Miami Dade College Homepage > MDC in the News

Major Art Exhibition and Sale Marks Miami Dade College’s Golden Anniversary

86 artists and 32 renowned galleries, representing 8 countries, are participating in the special event benefitting the American Dream Scholarship Fund

Related Links

Miami, November 30, 2010 - Hundreds of art lovers gathered last night to celebrate the opening of smART, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) landmark art exhibition and sale, which runs through December 15, at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary.

smART is a major exhibition and art sale that presents a unique opportunity to survey and purchase works from a select roster of top contemporary and emerging Latin American artists. It is the first time in many years that such an exhibition is held locally. All of the 131 pieces are available for sale, with proceeds going to the MDC American Dream Scholarship Fund, which helps the college carry out its mission of changing lives through the opportunity of a quality education. Showcasing work will be 86 artists and 32 renowned galleries representing 8 countries.

“We are very proud to present an exhibition of this caliber to the community,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC. “The college has long been known as a cultural anchor in the region, and through smART we can showcase top works from established and emerging artists from throughout the Americas while at the same time providing scholarship opportunities for our students.” 

Among the artists whose work will be featured are Guillermo Kuitca, León Ferrari, Tania Candiani, Luís Gispert, José Antonio Hernández Díez and Danilo Dueñas.

The Freedom Tower is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. During Art Basel weekend, Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5, the Tower will be open noon to 6 p.m.



Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For more information, please visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.