Recent Past Exhibitions

London Tsai:
Flying Desserts and Other Utopias
Central Terminal Gallery
November 2016 - March 2017

Mobile Fortune Cookie (under construction), steel tubing, aluminum sheet, rivets, 2016
Mobile Fortune Cookie (under construction), steel tubing, aluminum sheet, rivets, 2016

Beginning with early Russian avant-garde musings on floating cities, Brooklyn-based artist London Tsai considers utopias of various forms. In our age of global tourism and extreme mobility, utopias are no longer in the future but somewhere else.  In order to reach these other places more conveniently, it makes sense that our homes become our ships.  So why not design some of them in the shape of desserts that we love? After all, in addition to being completely mobile we are also hypervisible.  This way we can have our cake and eat it too.
Lun-Yi London Tsai was born in Massachusetts, spent his early childhood in Paris and grew up in SoHo, New York in the 1980s. After college and graduate school at Tufts University and the University of Pittsburgh respectively, Tsai spent six years in China. Since then, he has lived in Boston, Seattle, Miami and New York. An artist residency in Berlin in 2008 was pivotal in awakening his latent sculptural tendencies; his father was the late kinetic sculptor Wen-Ying Tsai. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.


The City of Tokyo in Five Chapters

South Terminal International Arrivals Lobby, 3rd level
Opens August 24, 2016


Masayoshi Sukita, A Mobile Phone, 2012


TOKYO-GA originated as an internal response to the devastating natural disasters that occurred in Japan in 2011. Launched in 2011, the TOKYO-GA project aims to gather a portfolio of photographs of Tokyo by Japanese and international photographers as a sign of commitment to Japan and its future.  This exhibition consisting of 49 images from 24 contemporary photographers is organized according to five themes: Invisible Existence, Ensemble C’est Tout, Fragments of Life, Texture of Mind and Human Scale - presenting an overview of the architecture of the Japanese capital, its street photography, its contemporary styles and its way of mind, revealing the complexity and the contrast between tradition and modernity of the country.  

TOKYO-GA at Miami International Airport (MIA) is the first exhibition devoted to Japanese culture at MIA and a wonderful occasion to further understanding and recognition of Japanese culture in not only the South Florida community, but to world-wide regions served by MIA. 

Participating artists: Navid Baraty, James Whitlow Delano, Renato D’Agostin, Michel Frapier, Naoki Honjo, Taishi Hirokawa, Gentaro Ishizuka, Junpei Kato, Haruna Kawanishi, Yasutaka Kojima, Ilse Leenders, Edward Levinson, Christopher Morris, Mitsugu Ohnishi, Koji Onaka, Takehito Sato, Tatsuya Shimohira, Vincent Soulié, Jérémie Souteyrat, Masayoshi Sukita, Takeshi Sumi, Yukinori Tokoro, Michael Wolf, Masami Yamamoto, and Hiros





Cartographies: Mapping the Contemporary
Children’s Art Gallery, E-D Connector past security checkpoint


Cartographies: Mapping the Contemporary

 Artist: Francesca Tobar Title: Searching for Direction
School: Miami Beach Senior High School Art Teacher: Tom Virgin

Cartography, the study or practice of making maps, has long been an important activity in human history. The oldest known maps are preserved on Babylonian clay tablets from about 2300 BCE. The Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Spaniards and Indians all created cartographic images. These old 3 maps provide us with key information about what was known in the past, including the ideas, beliefs and traditions of various cultures. Today’s cartographic imagery not only delineates global coordinates using satellite imagery, but visual artists incorporate them into individual artworks as well. For example, Argentinian Guillermo Kuitca’s recurrent themes of maps, travel and migration are used as symbols for organizational systems and ideas of connectivity, whereas Uruguayan Joaquín Torres-García’s inverted map of South America from 1943 comments on the hierarchical relationships among nations by reversing the topography of the Americas. Local Miami painter John Bailly heavily references maps and atlases as a way to explore his cultural identity, origin and personal “sense of place.” This exhibition explores the many facets and interpretations of cartographic imagery by Miami-Dade County Public Schools students K-12.




Mario Bencomo
Elegy to Poetry/Le Cabinet de Poésie

The Eye Has to Travel Gallery
North Terminal, Second Floor, near Gate D29
May 2016 – January 2017

Mario Bencomo, Ode to Whitman, Homage to Lorca, On Poet in New York, 2013, acrylic on paper. Private Collection.

