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Miami Dade College launches seven exhibitions taking place throughout the city during Art Basel 2007 and beyond

Miami, December 12, 2007 - Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important art show in the U.S., brings to Miami an international selection of more than 200 leading art galleries and has inspired an array of art fairs, museum exhibitions and special programs that run simultaneously. 

Among these significant events throughout the city, Miami Dade College (MDC) is showcasing a series of exhibitions offering a peek at the groundbreaking work of modern masters, as well as local contemporary artists. Works will be on display through Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. 

One of the key exhibitions of the season takes place at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd. “In Search of Magic,” by artist Wendy Wischer, features a huge installation dealing with concepts of light and space as stated by the artist: “My interest in light lies in the fluidity of the medium. It is both tangible and intangible at the same time.” Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

The new West Art Gallery at MDC’s West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115 Avenue in Doral, is the site of a bold exhibition offering a glimpse into the human psyche. “The Surface - Beneath and Beyond” features the work of established local artists such as Luis Garcia Nerey, Nina Surel, Donna Lee stiffens, Francisco Olazabal, and Luisa Maria Mesa, among others. Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m., Saturday through Jan. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

In the Centre Gallery at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami, Miami-based artist Xavier Cortada presents Ice Painting and conceptual installations in an exhibition dealing with key environmental issues titled “South Pole Installations.” Cortada, a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recipient, was inspired by his trip to Antarctica last winter. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 12 – 5:30 p.m.  

Explore art history while viewing the work of modern masters, including Andy Warhol, Lucas Samaras, Joseph Buys, Goya, Jesus Soto, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Disneau in “15 Minutes of Fame” on display at the North Gallery at MDC’s North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Avenue, Miami. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 – 6 p.m.

“Eyes Wide Open” will be showing at the InterAmerican Gallery at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27 Avenue, Miami. Gallery hours vary based upon request. The artworks are part of the College Permanent Collection.

To learn who’s who on the Florida artistic front, visit the Kendall Gallery at MDC’s Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 Street, Miami to enjoy the work of 25 of the best Florida artists represented in the exhibition “2006 Florida Visual Arts Fellowship”. They include Clifford Smith, Robert Flynn, Luisa Basnuevo, Robert Huff, and Michelle Weinberg. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Also, the work of emerging artist can be seen at MDC’s newest art space, the Hialeah Art Lounge at MDC’s Hialeah Campus, 1776 W. 49 Street, Hialeah with “The Best of the Best” featuring a selection by talented MDC student-artists. The art lounge is open during regular campus hours.

After Art Basel departs, the College art galleries will continue playing a vital role throughout South Florida as artistic and cultural hubs, free and open to the public.

“The College art spaces offer, through its exhibitions, an ample view of the contemporary art scene from world renowned artist to emerging local talents, from modernist proposals to cutting-edge art, from conceptual constructs of the natural environment and its vulnerabilities to thoughts and memories expressed in the beauty of raw materials,” said Jorge L. Gutierrez, director of the MDC Art Gallery System.

For more information about the exhibitions, please contact: Odessa Simmons at the MDC Art Gallery System at 305-237-7186 or

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