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BAL HARBOUR ANNOUNCES “UNSCRIPTED” PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
South Florida destination provides a new platform for artists
Bal Harbour, Fla. – June 22, 2012 – The chic enclave of Bal Harbour, Fla. has announced a public art project commission, “Unscripted,” to support and challenge the artistic talents found in Miami-Dade County. Starting next month, Bal Harbour launches the first of an ongoing series of commissions geared toward providing South Florida artists with a new platform to be ambitious and contribute to the growth of the destination’s creative outlook.
Making the artist selection will be independent curator Claire Breukel, who has served on various arts-related boards and has curated exhibitions in South Africa, New York, Miami, Vienna and El Salvador. Breukel called on 10 local arts professionals and critics to nominate a select group of artists to submit proposals for the project. In addition, she enlisted the help of a group of contemporary art experts to assist with guiding the winner along the way. Among the prominent art experts are Yvonne Force Villareal, President and Co-Founder of the Art Production Fund; artist Hernan Bas, whose works have been exhibited in various exhibitions including the Rubell Family Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum; Solita Mishaan, a Bal Harbour resident, collector and member of the International Council for TATE London and the International Council for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among other board positions; and artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose work is in public collections including The Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
The first “Unscripted” winner will be announced on July 12 and the project will be supplemented with public programming including art chats, meet-and-greets, artist presentations, studio visits and more.
Following the success of last year’s Bal Harbour’s Art Nights initiatives featuring art chats and artist installations at the illustrious Bal Harbour Shops, this new project will feature an installation within select public spaces of Bal Harbour Village and Bal Harbour Shops for up to six months. This ongoing creative program will support public art projects and other commissions throughout the year, aiming to celebrate and support the arts, as well as engage citizens and visitors alike, enhancing the Bal Harbour experience.