The Eye Has to Travel, a new mia Galleries exhibition venue at Miami International Airport, inaugurates its first show with the work of Cuban-American artist Mario Bencomo.  
Elegy to Poetry/Le Cabinet de Poésie is a polyglot series of drawings and handmade books inspired by the work of poets from diverse cultures and writing in different languages.   Each drawing’s titles are odes to specific poems as wide apart as Federico Garcia Lorca (Spanish) to Walt Whitman (American) to Constatine Cavafy (Greek).   The works have a richly layered, dense graphic quality in which the words and the natural forms synthesize as a unified whole.  Bencomo’s purpose is not for the poems to be fully legible, nor to diminish their importance by painting over them, but to pay homage to the poetry by integrating the handwritten poems into the overall composition.   The superimposed drawings, which almost look like symbols, are inspired by botanical prints, an interest that originated in childhood.  
In its celebration of a variety of cultures, Elegy to Poesie/Le Cabinet de Poésie mirrors the diversity and vibrancy of South Florida residents and visitors. 



A collaboration with the Florida International University, The Wolfsonian‐FIU
North Terminal, Near Gate D31
Opens March 2016


The Wolfsonian’s collection captures the revolution in transportation that took place from the late 19th century onward, with the development of automobiles and air travel as well as the vast expansion of railroads and steamship lines. Commercial posters promoted these new means of travel, drawing aesthetic inspiration from the powerful forms of ocean liners, streamlined locomotives, and airplanes. Faster, Farther and More Comfortable Than Ever Before will showcase more than twenty reproduction posters whose originals were produced from 1900 through the 1930s and are now housed at The Wolfsonian. Some illustrators included in the show are Otto Arpke, Gino Boccasile, Austin Cooper, Aurelio Craffonara, J. P. Junot, Theyre Lee‐Elliott, Giovanni Patrone, Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava, and Filippo Romoli. 



Figuring Aesthetic Forms: Figures In Motion
E-D Connector past security checkpoint
May 12 – October 13, 2016


Figuring Aesthetic Forms: Figures In Motion


Artists have been concerned with the human form in motion since the beginning of time. From Edgar Degas’ beautiful representations of dancing ballerinas to Marcel Duchamp’s painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912), studying the human figure in action - whether walking, running, dancing or descending stairs - has inspired artists to produce artwork that conveys rhythm, motion and activity.

Other well-known representations of the human form in motion can be seen in Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (c. 1490), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance (1890), and in the boundless experimental photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, whose sequence of high-speed photography of the human (and animal) form pioneered work in photographic studies of motion and laid the groundwork for the motion picture industry. This exhibition invites you to explore the human form in motion through both 2-D and 3-D imagery.

Breathing Spaces
A Look at South Florida’s Landscapes
Lucas Blanco & Juan Carballo

June – September 29, 2016 
 From Left to Right: Lucas, Blanco, Kendall Indian Hammocks Park V, 2015, acrylic on canvas and Juan Carballo, End of Virginia Key II, 2016, oil on panel
Paintings by Miami based artists, Lucas Blanco and Juan Carballo, reveal how the two artists are inspired and persuaded by the South Florida landscape as the subject of their work. Through careful thought and planning, as well as observation and contemplation, these two painters scout and survey locations both remote and common.   Capturing those qualities that make their choices unique, the process develops as the conditions of their ever-changing environment, well out of their control, are translated into paint.   Not only as beautiful examples of plein-air painting, these works are also valuable as a record of South Florida’s natural wonders.
Kanako Sasaki
Kanako Sasaki
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 22


Kanako Sasaki, Still Standing, 2004, archival pigment print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery

In her series Wanderlust, Kanako Sasaki (Japanese, 1976) explores her own imaginative world influenced by traditional Japanese novels, Ukiyo-e paintings and childhood memories. Within her surreal and eccentric settings, Sasaki’s characters, usually herself, evoke ideas of isolation, escape and uninhibited freedom. The juxtaposition of bleak emotion within a fantastical landscape leaves the viewer mesmerized with wonderment.  Sasaki’s work also comments on issues such as the female experience, loss of innocence, hopeless romance and how Japanese culture is viewed from the outside.
Kanako Sasaki was educated at the Royal College of Art in London and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.  She has had solo exhibitions in the US, Japan, Bolivia and Hungary, and has been included in many international group exhibitions.  She has participated in artist residencies in Austria, Iceland, Paris, Estonia, Vienna and New York, and has been awarded many fellowships and grants.  She has also taught photography at CUNY Staten Island, NY and the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.  She lives and works in Japan.


