The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199
p:305.348.2890 • f: 305.348.2762
Hours of Operation
Admission is free.
For more information, please call 305-348-2890.
In 1999, the Museum received accreditation from the American Associations of Museums (AAM) and in 2001 became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Following the groundbreaking for its new facilities in 2003, the Art Museum at FIU was officially renamed The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. In 2006 Florida International University formed the College of Architecture + The Arts which joined the Schools of Art & Art History, Music, Architecture and Theater, Dance & Speech Communication. The Frost Art Museum also became a unit under the new College.
The Frost Art Museum has gained a respected reputation for its innovative exhibitions, outstanding lecture series and educational outreach programs for South Florida’s diverse audiences. Through generous support from private donations as well as state and local government agencies, the Frost Art Museum is able to offer free admission to all exhibitions and public events. The Museum’s growing collection has several notable donations of important groups of work.
In 1989, the FIU leadership and the board of the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center in Coral Gables, ensured the intact survival of this important collection by transferring its ownership to the Frost Art Museum when the private museum closed. Student and faculty exhibitions, an important component of the Museum's academic function, present the work of artists who have achieved significant state and national recognition, including NEA, MacArthur, Guggenheim and Florida Visual Artist Fellowships. The Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Collection was established with work acquired through the Betty Laird Perry Purchase Award which is granted to selected BFA and MFA students graduating from the FIU programs in visual arts. The Frost Art Museum has recently begun to present exhibitions in Latin America and is working on future collaborations and partnerships with leading art institutions in these regions.
These efforts to foster cultural, educational, and artistic exchanges compliment Florida International University’s commitment to its ever-growing international audiences. The Frost Art Museum complements its exhibitions with a wide range of regionally unique and nationally recognized educational programs. The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series and the Latin American & Caribbean Art Lecture Series directly connect South Florida's audiences with important artists, critics and art historians living today.
The Wednesday After-Hours programming is designed to complement the Museum’s exhibitions and give visitors the chance to engage with the contemporary and confront the controversial via gallery talks, films, live music and performance art. Although limited by space, the Frost Art Museum’s innovative exhibitions and broad range of educational programs are unparalleled in their quality and the diversity of audiences they serve. Since 1977, the Museum has been housed in less than 5,000 interior square feet of an FIU administration building located in the heart of the campus. With the transition to the new 46,000 sq. ft. museum facility in 2008, the Frost Art Museum will have the opportunity to better serve the University and the South Florida community. Reaffirming its commitment to the excellence of its collections, exhibitions and educational programs, the Frost Art Museum will continue to broaden its base of support and serve an increasingly larger and more diverse constituency, as it moves into the new state-of-the-art facility.
The new Frost Art Museum was designed by internationally recognized architect Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). The 46,000-square foot facility is due to open in 2008. The structure features a soaring three-story glass atrium entrance and a dramatically suspended staircase leading to the second and third floors containing over 9,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. Three of the nine galleries will be dedicated to the permanent collection, while the remaining six galleries will feature temporary exhibitions.
Among various interior design highlights is the prominent use of natural daylight in the galleries. Large “leaves” or “petals” are constructed to diffuse ultraviolet by preferentially scattering light to the walls. This unique gallery lighting was designed by ArupLighting. Ample storage room for the collection in the new building will allow proper space for conservation, research and preparation of artwork.
On the ground floor the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery and Museum Terrace will serve as the heart of the Museum’s educational and community outreach. Also on the first level visitors will find the Steven & Dorothea Green Multi-Purpose Auditorium and Lecture Hall, the Dahlia Morgan Members’ Lounge, the café and museum shop. The realization of a first-class facility provides increased accessibility to the visual arts to FIU's multicultural student body, the growing local population and Miami’s visitors.
The new museum is destined to become the cultural heart of the campus and an essential part of Miami’s growing arts community. On its tranquil lakeside site, the new building frames the "Avenue of the Arts." Accentuated by selected works from the Museum’s outdoor sculpture collection, the Avenue of the Arts connects the Museum, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center and the Management and Advanced Research Center (MARC) on the University Park campus.
25 Sq. inches The Faces of the Permanent Collection
A Wolfsonian Teaching Exhibition: Koizumi Kishio—Remembering Tokyo
Papua New Guinea: Gogodala Art and Identity, Transition and Revival
Deep Blue by Javier Velasco
The Drawing Project
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