Past Exhibitions

YoungArts Week 2018 Exhibition
Curated by Jennifer Ianco

January 12 – February 2, 2018

This exhibition featured the work of the 2018 winners in Design, Photography and Visual Arts and is a testament to the diversity and depth of the next generation’s creative expression. The works on view range from painting and sculpture to video, photography and digital design. Examining nuances of daily life and investigating socio-political currents, some of the young artists use their practice to celebrate personal histories and ancestries, while others challenge our preconceived notions of identity. Combining a grasp on current artistic concerns with a desire to innovate, together they are poised to open up new aesthetic and conceptual territories, fueled with the common goal of harnessing art’s potential to give form to the continually evolving complexities of contemporary life.

Exhibiting artists included: Amanata Adams, Andie Aylsworth, James Balo, Gaia Barracca, Sarah Becker, Sudeep Bhargava, Helen Chen, Sean Cheng, Cyan D’anjou, Maya Dixon, Marie-Yolande Fanouvi, Melissa Fernandez-Flores, Sebrina Gao, Kate Goodvin, Amal Haddad, Kevin Hopkins, Megan Hostetler, Roxy Jamin, Lauren Lam, Bryce Landingham, Sanna Legan, Xavier Lightfoot, Leanne Lin, Jonathan Maldonado, Claire Manning, Christopher McCready, Perry Naseck, Ameya Okamoto, Francesca Peralta, Selena Pesantez, Ashley Prather, Jessica Sharif, Jessica Simpson, Ava Sodergren, Pierson Talbott, Anabella Tsarov, Felipe Urrutia, Flynn Walkinshaw, Liza Wimbish, Alexander Wong, Caroline Zhang, Cynthia Zhou and Jimmy Zhu
Imagination Land: Fantastical Narrative
Curated by Derrick Adams

October 10 –  December 15, 2017
A group exhibition featuring YoungArts alumni whose works respond to and are in conversation with consumerism, gender roles, the environment, and ceremonial ritual. Including video, sculpture, painting and performative works, the exhibition explores how the mechanics of art production play a major part in the way we see ourselves as products of our environment. Provocative, complex and self-referential, the exhibition proposes new ideas and concepts of external objects, fuses the possible with the impossible, and invites the viewer into a space of self-discovery.

Exhibiting alumni artists included: Glenn Davis (2013), Mateo Nava (2013), Mika Rosenberg (2014), Sebastian Ruiz (2014), Celia Shaheen (2015), Su Wan Kim (2015), Cornelius Tulloch (2016), Wade Winslow (2016), Elle Cox (2017), and SWAG FUTURE David Correa x Alberto Checa (2017).
YoungArts Miami 2017 Exhibition
Curated by Liz Shannon
February 24 – March 26, 2017

This exhibition presented work by a new generation of artists recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation for their outstanding achievement in Design, Photography and Visual Arts. Selected from across the region, these individual pieces and projects represent the diverse aesthetic, intellectual and emotional concerns of a group of highly creative young people. They interrogate the world, often in an intensely personal way, through artistic practices that engage with an impressive range of media. Supporting and celebrating these artists and their work can only serve to further the city’s proud reputation as a place where art is able – and encouraged – to flourish.

Exhibiting artists included: Ezekiel Binns, Theo Blones, Catherine Camargo, Alberto Checa, David Carrea, Adriana De La Torre, Kali Duffey, Luna Elortegui, Victoria Escobar, Dylan Etienne-Ramsay, Karina Fonseca, Abbey Franklin, Chloe Friend, Diego Gabaldon, Ryan Haney, Eloise Janssen, Sofiya Kuzmina, Korri Lampedusa, Sandy Li, Rey Londres, Alejandra Loor, Carmen Lopez, Isabel Oliva, Amelia Polyvious, Sophie Ruiz, Sophia Simmons, Nicole Stebbins, Kathryn Stenberg, Thalia Suri, Dalton Taylor, Samantha Torres, Nanette Turner-Trujillo and Michelle Voight.



September 27 – November 21, 2016

A multi-generational exhibition of works by YoungArts alumni curated by renowned sculptor and YoungArts master teacher Robert Chambers.