Olympic Waves
North Terminal, Gate D30
opens August 4th

Olympic Waves

Olympic Waves is an installation celebrating the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, specifically designed and constructed by a Special Projects fiber class from Florida International University for Miami International Airport. Olympic Waves features an upcycle, conservationist ethos, reflecting a 21st century regenerative design culture in which waste is prevented by using existing materials. Piles of discarded cloth of various types are gathered and then are spun to create a gigantic yarn. The resulting colorful and textural woven material is finger-knitted to create the large interrelated curves, referencing the rings of the Olympic logo. The intensely bright colors reflect the light spectrum, as they transition from one to another. The roadmap of the installation follows the mathematical principle of the Lissajous-curve – a family of mathematical curves creating beautiful harmonic patterns - and provides the structural integrity for the work. Although the process of constructing Olympic Waves uses traditional craft strategies, the resulting artwork is contemporary in its positioning, humor and transformation of materials.

Mayra Arias • Gabby Carabalto • Gianna DiBartolomeo • Danielle Horgan • Akelian Ivy
• Nancy Jimenez • Susan La •Evelyn W. Politzer • Qishan Song • Barbara C. Valenzuela Sanchez 
• Max Werner •   Leandra Arvazzetti, Instructor • Pip Brant, Project Supervisor


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks
Photography by Clyde Butcher
South Terminal,  Meeter and Greeter Lobby, Third Level
Opens November 2015

Clyde Butcher, Conservation #5, 2004, archival pigment print

Considered one of America’s Best Ideas, the United States National park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. Here in Miami we are fortunate to have three National Parks that are just minutes away: Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
Distinguished photographer Clyde Butcher has captured the essence of these wild and beautiful public lands that are owned by the American people.


For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.




Imagination Creation:  Dreams and Illumination
E-D Connector past security checkpoint
February  11 – May 12, 2016

Imagination Creation:  Dreams and Illumination

Before the invention of printing, books were laboriously written by hand.  Known as manuscripts, initially penned on parchment or animal skins, these texts were made even more precious by “illumination.”   This term comes from the Latin word meaning to “light up” or “to enlighten” and refers to the use of bright colors and gold to embellish initial letters or borders, or to depict entire scenes in miniature.  Sometimes the design was purely decorative, but often the composition served to highlight important passages in the text, or to enhance or comment on the meaning of the text.   Unlike the mass-produced books of our time, an illuminated manuscript was a unique, handmade object, bearing the mark of several artisans, from the parchment maker to the scribe to the decorator or “illuminator.”  In this exhibition, students were invited to consider story-telling through illuminated imagery, using dreams and imagination as their inspiration.


You Are Here
Ken Nintzel
Opens November 2015
South Terminal Gallery, 4th floor Mezzanine


Born in 1968 and raised in New Jersey, Ken Nintzel is a New York City based multidisciplinary artist who creates work in a variety of media including theater, installation, performance,  sculpture, exhibition, photography and video. You Are Here, is a mixed media sculptural installation that recreates the constellations of the night sky in physical form, studding them with starlight and suspending them overhead to create a life-size stellarium.  The animal constellation figures have been created through a kind of craft-taxidermy, using flocking for fur and sequins for scales among other materials. The human constellations have been cobbled together from tailor and dress forms, wig heads, boot trees and mannequin parts, to represent generic lay figures that the viewer can project onto, placing themselves in the center of this fanciful universe.
You Are Here was inspired by my first look at a celestial atlas and its detailed illustrations of the constellations in corporeal form, a menagerie of wild and domesticated animals, reptiles, insects, creatures of the sea, birds in flight, symbolic objects, heroines, heroes and mythological beasts, all posed in a celestial tableau. The more I looked at these illustrations the more I wanted to be among these stellar constellations, surrounded by their physical presence.


