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December 10, 2010, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

The John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season  of dance, classical music and pops at the Adrienne Arsht Center wows Miami every season by presenting the world’s best orchestras, dance companies, and soloists.   Now the dynamic spirit of these creative masters—and the Masterworks series that brings them here—will be captured in art prints created by a recognized artist, with limited editions of the print available for purchase to benefit the Center.

The Adrienne Arsht Center was one of 27 South Florida artists and arts organizations to receive a 2010 Knight Arts Challenge Miami grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation this month, the second year in a row one of the Center’s ideas has won this award for artistic innovation. The $90,000 grant will help the Adrienne Arsht Center commission a prominent visual artist to create a work of art inspired by the Masterworks Season.  Each season, a new work of art by a different artist will be created, bridging the performing and visual arts worlds and building a series of commemorative prints that will be known as the Knight Masterworks Collection.

“It is thrilling for the Adrienne Arsht Center to embark on this new initiative – a creative endeavor whose reach will be felt well beyond the walls of our campus – creating a spectacular art collection that South Florida will be able to enjoy for years to come,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center.  “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Knight Foundation for supporting our efforts to build a new tradition linking the power of visual and performing arts in a meaningful way for our community.” 

The Knight Foundation’s grant awards, announced in a ceremony on the Center’s Knight Concert Hall stage on Nov. 29, came as art lovers filled Miami for Art Basel and the Center kicked off its exhibit of the Lincoln Center List Art Collection, a retrospective of more than 30 works of art commissioned over the past 48 years by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The works of Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg and other celebrated artists of our time are now on display throughout the Center’s halls, lobbies and public places, the first time this esteemed collection has been featured outside Lincoln Center. Galvanized by the historic art collection, the Knight Masterworks Collection will reflect the same inventive talent – Miami-style. 

Chuck Close; Self Portrait; 2007

“The List Art Collection has been part of the fabric of Lincoln Center’s culture and patron experience for nearly 50 years and remains at the forefront of art trends,” said Karen Davidson, Visual Art Director for Lincoln Center.  “We feel sure that the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Masterworks Collection will follow this same pioneering path.” 

The matching grant that will help make this possible is the latest gift to the Center from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, whose generous support and mission to make the arts accessible to all of South Florida is evident in not only the name of the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall and the Knight Masterworks series, but in a significant number of projects that entertain and enlighten Miami’s diverse community, including the Center’s extremely popular Free Gospel Sundays series. Over the next few months, the Adrienne Arsht Center will consult with Thomas Lollar, Lincoln Center’s former director of visual arts, and select the first artist to contribute to the Knight Masterworks Collection.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center’s visual art series will reach into the talented ranks of Miami artists and give them a major venue to display their work,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts.

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I am a visual artist and in these times artist are like dinosaurs ,I had lived in palm beach but between family health and the economy I returned to the Midwest .
Commissions have been few and far , my art and hopes are , well I am sure you understand.
Any advice ?

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