Oolite Arts announces two summer exhibitions, featuring artists in residence and an all-female exhibition…

Karen Rifas. 1610, 2020. Acrylic on paper. 96×96 inches.
Courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery

MIAMI BEACH (June 12022) – This summer, Oolite arts will present two new exhibitions:lean-to,” Oolite’s annual Artist-in-Residence Exhibition features works by 15 Miami-based artistsand “at the edge,” highlighting six women artists who work in hard-edge abstraction. Both exhibits open Wednesday, June 8 at 924 and 928 Lincoln Road with a public reception beginning at 7 p.m.

About “Lean”

Inspired by the architectural form of a lean-to, a temporary shelter, often improvised, “lean-to reinvents support systems, ranging from spiritual to environmental and economic, as well as preservation and care. Using various media and personal entry points, many works examine how these structures manifest in time and space. Throughout the exhibition, the artists reflect on current events and tangible themes, such as migration and justice.

“‘Lean-To’ has a double meaning,” said curator Leilani Lynch, who is a curator at the Bass Museum of Art and designed the show while visiting the artists in their studios. “It’s a temporary structure, or makeshift shelter, and it’s also symbolically leaning towards something in the future. Many artists also think about care in one way or another, whether it’s the rituals they perform to care for themselves or their concern for the community and the environment.

The group of visual and film arts residents participating in the lean-to exhibit work in a wide range of disciplines. They are: Jen Clay, Yanira Collado, Rose Marie Cromwell, Caroline Cueva, Co-residents Rev. Houston R. Cypress & Jean Sarmiento, Marc Fleuridor, Friday, Felice Grodin, T Eliott Mansa, Reginald O’Neal, Edison Penafiel, Emma Ri, Greco Sklavounos and Roscoè B. ThickéIII.

Several of the artists created new or site-specific works for the exhibition. O’Neal will create a space that represents a prison cell where his father was incarcerated. O’Neal will also exhibit a painting as well as a real garden that will be inaccessible and slowly die during the exhibition, symbolizing his father’s disconnection from the outside world. Ema Ri is planning a multi-sensory installation using dried flowers that guests can browse through and will activate all five senses. Meanwhile, Collado will transform part of an installation she created at the Emerson Dorsch Gallery, reformatting sections of wall into a free-standing sculpture that reflects the history and memory contained in materials and architecture.

About “On the Edge”

“At The Edge” is an exhibition of female artists using abstraction to investigate and challenge the limits of material, process and environment. Co-curated by Oolite’s Senior Program Manager, Amanda Bradley, and President and CEO, Dennis Scholl, the exhibition examines abstraction as a space on the periphery.

“A key element of this exhibition is that abstraction can provide the space to evoke the same deep-seated emotions as more naturalistic works of art,” Bradley said. “These artists use abstraction to respond to notions of work, resistance and transformation.”

“At the edge works by Nathalie AlfonsoGeorgia Lambrou, Devora Perez, Jennifer Printz, Karen Rifas and Donna Ruff. Their approaches to abstraction are constructed from interdisciplinary practices that span both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space.

“In a way, abstract work also functions as poetry,” said Printz, who participated in Oolite Arts’ Home + Away 2021 travel residency program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, in Florida. “There is a condensation of meaning in the visual shapes and patterns of an abstract artwork – it can say so much about experience, time and human nature with so little.”

Both summer exhibitions will be on display and open to the public until Sunday, September 11. To attend the opening reception and meet the artists, RSVP here. VIP members and the press will have one-hour early access starting at 6 p.m.



924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida

June 8 – September 11, 2022

Exhibition hours: Every day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening: 7-9 p.m. June 8, 2022

No cost

Information: https://oolitearts.org/exhibition/lean-to/

at the edge

928 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida

June 8 – September 11, 2022

Exhibition hours: Every day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. June 8, 2022

No cost

Information: https://oolitearts.org/exhibition/at-the-edge/

About Oolite Arts

Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage with their work. Founded in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities and financial support they need to experiment, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamians discover contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills.

Oolite Arts exhibitions and programs are made possible through the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Council for Cultural Affairs; the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and the Board of County Commissioners; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council of Arts and Culture; the national endowment for the arts; the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit oolitearts.org. Follow @oolitearts on social media.

About curators

Leilani Lynch is a curator at The Bass, Miami Beach. She recently curated solo exhibitions with Naama Tsabar, Mika Rottenberg, Karen Rifas and Aaron Curry, in addition to co-curating exhibitions with Abraham Cruzvillegas, Haegue Yang, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Paola Pivi. Before joining The Bass curatorial team in 2015, she was an exhibition project manager at Locust Projects, Miami. Lynch has participated in panels and lectures for STPI – Creative Workshop, Singapore, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ArtTable and ICOM, and served on juries for the Association of Art Museum Curators, Oolite Arts, FL, The Hopper Prize, and others. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MAS in Curatorial Studies from Zurich University of the Arts.

Amanda Bradley is a Belizean American artist and arts administrator based in Miami, Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in photography from the New World School of the Arts. Currently, she is Program Manager at Oolite Arts, where she oversees The Ellies, Miami Visual Art Awards, and Oolite’s exhibition program. Her work explores place and landscape as a way to connect and understand identity, belonging, stories and relationships. Her work has been exhibited in The Earth Remembers the Flood at FAR Contemporary Gallery; Homework at the Bass Museum of Art; Beyond Memory, Intimate Distances at Artmedia Gallery; Notices in a Mutable Terrain at Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry; It will never become quite familiar to you at Oolite Arts, RCS: 76-100 at Swampspace Gallery; The Passage of Time at the Alfred DuPont Building; American Fine Arts, An Allegory of the Americas at Art Movement LA, California and Current Projects in Little Haiti, Florida; and In This Moment at PH21 gallery in Budapest, Hungary; among others.

Denis Scholl is the President and CEO of Oolite Arts, one of Florida’s premier visual artist support organizations, where he oversees a significant expansion of programming and the construction of a new campus in the city of Miami, which is slated to open in 2024. During his time at Oolite Arts, he has created unique programming, including an awards program that has invested $2 million in individual artists and art teachers, a cinematic arts whose graduates have made headlines at top film festivals and an expanded artist residency now with travel programs across the country. A seasoned arts leader, Scholl previously served as vice president/arts of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s national arts program, with grants to cultural organizations totaling nearly $200 million. . Personally, Scholl has created a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of major museums and has served on the boards and executive committees of the Aspen Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and Pérez Art Museum; among others.

James C. Tibbs