Wendy Wischer
Central Terminal Gallery
Opens December 2015


Enclosed Wendy Wischer

Enclosed is a site-specific installation of a large tree inspired by the old Buttonwood trees native to Southern Florida.   The branches can span over 100 feet, often grazing the ground for support. 
The tree, with a reflective mirrored mylar surface, is seen in fragments within the enclosed cases of the MIA Gallery, making reference to a preserved specimen while simultaneously acting as a cage as if to prevent further growth. 
With our shifting landscape as a result of ever-increasing development, growing numbers of rare and endangered trees are found across the planet.  Even those trees not endangered have a limited life span, as often they are not free to grow to their full potential.  As a result, we will be left with traces, fragmented specimens and memories.
With Enclosed, it will be the reflecting light that escapes through these transparent cases of the gallery as it expands outward into the space connecting with the viewers both in reflections of light and within the tree itself as the mirrored surface of the piece reflects the surrounding colors of the architectural environment, including the viewers.
This piece alludes to containment and the blurred distinction of preservation and entrapment and how our collections of fragments distort the whole, leaving gaps in our memories.   It is only the light that has no boundaries.

Silver Springs

Photographs by Bruce Mozert

opens August 2014

North Terminal, near Gate D31

Bruce Mozert (b. 1916) created some of the most memorable kitsch photography in the era of Florida's tourism marketing boom of the 1950s. A true innovator in underwater photography, his staged images of beautiful models in crystal-clear waters were sent out on wire services from the 1940s through the 1970s, enticing snowbound northerners to become snowbirds and experience Silver Springs as Florida's premier tourist attraction.

Photographer Gary Monroe has selected some of the best underwater photographs that capture those heady times in all of their whimsical glory. As Bruce Mozert’s photography comes to light, his best work will likely be recognized as iconic images of the State of Florida’s recent cultural past while becoming integrated into the broader world of photographic aesthetics.


"Rock Flower" 

Rock Flower



 Opens July 2014

North Terminal, near Gate D31
Coral Morphologic is as an art-science hybrid comprised of marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay. Together they present coral reef organisms as both alien and archetypal life-forms through multi-media and site-specific artworks. Coral Morphologic finds itself firmly rooted in the present time and place of Miami: a city built primarily from limestone that has been recycled from thousands of years of local reef-building, and home to a diverse cultural community that mirrors its colorful aquatic ecosystems. Years of scientific observation in both the wild and the lab have led Coral Morphologic to identify metaphors applicable to both coral reef life and the urban human condition. We have concluded that there is an inseparable affinity between Miami and the reef, and seek to illuminate this relationship through our works.
The fluorescent soft corals featured in this photographic exhibit are all native to the coral reefs in and around Miami.
Learn more:
Twitter/Instagram: @coralmorph


Photo courtesy Gregg Woodard


For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.

Origins and Destinations
Laena Wilder
Opens September 2015
North Terminal, Gates D21 – Gates D30

Origins and Destinations

Laena Wilder photographed and interviewed over 200 passengers at MIA for this project, opening a
dialogue and creating a thought-provoking record. The generosity of the participants was exquisite.
No two interactions were alike. The resulting exhibition aims to shift the context in which nameless
and unfamiliar faces are often seen. Making the invisible - visible. Thinking of each person as an
individual thread, with an origin and destination, this exhibition explores the ever-changing tapestry of
humanity surrounding us at any given moment.

Laena Wilder uses photography and oral history as tools for gathering cultural information, making art
and facilitating exchange within diverse communities. She holds an undergraduate degree in fine arts
and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wilder’s efforts
have earned her a prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship Grant and her visual research has taken her
around the world. For more information visit


Latin America: Celebrating the Joy of Life
Terminal D
Opens April 2015


 Latin America: Celebrating the Joy of Life, Terminal D, Opens April 2015
Women participate in the 5th edition of the Alebrijes Monumentales Parade, one of the events in the Day of the Dead
México D.F. ,México, October 20, 2012. Photo credit: Alex Cruz

Latin America celebrates and honors its history and folklore through its popular festivals or fiestas. From carnival season to the well-known Day of the Dead, each country joyfully commemorates its unique identity through an explosion of vibrant color, spirited music, all with unequaled passion and intensity. These festivals are truly an expression of the diverse and fertile mythical and historical influences that enrich Latin America.

The images featured in this exhibition, captured by EFE photographers, are examples of the daily work of thousands of journalists who provide the media with hundreds of news articles, photos and videos reflecting the everyday reality of the Americas.

