Friday, August 16, 2013

Upcoming Exhibition at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD)

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is pleased to present 'Elaborate webs/Striking Exploits, a two-person exhibition of new works by artists Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites. Opening Friday, September 13, 2o13 - the exhibition is organized bt the museum and curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Jeremy Milkolajczak. 'Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits' opens the fall seaon at the college's flagship institution dedictated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2o13 from 7-10pm, which is free and open to the public. 

'Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits' is Anne Austin Pearce’s first exhibition in Miami and Sara Stites’ first major exhibition presented at the Museum. Exemplifying the contemporary shift in looking at and the execution of traditional drawing and painting, Pearce and Stites use nature, decay, personal landscapes and the ironies of contemporary society as a vehicle to inspire and inform their process-driven work. Both straddle the line between the polarizing nature of historical feminism and the realities of navigating the art world as mid-career female artists who are thematically post-feminist. Anne Austin Pearce is a Kansas City-based artist who received her MFA from James Madison University. Pearce’s work has been exhibited at institutions throughout the United States, including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kan.; Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington D.C.; and the Drawing Center, New York City. Miami artist Sara Stites received her MFA from the Pratt Institute. An active member of the local artist community, Stites’s work is included in the collection of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and has been exhibited locally at David Castillo Gallery, Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale and the former Rocket Projects Miami. Stites has held several exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions in Paris. 

A public panel discussion titled "Drawing Today and the 'Mid-Career' Artist" - featuring artists Anne Austin Pearce, Sara Stites and guests is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2o13 at 7pm. at the Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display through November 17, 2o13 - 3oo NE 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida 33132 - Museum hours are Wednesday - Saturday, noon to 5pm. - Admission is free and private tours are available.

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