Exhibiting alumni artists included: Eric Clarke Rhein (1980), Naomi Fisher (1994), Cheryl Megan Smith (2007), Lee Heinemann (2011), Paloma Izquierdo (2014), Sebastian Ruiz (2014), Anais Perez (2015), Mark Fleuridor (2015), Ryan Yale (2015), Jackson McGrath (2015), Paloma Valencia (2015), Mikayla Brown (2015), Rachel London (2016), Leonardo Bacan (2016), Terri Ogwulumba (2016), Cornelius Tulloch (2016), and Nadia Wolff (2016).

Daniel Arsham
The Future Was Written
Curated by Franklin Sirmans

September 24 December 6, 2015

An interactive exhibition that begins with nearly 2,000 objects made of chalk and evolves with the markings, drawings and words of gallery visitors through Miami Art Week.

Daniel Arsham (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) transforms audiences to another time through this immersive and evolving exhibition of new work at the YoungArts Gallery, beginning with nearly 2,000 objects made of chalk, and evolving with the markings, drawings and words of gallery visitors through Miami Art Week on the gallery's black chalkboard walls. In signature Arsham style, these objects represent body parts, such as hands and faces as well as outmoded communication devices including cameras, telephones, video game controllers, and computers.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to write, draw and make their markings on the walls of the gallery, with the chalk casts progressively disappearing throughout the duration of the show. Epitomizing many of the prevalent themes and motifs in Arsham's work—including the interplay of archaeology and architecture, eroding environments overtaken by nature, and the blurred line between the real and imagined—the exhibition will provide vistiors with a unique experience as actors and creators over a couple months' time.

Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). As a curator, writer and editor, Sirmans has established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary art. Before arriving at PAMM, he served as department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and is former U.S. Editor of Flash Art and Editor-in-Chief of ArtAsiaPacific. Sirmans is the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize presented by the High Museum.

Zero Tolerance: Miami
In Partnership with MoMA PS1

December 3 December 21, 2014

Named for the 1990s policy under which New York City took a tough stance against vice and crime, Zero Tolerance: Miami brings together works by artists from across the globe that address tensions between freedom and control. Following Zero Tolerance’s initial presentation in New York, the exhibition at YoungArts makes these global concerns relevant to Miami by inviting artists whose work reflects issues of political dissidence, urban redevelopment, social policy and gay rights to participate. Taken together, the artists represented in Zero Tolerance: Miami continue YoungArts’ commitment to cultural vitality while presenting art of a charged and ambivalent nature, responding to concerns specific in place and time. Zero Tolerance: Miami is curated by MoMA PS1 Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA, Klaus Biesenbach, with MoMA PS1 Curatorial Assistant Margaret Aldredge.

The artists in Zero Tolerance: Miami included: YoungArts alumnus Doug Aitken, ACT UP New York, Joseph Beuys, Mircea Cantor, Chim↑Pom, Igor Grubić, Sharon Hayes, Deborah Kelly, Amal Kenawy, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot, Christoph Schlingensief, Voina, and many more. 

New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted
Hernan Bas and the Natural World: Selections from the Rubell Collection

October 2 – November 13, 2014

Our last exhibit, curated by PAMM Director Thom Collins, was the first in the ongoing gallery series entitled Junctures, highlighing the early careers of some of YoungArts' most notable alumni in visual arts. New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted was an intimate look at the early career of Hernan Bas, one of Miami’s most celebrated artists, who came through the YoungArts program in 1996. The exhibition featured approximately 19 works including drawings, works on paper and mixed media. To view photos from the Member's preview on October 1, click here.

New Voices:
Works by Recent YoungArts Alumni

July 22 September 12, 2014

New Voices: Works by Recent YoungArts Alumni, curated by visual artist, YoungArts Master Teacher and Discipline Coordinator Loni Johnson, was the first alumni exhibition to be presented on the YoungArts campus, featuring 46 works by 30 YoungArts alumni in Visual Arts, Photography and Writing, offering a glimpse of our nation’s most promising talent. View photos from the exhibit on our Facebook page here.