As it commemorates its 75th anniversary, EFE takes pride in being the world’s largest Spanishlanguage news agency and in upholding its brand which is synonymous with prestige, credibility and editorial independence.


Scott Weber
The Orchid Series 2006-2011

Palladium-toned Van Dyke Photographs
opens May 2015
North Terminal, Gates D22 – D25

Scott Weber, Orchid #24, palladium-toned Van Dyke photograph

Process has always been a central component in my work. As the photographic world turns toward the electronic image for its speed and convenience, I have begun to reevaluate how I picture the world. The Van Dyke print is created by hand coating a sheet of fine art paper with a solution of iron and silver. The negative is placed in direct contact with the paper and exposed to sunlight. After processing the image, it is toned with palladium, a precious metal, which gives its warm color. I am attracted to the unique and authentic process of making an image by hand. This is also one of the most permanent image-making processes known because of the use of precious metals. I enjoy making photographs that speak with a soft voice, that reflect simplicity in both composition and content. - Scott Weber

Born in Los Angeles, California, Scott Weber earned both the Master of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. His photographs have been collected by museums and used to illustrate documentary projects for historical purposes as well as exhibited in galleries. The use of the view camera and traditional photographic techniques helps define his personal style. Recently, he has begun to use historical processes such as platinum/palladium and Van Dyke printing and has exhibited these new images in Europe and North America. Weber is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Fine Arts at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.



Working in the Office
Artist: Fabio Fernandez
Title:  Working in the Office
School: South Miami Middle School
Teacher: Cheryl Goodman
Imagining Animals in Art: Creatures of HABIT-at…
Throughout time and cultures, animals, both real and fictional, have been portrayed in art. Their depiction dates back to prehistoric times when they were first illustrated in cave paintings.  Animal scenes were portrayed in Egyptian papyri, carved in Mesopotamian palaces, painted on ancient Greek pottery and pre-Columbian vases and bowls, to name a few.
In both art and literature, the animal kingdom has been endowed with human qualities and abilities – i.e. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by the author/illustrator Beatrix Potter and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. Illustrated books inspired 20th century artist Henri Rousseau to depict wild, exotic animals and Frida Kahlo painted her self-portraits surrounded by numerous pets and even portrayed herself as a deer (The Wounded Deer, 1946).  This exhibition explores the context of animals with human qualities in imaginary settings and fanciful environments.


For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.




Impressive Views: Eyeing Impressionist Landscapes
Children’s Art Gallery, E-D Connector past security checkpoint
Opens May 2015

Impressive Views: Eyeing Impressionist Landscapes

Artist: Julian Mesa
Title: Monet Inspired
School: David Fairchild Elementary
Art Teacher: Melissa Maxfield-Miranda

Impressionism originated in France in the 1860’s and was characterized by the idea of creating images that captured a visual impression of a moment in time, as it pertained to the shifting and ever-changing effects of light and color. Impressionist painters, such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Albert Sisley and Camille Pissarro, rejected established styles of painting, and were interested in a new way of seeing. These painters deviated from the clear depiction of nature and linear perspective, experimenting with loose paint handling, bold color and unconventional compositions. It was an art about atmosphere, immediacy and movement, a shift away from form to an interest in the properties of light. Impressionism was a precursor to later avant-garde art movements.


DEMI: In the Eyes of a Child
Central Terminal Gallery
opens August

DEMI, Lemon Gelato, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 55”
DEMI, Lemon Gelato, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 55”

Miami International Airport presents the work of DEMI, one of the most critically acclaimed Cuban-American artists working in the United States. Rooted in her past and personal experience, DEMI’s work depicts a vibrant and intimate universe centered around children. Created between 2007 and 2015, the works on display are large, complex and meditative works that are bittersweet images from the inner depths of her painful youthful memories. The paintings, as well as her entire oeuvre are “about the balancing act between meaning and nothingness, good and evil, agony and joy.” - Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D. 

