other finalists each receiving £5,000.
MIAMI—Locust Projects presents three new exhibitions featuring a new immersive installation by Taiwanese-American artist Jia-Jen Lin; a two-channel video installation by Austin-based artist R. Eric McMaster; and a video series guest curated by Italian-born, Miami-based curator and climate activist Ombretta Agró Andruff. Together, all relate to adaptation, climate change, sea-level rise, the ocean, and our relationship to Mother Earth.
MIAMI; LINZ—Five artists from across Latin America have been selected for the inaugural CIFO-Ars Electronica Awards: Dora Bartilotti, Electrobiota Collective, Thessia Machado, Amor Muñoz, and Ana Elena Tejera. Launched this year by Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and Ars Electronica, the awards advance the practices of emerging and mid-career Latin American artists working with technology in the field of new media and digital art, providing up to $30,000 per recipient to develop a major new commission. In addition to joining CIFO’s renowned permanent collection of Latin American art, the resulting works will be presented in an exhibition as part of the Ars Electronica Festival, the major international platform for the intersection of arts, technology, and society, at the Lentos Art Museum, in Linz, Austria, from September 7-29, 2022.
An advisory committee of more than fifty leading scholars, curators, and artists from approximately twenty countries nominated Latin American artists to apply, regardless of their country of residency. From more than 160 applicants, the five award recipients were chosen by a selection committee of curators and scholars in contemporary art and new media: Tania Aedo, Coordinator of the Department of Art and Technology at National Autonomous University of Mexico; Christl Baur, Head of the Ars Electronica Festival; Sergio Fontanella, Director of Operations and Collections at CIFO; Martin Honzik, CCO and Managing Director of Ars Electronica Festival, Prix, and Exhibitions; and Hemma Schmutz, Director of the Lentos Art Museum, Austria.
RABUN GAP—The Hambidge Center is proud to announce the completion of its $3.4 million Hambidge 2.0 Capital Campaign. Hambidge 2.0, launched in 2019, marked the first-ever capital campaign for the Hambidge Center, the South’s oldest artist residency program. The Campaign was led by a $1.45 million gift from Susan Antinori and the Antinori Foundation. Funds raised support the creation of the Antinori Village which will host everything from small group workshops, immersed in nature and infused with world-class artists, to leadership retreats, and curated and collaborative residencies tackling some of our most pressing challenges including social justice, climate change, and more. The new revenue-generating workshop program, with on-site accommodations, will provide Hambidge with the financial means to offer new services and experiences. When fully operational, the program will grow the organization’s earned revenue providing long-term organizational sustainability.
CHATTANOOGA—The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Chattanooga is excited to release its new visual identity and branding, completed by Brightside firm in Chattanooga. The ICA’s new identity is led by a logomark of three bold rings that symbolize art, people, and place; complementing the mark is a prism of gradient-like but bold accent colors that are adaptive and flexible to the application and institution over time.
After announcing the gallery program’s re-visioning to an ICA (from the formerly Cress Gallery of Art) in 2020 under Reese’s leadership, the next step was building a new visual identity and branding for the ICA. While delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this identity completes a necessary next step for the institution, aligning new branding with its mission and vision to become a public-facing institution on the campus of UTC. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Pamela Riggs-Gelasco, reiterated that “the [ICA] provides a cultural link between the university and the community.”
After Brightside completed their work on finalizing the branding and drafting the new style guide and for the ICA, the visual identity was then passed along to UTC senior design students in Professor Derek Witucki’s “Professional Practice for Graphic Design” course for Spring 2022 in UTC’s Department of Art.
Witucki says that the course “models a design studio by taking on clients and responding to real-world design problems.” Witucki’s students will build out all the pieces that will carry the new visual identity, such as a website redesign, banners, posters, and signage that the ICA can use and update long into the future. The anticipated new website will launch late Spring 2022, and new design elements will begin to be integrated into the exhibition branding and ICA marketing, effective immediately.
NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced selected participants of Southern Producers Lab 2022. Ten emerging, diverse producers from nine Southern states will join an intensive series of workshops, panels, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and networking opportunities with industry experts at the fourth annual Southern Producers Lab in May.
“Supporting producers is foundational to the growth and vitality of independent filmmaking in the South and we are extremely proud to be bringing together this diverse group of producers who bring a wide range of talents, experiences, resourcefulness, and creativity to the lab,” said Kiyoko McCrae, Director of Filmmaker Labs and Documentary Programming for NOFS.
The program is designed to explore the unique challenges of living and working in the South as a producer. Producers will explore a range of topics such as the director, producer relationship, addressing career sustainability and burnout, and articulating one’s own unique skill set as a producer. Participants will also hone their skills in budgeting, funding, festival strategy, and distribution and receive a $2,000 grant to support their project.
NEW YORK—Art21 is proud to announce Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility, from its award-winning New York Close Up digital series, has been announced as an official selection for the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Considered one of the premiere documentary film festivals in the US, this highly selective festival accepted fifteen total short films out of nearly 1,000 submissions for 2022.
“Text has this illusion of comprehensiveness,” says Kameelah Janan Rasheed, who recently participated in Prospect.5 New Orleans. “Even if you’ve read something once, it doesn’t mean that you understand it.“ Immersed in books since childhood, acclaimed text-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed is fascinated by the written word and its power to both define and destabilize how we understand the world. The film explores the artist’s expansive ideas and miniaturist process in her Brooklyn home studio.