Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.
Founded in 1998 by a trio of Miami-based artists: Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and COOPER, the organization was among the first to open in a converted warehouse in Miami's once depressed Wynwood neighborhood.
In 2001, Locust Projects became incorporated and organized its first Board of Directors. Locust Projects was officially recognized as a 501 (c) (3) not for profit institution in 2002.
A grant award from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2006 allowed the organization to hire its first full-time Executive Director and subsequently supported the relocation of Locust Projects to Miami's Design District in May 2009.
Additional major grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs have supported our continued growth.
Today, Locust Projects is Miami’s only visual arts organization that is dedicated to commissioning ambitious, site-specific, temporary installations. As an incubator of new art and ideas, we support local, national, and international artists who seek to experiment and test new ideas by providing the time, space, resources, and expertise to push their practice without fear of risk, institutional limits, or commercial concerns.
We provide WaveMaker grants to Miami-based artists who seek to create projects in non-traditional venues and provide local artists with professional development resources, workshops and temporary r+d space to incubate creative careers. We inspire curiosity in new art and the exchange of ideas through public programs and community collaborations.