Hands of Korea
Curated by Chunghie Lee and Yolanda Sánchez
Opens June 2015
South Terminal Gallery, 3rd floor and 4th floor Mezzanine

Hands of Korea, Curated by Chunghie Lee and Yolanda SánchezHands of Korea, Curated by Chunghie Lee and Yolanda Sánchez
Heesoon Kim, Peony Bojagi, 2013; Jaeeun Kim, Quilted Duru Joomoni, 2011

The 2015 Hands of Korea exhibition at Miami International Airport presents Korean craft culture through a range of traditional objects and contemporary reinterpretations in a variety of media. An array of tradition‐based Korean fiber/textiles in the form of embroidery works, antique and contemporary Bojagi (wrapping cloths), traditional and contemporary Norigae (knotted ornaments), and Joomchi (traditional Korean method of papermaking) are represented by 28 Korean artists. Other mediums include hand sewing, hand/machine embroidery, natural dyeing, digital printing, tapestry weaving and quilting.

Recognized for its innovative design and creativity, Seoul, Korea was named “World Design Capital” by UNESCO in 2010. Since then, the arts have continued to flourish, firmly establishing Korea as a leader in the contemporary art world. Our goal is to deepen an appreciation of Korean culture and increase awareness of the richness of Korean arts.



R.F. Buckley: Forging Aluminum
Central Terminal Gallery
opens April 2015

Ralph Buckley: Forging Aluminum

R.F. Buckley applies his own artistic sensibilities to transform a difficult medium – aluminum - into an elegant commentary about materials. Over the trajectory of his career, Buckley’s sculpture has involved ideas and sensibilities about space, and spatial relationships between the work and its relationship to the landscape. The work emphasized the intrinsic nature of the materials being used, and the interrelationship of size, scale and amount of material as related human and architectural considerations.

Buckley’s most recent works are of cast, forged and welded aluminum. His ideas are inspired and shaped through observation of splashed and still water and from studying the celestial photos produced through the Hubble telescope.

Forging Aluminum is a survey of Buckley’s past and recent sculptural works. His new work is primarily about water, reflecting his interest and attempt to present and replicate for an instant some of the elusive, fluid, refractive and ever-changing, quicksilver qualities of water.



ARTiculation: Text as Art
opens February 2015

ARTiculation: Text as Art

Artist: Matthew Garcia
Title: Picasso Portraits
School: Kendale Lakes Elementary
Art Teacher: Kristi Atkinson

Written language in art has been used as a tool for self-expression for nearly a century. As early as 1912, artists were using words in their paintings to communicate details of their everyday life and the times and culture in which they lived. By the end of the 1960s, many artists were using words either primarily or exclusively to create images and some artists began to give greater emphasis to their thoughts and ideas than to creating pictures. As a result, the design of a text - using color, typeface and size – became important to convey meaning together with the text’s underlying content. Contemporary artists such as Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, On Kawara and Jenny Holzer have all used words as the main subject of their artwork, some integrating imagery with their text, and others using text alone to express their ideas. This exhibition investigates art practices that involve a relationship between text and language in visual art.


Outsider Art: Selections from the NAEMI Art Collection
South Terminal International Greeters Lobby, 3rd floor
opens February 2015


Outsider Art: Selections from the NAEMI Art Collection
Misleidys Castillo, Untitled, tempura and tape on paper, courtesy of naemi

Organized in collaboration naemi (National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill), this exhibition features art produced by individuals, usually self-taught and without any formal artistic training, whose work arises from an intense, innate personal vision.

Participating artists include: Gary Brewer, Misleidys Castillo, Lisa Chuan Lee Cheng, Mery Eis, Sebastian Ferreira, Ramón Losa, Echo McCallister, Luis Manuel Otero, Milton Schwartz, Carlos Stella and Robert Wright.

naemi is dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world.




South Terminal Gallery - International Greeters Lobby, 4th Floor Mezzanine


UNFAIR: Alex Heria
opens October 2014
North Terminal, Gates D22 – D25

Alex Heria, Big Top, Missouri State Fair, 2012, digital photography
Alex Heria, Big Top, Missouri State Fair, 2012, digital photography

The title of this current body of work alludes to notions of fun, the absurd and the timeless, never-ending levity of the county fair. Rides, lights, food – everyone waits for this yearly extravaganza. Yet, there’s always a hint of an underlying sadness. Perhaps it’s because it only lasts a short time, or maybe it’s the often times curious characters that run the midway and concessions. The photographs in this exhibition form part of a much larger photographic series taken at county and state fairs exploring the differences and similarities among people and their local sociological personalities.



