July 10 -August 30

The LAB: Locust Arts Builders
Collaborative Summer Project by South Florida High School Students

Opening Reception: July 10


Participating Artists: Omar Alvarez, Leslie Chavez, Jason Flores, Luna Goldberg, Kevin Hobbs, Ximena Izquierdo, Vanessa Lacayo, Asher Mones, Christina Quinlan

Pioneers in the Miami art scene, Locust Projects is pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition by a select group of South Florida High School students. Under the direction of renowned contemporary artist Monica Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters, nine local high school students will experience the invigorating and arduous process of conceiving and executing original artworks from June 28 to July 10, 2010.

These students, currently attending Design and Architecture Senior High, Hialeah Senior High, Miami Northwestern Senior High and New World School of Arts answered an open call and were hand-selected by a committee of local art professionals.

As a hallmark that makes Locust Projects stand out from other art venues, the organization embraces cutting-edge exhibitions and innovation in art. In furtherance of the not-for-profit's twelve-year commitment to providing an approachable arts venue for the South Florida community, for the first time, Locust Projects has created an exciting new program in which a young generation of artists are given the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition in a public venue.

The project will be developed and exhibited in Locust Projects' 2,700 square foot space in Miami's Design District and culminate in a publicized show, open to the public. The goal is to promote contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. This unique initiative will allow young artists to learn the practical and exciting aspects of creating a public exhibition in collaboration with their peers.

Click here to view a short documentary on the 2010 LAB program. Courtesy: Wet Heat Project, Miami

This exhibition is made possible with the support from: Andy Warhol Foundation; Galt & Skye Mikesell; Hannibal Cox Jr. Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. Special thanks to Jonathan Eismann Restaurants.