Artformz Evolution 1/8/11

Join Us For The Wynwood 2nd Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 7-10p
Artformz is Moving and this is our Last Opening Reception at 171 NW 23rd Street
Attending guests receive a complimentary Artformz T-Shirt
Commemorating the award winning Artformz project “Giants in the City 2008”

On exhibit: Mary Larsen, Maxine Spector, Donna haynes, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Rossella Ramanzini, Sara Rytteke, Natasha Duwin, Rosario Bond, Randy Burman

For the Wynwood 2nd Saturday gallery openings this month the artist’s cooperative Artformz Alternative will hold the last opening reception at the 171 NW 23rd Street gallery with the continuation of the exhibition “SPILL”. Also, in celebration of the New Year the founder and director, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, announces exciting changes in the structure and location of the 7-year-old alternative space.

Artformz was founded in 2004 in the Miami Design District, and in 2008 moved to the Wynwood Arts District. The project’s direction has been continuously evolving and yet has always been focused on the critical belief of how art should be viewed, open creative dialogue, and the development of compelling ideas. At the end of January of 2011 Artformz will once again undergo an evolution. The alternative space will be moving to a new location within the Wynwood area and while it will no longer maintain a monthly exhibition salon, it will continue to focus on the exhibition of selected curatorial projects and cultural exchanges, both local and abroad. Artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez will continue to direct collaborations and curate projects.

Over the last 7 years, 50 exhibitions have been presented and hundreds of artists have been featured. Artformz is a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge Award for “Giants in the City 2008”, a Miami-Dade Tourism Development Grant, a Miami-Dade Community Grant, and a Miami-Dade District 3 Small Business Grant. The space has been invited to participate in several international art fairs and has presented local artists at Arteamericas Fair, Art Aqua Miami, Sleepless Nights Miami Beach, Verge Art Fair, the 44th National Conference of the Society of Photographic Educators, and Artist Invites Artist in Spain. Artformz projects have been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Chic Today (London), Miami New Times, Jane Magazine, The Miami Herald and Tropical Life, El Nuevo Herald, ArtMurmur, Phaidon Agenda, Art Centric, Miami Art Guide, Wynwood Magazine, and Artdaily amoung others.

In 2011 Artformz will continue to develop innovative and exciting exhibitions with the intention of broadening horizons and expanding boundaries not possible while maintaining a physical local. I am very grateful to all the artists and members that through the varied curatorial programs have contributed their time and exceptional artwork to enrich the cultural conversation that has had a far reaching affect. I hope everyone will continue to attend our future manifestations and collaborate in the dialogue of contemporary social and aesthetic ideas that Artformz offers.