Jason Hackenwerth
South Terminal Gallery

Lagoon is a site-specific installation created by Jason Hackenwerth and consists of a series of multifaceted sculptures hovering above the balcony of the 4th floor mezzanine of South Terminal Gallery at Miami International Airport. Interconnecting thousands of balloons into ridged and complex forms that seem to defy gravity, these dancing sculptures relate to one another and borrow from the colors of South Florida’s coral reef.

Jason Hackenwerth’s ephemeral works serve to remind us of the temporality of all things and can be considered a metaphor for our own lives as common materials in a state of grace.


Opens December 2014
Central Terminal Gallery

Nina Surel’s work explores the artist’s interest in her own childhood, fairytales, Romanticism and early feminist literature. Sisterhood is Surel’s new series of portrait/landscape paintings that examines the theme of relationships and raises questions about identity and the self. Employing a wide range of media, such as photography and painting, assembling these with fabrics, buttons, jewelry, porcelain, and resin on wood, Surel’s multifaceted work asks us to look within, to investigate and challenge our views of ourselves, the various roles or characters we play, and, moreover, to explore our notions about beauty and the feminine ideal.





Surrealism was an art and literature movement founded in the 1920’s whose aim was to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. Largely influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories of dreams and the unconscious, Surrealists sought to express what they believed to be the actual workings of the mind, shaped by an absence of reason and control. The movement was an attempt to overthrow what was then society’s excessive focus on rationality, morality and logic. Incongruous and unnerving imagery and bizarre, unexpected juxtapositions, such as those found in dreams, were characteristic of artistic expressions, and were thought to be the true reality. Artists such as Salvador Dali, René Magritte and Max Ernst were on the forefront of the Surrealist movement.

Miami-Dade County Public School students (Grades K-12) were free to fantasize and to invent fantastic images, exploring the use of impossibilities, dreams and imagination as the springboard for their creations. This exhibit illustrates how, through the combination of unusual elements with creative thinking, even the most ordinary objects can be transformed into something mysterious and exciting.

Central TerminalE - North TerminalD
E-D Connector Gallery, just past security checkpoint

2014 - Journey of Giants

Photo credit: Alejandro Balaguer / Fundación Albatros Media
A photographic exhibition presenting images taken in the Pacific Ocean where humpback whales are born. Organized by Fundación Albatros Media, the exhibit seeks to foster an awareness of the beauty of these mammals and the urgent need for their protection and conservation. Fundación Albatros Media creates award-winning, high-impact campaigns, public exhibitions and multimedia productions on Latin America and the Caribbean. Lead by renowned photographer, journalist and author Alejandro Balaguer, the non-profit organization is made up of a team of independent producers, photographers and journalists.

South Terminal International Greeters Lobby,
3rd level


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Main entrance to Miami International Airport’s 36th St. Terminal,
January 1950, City of Miami Collection.






The Self as Image

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist drawn, painted, sculpted or photographed by the artist.  Nearly every artist in every medium, and especially since the invention of the mirror, has explored the self.  Some have used the self-portrait as psychological catharsis or scrutiny, others as a tool to investigate artistic techniques, but as a whole, images of the self are deeply intimate and revealing.  Some of the greatest artworks of all time, such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas, have been self-portraits.   Rembrandt produced over 90 self-portraits in his lifetime and what can be more revealing of interior anguish and pain than Vincent van Gogh’s serial portrayals of himself?  Other great well-known portrait artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and more recently, photographer Cindy Sherman, are just a few of the countless artists whose muse of the “self as image” has captured our attention.  




Arturo Rodríguez, Departures XXI, 2009, oil on canvas 



Arturo Rodríguez: Arrivals and Departures 

Arturo Rodríguez: Arrivals and Departures is a series of paintings capturing the poetics of airports.   Beautifully and sensitively painted, these works offer us opportunities to reflect on the experience of travel, one that can, as in all transitions, elicit the full range of emotional responses.   There is a strong feeling of melancholy and expectation in these paintings, a recognition that we are ultimately alone in the world, but, at the same time, we can also recognize that there is a beauty and urgency to the depiction of emptiness we see here - like a mirror showing us more of ourselves.




