Aqua Art Fair returns to Miami for its 7th consecutive year with an expanded arts program featuring forty-five galleries that invite visitors to view and engage.
The classic South Beach hotel makes for spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard — a favorite gathering hub for some R&R during the insane Art Week and a place to discuss, exchange, and disseminate contemporary art ideas.
Aqua Art Fair’s producing partners Jaq Chartier and Dirk Park support young dealers, emerging artist, non-profit art organizations, educational institutions, and collectives.This year is no exception, with the return of Seattle’s SOIL Gallery and Toronto’s Blunt Collective, as well as the debut of Chicago’s What It Is Project, bringing some alternative points of view to the roster of exhibitors.
This dynamic is once again complemented by the exceptional work of graduating students from New York’s School of Visual Arts, and the introduction of the MFA program at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art + Design.
Special projects and installations include a partnership with the New Mexico Arts and the Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) of South Florida. Through UPG’s TIME Exchange Program, Navajo Nation artist Will Wilson will collaborate with artists from Miccosukee Nation to create art using Burma Reed, a plant destroying native habitat all over South Florida. The installations will feature at Aqua Art Fair and at Fairchild Botanical Garden.
Montreal gallery, Pierre-François Ouellette, will feature a special collaboration between artist Adad Hannah and Oscar-winning filmmaker Denys Arcand. Originally initiated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of their new Canadian Pavilion, the show will encompass photography and video in an installation inspired by La Ronde, the early 20th Century Viennese play by Arthur Schnitzler.
Art dealers include, Gregory Lind, Eleanor Harwood, Pentimenti, Triple Base, Valerie McKenzie, Traywick Contemporary, and Gallery 339; as well as first-time Aqua exhibitors RHV Fine Art from Brooklyn, Porter Contemporary and Lyons Wier Gallery from New York, Prole Drift and SEASON from Seattle, Froelick Gallery from Portland and Whitespace from Atlanta.