Friday, February 25, 2011

Aventura Mall Exhibiting Original FIU Student Art On Food Court Tables

Aventura Mall is showcasing original works created by art students at Florida International University (FIU) through March 7. The 10 unique images, displayed on 100 tables in the Aventura Mall food court, represent love in various forms. They range from a playful photo of a puppy peering through a wrought iron fence to a tender image of two seniors holding hands. 

The exhibition is being presented by Turnberry for the Arts, Aventura Mall’s dynamic cultural initiative combining contemporary art and education, and sponsored by the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, located on the Modesto A. Maidique FIU campus in South Miami. 

Jacqueline Fletcher, director of Turnberry for the Arts, said the innovative program will allow hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life to enjoy artwork in a non-traditional way. 

“We’re excited to launch this wonderful collaboration that brings community exposure to talented art students,” Fletcher said. “The art is fun and whimsical.” 

According to Carol Damian, director and chief curator for the Frost Museum at FIU, the selections were narrowed down from about 35 submissions based on how the art complements the Aventura Mall environment. 

“The students were enthusiastic about the project and found it quite challenging,” Damian said. “We’re thrilled to partner with our art department at FIU, Turnberry for the Arts and Aventura Mall.”

The Aventura Mall was voted Best Local Shopping Destination by Miami Herald's "Hot List" and ranks as one of the top five highest grossing malls in the country in sales per square foot. The 2.7 million square-foot multi-level mall is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Macy's Men's Home Furniture, JCPenney and Sears, 300 stores and restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, and an artist-designed interactive playground, Rainbow Valley.

Located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, the mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. For more information call 305-935-1110 or visit the website at

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