JULY 14 - AUGUST 1
The LAB: Locust Arts Builders
Collaborative Summer Project by South Florida High School Students
OPENING RECEPTION: July 14
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, fourteen local high school students have experienced the invigorating and arduous process of conceiving and executing original artworks.
Participating Artists: Angelica Castillo, Tiziana Felice, Valerie Franco, Samantha Grenier, Aurora Lazaro, Stepanie Michelle Navarrete, Angelica Perez, Tiffany Pomares, Sage Roatta, Britney Leigh Segermeister, Arlene Soto, Savannah Grace Vieth, Ziqi Wang
The students, currently attending American Senior High, Design and Architecture Senior High, Dr. Michael M. Krop High, Gulliver Academy, Hialeah High School and New World School of the Arts, were selected from an open call 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 fourteen-year commitment to providing an approachable arts venue for the South Florida community, for the third year, Locust Projects presents 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, developed in Locust Projects’ 5,000 square foot space in Miami’s Design District, culminates with an exhibition, 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 allows young artists to learn the practical and exciting aspects of creating a public exhibition in collaboration with their peers.
About the artist: Monica Lopez De Victoria is a Miami-based artist that works in collaboration with Tasha Lopez De Victoria under the name TM Sisters. Together the sisters work in the mediums of video, digital video performance, VJing, collage, social experiments, zines, clothing, installations, and interactive video. The TM Sisters’ 2009 exhibition, WHIRL CRASH GO! at Locust Projects was featured in The Miami Herald. Their work has been featured in publications including L’Officiel magazine, The Guardian, STEP Inside Design, the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and on the cover of ARTnews. The sisters’ work has been included in the international traveling exhibition Uncertain States of America; the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; and PERFORMA 07 in New York.
The LAB (Locust Arts Builders) is made possible with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with the support from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; 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.