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Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design Presents Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits: Anne Austin Pearce & Sara Stites


Anne Austin Pearce: Undertow Disruptive #5, Courtesy of the Artist

Miami, August 26, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will present Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits, a two-person exhibition of new works by Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites. The exhibition, organized by the Museum and curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Jeremy Mikolajczak, opens Friday, September 13.

 Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits kicks off the fall season at the College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception is free and open to the public.  

 Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits is Anne Austin Pearce’s first show in Miami and Sara Stites’ first major exhibition presented at the Museum. Exemplifying the contemporary shift in looking at and the execution of traditional drawing and painting, Pearce and Stites use nature, decay, personal landscapes, and the ironies of contemporary society as a vehicle to inspire and inform their process-driven work. Both straddle the line between the polarizing nature of historical feminism and the realities of navigating the art world as mid-career female artists who are thematically post-feminist.

 Anne Austin Pearce is a Kansas City-based artist who received her MFA from James Madison University. Pearce’s work has been exhibited at institutions throughout the United States, including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington D.C.; and the Drawing Center, New York City. Miami artist Sara Stites received her MFA from the Pratt Institute. An active member of the local artist community, Stites’ work is included in the collection of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and has been exhibited locally at David Castillo Gallery, Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale, and the former Rocket Projects Miami. Stites has held several exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including solo showings in Paris.

 A public panel discussion titled Drawing Today and the ‘Mid-Career’ Artist featuring artists Anne Austin Pearce, Sara Stites and guests is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at the Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 17. Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available. 

About MDC Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.

For more information about the exhibition at MDC Museum of Art + Design, please contact the museum at 305-237-7702 or museum@mdc.eduor visit 

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