The Wolfsonian Visionaries 3rd Annual Fundraiser The Art of Illumination
November 10, 2012 from 9 pm to 1 am
Historic Moore Building
4040 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
Proceeds to Benefit The Wolfsonian–Florida International University
The Wolfsonian Visionaries will host their third annual fundraising event, The Art of Illumination, to benefit The Wolfsonian–Florida International University. The event, which will focus on the power and beauty of light with LED light installations from local artists and designers featured throughout the venue, will be held at the historic Moore Building in the heart of Miami’s famed design district. The evening coincides with the museum’s seventeenth anniversary and will feature signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, as well as top shelf spirits from Bacardi, music, and entertainment.
The evening’s theme of illumination is inspired by the Arts of Illumination: Illuminating the Arts, an exterior facade project funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge grant with support also provided by the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Visionaries challenged a small group of Miami-based artists, designers, and creatives to rethink the influence and everyday use of light with LED installations to be auctioned off at the event. Participants were invited to design an object using Lighting Dynamics LED strip lighting in a way that promotes ambiance, beauty, and innovation. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit The Wolfsonian. Participating designers include: AECOM, Matthew Anders, Architectonica Interiors, Johanna Boccardo, Rene Gonzalez Architect, rGLOBE, Alexis Cogul Lleonart, Lopez / Jaimes, NC-Office, and Chad Oppenheim. The Lighting Design Challenge is conducted in conjunction with, and with support from, FIU’s School of Architecture.
“The evening will be a unique experience––It won’t be your typical museum fundraiser,” says Olga Granda-Scott, Chair of The Art of Illumination Committee. “It was essential for the Visionaries to involve prominent designers and creative thinkers from our community in the celebration. We are expecting an impressive selection of one-of-a-kind installations to be displayed and ultimately auctioned at the event.”
In addition to the installations and auction, other highlights will include dance performances inspired by art, architecture, and the idea of illumination by Dance NOW! Miami throughout the evening. A pop-up museum shop will be featured—items for sale will include novelty items created specifically for the event and will benefit the Visionaries. The design and construction of the pop-up shop is being donated by Bloom Interior Architecture.
Sponsors of The Art of Illumination include: DACRA, Petit Pois, Baggu, Bloom, Bubble, Lemon Yellow, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Elemis Spa, Bacardi, Bianca at Delano, Le Basque, Société Perrier, STK Miami, sweet & tipsy cupcakes, Chat Chow TV, MIAMI magazine, Social Miami, VENÜ magazine, Michael E. Katz Design Consultant, Lluria Fine Art Services, LLC, and NIBA Home.
The Wolfsonian Visionaries are dedicated to supporting The Wolfsonian by inspiring and engaging its members and the community to appreciate the role design plays in shaping society. The Visionaries are comprised of young professionals from Miami’s arts and business communities who are committed to promoting The Wolfsonian through innovative events and design-related programming. The Art of Illumination host committee includes Susanne Birbragher, Rene Gonzalez, Iran Issa-Khan, Jaime Odabashian (Visionaries Co-Chair), Douglas Scott (Visionaries Co-Chair), Olga Granda-Scott (Event Chair), Michelle Areces, Nisi Berryman, Viviane de Kuyper-Verduyn, Joshua Dunkelman, Eunique Fowler, Michele Hanash, Sandra Montenegro, Erika Morales, Aimet Oberhausen, Quetsy & Aaron Puckett, Lucia Schito, and Jesse Stolow.
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