November 2016, Volume 20, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

Sculptural Delights Abound at MDC

Having created many of South Florida’s most significant cultural events and institutions, Miami Dade College has demonstrated over the decades its profound commitment to the arts. Now more than ever, thanks to the combination of growing private donations of artwork and MDC’s long-standing partnership with numerous local arts groups, including Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places, the College has blossomed into one of the primary sites of public art in the region.

Northern Exposure

Recipient of numerous private donations, North Campus’ sprawling grounds double as the Miami International Sculpture Park (MISP), home to scores of sculptures placed throughout the campus’ 243 acres and accessible free of charge to all visitors year-round.

Most visible for its spectacular size and scope is the Halegua Collection, donated over the years by international sculptor Alfredo Halegua and his wife, Dr. Raquel Halegua. MISP visitors also enjoy sculptures by Mario Almaguer and William King.

More recent additions include Rafael Consuegra’s Learning Gives You Wings, Rose Alterman’s The Philosopher, dEmo’s La Paloma de la Paz (The Dove of Peace), and a collection of sculptures made by artists from around the world as part of MDC’s collaborative efforts with the nonprofit International Solidarity for Human Rights (ISHR), including dEmo’s Niños.

Branching Outward

North Campus is not alone in the sculptural wonders for the public. Uruguayan artist Mauro Arbiza’s Elevación graces InterAmerican Campus as part of MDC’s permanent Route to Human Rights collection. Most recently, Hialeah Campus unveiled Square Chain by Zammy Migdal.

At Kendall Campus, favorite pieces include Charles Ginnever’s Hangover and William King’s Untitled #1.

Epicenter of Art

In Downtown Miami, MDC’s Wolfson Campus has for decades been the city’s epicenter of public art. Enjoying prominent locations are iconic works by Richard van Buren, Ronald Bladen, Kenneth Snelson, Forrest Myers and Jean Ward, among several others.

Art for All

“Displaying public art affirms an institution’s commitment to enriching students’ day-to-day experiences with an attractive and stimulating campus environment that challenges and inspires the mind, taking it in new directions,” said Wanda Texon, director of Campus Galleries, associate curator of the MDC Museum and Galleries of Art + Design, and an instructor at MDC’s New World School of the Arts.

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