SAIC in Miami During Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

On Friday, December 2 at the Marseilles Hotel in Miami Beach, SAIC President Elissa Tenny and EXPO CHICAGO hosted a celebration of all that Chicago brings to Miami during its art fairs. Alumni, faculty, staff, and the international arts community enjoyed a showcase of music and activations including performances by Justin Cooper (MFA 2005).

See our photo highlights and some of the press coverage from Miami Fair Week.


Art Basel Miami Beach
December 1–4

Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) and William J. O'Brien (MFA 2005) had work featured at the Marianne Boesky gallery booth.

William Cordova (BFA 1996) had art included in Sikkema Jenkins booth.

Margo Wolowiec (MFA 2007) exhibited work at the Jessica Silverman gallery booth.

Brian Calvin (MFA 1994), David Hartt (MFA 1994), Rebecca Morris (Post-Bac 1992, MFA 1994), Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (Post-Bac 2005, MFA 2007, Low-Residency MFA), Philip Hanson (MFA 1968, Painting and Drawing),  Karl Wirsum (BFA 1967, HON 2016, Painting and Drawing), and Jimmy Wright (BFA 1967) showed work at the Corbett v. Dempsey gallery booth.

Angel Otero (BFA 2007, MFA 2009), Jose Lerma (Painting and Drawing), Tony Tasset (MFA 1985) showed work with Kavi Gupta.

Rodney McMillian (BFA 1998) exhibited work with Maccarone.
Suellen Rocca (BFA 1964) with Matthew Marks.

Crowdfunding | Reclaiming Networks: Global & Local
December 3
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Wafaa Bilal (MFA 2003), Artist, New York
Stefan Benchoam, Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta and Co-Director of Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), Guatemala City
Katy Diamond Hamer, Art Journalist, New York
Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Director, Locust Projects, Miami

Moderator: Renaud Proch, Executive Director, Independent Curators International, New York


Art Miami Fair

November 29–December 4

The Zolla/Lieberman gallery booth presented works by Heather Becker (BFA 1989), Phyllis Bramson (MFA 1974), Carly Silverman (MFA 2011), and SAIC faculty member Erin Washington (Post-Bac 2008, MFA 2011).


NADA Miami

Jimmy Wright (BFA 1967) exhibited work with the project Fierman, New York.

Nancy Davidson (MFA 1975) showed work with the project Lord Ludd, Philadelphia. 

Judith Geichman (MFA 1979) showed work with the project Regards, Chicago.

Alex Chitty (MFA 2008, Printmedia, Sculpture) showed work with PATRON Gallery Chicago.

Scott Reeder (Painting and Drawing), Tyson Reeder (Painting and Drawing) exhibited with CANADA New York.
Chris Bradley (MFA 2010), David Leggett (MFA 2007), Tony Lewis (Post-Bac 2010, MFA 2012), William J. O'Brien (MFA 2005, Ceramics), Amanda Ross-Ho (BFA 1998), C.D. Wu (MFA 2016) exhibited with Shane Campbell.


Design Miami

Juan Garcia Mosqueda (BFA 2010) and his gallery Chamber had a booth at Design Miami.

Sterling Ruby (BFA 2002) with Pierre Marie Giraud.


Untitled, Miami Beach

November 30–December 4

Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach, FL 

Untitled, Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. Since 2014 the curatorial team has consisted of Artistic Director Omar López-Chahoud with curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia.

Untitled offered a complimentary shuttle service operating between Untitled (at Ocean Drive & 12th) and The Miami Beach Convention Center, at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

General Admission: $30
Discounted Admission (Seniors and Students): $20
Miami Beach Resident: $20
Groups of 15 or more: $20 per person
Children under 12: FREE

Tickets Available Online

Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Untitled 2016 Exhibitors
Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999)
Ebony G. Patterson

Cheryl Pope (BFA 2003, MDes 2010, Fashion Design) participated in Untitled’s radio program, with a sound piece incorporating elements from her Just Yell projects as well as her current engagement with the Homan Square community at SAIC’s Nichols Tower artist residency.

Carrie Secrist Gallery:
Andrew Holmquist (BFA 2008, MFA 2014)

Robert Burnier (Post-Bac 2013, MFA 2016) showed with Andrew Rafacz

Orkideh Torabi (Post-Bac 2014, MFA 2016) exhibited with Western Exhibitions

Miami Project 5 

Shawn Hall (BFA 1987) exhibited work at the Red Arrow gallery booth.

Michael Pajon (BFA 2003) exhibited work at the Jonathan Ferrara gallery booth.

6625 Indian Creek Drive

Miami Beach, FL


Pulse Miami

Ben Skinner (MFA 2002) had a wall installation piece at Pulse Miami.



November 29–December 11

Indivisible: Spirits in the Material World is curated by William Cordova (BFA 1996).

Featuring work by: Nyame Brown, Wayne Hodge, Yanira Collado (BFA 1995), and SAIC faculty Candida Alvarez (Painting and Drawing).


Nyugen Smith (MFA 2016) 
Performance: November 30, 6:00 p.m.

This thirty-minute performance aims to bring together three generations of Haitians to tell a story of belonging, longing, achievement, and their contributions to global culture. This story will be told through instrumentation and performative actions made by the artist and a small ensemble of Haitian residents of Miami. The ensemble will be made up of family and friends of the artist who live in Miami and are musicians in their church (Salvation Army) band.

Smith dressed as a military general will lead the ensemble through a series of formations and dialog that bounces between English, French, and Haitian Creole, punctuated by musical scores. As a Haitian descendant who knows very little about the history, culture and legacy of the Haitian people, the artist is using this project as a way to learn about the aforementioned while bringing the ensemble together to share their knowledge and experience making together.


MDC Museum of Art + Design

November 20–January 8

Yanira Collado (BFA 1995) has a solo exhibition at MDC Museum of Art + Design. 

The project space is located at Bridge Red, 12425 NE 13th Avenue, North Miami, Florida.



November 30–December 4

Opening Night, November 30, 6:00–10:00 p.m. 
Thursday, December 1, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
Sunday December 4, 12:00–5:00 p.m.

Nadine Meyers Saitlin (BA 1965)
79 NE 17th Terrace
Miami, FL 
DHGallery of International Artists
Booth #611


Endangered: Art and Photography Exhibition

John Rachell (BFA 1977) participated in this exhibition at Dade Heritage Trust, 190 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, Florida.


de la Cruz Collection

Sterling Ruby (BFA 2002)

Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003–04) 

Aaron Curry (BFA 2002)



Are you exhibiting during Art Basel this year?

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EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. Initiating the beginning of the international fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO takes place at historic Navy Pier, whose vast vaulted architecture hosts leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture.

The 2017 edition of EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17) will align with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16–December 31), and inaugurate a global partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to present the first official satellite exhibition of their Hors les Murs program in the United States in Chicago.