MAGICAL PERU: Between Worlds


Photo courtesy Gregg Woodard

This exhibition presents several different artistic traditions, reflecting the magic of Peruvian arts and culture. These artworks, although quite diverse, offer a visual glimpse of encounters with this and other worlds, with various levels of consciousness. Their purpose is to open the door to wonder and surprise, to a changed way of seeing.  Donna Torres’s paintings reflect the complex relationship between the spiritual and the cultural life of Amazonian people, a visual history of their lives and ways of perceiving the world. The Shipibo textiles offer another extraordinary view of the world, teaching us to see through the commonplace and to see that the world is meaningful and magical.   The pre-Colombian figures speak of relationships with deities and ceremonial cult and ritual practices. All of these works suggest imaginative possibilities, seeing through the literal to the metaphorical, envisioning and re-envisioning reality.



 20 photos10 years - palma photographs - click to enlarge


 20 photos 10 years
palma photographs


Over the course of ten years, Miami architect photographer James Palma entered photos into the National American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) annual photography competition.  A total of twenty photographs, for ten consecutive years, were selected as winners.  Each year the winning photographs were exhibited at the National AIA Convention in ten different cities in the United States.  The photographs were also included in the Architecture Calendar, three of them on the cover.




Silvia Lizama-Click to Enlarge


  Silvia Lizama


Hand-Colored Photographs

Image: Barbershop TV, Manaus, Brazil 2011

15" x 15" hand-colored, gelatin-siver print


 A selection of hand-colored black and white photographs from South Florida, Latin America and Spain.

Camera Works - Art Gallery at North Terminal D

February 2013
Gates 22 and Gate 25

Located in the heart of Miami’s Design District is the nationally recognized Design Architecture Senior High (DASH). Mia Galleries invited DASH to participate in an exhibition celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted this summer in Brazil.  Thirteen of the most talented seniors were selected to design + create a visual celebration of soccer’s most prestigious upcoming international event. The title “Show Your Colors” kick started the idea visually, while the students worked together to design each panel. The goal and challenge was to capture the World Cup’s atmosphere, emotion, and awesome sport of soccer.





Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

La Sirena A Call for Transformation

This invitational, composed of artists that have previously exhibited in mia Galleries, offers an opportunity to consider and discover the deeper meaning of the mermaid.   Real or fictional, this hybrid, imaginative creature has been roaming around our psyches for millennia, enduring symbolically in myth and culture, from oral folk traditions to high art, and continues to have a detectable role in contemporary society. - continue.

Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

Mermaids have long captured the imagination of mariners and artists alike. They inspired Sandro Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus (1486) and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid (1837). These curious creatures have been the subject of literary and visual works, appearing throughout history in Mesopotamian carvings and Greek vases to modern art, literature, music and film.  - continue.

Haiti Leaving A Legacy

Haiti: Leaving A Legacy

Leaving A Legacy presents a unique collection of high design handcrafts, showcasing an astonishing display of ingenuity and imagination.  Recycling is an important factor in these works as artists have found ways to utilize and transform discarded materials, incorporate found objects and develop natural resources responsibly- continue.


Inventory: It's About Time

Inspired by the idea that design responds to time-oriented changes in the environment, the works in this exhibition are a poetic allusion to the impermanence of existence, an acknowledgment that time is a human concept. Many of the works, which blur the line between art and design, encourage an examination of one’s own movements and place in space and time, while others incorporate the concept of time within the design itself. - continue.

Street Art

Street Art: Painting the Town 

Street art is the visual art that develops in public spaces – that is, “in the streets” – and the term can include sculpture, stencils, sticker art, wheat-pasting and street poster art, just to name a few. The term “post-graffiti” is used to distinguish contemporary public space artwork from vandalism and corporate art.  - continue.

The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen
Florida's Landscape Painters
featuring paintings from The Brewer Collection

Florida, from its earliest days, was seen as a tropical paradise where the brilliant sunshine and crystalline blue skies would dissolve away all of one's worldly concerns - continue.


Women of a New Tribe

Women of a New Tribe

A photographic exhibition created by North Carolina photographer Jerry Taliaferro, designed to honor the physical and spiritual beauty of the Black American woman, emphasizing her soulfulness - her spirit of hope, compassion, love and nobility - continue.

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Carnival Arts - Celebration and Transformation

Carnival Arts
Celebration and Transformation

Carnival is a time of celebration. For the past six years, the Carnival Arts program has helped teens living in youth crisis shelters across Florida celebrate life. The teens learn drum and dance traditions from West Africa and Venice to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. They make masks and costumes that hide their identities, and reveal how they feel about themselves and their world - continue.

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